Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 3-1 defeat at Brentford.
It’s hard to find the words to describe my feelings after this one; yet again we shot ourselves in the foot.
This game should have ended all square at 1- 1. Andy Lonergan’s mistake was evened up by a similar one from the Bees’ keeper and we had the good fortune to see a Brentford penalty rifled over the bar. Two half-time substitutes – Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez for Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Eunan O’Kane – re-energised Leeds and if anything we looked the brighter side for much of the second half but then, for the fourth consecutive game, we conceded goals in the final 10 minutes.
We have to get smarter in closing games out and keeping our focus for the full 90 minutes. With seven defeats in nine league games it’s hard to conclude anything else than we are not good enough. It looks like we’ll have to dig in, hope to scrape points in the run up to Christmas and then hope we can find a couple of gems in the transfer window; gems that might put the sparkle back in this squad.
Man of the match: No-one stood out.
Yet another poor performance that deserved nothing irrespective of the 20 minutes or so where United got their act together.
Andy Lonergan had one to forget or, preferably, have surgically removed from his brain and we are now in real danger of having two first-team goalkeepers with no confidence whatsoever. Maybe we dropped Felix Wiedwald too hastily. His absence has coincided with the team losing all resemblance of the style we were displaying in the early stages of this season.
The players look scared, the patience in the away end was non-existent, we were humiliated on live TV again and Leeds United have shown, once more, how we can go from ups to downs faster than any other club. It’s still not time to panic but everybody needs to reset expectations and come back together to recapture the form that raised those expectations so high in the first place.
A quick word on Brentford who were probably the best side we’ve faced this year and, relative club stature apart, this was easily the right result.
Man of the match: Liam Cooper.
How long can this be allowed to continue?
Seven defeats out of nine and a fall from the top of the league to 10th, is it all the head coach’s fault? He’s not the one that is on the pitch and only playing in parts of the 90 minutes, but he is the one making decisions in the case of substitutions and picking players that aren’t performing, whilst ignoring others.
Brentford were helped early in the game by an horrendous mistake by Andy Lonergan, who flapped at a cross, thus handing Neal Maupay a simple goal and by half-time it could have been worse, a stupid tackle by Pontus Jansson conceded a penalty.
Thankfully, Ollie Watkins’ penalty sailed off the crossbar. Leeds equalised from another goalkeeping error, this time by Daniel Bentley, Gjanni Alioski benefiting. Brentford hit the bar before Yoann Barbet got Brentford’s second with five minutes left and deep into injury time Ryan Woods rubbed salt in the wounds by getting the third. The reaction of both players and fans at the end, both remonstrating with each other just made the evening sink to another low.
Man of the match: Nobody worthy of a mention.
MIKE GILL United’s downward spiral continued at Griffin Park as they crashed to another defeat against a Brentford side who were workmanlike but nothing special.
The Whites were holding their own when an uncharacteristic but spectacular spill from Andy Lonergan gave the Bees the lead. Neal Maupet was the lucky man who capitalised on the error. Things looked a lot worse when Pontus Jansson conceded a penalty.
Thankfully, Watkins sent it over the bar handing Leeds a lifeline. Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez replaced Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Eunan O’Kane leading to a livelier performance in the second half. When Gjanni Alioski pounced on another handling error, this time by Brentford keeper Daniel Bentley, Leeds were deservedly level. Unfortunately when you’re struggling, you don’t get too many breaks and Yoann Barbet’s beautifully taken free-kick fooled everybody and Ryan Woods applied the Coup de grace on 90 minutes. The international break can’t come soon enough.
Man of the match: Ronaldo Vieira.
United slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat and a seventh defeat in nine matches with a thoroughly miserable defeat in West London at the hands of Brentford.
On a bad run already the last thing you need is one of your most reliable players having a nightmare afternoon in front of the TV cameras and unfortunately United stopper Andy Lonergan did exactly that when he dropped a cross and the home side gladly accepted he gift to take the lead.
Shortly before the break, the Bees wasted a fine opportunity to double the lead which they squandered by blazing a penalty over the bar.
The second half improved slightly and on 67 minutes the home keeper Daniel Bentley joined in the pantomime antics, dropping a cross from Gaetano Berardi to allow Gjanni Alioski to grab an equaliser.
Parity remained until 85 minutes when Lonergan was beaten by a long range effort and United’s misery was complete as the home side added a third.
Make no mistake this is now a full blown crisis.
Man of the match: The loyal hordes who had to endure this.