Leeds United 0 Brentford 1: Brentford boss Warburton backs the match official

Mark Warburton.
Mark Warburton.
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Referee Graham Salisbury was backed by Brentford manager Mark Warburton for refusing to bow to crowd pressure as Leeds had three penalty claims rejected in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship encounter at Elland Road.

Alex Pritchard’s 64th-minute goal was enough to earn Brentford a 1-0 victory and end Leeds’ four-match unbeaten run. But Salisbury came under heavy criticism from Leeds and their fans after Rudy Austin (twice) and recalled striker Billy Sharp had penalty pleas firmly rejected.

Sharp also squandered Leeds’ best chance of the match late on.

Warburton said: “The referee came under enormous pressure from the crowd but he gave it as he saw it.

“If you look back at the game without any sound they were not penalties.

“If you go down that easily you are looking for a penalty, so if that is how the referee saw it then he should have taken out his card.”

Warburton added: “It was a very good three points.

“In the first half we were off the pace and didn’t get close enough to the opposition.

“But we stepped it up in the second and created a lot of chances.

“People say we are direct and hard-working but we are better than that.

“As long as we are little old Brentford, that works for us.