Leeds United throw away another chance to stay in the race for automatic promotion. Eugh.
Three days after the embarrassing home defeat against Wigan, Marcelo Bielsa and his men were humbled once more, this time at Griffin Park against Brentford.
In typical Leeds fashion, the game could have been put away in the first five minutes if it was not for disastrously poor finishing. Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts both squandering their efforts, Bamford shanking his shot wide of the post before youngster Roberts panicked in a one-on-one situation with Bees goalkeeper David Bentley.
Leeds were desperately unlucky not to see a penalty awarded when Bamford was clumsily sent to the ground by Julian Jeanvier. The signs were there – it was not going to be their day.
Kiko Casilla denied Sergi Canos brilliantly with a one-handed save minutes later but could do nothing to stop the deadly Maupay from clinically finishing the next opportunity in a one-on-one.
Half-time gave Leeds an opportunity to regroup and they came back out firing, Adam Forshaw, Pablo Hernandez and Bamford all lumping shots over the bar. More wastefulness.
A betting man would have had Leeds on the score next as they mounted on the pressure in search of an equaliser, but a smart man would have had Brentford. Despite being penned back in their own half for the majority of the second-half, Brentford found themselves two goals to the good after Canos chipped over Casilla.
The Whites could have gone three goals down but were fortunate to see Maupay’s audacious overhead kick effort graze narrowly over the bar. Unless results go their way, the play-offs look likely now.
On a day of misery and wastefulness, it is easy to select our pick for the villain: Patrick Bamford.
His recent goals may have helped Leeds United into the automatic promotion contest, but he was desperately poor against Brentford – and his ineptness in front of goal could be the reason they fall short at the last. After he probably should have been awarded a penalty, everything came crashing down for Bamford. Shanked and overcooked shots rained down from far and wide, broken up by the odd offside call.
Poor from the man who supposedly set the club back £10m at the start of the season (as per BBC Sport).
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