Against Derby: LWLDW
At Home vs Derby: DWDWL
Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Alioski, Forshaw, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Clarke, Roofe Subs: Huffer, Gotts, Davis, Halme, Shackleton, Stevens, Roberts
Derby: Carson, Wisdom, Bryson, Keogh, Tomori, Evans, Holmes, Mount, Lawrence, Lowe, Marriott Subs: Roos, Bogle, Malone, Huddlestone, Josefzoon, Waghorn, Nugent
In a game mired by somewhat controversy, Leeds did not hang about like a dog who’d just pissed on the carpet and knew it was in trouble.
Instead, the whites did what they do best, controlled every facet of a game that many fans had thought would be a tough game.
The game started with Leeds once again being denied a penalty after 35 seconds. Alioski had been played through on goal and after pointing to the spot, the play was called back for offside. On further review, the player was at least two yards behind the defender.
It wasn’t long before Leeds asserted their dominance and some wonderful skill by Jack Clarke resulted in a cross being flicked in by Kemar Roofe. Another showcase of the sheer talent of Clarke, who was making his first start for the club.
Leeds nearly doubled their lead when Adam Forshaw put in an inch perfect cross to Jack Harrison, but his header was inches wide. Minutes later, Forshaw let go from 30 yards out only to miss by the smallest of margins.
Prior to half time both Lowe and Evans were carded as Derby showed their true colours by continuously taking out Leeds players out of petulance.
Straight after the half Leeds grabbed their second goal when Clarke’s cross/shot found Alioski at the back post and on his second attempt the full back squared the ball to Harrison for a tap in.
Leeds had two more chances to extend their lead when Clarke found substitute Jamie Shackleton for a volley that went narrowly across the box.
Clarke then turned provider once again with a cross that agonisingly missed Kemar Roofe with a one yard tap in.
Leeds once again showed Derby how to play football and sent a message out that although the club may be struggling with injuries, no one is safe.
Man on the Match; Jack Clarke, one assist and a key pass for the second goal. This boy is a rising star.
Also a special mention for Adam Forshaw who bossed the midfield and showed the form that made him such an integral part of the midfield last season. Fingers crossed we can see a return to form for the ginger magician.
By Ryan Ingham