Brentford 1-1 Leeds United: Noel Whelan's instant reaction

Griffin Park interior, Brentford

Brentford hosted Leeds United in a midweek Championship clash, with Toumani Diagouraga a second half substitute.

Leeds United fought back to claim a draw against Brentford, with Mustapha Carayol netting a late equaliser.

Noel Whelan, former Leeds United striker, gave his verdict to BBC Radio Leeds after the game.

He said: "I don't think our passing and movement was as crisp and precise as Brentford in first 45, but we got reaction we wanted in second half after a very average first half performance once again.

"We could, possibly, have gone and won the game but a 1-1 is probably a fair result in the end."

Sam Saunders scored the opener for Brentford, running unopposed from midfield with Leeds defenders backing off, and firing the ball into the bottom corner.

Steve Evans' team selection had surprised a few, with Luke Murphy retaining his place, and Mustapha Carayol dropping down to the bench.

This was in aid of Chris Wood's return, but the New Zealand striker was substituted early in the first half after sustaining another injury.

Toumani Diagouraga was among the substitutes, a day after his switch from Brentford to Leeds was confirmed, and he came on in the second half for the final half an hour.

Carayol came on in the 79th minute, and took just five minutes to score an important equaliser, lifting the spirits of fans and teammates alike.

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