Brentford v Leeds United player ratings


Brentford’s hopes of back-to-back victories were dashed by an 84th-minute Leeds equaliser. Here’s how we rated the Bees players in the 1-1 draw at Griffin Park.

David Button: 8
Made four fine saves – an excellent one in the first half to keep out Mirco Antenucci’s long-range effort just after Brentford’s goal, and three after the break to deny Antenucci, Stuart Dallas and Souleymane Doukara.

Maxime Colin: 7
Very tidy defensively, including in the air at set-plays, and also got forward well on occasions.

Harlee Dean: 8
A steady first half, making a couple of blocks and a great challenge on Antenucci. Flourished after the break as he organised a solid-looking Brentford defence.

Yoann Barbet: 7
The pace of Antenucci troubled him at times but he is taking full advantage of James Tarkowski’s indiscretion by forming a promising partnership with Dean.

Jake Bidwell: 6
Had an interesting battle against former team-mate Dallas, and the pair had a good chat at breaks in play. Dallas’ replacement, Mustapha Carayol, caused a few more problems and the Bees skipper will regret the scuffed clearance that led to Leeds’ late equaliser.

Josh McEachran: 8
An excellent display in his first 90 minutes in a Brentford shirt. Showed he is both ball-winner and ball user, not afraid to get stuck in but also able to link up with the more attacking options around him. Toumani who?

Ryan Woods: 6
A good first half, where he was involved in some of Brentford’s neat passing moves, but faded a little in the second when the Leeds midfield exerted more influence.

Sam Saunders: 8
A very bright and breezy 64 minutes, capped by a superb goal – cutting through the heart of the Leeds midfield from halfway and almost toe-poking home from 18 yards. Always looking to start attacks and produced one fine moment of skill in the first half, prior to his goal.

Alan Judge: 7
He can carry Brentford’s attack occasionally, but the Bees are always better when he is simply a component part, as was the case against Leeds. Combined well with his fellow midfielders and injected life into the game at times, including a shot which went narrowly over.

John Swift: 7
Came through an uncertain start, when he was guilty of giving the ball away, to put in a very good shift, particularly in the second half. The Chelsea loanee showed some neat touches.

Lasse Vibe: 6
Struggled to make an impact, although he did force Marco Silvestri into a save from a tight angle shortly before his substitution.

Marco Djuricin: 6
Replaced Vibe and couldn’t get into the game either in his 25-minute cameo.

Andy Gogia: 6
Also didn’t have the impact Dean Smith might have hoped when he came on for Saunders.