By George Overhill

22nd Jan, 2023 | 3:49pm

Leeds United played out a goalless draw with Brentford despite having the better of the chances as Jesse Marsch went another game without a win.

A scrappy opening half saw few clear-cut chances despite no shortage of energy from the home side, and it was goalless at the break.

There was more chance of finding the elusive winner after the break as the home side were largely in control, but on a day where it was the defence who shone for once, with too many average performances elsewhere, it ended in a frustrating stalemate.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the Leeds United players out of 10 for their performances at Elland Road.

Illan Meslier – 6

There when needed in the first half but became a spectator for the majority of the afternoon.

Luke Ayling – 6

Solid performance in defence and attack although he could have been more accurate with crosses into the box. Looks to have firmly reclaimed his right-back spot.

Robin Koch – 8

Major improvement. Made a crucial first half intervention to cut out a Rico Henry ball for Ivan Toney, then excellently took the ball of Toney again minutes later. Has often been part of the problem this season but looked far better here. Looked formidable at the back but immediately broke up the good-looking new partnership with Wober with a booking that suspends him for the Nottingham Forest game.

Max Wober – 9Man of the Match

Very encouraging. Got the crowd going early with a huge sliding tackle which epitomised the full-throttle opening, then wasn’t far away with a free kick. Got involved going forward as well as looking composed at the back, and may have finally provided the answer to the issues in the backline if he can elevate Koch as he did today.

Pascal Struijk – 6

Decent if unspectacular showing. Leeds United certainly need that defensively but in a game like this one might have benefited from more incisiveness going forward. Difficult to hold that against him as a converted centre-back.

Marc Roca (off for Greenwood ’87) – 7

Solid game. Pressed as heavily as anyone in the opening exchanges and provided a significant hurdle for Brentford to pass in the midfield. Didn’t contribute much in attack as the Whites struggled to break down a compact Bees side.

Tyler Adams – 5

One of his weaker outings in a Leeds United shirt. Got into a slight clash with Mathias Jensen midway through the first half which reignited the game that was starting to get into a rut. It was probably his primary contribution to a game which largely passed him by on a surprising off day.

Jack Harrison – 6

Heavily involved and improved as the game went on but lacking the quality that we all know he has at times. Suggestions that he was getting in Gnonto’s way won’t help his case for a place once Luis Sinisterra, Crysencio Summerville and Georginio Rutter are all at 100%. His heavy touch that wasted possession late in the half to end a dangerous attack won’t either. Certainly better than him being peripheral and he does look to be regaining his confidence but still short of his best.

Brenden Aaronson – 7

Battling display all over the pitch. Won a free-kick right on the edge of the Brentford box early while chasing down opposition players who came anywhere near him in the opening exchanges. Signs of the energetic player who arrived at the start of the season returning. Surprising that he was withdrawn first.

Willy Gnonto – 6

Quiet day. Perhaps a victim of his own success, and possibly Harrison wandering out of position, as he wasn’t afforded much space to produce the magic he has been recently. Still always a threat and drew a strong save with the best Leeds United chance midway through the second half.

Rodrigo (off for Bamford ’79) – 6

Frustrating time for the top scorer, as demonstrated by his booking for punching the ball into the ground in the second half. Struggled to impact the game early until he dropped deeper in an attempt to get involved. Went close after the break with a rasping shot from distance and grew in influence as the game wore on.

SUBSTITUTES

Luis Sinisterra (on for Aaronson ’69) – 5

Lost the ball immediately with a poor touch and then was largely anonymous. Still looks short of match-fitness.

Patrick Bamford (on for Rodrigo ’79) – 6

Surprising Marsch took so long to bring him on given his recent scoring form and the struggles his side were having to break down Brentford. Didn’t really have long enough to make the difference.

Sam Greenwood (on for Roca ’87) – N/A

In other Leeds United news, the club want bonuses paid as bigger clubs enter the race for one of their players.