Brentford 2 Leeds United 0
Magnificent Brentford bounced back to cruise past Leeds United to win two nil, but it should have been more.
Griffin Park was once again rocking as the Bees showed that they belong in the Championship.
Bouncing back from two defeats, an undeserved 3 nil home loss to Norwich and a deserved thrashing at Middlesbrough Bees fans were probably wondering if the team would be overawed by the opposition history, badge and shirt.
The game started of pretty even, with the Bees playing beautiful flowing football and with both sets of supporters in full voice to create the cup style atmosphere that Griffin Park is becoming famous for.
Silvestri in the Leeds goal was forced to make a superb double save, stopping Alan Judge’s curling free-kick that was heading for the far corner, and then regaining his composure to save Andre Gray who latched on to the rebound.
The Bees began to dominate and forced a penalty after 27 minutes when Jonathan Douglas, full of confidence attacked the Leeds goal from the midfield and with an inch perfect pass to Gray, Leeds Jason Pearce was forced into a desperate tackle which had the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
It was as if Tarkowski had forgotten the code when as his spot kick would have been a perfect conversion as it smashed against the second tier of the Wendy House stand much to the amusement of the Leeds fans and the Leeds owner Cellino who could not hide his delight and had to be ushered from his seat in the Paddock by the stewards to join the Leeds fans on the terrace.
Brentford continued to push forward and if anything upped their game as Leeds struggled to cope with the fluent football. Silvestri was once again the Leeds hero denying Douglas far-post header with an excellent save.
The Bees took their deserved lead in the second minute of the first half stoppage time. The ball fell to Jotta and whilst most in the ground would have expected him to just lunge at the ball to send it in the direction of the goal that watched in awe as he controlled the ball, twisting and turning under the pressure of several Leeds defenders before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Brentford continued the first half just as they had finished the second. The Bees dominance silenced the Leeds fans who up until now had been in full voice.
Brentford threatened to run riot as they carved chance after chance. Silvesrti looked beaten when wrong footed but just about managed to get a leg to the ball to deny Gray, in the resulting goal mouth scramble the rebound was kept out by a defender before being blasted in to the roof of the Ealing Road terrace.
Moses Odubajo came close with a diving header but was again denied by the inspired Silvesrti.
The Bees finally doubled their lead with 77 minutes on the clock when McCormack who had Gray free to left decide to shoot himself and when his deflected strike beat Silvesrti Griffin Park erupted.
With cries of “We’re just too good for you” ringing around the three home stands there was a sense of realisation that Brentford can hold their own in this league and with Leeds on the ropes the Bees pushed forward for a third goal that there display deserved.