'Helped us out' - Brentford boss aims sly dig at Leeds player
By Aramide Oladipo
Brentford head coach Dean Smith has aimed a sly dig at Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan following his performance in Saturday night’s Championship match.
Brentford came away with a 3-1 victory but Lonergan, 34, endured a tough night at Griffin Park as he was at fault for two of the goals.
The Leeds shot-stopper fumbled an easy catch in the first-half which enabled Neal Maupay to capitalise and open the scoring, whilst he should reacted better to second-half Yoann Barbet free-kick which put the hosts back in the lead.
Speaking to Get West London after the match, Smith recognised that the Leeds senior man had given his side a helping hand but also gave special mention to his own side’s performance.
“Their goalkeeper’s helped us out and our goalkeeper’s helped them out, and you’re thinking that it might be one of them games,” he said.
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“I thought the subs helped us for the last 20 minutes, I thought we went and pressed them a lot higher, won the ball back again, and created some chances, so it is really pleasing to get the win.”
Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley made a mistake of his own which allowed Ergjan Alioski to equalise but the visitors failed to hold on.
Thomas Christiansen’s side have now lost four consecutive matches in all competitions, including three in the league.
This poor run of results has seen them drop into 10th position in the league table and they are now three points adrift off the playoff places.
The Whites have the chance to bounce back when they welcome Middlesborough to Elland Road after the international break.
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