By Neil Champney

6th Aug, 2020 | 9:00pm

Pontus Jansson sends Instagram message to Leeds after Brentford play-off heartbreak

Pontus Jansson has taken to Instagram to congratulate Leeds United for their promotion back to the Premier League.

The former Elland Road defender was left heartbroken on Tuesday evening when current club Brentford were beaten by London rivals Fulham to miss out on the final spot in the top flight next term.

But after a period of reflection, the Swede still found time to deliver his best wishes to the three sides who outshone the Bees.

Writing on his personal Instagram account, the 29-year-old said: “Really tough to put words into the end of this season.

“We were so close but couldn’t take it over the line, and of course it feels tough a day like today.

“What I know is that this will give us extra motivation into the next season.

“I will also congratulate Fulham, West Bromwich and of course all my friends at Leeds for what you achieved. All the best next season!”

Regardless of how you feel about Jansson and his exit from Elland Road last summer, you’ve got to feel heartily sorry for him right now.

This is two years on the bounce when he has missed out on promotion at the final hurdle, and both times you could probably make an argument for his side deserving to go up.

In Leeds’ case last season, we led the way for so much of the Championship season before just falling away at the last, while Brentford have been on an incredible march since the league restarted.

Had they not faltered in their last two matches, they would have gone up automatically, and were it not for a goalkeeping howler they would have stood a much better chance of winning at Wembley too.

We’ve felt what it’s like to fall short by the smallest of margins, and it’s not nice, so credit to the Swede for showing a touch of class and wishing us the best of luck for next term.

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