Leeds United slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday, with one of their key men under-performing considerably.
Leeds United’s new head coach Darko Milanic would not have wanted his tenure to start with a 2-0 defeat, but that was what happened when Brentford spoilt the party with a clinical performance on Saturday.
Leeds had climbed into the top half of the Championship table under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn, but Brentford were in no mood to allow Milanic a fairy tale start, as the second tier’s surprise package continued their impressive start.
The visitors under-performed, managing just three shots on target in the entire match, and their star performer in recent weeks Rodolph Austin failed to continue that trend.
The Jamaican midfielder was outstanding against Huddersfield last weekend, but just seven days on and his passing accuracy dropped from 90 per cent in that match to 79 per cent against Brentford.
Similarly, Austin won two tackles and five duels last weekend, but on Saturday he failed to win a single tackle and managed just three successful duels.
The Leeds star also had a 50 per cent shooting accuracy, compared with 100 per cent last week, although he did double his amount of key passes.
In short, Austin could not replicate the form that saw him inspire a vital win last weekend, and Milanic will hope that is a one off rather than a sign of things to come.
On his day, the Leeds midfielder is unplayable, but Saturday was not one of those days.