Leeds United handed chance to move TEN clear in automatics as Fulham blow their lines against Brentford

LEEDS UNITED can move ten points clear in the automatic promotion places with victory at Cardiff City after Fulham blew their lines at home to Brentford.

By Lee Sobot
Saturday, 20th June 2020, 2:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th June 2020, 5:16 pm

Scott Parker's third-placed side lined up for their return to action against the Bees sat seven points behind Championship front-runners Leeds and six adrift of second-placed West Brom.

Fourth-placed Brentford began the day four points behind Fulham and Thomas Frank's side were also dealt a blow in their preparations with the news that winger Bryan Mbeumo had tested positive for coronavirus.

But after a goalless first-half in which Fulham's Bobby Decordova-Reid hit the woodwork, Brentford struck twice in the closing stages with Said Benrahma firing the Bees ahead in the 88th minute before substitute Emiliano Marcondes added a second in the first minute of added time.

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ON TARGET: Brentford striker Said Benrahma. Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images.

Marcondes had set up Brentford's first goal and while Fulham earlier had the ball in the net through Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Serbian striker was clearly offside.

The victory took Brentford to within one point of Fulham but Leeds can now move ten points clear in the automatic promotion spots with eight games left if winning at Cardiff on Sunday lunch-time.

United dropped down to second on goal difference after West Brom's goalless draw at home to Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon.