Andy Buckley-Taylor who did the ‘interview with a rival’ gives his thoughts on his team’s 1-0 defeat.
The first leg of the tie for me was all about game management and how Leeds executed it. They were patient and very well organised.
Their back four, particularly the Full Backs Ayling and Dallas, were on top of their game from kick off to the final whistle.
Derby were frustrated time and time again when on the attack. The best Derby attacks came down the right but came to nothing. There was no cutting edge whilst around the box and the final ball was poor.
Leeds outmuscled Derby in Midfield and left them frustrated for the whole of the game. For e the only Derby players that would have scored a seven out of ten was Duane Holmes who battled tirelessly and made some impressive runs, but without any back up they came to nothing. Kelle Roos had a decent game in goal pulling off a couple of good saves and had no chance in saving the strike by Roofe which was perfectly executed to give Leeds the only goal of the game.
It will take a big change to be in with a chance in the return leg. Derby played a 4-3-3 with Holmes in the number ten role, but personally I prefer to see him behind the striker. I thought that after the first ten minutes we dropped far too deep.
I was somewhat surprised to see David Nugent start. Martyn Waghorn not fit and unlikely to be back for Wednesday's game, I would have expected Jack Marriott get the nod. That said Lionel Messi would have struggled with the lack of service on Saturday.
I think Leeds will stick to a similar game plan in the second leg and who wouldn't? If it's not broken you don't fix it! Whereas Bielsa teams have been questioned in the past and he has had fingers pointed at him accusing him of burning players out, the system on Saturday shouldn't have done them any harm.
The big talking point for me - First of all I thought that Huddlestone, Tomori and Klich could all have received their marching orders. Violent conduct is just that and Tomori should know that a two footed challenge is a red card offence no matter what results from it.
The penalty shout happened in front of us and I knew it would cause much debate even before the referee changed his mind after consulting with his assistant. I thought it wasn't a penalty initially. I have watched it over and over again. I don't think it's 100% conclusive and theres much debate even between neutrals.
To be honest if we had be given it we would have possibly got an undeserved draw.
For the second leg I'd like to see us set up in a 4-2-3-1. I'd personally bring Tom Huddlestone in. He's not exactly quick, but he can bring precision with length when he makes long passes. Jack Marriott needs to play striker with Mount behind. A big job ahead, but you just don't give in at 0-1. The playoffs have plenty of examples of teams losing a home leg but winning the return away.
I think Leeds should do it. However, I'm hopeful Frank Lampard can get the lads to give a better account of themselves.
Thank you Andy. A splendid review.
By Andy Buckley-Taylor