Match Report from Griffin Park.
Sky Bet Championship
Brentford 1 (Benrahma, 25)
Leeds United 1 (Cooper, 39)
Brentford: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Norgaard, Jensen (Baptiste 89), Benrahma, Watkins, Dasilva (Marcondes 89), Mbeumo (Fosu 89), Dalsgaard, Jeanvier. Subs not used: Daniels, Valencia, Racic, Roerslev.
Leeds: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Costa, Bamford (Augustin 76). Subs not used: Meslier, Douglas, Alioski, Berardi, Stevens.
Venue: Griffin Park
Attendance: 12,294 (1,602 Leeds)
Leeds United had to settle for a point at Griffin Park after captain Liam Cooper got his first goal of the season in reply to Said Benrahma’s early first half tap-in.
The first chance of the game fell to the hosts as Josh Dasilva saw his 20-yard tame strike saved comfortably by Kiko Casilla.
Minutes later the Whites rushed Brentford into a defensive mistake, which saw Jack Harrison almost capitalise, but he scuffed his shot when in on goal.
Leeds continued to dominate the early proceedings and Luke Ayling got his head on a corner but his effort lacked power and David Raya comfortably saved.
With 23 minutes on the clock, Christian Norgaard had Brentford’s first big chance of the contest, but his strike whistled just past Casilla’s post from the edge of the box.
Seconds later Brentford took the lead against the run of play, after a Casilla slip left Said Benrahma an empty net to tap into.
Benrahma almost grabbed his second of the evening shortly after, but Ayling blocked his close range effort fantastically and Leeds cleared the resulting corner.
In the 38th minute, Harrison whipped in an in-swinging corner which saw Cooper poke home the equaliser following a failed clearance from Raya in the Brentford net.
Leeds continued to have chances as Stuart Dallas played a lovely floated through ball to Helder Costa who saw his diving header fly just over the crossbar.
Half Time: Brentford 1-1 Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa’s side had the first chance of the second half as Ayling, whipped a fantastic ball into the box and Bamford rose highest but his effort went just over the crossbar.
After a quiet 15 minutes, Leeds broke in numbers on the counter attack and Costa played a fantastic one-two with Mateusz Klich but Costa’s shot was saved by Raya.
Harrison once again had the beating of his man as he cut the ball back to Bamford on the edge of the box but his difficult half-volley went over the crossbar.
With 15 minutes to go, Brentford had their first proper chance of the half as Benrahma stood over a 20-yard free kick but his effort flew into the wall.
The ever-influential Harrison won another corner for the Whites and from the set-piece Hernandez had an effort blocked on the edge of the box.
In the four minutes of additional time and Leeds continued to press for the winner but the Bees stayed resolute and despite extreme late pressure, Leeds had to settle for a point.
Full Time: Brentford 1-1 Leeds United