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Match Recap: Brentford 1-1 Leeds United

The Whites recovered from a horrendous goalkeeping error to take a solid point from Griffin Park.

Brentford v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship
Liam Cooper scores his first goal of the season, equalising from a corner kick.
Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Leeds United reacted well to large criticism of their abysmal form in recent weeks, earning a draw away to promotion rivals, Brentford.

The return of Kalvin Phillips gave Leeds a more solid structure in the midfield, giving more freedom to players like Klich to get forward and the wingers to be more aggressive. The first chance came for Leeds as Harrison won the ball high on the left side, drove along the box before a poor connection gave the keeper an easy claim.

Leeds started well and dominated the first 20-25 minutes before being hit with a sucker punch. Liam Cooper’s pass-back to Casilla slips under the Spaniard’s foot, leaving Benhrama with a tap-in at the far post.

But Leeds kept pushing, and found the equaliser soon after, with Jack Harrion’s corner missed by the keeper, finding Liam Cooper to stab the ball home and level the scores with five minutes left in the half.

Brentford v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship
The return of Kalvin Phillips made a massive difference defensively, a big performance in the midfield from him.
Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Dallas created a decent chance for Costa at the back post, with a lovely cross-field pass dipping over the heads of the defenders before reaching an on-coming Costa, whose diving header looped over the bar.

Costa had a big chance fall to him, as Klich and Bamford linked-up well don the right before Klich’s deflected ball inside fell to Costa, who had plenty of room to hit one across goal from decent range, but hit it straight at the keeper.

The game became cagey from then-onwards, with not much else notable, but at the end of the game, Leeds were clearly the better side and should’ve won the match. Now, we look ahead to the next one where we must once again fully back the team.