Thomas Frank was in bullish mood before his Brentford side hosted Leeds United back in February.

The Whites were coming into the match at Griffin Park on the back of consecutive Championship losses, against Wigan and Nottingham Forest and Frank thought he smelled blood.

Frank told the Bees’ official Twitter account he felt Leeds ‘feared’ Brentford and his side would ‘attack’ Marcelo Bielsa’s.

In actual fact, Brentford were very lucky to draw the match 1-1 on the night.

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Leeds thoroughly dominated their hosts, enjoying 67 per cent of possession, taking 13 shots and limiting Brentford to just two shots on target.

It was only an inexplicable goalkeeping error from Kiko Casilla which allowed Brentford to take the lead and gave them something to defend.

The performance felt important at the time, stopping the rot while also carrying an element of putting an up-and-coming side and manager back into their place.

But after lockdown, it feels even more vital. Brentford are flying, having won all three of their matches, including victories against promotion rivals Fulham and West Brom without conceding a goal.

Leeds have taken four points from an available nine. Had they lost against Brentford in February, the Londoners would have leapfrogged Marcelo Bielsa’s men and combined with the clubs’ contrasting fortunes post-lockdown, that could have created anxiety at Elland Road.

As it stands, Leeds’ destiny remains in their own hands, thanks in no small part to that outstanding display in west London five months ago.

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