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Leeds United v Brentford Live Commentary, 05/12/2021

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2 - 2
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BRE
T. Roberts (27)
P. Bamford (90+5)
S. Baptiste (54)
Sergi Canós (61)
Elland Road

Commentary

There is no rest for the wicked then, is there? Brentford head home to host Watford next - and Leeds also head south too, to face old rivals Chelsea. Until then, thank you for joining us - and have a great week!
But credit Leeds, who steal something deserved at the death, after injuries to Liam Cooper and Kalvin Phillips seriously cut their legs out. Patrick Bamford, sidelined for almost a dozen games, takes the plaudits. He returns to save their bacon.
My word. What drama. What drama! Leeds United grab a result well into the final act once again. Elland Road is getting used to these scenes. Spare a thought for Brentford, who looked to have turned this madcap clash into three points.
Patrick Bamford's last-gasp equaliser ensures the spoils are shared in the Premier League, as Leeds United salvage a point from the jaws of defeat against Brentford in dramatic circumstances! Shandon Baptiste and Sergi Canos looked to have spun this game around for the Bees - but the Whites rob them of victory at the very end! Full-time at Elland Road, it finishes Leeds United 2-2 Brentford.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 2-2 BRENTFORD
P. Bamford
Yellow Card
Leeds United
90' + 5' Bamford hurls his shirt off in his celebrations, and naturally gets booked. He won't care one jot.
L. Ayling
Assist
Leeds United
90' + 5' Ayling has been a standout throughout today, on his own return to the side - and it is poetry that he delivers a monster set-piece to set that up. Elland Road has absolutely erupted!
P. Bamford
Goal
Leeds United
90' + 5' GOAL! PATRICK BAMFORD RIDES TO THE RESCUE OF LEEDS UNITED! 2-2! The England international is the hero of the hour at Elland Road in the final minute of injury time! He ends his injury exodus with a point-rescuing goal! Ayling swings the corner in, the forward stabs his leg out and the ball crashes in off the bar! 
90' + 4' There is going to be a last-gasp corner for Leeds here. Up comes Illan Meslier...
90' + 2' It's not just the defeat here that will sting Leeds, it is going to be the injury list too. Bamford is flagged for offside now - the striker has been unable to really get going since his arrival today.
M. Jensen
V. Janelt
Brentford
90' Mathias Jensen replaces Vitaly Janelt in Brentford's third change of the game.
89' We're going to be in for a chunky five added minutes here.
87' This has been such an intelligent second half from Brentford - but make no mistake, they've been allowed to by their hosts' injury problems. Leeds will come away aggrieved and empty-handed from this one.
Raphinha
Yellow Card
Leeds United
85' Brentford race away on the counter and Raphinha pulls a professional foul in order to break it up. He's duly booked for his efforts.
84' Leeds have scored a 90th minute penalty in two of their last six Premier League matches, Rodrigo’s equaliser against Wolves and Raphinha’s winner against Crystal Palace. The Whites had only scored a penalty in the 90th minute of two of their first 514 Premier League matches – Gary McAllister’s third goal in a hat-trick against Coventry in October 1995 and Ian Harte’s winner against Derby in December 1999.
82' A spot of further gamesmanship looks to slow the game down courtesy of Brentford, and Roberts responds by lashing an on-target shot into the equation.
R. Henry
Yellow Card
Brentford
80' Now another yellow card! Henry rams James, but gets his booking for his reaction afterwards. Cool heads are not in this one.
M. Klich
Yellow Card
Leeds United
79' A slew of reckless challenges somehow go unpunished until Klich finally drives heavily in and earns a yellow. The control of this game has gone from the officials, it almost feels. 
77' Meslier executes an outrageous 30-yard header from the edge of his own box, but it is not enough to dig Leeds out of their own half and the heaviness of Brentford's press.
J. Harrison
Yellow Card
Leeds United
75' Jack Harrison picks up a yellow now for a hefty challenge. There's been some slipshod calls today against both sides, it must be said.
74' Raphinha lashes a long cross over from the right, seeking Bamford, but it is too long for anybody in the box bar the goalkeeper.
Y. Wissa
Sergi Canós
Brentford
72' Yoane Wissa replaces Sergi Canos in Brentford's second change of the game now.
71' What a turnaround this has been for Brentford. They are enjoying every moment of this game now, bursting with life and vitality. The Elland Road crowd are trying to drown them out.
F. Onyeka
S. Baptiste
Brentford
69' Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka meanwhile replaces Shandon Baptiste in Brentford's first change of the game.
P. Bamford
Junior Firpo
Leeds United
68' Patrick Bamford is indeed on, replacing Junior Firpo in Leeds United's third change of the game.
67' Patrick Bamford is stripped on the sidelines. Is the England man about to make his long-awaited return?
65' Brentford have lost five of their last seven games in the Premier League (W1 D1), after losing just one of their first seven matches in the competition (W3 D3). Indeed, the Bees have kept just two clean sheets in their last 12 Premier League matches, after recording a shutout in their first two games this season.  
63' If you need any proof of Kalvin Phillips' masterful conduction for Leeds United, this is it. Forced off, his side have dropped two goals very cheaply - one from nowhere to level and then a lack of smart interplay to allow the second. He is sorely missed so far.
B. Mbeumo
Assist
Brentford
61' Mbeumo is the man with the final touch to set that up there and it is a grand moment. Brentford have really delivered the goods in the last few minutes, but they've been helped by Leeds' own confusion.
Sergi Canós
Goal
Brentford
61' GOAL! SERGI CANOS DOES NOT MISS THAT ONE FOR BRENTFORD! 2-1! The visitors take the lead now! Leeds surrender play cheaply, the forward helps play a canny one-two-three and then lofts a lovely finish past Meslier. The Bees lead at Elland Road.
60' Canos misses an absolute sitter! Even he cannot believe that one, steering a close-range header at the left post wide of the mark. 
59' There's a lengthy pause for Ayling to get treatment now after a shot is smashed into his face but he will fortunately be able to continue for Leeds, who are quickly becoming the walking wounded.
57' Suddenly, the shoe is on the other foot. Leeds lose their lead and their best player in the space of a few minutes. The hosts will have to show some resolve now to get this one back on track.
Sergi Canós
Yellow Card
Brentford
55' Canos comes crashing in with a reckless challenge following the restart and is duly booked. That will be a ban for him after this.
M. Klich
K. Phillips
Leeds United
55' Mateusz Klich replaces Kalvin Phillips in Leeds United's second change of the game.
S. Baptiste
Goal
Brentford
54' GOAL! SHANDON BAPTISTE LEVELS FOR BRENTFORD! 1-1! It is a goal out of nothing, but a goal all the same! An innocuous long ball down the wing seems relatively painless, but when the cross is deflected, it falls back to the midfielder who hammers home from the edge of the box.
52' They may be on course for victory but this could become a very expensive day for the hosts - now England's Kalvin Phillips is getting medical attention on his calf. His loss would be the biggest blow of all.
50' What a save by Fernandez! Brentford are forced to scramble at the back as the Whites throw the proverbial kitchen sink at them. Leeds have firmly picked up where they left off.
48' You'd have thought the energy levels might have died off, but absolutely not. Both teams are continuing to go hammer-and-tongs at each other.
46' We are back underway for the second half at Elland Road. Will Leeds cruise to victory here or can Brentford swing this one back around to earn a result they can take away?
Leeds are looking to win consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season, while the Whites are looking to keep three consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight for the first time since August 2002.
Tyler Roberts' close finish on a milestone day at the office means that Leeds lead in the Premier League - but both sides are getting quite tasty with the other. At half-time, it is Leeds United 1-0 Brentford.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: LEEDS UNITED 1-0 BRENTFORD
C. Goode
Yellow Card
Brentford
45' + 2' Goode steams in on Roberts and gets the ball first, but the haphazard impact of his movement means he gets a yellow for sending the Welshman sprawling.
45' + 1' Phillips blazes an effort over from distance, attempting to crack a ranged effort in as the break approaches.
45' There will be three added minutes at the end of this half.
43' Brentford see an appeal for a free-kick waved away after Jansson is brought down and it slows down their play after they are awarded a throw instead. Leeds use the time to regroup sagely.
41' Forshaw - who has faced a long road back to this Premier League return, but looks remarkably at home - delivers a fine cut-back for Roberts, after feinting a cross. Alas, the next ball from the latter spins away for a goal-kick.
39' Jansson clears a cross for a corner and Brentford hang on once more. Since that goal, Leeds have prowled with savage intent in pursuit of a second.
37' Brentford are unbeaten in their last six away league games against Yorkshire sides (W4 D2), last having a longer run without defeat in the county between 2007 and 2011 (8 games).
35' James really is like a wind-up car - he just goes and goes and goes. He's been an inspired signing for Bielsa's ethos at Elland Road.
33' Brentford look to bite back, only to be constricted sharply by their hosts as they seek to move through the gears. This is good stuff on and off the ball from Leeds.
31' Now the Welshman almost has two! It's a quality save from Fernandez, to tip it over his crossbar, after James controlled the play wonderfully for the strike. The corner sails out for a goal-kick.
T. Roberts
Yellow Card
Leeds United
29' It's a little bit hero to zero for Roberts as he is booked for a bad sliding tackle - but an apparent shove from Norgaard goes unpunished in the build-up. Leeds are not happy about that one.
Raphinha
Assist
Leeds United
27' Take a bow, Raphinha - that's why Brazil want him in their team. He watches where his first ball fails and corrects accordingly. Wonderful stuff.
T. Roberts
Goal
Leeds United
27' GOAL! TYLER ROBERTS OPENS IT FOR LEEDS UNITED! 1-0! The Wales international slides onto Raphinha's cross - a second effort from the Brazilian after his first is headed away - and nudges it beyond the keeper. Simple yet effective - what an anniversary present for the man!
25' The pinball nature of this tussle has died off a little, or at least enough for Meslier to stray out of his box to meet passes slipped his way. Leeds look to throw themselves forward again.
23' Roberts is not really enjoying his big day today - he's dropped back in that formation change - and Jansson gets stuck in on him now. Both sides are missing some final third control though.
21' Brentford haven’t conceded more than once in any of their 14 league meetings with Leeds in the 21st century (9 conceded in total), last doing so in a 4-0 defeat in March 1954.
19' The Whites are pressed into frenetic defensive patterns, then botch their counter as James is sent the wrong way. Roberts looks disgruntled by the lost opportunity.
17' Marcelo Bielsa has prided himself on the ability to shift formations on the turn of a hat, but the loss of their key central defender has thrown them all over the shop. They have work to do here.
J. Harrison
L. Cooper
Leeds United
15' Jack Harrison replaces Liam Cooper in Leeds United's first change of the game. That is a surprise - Mateusz Klich had been stripped to come on at first.
14' Cooper can hardly walk, but walk he does from the field. It looks like a nasty hamstring issue. Ayling takes the captain's armband and Leeds prepare to make a change.
12' Concerns for Leeds now, who have captain Liam Cooper down receiving lengthy treatment for a leg issue following a busted Brentford shot. He's been an ever-present this term, but he's limping badly now.
10' Thomas Frank and Marcelo Bielsa are already barking out instructions left, right and centre. This is a seesaw tussle and both coaches - who shared a long handshake at kick-off - know it.
8' This has been a barnstormer of an opening act in terms of energy levels - almost a throwback to two years ago or so, when these two sides tore strips off each other in the Championship. It's ace.
6' Roberts - on what is his 100th game for the Whites today - scuffs a shot after a crowded crash in the Brentford penalty area and the visitors come away very easily from it.
4' Meslier has to be wary after a Brentford counter comes his way but Canos holds it up for so long, that it makes for a fairly easy save in the end.
2' Leeds hurl together an immediate fast series of plays and feel they have a shout for a penalty after James goes down in the box. It's deemed to be a slip and Brentford come away cleanly.
1' We are underway in this Premier League clash between Leeds and Brentford!
The teams have emerged and we are moments away from kick-off.
This is the first top-flight meeting between Leeds and Brentford since April 1947, with the Bees winning 2-1 at Elland Road. Both sides were relegated at the end of the that campaign.
Leeds have lost just one of their last 14 home league games against Brentford (W7 D6), going down 1-0 in the Championship in February 2015.
Subs: Mathias Jensen, Yoane Wissa, Finley Stevens, Matthew Cox, Saman Ghoddos, Dominic Thompson, Frank Ogochukwu Onyeka, Nathan Young-Coombes, Marcus Forss.
BRENTFORD (3-5-2): Alvaro Fernandez; Charlie Goode, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Mads Roerslev Rasmussen, Shandon Baptiste, Christian Norgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Rico Henry; Sergi Canos, Bryan Mbeumo.
Subs: Crysencio Summerville, Mateusz Klich, Kristoffer Klaesson, Jack Jenkins, Jack Harrison, Charlie Cresswell, Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo, Jamie Shackleton.
LEEDS UNITED (4-1-4-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Junior Firpo; Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas, Daniel James; Tyler Roberts.
The big news lies with the visitors though - there is no Ivan Toney after a late withdrawal through Covid-19. There is however a reunion for Bees skipper Pontus Jansson with the club where he became a cult hero.
There's two big returning faces for Leeds today, including one in the starting line-up. While England's Patrick Bamford has to make do with the bench, Luke Ayling returns to hold down the fort in defence for the hosts.
Thomas Frank's Bees have enjoyed more of a bounce following promotion, but just one win in their last five has stalled their momentum somewhat too. They'll be under no illusions that the possibility of three points today could be crucial in case of any late drop-off across the rest of the campaign.
It's been a tough campaign so far for the Whites under Marcelo Bielsa, unable to recapture the madcap highs and lows that powered them to mid-table across their first top-flight season back. But a last-gasp win against Crystal Palace in midweek might just be the ticket to get them back on top.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2021-22 Premier League, as Leeds United look to make it crucial back-to-back wins with the visit of Brentford to Elland Road.