On This Day: Leeds United tears at Brentford as automatic promotion hopes are all but dashed

LEEDS United's automatic promotion hopes were effectively dashed on this day just two years ago in 2019.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 12:08 pm

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites departed for the Easter Monday clash at Brentford on the back of Good Friday's 2-1 reverse at home to ten-man Wigan Athletic which took United's top two destiny out of their own hands.

The shock reverse against the Latics saw Leeds drop to third place in Bielsa's first season in charge and behind second-placed Sheffield United on goal difference with three games left.

But Leeds were then dealt another hammer blow just four three later as goals from Neal Maupay and Sergi Canos gave the Bees a 2-0 victory during a match in which Leeds were denied a penalty despite Patrick Bamford being brought down by Julian Jeanvier.

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DISTRUAGHT: Leeds United playmaker Pablo Hernandez, right, is consoled by Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa, left, after the 2-0 defeat at Brentford of Monday, April 22, 2019. Picture by Ian Walton/PA Wire.

Sheffield United won 3-0 at Hull City the same day meaning the Blades now had a plus nine better goal difference and would effectively end Leeds' automatic promotion hopes with victory in that next game.

That always seemed likely with the Blades hosting bottom of the table Ipswich Town in their next fixture and Chris Wilder's side duly sealed a 2-0 victory against the Tractor Boys the following weekend.

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Thank you Laura Collins