Uwe Rosler was pleased to see his Leeds side overcome a case of stage fright and take a point in a 1-1 Elland Road draw with Brentford.
Unbeaten this season and riding high after a fine win at Derby last time out, United were woeful in the first half in the face of some fine opposition from Brentford.
Marco Djuricin’s goal was due reward for a dominant first-half performance from the Bees, who would have been two-up had Jake Bidwell not made a hash of an open goal.
But head coach Rosler’s decision to send Mirco Antenucci on at half-time paid off as the Italian curled in a delicious equaliser to share the spoils.
“Brentford are a good side and they know what they’re doing,” Rosler said.
“They have signed interesting players, had the first chance and we got cautious.
“We lost our fearlessness and we made a mistake. When you do that against Brentford they can find the holes.
“Then we were down on confidence and they scored. We looked like we were afraid to get on the ball, that can happen. We deserved to trail at half-time.
“In the second half we started 0-0 and the substitutes helped us.
“The last 25-30 minutes we battered them in a football sense and could have won the game. I think it was a fair result for two teams who wanted to win.”
Antenucci’s impact from the bench was clear, but despite his third goal of the season saving the day, Rosler cannot guarantee him a start alongside regular target man Chris Wood.
“For weeks we have spoken about how good the 4-3-3 formation has been and now we are saying to go to 4-4-2,” he said.
“We have to have consistency and have a Plan B and here the Plan B came. We can’t have a discussion every week about whether or not we play with one striker or two.
“Mirco is a top player whether he starts games or comes from the bench. He told me, don’t play me on the wing.”
Visiting coach Marinus Dijkhuizen did not attend the post-match press conference, so it was left to ex-Brentford boss Rosler to credit his old side.
“I know the players they have are players who have played for their country; they have players with good wages, the model at Brentford works well,” he said.
“They buy players for cheap and sell them high and I expect Brentford to be high up the table this season.”