Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch refused to be too downbeat despite watching his side go down 5-2 at Brentford and being sent off.
Ivan Toney bagged a hat-trick for the hosts and in doing so went past the 50-goal mark for the club. The 26-year-old slotted home a penalty on 30 minutes and doubled his tally for the day with a curling effort on 43 minutes. Luis Sinisterra made it 2-1 at the break with a goal in first-half stoppage time.
But Toney put daylight between the sides once again with his third goal in the 58th minute. Marc Roca gave the Whites hope on 79 minutes but 60 seconds later Bryan Mbuemo restored the Bees’ two-goal advantage.
Substitute Yoane Wissa rounded off the scoring in injury time as Brentford moved up to seventh. Leeds sit ninth just a point behind the west Londoners.
Marsch was given a red card on 65 minutes for arguing with the referee about his side not being awarded a penalty. He was incensed that the ref did not consult VAR after a challenge by Aaron Hickey on Crysencio Summerville.
But the American preferred to focus on his charges and he remained positive in defeat.
“Not enough from us today, but not all terrible either”, he said on LUTV. “There’s things to improve on, but what I’ve been saying lately is I like our team and I’m still there.
“Just we’ve got to find ways to get better and keep learning and keep growing.”
Marsch praises Leeds focus
Leeds have now won two, drawn two and lost two of their opening six games this term. But they have taken just one point from their past three outings.
Marsch may have felt Saturday’s clash was a contest from which they could have got something. However, they headed north with nothing to show for their efforts.
The 48-year-old hinted that he was unhappy with the referee and backed the attitude of his men throughout the 90 minutes.
“Even with some of the frustration with some of the decisions made on the day, I think our guys tried to stay focused,” he added. “It’s just again a couple too many mistakes in the back.”
Leeds will need to regroup and prepare for their next fixture on Monday, September 12. Steve Cooper brings his newly-promoted Nottingham Forest side to Elland Road for an evening fixture.
Forest have won just once in the league this term and suffered a 3-2 loss at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.