Bartley keeps Leeds in play-offs at Christmas

Bartley goal v Brentford

A late Kyle Bartley header secured Leeds United a Christmas Day play-off spot for the first time since 2011 as they beat Brentford at Elland Road.

The visitors looked to hold the Whites off and play out for a draw as chances for Leeds we’re a rarity.

Brentford thought they’d taken a first half lead through Scott Hogan but the forward was judged to be offside.

Hogan looked to have turned in a long free kick that was sent forward towards Lasse Vibe but the former Rochdale strikers trickling effort was chalked off.

Charlie Taylor was replaced by Gaetano Berardi after the left back picked up a knock on his achilles in the first half.

Luke Ayling had a great chance to fire Leeds in to the lead after a Stuart Dallas corner found its way to the full back but he smashed the ball past Daniel Bentley’s near post.

Souleymane Doukara wasted a great opportunity just five minutes later as he was sent down the left by Dallas but his attempted neat finish went wide of Bentley’s goal.

Leeds pushed for an equaliser by bringing on Liam Bridcutt for Kalvin Phillips and Marcus Antonsson on for Souleymane Doukara.

Ayling had another chance to break the dead lock but again he fired wide of Bentley’s goal with the outside of his foot after great play from Hadi Sacko.

The vital moment of the game came with just a minute of normal time remaining when Bartley met Dallas’ cross, beating an on rushing Bentley to glance the ball into the net and lift the roof off Elland Road.

The win puts Leeds in fifth spot going into their Boxing Day game against Simon Grayson’s Preston North End at Deepdale.

Man of the Match- Kyle Bartley

 Reporter- Matthew Beedle