Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat at home to Brentford on Saturday.
This result proves that a good run in the Championship is like gold dust and that a bit – or a lot – of luck is what can separate a decent point against a team well up there in the playoffs, or what we got – a defeat and the momentum that comes crashes down with it.
I have complained a few times this season about referees, but I never actually thought a ref’ cost us something in a game. I have always thought that if a ref’ was fair then the game may have been different but on Saturday the ref’ was awful.
Did we deserve to win? Probably not; we didn’t do enough to win the game. Did we deserve to lose? Not a chance. Yes, they created chances but we had a few. Couple that with the numerous penalty decisions turned down and we had a recipe for a 1-0 defeat, which is exactly what we got.
It’s a case of forget and move on to the next one. It wasn’t through lack of effort, just lacking a spark to see us dominate games, something that can win us a game. Once again Steve Morison just needs a goal, sooner rather that later. I thought Marco Silvestri showed what he is capable of, having come in for some criticism of late, so fair play. It is easy to blame a ref’, but if the Football League were to watch the performance that I saw, I would envisage Graham Salisbury having a lot to answer for, roughy 23,000 answers!
On to Reading, I’ve got no expectations but expect us to play with freedom and no fear and expect the unexpected! Let’s face it, last week was only our second away win of the season, and Reading go back to the Madjeski having beaten Wigan on their travels. But the league is so weird that it would not surprise me if we were to go there and win the game. I always think we are going to win – heart rules head – but I think anything other than a defeat is a cracking result.
Since 2015 the team hasn’t really done too much to disappoint and there hasn’t been too much to grumble about. There are always going to be stumbling blocks along the way. Maybe a decent referee might give us a start. We have to do it one step at a time. We are blooding youngsters in a mainly new team; as long as we avoid relegation, let’s see if we can kick on.
As for tomorrow, I’m not too keen on setting off at around noon, but as long as at 9.45pm I’m happy, then it will be worth it.
Man of the match: Marco Silvestri.
Things were always going to be difficult for Leeds United on Saturday against a Brentford side flying high in the promotion play-off places, but when Neil Redfearn’s side had to play against two teams, then there was very little chance of the Whites picking up anything from the game.
The Bees may well have been good enough to win the game on their own; they had the majority of the chances in the game, although Leeds, for me anyway, did enough to at least warrant a point from the match.
However, with the assistance of Mr Salisbury and his officiating team, Brentford couldn’t really lose the game.
It wasn’t just the clear penalty that Leeds were denied in the first half that made it an inept performance, but the referee’s clear insistence in giving Leeds absolutely nothing, whilst gifting Brentford a free-kick almost every time a tackle was made.
The refereeing performance may have hidden an inept performance from Leeds in an attacking sense.
Billy Sharp again flattered to deceive in a starting role, and the farcical scramble in the closing minutes highlighted United’s impotence in front of goal.
Results certainly went our way elsewhere, but Leeds need to start doing things themselves if they are to ensure Championship survival.
Man of the match: Graham Salisbury.
Leeds’ unbeaten run came to a end when Brentford grabbed a solitary goal to win against the run of play and increase their chances of promotion to the Premiership.
Neil Redfearn produced a surprise when Billy Sharp was promoted from the bench to replace Alex Mowatt. It looked like a 4-4-4-2 with Lewis Cook on the left of midfield. Leeds took the game to their visitors but the final ball just lacked the quality needed. It was Brentford that had the best opportunities but Silvestri was superb to deny Brentford’s efforts. The referee didn’t endear himself when Leeds had a clear penalty appeal turned down when Austin was sent sprawling. Leeds continued to attack but they could not breach a resolute Brentford rearguard. As in a few games, although Leeds pressured Brentford it was they who stole the lead as Pritchard got in at the far post to give the ‘Bees’ an undeserved lead. It’s hard when you feel that any 50/50 decisions go the way of the opposition, even in the build up to their goal there seemed a clear hand ball. Billy Sharp and Edgar Cani had chances to grab a point but failed by inches. I’m not a big complainer at officialdom but I’ve not seen a worse referee all season, shockingly bad.
Although they had possession United rarely troubled Brentford’s keeper but we still didn’t deserve to lose. A hard game at Reading awaits Leeds tomorrow, anything from the game will be a bonus.
Men of the match: Rudy Austin, all action and robbed of a penalty. Silvestri, key saves.
They say that the best and most competent referees are hardly noticed in a game, Well, let’s just say Mr Graham Salisbury was very noticeable at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon as United slipped to a disappointing defeat. However Mr Salisbury did fail to notice a clear handball in the build up to the Bees’ winner and he also failed to notice three separate penalty appeals for the Whites, of which two were absolute stonewalls. United were far from their best, however the officials were even further away.
Man of the match (United): Luke Murphy.
Man of the match (Brentford): Graham Salisbury.
United weren’t allowed to get going at home to Brentford on Saturday and not just by the visitors. Graham Salisbury and his team of officials seemed to be assessing Leeds United against a different set of rules to Brentford and, as fear and frustration set in amongst the players, we couldn’t play our own game.
Neil Redfearn likened it to playing with one hand tied behind your back and he’s right. Even if you discount the trio of penalty appeals turned down and the clear handball decision that was overlooked in the build up to Brentford’s goal there were numerous 50/50 decisions, cards brandished and offside calls almost always in the favour of the away side.
It’s hard to rate the performances of individual players against that backdrop but Charlie Taylor was pick of the bunch for Leeds.
Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.
It was a really disappointing day at the office on Saturday. We didn’t play well but I think we could have got something out of the game. Brentford were a very good side, and they had lots of clear-cut chances but we had some really loud penalty claims. I don’t understand why Redfearn changed the shape from what had been working really well over the last few weeks. We seemed overrun in midfield and it allowed their midfielder Alex Pritchard lots of space to run the game. We could have sneaked a point from the game late on, Sharp had a couple of chances but it was just one of them days!
Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.