Leeds United: Character makes mark on Brentford boss Warburton

Brentford manager Mark Warburton.
Brentford manager Mark Warburton.
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Brentford boss Mark Warburton hailed his side’s character and resolve to defeat Leeds United on Saturday following their 4-0 thrashing against Middlebrough.

“The intensity of this league is very tough and they are getting used to it,” he said.

“We were always aware of the threat Leeds posed but after 10 minutes we took over and, very respectfully, we dominated.

“It was a very dominant performance, with good tempo and a lot of quality. We could still have been more clinical and probably should have had more but that’s something that we will continue to work on.”

Warburton knew his side would respond after the Riverside rout and added: “We had a long chat after Middlesbrough and thought a lot about what we would do if Plan A didn’t work, and decided that if it didn’t work we would strive to do it better.”

Spanish midfielder Jota gave the Bees the lead on the stroke of half time, finishing off a flowing five-man move with a crashing drive into the roof of the net.

And McCormack sealed the points in the 76th minute with a rasping low drive that deflected off the foot of Giuseppi Bellusci and past Silvestri. United’s only real effort of merit came with five minutes remaining when Lewis Cook’s 25 yard grass-cutter licked just past the upright.

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Mateusz Klich. Picture: Tony Johnson.

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