Leeds United 1 Brentford 1: YEP jury verdict

Sky Bet Championship.'Leeds United v Brentford.'Referee Nigel Miller.'12th September 2015.'Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Sky Bet Championship.'Leeds United v Brentford.'Referee Nigel Miller.'12th September 2015.'Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
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The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Leeds United jury look at the 1-1 draw with Brentford

Gary Newbould

Following the international break United returned to Championship action with a disappointing draw against Brentford on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road.

Coach Uwe Rosler named an unchanged starting eleven, indeed an unchanged squad from that which was victorious last time out at Derby County, meaning there was no place for recent signing Jordan Botaka who had declared himself not match fit following his return from international duty.

Brentford were presented with a couple of early chances one of which was cleared off the line by Gaetano Berardi.

United responded in part and Stuart Dallas curled a shot over the bar against his former employers.

Just before the half hour mark the visitors took the lead courtesy of Marco Djuricin who took advantage of some slack marking and indecision between the United back four and keeper.

The watching Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor did not appear too concerned during their scouting mission for Ipswich Town’s visit as the first period ended with United 1-0 in arrears.

Half time saw the introduction of Mirco Antenucci for Alex Mowatt, who had been an injury doubt before the game, and the Italian striker was soon contributing his usual mixture of energy and trickery.

Referee Nigel Miller, (certainly not on Dennis Wise’s Christmas Card list – anyone remember Southend away a few years back?) was certainly contributing to United’s frustrations with some strange decisions and his use of the “referee’s foam” for free-kick’s some twenty yards inside the defensive half bordered on the bizarre or indeed officious.

Coach Rosler replaced Tom Adeyemi with Luke Murphy who provided some more creativity in midfield and on the hour mark Sam Byram seemed to come awake from his mixed start to the season and United seemed to find some renewed energy.

Sure enough on 76 minutes hard work and closing down from Lewis Cook and Luke Murphy and a sublime finish from Mirco Antenucci levelled the contest. The Italian had a late chance to win it but his shot was saved easily.

Whilst a draw was disappointing United could well have lost and one clean sheet in six league matches shows clearly where the hard work is still very much required.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Keith Ingham

Leeds United kept their unbeaten run going in a 1-1 draw with Brentford at Elland Road, a little disappointing after the win at Derby County.

The Bees took the lead when Sol Bamba slipped and Alan Judge found Marco Djuricin who sidestepped a challenge then put the ball past Marco Silvestri.

Mirco Antenucci replaced Alex Mowatt after the break, Brentford again started strongly, Chris Wood deflected a effort wide of his own goal. Antenucci was soon in the action when he was inches away from a Dallas through ball.

The posts rescued both teams, first Djurcin hit one at one end then Wood’s deflected effort came back off another. Leeds finally equalised when Wood found Antenucci and he curled in a wonderful strike and celebrated in style. Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor had efforts on goal and with time almost up both teams had a chance to grab the points, Antenucci’s effort was saved by Button then Judge fired wide.

Leeds problems winning at home stretch back to last season and this needs to be rectified against Ipswich.

Antenucci needs to start and Byram is the man to make way for him in my opinion, Jordan Botaka is another option Uwe Rosler could use.

We need to start winning home games, simple as that!

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

Stephen Clark

Leeds United were shown that they have a long way to go if they are to consider themselves as contenders for a place in the top six after a disappointing home draw against Brentford.

The Whites looked petrified of committing men forward after being caught on the break in the opening moments and allowed the visitors to dictate play in the first half and it was no surprise when they fell behind.

Even though they upped the tempo with the introduction of Mirco Antenucci and Luke Murphy, Leeds could easily have been three or four goals down before they grabbed an equaliser through the Italian striker. The final stages were frantic as both sides looked for the winner, but the draw was probably a fair result.

Man of the match: Luke Murphy.

James Harrison

United played in fits and starts against Brentford, but having fallen behind to Marco Djuricin’s goal almost won it at the end. Sub’ Mirco Antenucci made a real impact, scored a brilliant equaliser and should have bagged the winner late on.

Man of the match: Mirco Antenucci.

David Watkins

With almost everyone convinced we were on the up and with the memory of that Derby win fresh in our minds, most supporters forecast a win – including the YEP jury!

The question was still there though: Could we follow one good win with another and maintain the momentum? Sadly, Leeds let us down again; the first half performance being a million miles from that at Derby. We were lucky to get to half time only one down.

With the introduction of Mirco Antenucci we got going and then Luke Murphy added some midfield presence.

Another delightful Antenucci curler won us the point and I’d be astonished if he doesn’t start on Tuesday, while Stuart Dallas is looking better by the week.

Man of the match: Stuart Dallas.

Matthew Evans

United need to start putting in 90-minute performances. The first half performance after conceding was a bit of a horror show. Although much better second half, there were still moments of stupidity that almost cost us. A win against Ipswich will make this result feel better.

MoM: Charlie Taylor