Derby make one change
Why oh why do they do this to us? Once again enough possession(I know I sound like a broken record)to win a game but were undone by a late, late goal as Derby salvaged a point in time added on.
It was not something they deserved and the continued failures on home soil could start to be a massive problem.
Leeds, roared on by another full house went for Derby’s jugular from minute one of the first half. Time after time they mesmerised the Derby midfield spraying the ball about with ease. The opponents could only run around as the ball went left to right and right to left.
They needed an early goal and got it on twenty minutes when Derby’s Lowe but the ball passed his own keeper Roos. Bamford had two chances to increase the lead but put a lob over the bar and went agonising close with a shot in the last minute of the first period. Probably the best performance at home I’ve seen this season at ‘church’ but once again the half time score didn’t reflect the dominance of the men in white.
Early in the second half Bamford was denied by a post, the unlucky striker was having ‘one of those days’. Derby took until nearly the hour mark to register their first shot across Leeds’ bows, it was a woeful effort by Waghorn that nearly hit the far corner flag. Leeds had the opportunity to increase their lead when Bamford was fouled in the area and a penalty was awarded. Mateusz Klich fluffed it as his far too casual effort went past the post with Derby keeper Roos already on the floor.
Klich after his penalty miss.
As in a couple of home games missed opportunities came back to bite Leeds in the arse, after a spell of pressure the ball fell to Chris Martin as the clock passed ninety minutes and he beat Casilla to level matters. Leeds had a shout for an injury time penalty but the referee waved away their appeals.
The clamour for Costa and Nketiah were loud pre game but neither offered much in their cameo appearances from the bench, Barry Douglas another substitute looked ‘ring rusty’ after coming on Hernandez, we are still to see the best from the injury plagued defender.
Disappointed but not downcast, Leeds are still top thanks to a draw for Swansea and next weeks opponents Charlton surprisingly losing away at Wigan.
Man of the Match: Pat Bamford, ran his heart out and was unlucky not to score. People need to get off his back!
By Keith Ingham