Despite dominating in almost every statistical category, Leeds were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford on a night that saw both goalkeepers gift goals to their opposition.
Leeds were the first to create the game’s first meaningful chance when Jack Harrison cut in from the left and zipped past a duo of Bees defenders. His resulting weaker-footed shot was tame, however, and failed to trouble the Brentford goalkeeper.
Brentford came close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute through neat interplay from Ollie Watkins and Christian Norgaard.
Watkins received the ball just inside the Leeds area and manfully held off the close attentions of Liam Cooper before laying the ball off to Watkins to let fly from 20 yards. The effort narrowly fizzed past the post and left Kiko Casilla a relieved man.
Within moments, however, relief had turned to embarrassment when the under-pressure Spaniard once again cost his side dearly.
A simple pass across the face of goal from Cooper found its way to Casilla who remarkably stumbled on the ball and collapsed in a heap to allow Said Benrahma to tap home from close range to make it 1-0.
The lead was short-lived, when in the 37th minute Brentford stopper David Raya compounded a poor night all-round for the men with the gloves.
Raya’s attempted punch of a Leeds corner found nothing but fresh air, allowing centre-back Cooper to notch his first goal of the season after a brief scramble in the box.
The second half featured much of the same frantic action that would inevitably come with a clash that brought such huge promotion repercussions.
Visitors Leeds created the bulk of the chances but in a familiar tale, their forwards could not find the clinical touch required to take the lead.
Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford were both guilty of missing half-chances as Leeds dominated in almost every statistical category other than the scoreline.
In the end, both sides had to settle for a point in a result that both managers would probably have settled for if offered pre-match.
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