By George Overhill

3rd Sep, 2022 | 5:02pm

Leeds United were thrashed at Brentford in the ground where they secured Premier League survival last season, losing 5-2 on dreadful afternoon.

An eventful first half saw the Whites second best for most of the action, although Joe Gelhardt had a few good attempts. Ivan Toney put the home side two up with a soft penalty after going down under a challenge from Luis Sinisterra, before smashing a wonderful free-kick home, but Sinisterra pulled one back in injury time with an excellent solo effort.

Some awful defending led to Toney completing his hat-trick with a long-range chip, before Jesse Marsch imploded by making a baffling double-substitution to remove two of his biggest threats just before he was shown a red card by Rob Jones for protesting a penalty decision not given on Crysencio Summerville. Marc Roca pulled one back with his first for the Whites before it was immediately cancelled out by Bryan Mbeumo and then Yoane Wissa added a fifth.

Here, MOT Leeds News rates the Whites players out of 10 for the performances in west London.

Illan Meslier – 6

Difficult day. Made a couple of vital saves but was hung out to dry by his defence whom he didn’t look to have a good level of understanding with. Couldn’t do anything about conceding from a penalty but has questions to answer for Toney’s second as he left a huge gap to the side that wasn’t covered by the wall for the striker to hammer it straight into, fine strike that it was. Vital stop from Keane Lewis-Potter but his centre-backs left him in all sorts of bother for the hat-trick goal, and under siege from then on.

Cody Drameh (off for Ayling ’70) – 5

Got his chance at last after injury to Rasmus Kristensen but definitely not the performance he would have liked to take the opportunity. Didn’t look confident as the whole defence struggled.

Robin Koch – 2

Nightmare afternoon. An extremely sloppy early error gave the ball straight to Mathias Jensen who curled just wide, and the same player turned him inside out soon after in a very uncertain start. Made amends with a vital block on Lewis-Potter midway through the half but after the break he had a terrible game. Combined with Llorente to put Meslier in trouble for Toney’s third, then his header played Mbeumo in for the fourth.

Diego Llorente – 2

Was slightly less at fault than Koch for most of the afternoon, although he also let the ball through for the third Brentford goal, forcing Meslier to come out. Joined his centre-back partner in having a game to utterly forget late as he dithered and was caught in possession to gift the hosts a fifth.

Pascal Struijk – 4

Bad but nowhere near the worst. Looks fairly marauding when he goes forward but that too often leaves him out of position and put the rest of the back line under pressure. Played Llorente into trouble for the fifth goal. Had been looking better in recent weeks, but not today.

Tyler Adams – 7

Sharp, combative, just as fans have come to expect. He was fighting a losing battle for too much of the game with his midfield partner and the defenders behind him not matching his intensity. Looked frustrated in a decent display to no avail.

Marc Roca (off for Greenwood ’86) – 6

Didn’t do a huge amount for most of the game, but popped up with what looked like a crucial goal. Was then taken off, so a confusing day.

Luis Sinisterra (off for Summerville ’59) – 7

Central figure in the game, positively and negatively, but looked good going forward. Tangled with Toney in the area to concede a penalty after a long review. Unlucky to concede the kick, and be booked, but he lunged clumsily to put his side in a hole. Made amends in a huge way with a wonderful goal before the half, running onto a long throw-in and flicking it over the defender before arrowing a low shot into the bottom corner. Looked like he would have a big say late on before Marsch bafflingly took him off.

Brenden Aaronson – 7

Looked threatening and showed some quality but amid a display at the back that undercut any good work in attack he wasn’t able to have a real impact.

Jack Harrison (off for Bamford ’46) – 5

Nowhere near his best, and after such a glittering start to the season it has to be a slight concern that he has dropped off here and in the Brighton loss. For the star man to be withdrawn at half-time isn’t good news. Either he has a knock or he was simply miles off the pace.

Joe Gelhardt (off for Klich ’59) – 8 Man of the Match

Weird day. Finally in from the start after Rodrigo’s injury and intent on taking his chance. Busy in the first half with a number of attempts and fired narrowly wide before the half. Combined brilliantly with Bamford as soon as the number nine came on and seemed sure to be part of any comeback. Extremely unlucky to be taken off, a staggering decision.

SUBSTITUTES

Patrick Bamford (on for Harrison ’46) – 6

Could have scored twice in the first few minutes after his introduction, showing how much he is missed when injured, with one shot just wide and a second denied by a last-ditch block. Missed an insane sitter just before Roca scored. Did show how much this team needs him in attack.

Mateusz Klich (on for Gelhardt ’59) – 6

Appeared to be part of a fightback when a goal was pulled back but wasn’t heavily involved as that fell away.

Crysencio Summerville (on for Sinisterra ’59) – 6

Could have been given a penalty but wasn’t, which saw the manager get sent off. Was given a foul for a cleaner tackle later on. Looked fairly threatening but couldn’t get his side back into it.

Luke Ayling (on for Drameh ’70) – 7

Nearly broke his nose in a clash of heads as soon as he came on. Provided an opening down the right and got an assist for Roca, but too little too late.

Sam Greenwood (on for Roca ’86) – N/A

In other Leeds United news, the club have been accused of forcing a senior player out of Elland Road on deadline day.