Brentford 2-0 Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa’s men crumble to the delight of Norwich and Sheffield United
Leeds were dealt a potentially fatal blow in their bid for automatic promotion as they crumbled to a 2-0 defeat at Brentford.
Neal Maupay and Sergi Canos struck either side of half-time to leave Marcelo Bielsa’s men in need of a minor miracle to finish in the top two.
They now trail second-place Sheffield United by three points with a significantly inferior goal difference and just two games remaining.
Leeds began the Bank Holiday weekend in second with a three-point cushion of their own – and their collapse will feel all-too familiar for the club’s supporters.
Today’s defeat follows the shocking loss to Wigan at Elland Road, after the struggling Latics came from a goal down to win with ten men.
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Despite being denied a blatant penalty early in the first-half when Julian Jeanvier clattered into Patrick Bamford, Leeds can have few complaints about the outcome at Griffin Park.
Maupay was clinical at the end of the first-half after the visitors had spurned a host of promising opportunities.
The Bees’ top scorer latched onto a fantastic through-ball from Canos before expertly slotting beyond Kiko Casilla.
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Maupay then turned provider for the influential Canos, who provided a deft touch at the end of an incisive Brentford move.
Leeds pressed, but in truth Brentford looked more likely to score the next goal as the visitors left themselves vulnerable to the counter attack.
Chants of ‘Leeds are falling apart again’ rang around Griffin Park, which unfortunately summed things up quite accurately.
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