Leeds United’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to six games as they were held to a frustrating draw by Brentford.
Jesse Marsch’s side had the better chances and forced Brentford keeper David Raya into several good saves at Elland Road.
Teenager Wilfried Gnonto, fresh off his brace in the FA Cup win over Cardiff on Wednesday, had the best opener but his effort was prevented by Raya.
Brentford failed to produce a shot on target but kept their discipline in defense to keep Leeds clear and extend their unbeaten record to eight consecutive games.
Bees striker Ivan Toney cut an isolated figure up front and his frustration boiled over with a possession scuffle with Robin Koch that earned him a yellow card.
The point lifts Leeds to 15th place, one point above the relegation zone, while Brentford move up to eighth.
Result suits Brentford but Leeds show signs of improvement
Both of these teams had scored 14 goals in their three Premier League meetings, but this one lacked clear chances at either end of the pitch.
Marsch and his Leeds side are under pressure and the stalemate means the hosts have won only once at Elland Road since August.
But it was a promising display as Leeds had more ball and produced five shots on target. Standing in their way was the in-form Raya, who made six saves to secure a clean sheet for Thomas Frank’s side.
January signing Max Wober, making his first league start in place of injured captain Liam Cooper, produced the first attempt with a curling free kick that went narrowly wide.
Rodrigo then forced Raya into an acrobatic save before the interval as Leeds upped the ante, but the final product was lacking.
When Gnonto was played on the angle, the Italian’s well-hit effort was at a comfortable height for Raya to react and get back to safety.
Leeds’ intention against a side that have won their last three league games will have delighted the home crowd, but they lacked the clinical advantage to turn a point into a three and give themselves a bigger safety cushion.
Brentford were resolute in their form and were tough to break, and a hard-earned point on the road keeps them in the hunt for European football.
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