Match Report: Brentford 2-0 Leeds
Leeds United’s automatic promotion hopes were handed a huge blow on Saturday evening as they lost 2-0 at Brentford to fall three points behind rivals Sheffield United.
The result at Griffin Park has left leaders Norwich City all-but promoted, now six points clear of third-placed Leeds with two games remaining, with a superior goal difference.
Brentford went ahead in the first half through top scorer Neal Maupay, after Leeds had earlier been inexplicably denied a penalty when Patrick Bamford was brought down by Julian Jeanvier.
Sergi Canos fired in the hosts’ second after the break as Leeds failed to respond.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s top two ambitions are now out of their hands and would be all-but over should Sheffield United beat rock bottom and relegated Ipswich Town next weekend.
Leeds had moved three points clear of Sheffield United on 13 April but have since lost back-to-back games over a damaging Easter weekend that looks set to be the downfall of their campaign.
Needing to bounce back from Friday’s surprise home defeat against 10-man Wigan Athletic, Leeds had started brightly at Griffin Park, with Bamford firing wide from inside the area early on.
The visitors were furious when they were not given a penalty for what appeared to be a blatant foul by Jeanvier on Bamford inside the penalty area.
At 0-1, Tyler Roberts scuffed wide when he had a fine chance to pull Leeds immediately level, and Canos punished Leeds for that miss after the break.
Norwich will clinch promotion should they avoid defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers next weekend, while Leeds – who face Aston Villa at home and then Ipswich Town away – are reliant on results elsewhere.