Brentford hero points out key flaw in Leeds attack, which stopped them threatening

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Brentford's Alan McCormack believes the lack of width in the Leeds United side limited their attacking potential.

Brentford climbed above Leeds in the Championship table at the weekend with a 2-0 win at Griffin Park.

The home side managed 10 shots on target to Leeds' three, despite having less possession than the visitors.

Goalscorer Alan McCormack believes this was because Leeds were too one-dimensional in attack, and Darko Milanic's side became predictable.

The 30-year-old told the Bees' website: "The only time they caused us problems was when they went through the middle, they had no wide players.

“When we get the ball we are effective at getting it wide then through the middle quickly. They couldn’t cope with us.

"They played into our hands and, as you saw, if we keep a good shape we are hard to break down defensively."

Like Neil Redfearn before him, Milanic set up with a narrow formation and it did them no favours in terms of crossing.

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We revealed over the weekend how Leeds and Brentford ranked lowest in the Championship in terms of accurate crosses, and the visitors did not add to it over the weekend.

They managed to deliver only one ball in accurately from out wide, attempting to do the damage through the centre, but as McCormack pointed out, this made them predictable.

Leeds did still manage to create more goalscoring chances against Brentford than they did in any game this season, so it's not necessarily negative, simply that they were not multi-dimensional in their approach.

The Whites did not even have winger Nicky Ajose on the bench for the away tie, but if they are looking to change it up and answer the criticism of 'having no wide players', then he could become an option, even as a 'plan B'.

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