Brentford blamed everyone but themselves yesterday, well Dean Smith did anyway. He complained at the length of the grass, one of the most bizarre complaints, the pitch looking very good for this time of the year. The twitter account blamed the wifi, and Smith also threw in that the ref was influenced by the home fans…bearing in mind he cost us a clean chance through on goal.
Dean Smith is undoubtedly a talented head-coach and to be fair to Brentford they are probably the best footballing side I have seen at Elland Road this season. They passed the ball very well, but they couldn’t change the game when they had been worked out. Heckingbottom had his tactics bang on yesterday and the only thing that let us down was the we couldn’t hold onto the ball for a good 35 minutes in the first-half. Brentford can only play one way, Neil Maupay is a very tricky striker but he needs the ball to feet and we cut that out. The likes of Ollie Watkins, Alan Judge who came off the bench and Ryan Woods are all brilliant on the ball, but can drift out of games if they can’t break the lines down. The key player yesterday was Ryan Woods who controlled the start before Kalvin Phillips flattened him, a game changing moment.
The Brentford twitter account wasn’t happy with the away ticket prices and most Leeds fans would agree away fans pay too much, we get it as well but in general it needs looking at from the whole league, not just Leeds United. They also pointed out the wifi wasn’t great, before Dean Smith decided to come out with arguably the two most pathetic excuses heard in a long, long time. The grass was long…embarrassing, especially when the Brentford twitter account posted a picture of the pitch before the game describing it as “perfect conditions”. Then the ref, who had a disaster of a game had apparently been influenced by the home fans. The ref blew up after Lasogga was played clean through to give us a free-kick on the halfway line and then minutes later did the same as Samu Saiz broke free, pulling it back for no reason to give us the free-kick. Fair to say that Smith will be reminded of these points the next time we see him.