It's been almost half a century since Derby County and Leeds United clashed for titles with each other as giants of our game and Don Revie and Brian Clough closed corners on Yorkshire TV, but then their heirs allowed each other at Pride Park to join fight for the right to return to the top flight, Leeds and their coach Marcelo Bielsa made the initiative in & # 39; battle to reclaim brilliant days.
There was controversy and bad feelings splashed in the last minutes of & # 39; a match. There was bound to be. It is woven into & # 39; history of & # 39; An enmity between these clubs since the 1970s when Clough took over from Revie on Elland Road and told Leeds players to throw their medals into the bowl, in order not to win them honestly . It was wrapped up earlier this year in the Spygate scandal surrounding Bielsa and Derby boss Frank Lampard.
This time, after Leeds took a lead of & # 39; the second half by an excellent goal of & # 39; a productive striker Kemar Roofe, the controversy came when Derby received a late penalty by referee Craig Pawson only for the official to back his decision after consulting his lineman. Leeds will lead their precious one-goal lead back to Elland Road for the second leg on Wednesday.
Kemar Roofe breaks Leeds deadlock after being found by a fantastic Jack Harrison (not pictured) cross
Leeds striker is congratulated by his teammates after they break the deadlock at Pride Park on Saturday
Spanish goalkeeper Kiko Casilla of Leeds scored the opening goal when Marcelo Bielsa's side went up 1-0 after 55 minutes
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER EDITS
THEREFORE: (4-1-2-3) Rose 6; Bogle 6.5, Tomori 7, Keogh 6, Malone 6; Johnson 5; Month 6, Holmes 6 (Bennett 70 6); Wilson 5, Lawrence 6 (Huddlestone 86 6), Nugent 6 (Marriott 64 5)
SUBS ONLY USED: Carson (GK); Joseph's son, Evans, MacDonald
BOOKINGS: Lawrence (55), Keogh (67), Holmes (69), Huddlestone (89)
COACH: Frank Lampard
LEEDS: (4-1-4-1) Casilla 6; Ayling 6, Berardi 6, Cooper 7, Dallas 6; Phillips 6, Forshaw 6 (Shackleton 23 7); Hernandez 6, Klich 7, Harrison 7.5; Roofs 7 (Clarke 80 6)
SUBS ONLY USED: Peacock-Farrell (GK); Brown, Struijk, Gotts, Bogusz
OBJECTIVES: Roof (55), Klich (88)
BOOKINGS: Berardi (63), Cooper (65)
COACH: Marcelo Bielsa
HISTORY: Craig Pawson 5
MAN OF THE CONTEST: Jack Harrison (Leeds)
VENUE: Pride Park
& # 39; The amazing thing is that once the ref has given it and he is the boss in the field, & # 39; said Lampard after the game, & # 39; he then advised his lineman. Once he has given him, it is strange to say the least. I'll talk to him. I have never seen a decision made unless there is clear information. I am surprised that the referee decided to play second fiddle in a game of this magnitude. & # 39;
Leeds earned the victory and Lampard acknowledged that his team had been among their best. They were led outside by a window draped in ceremonial clothing, but they played like lambs. They were afraid that defender Fikayo Tomori was headed in the chest by Mateusz Klich and Klich received only a yellow card, but the game had turned Leeds by then.
Leeds, who missed automatic promotion to Norwich and Sheffield United, were the better, more accomplished team and the result reflected the fact that they had nine points for their opponents in the championship. More pertinently, perhaps, they had beaten Derby at home and away in their league meetings.
The confidence that came from those victories allowed Bielsaâ & # x20AC; & # x2122; s team to overcome their disappointing end of the season, where they lost three of their last four games and finished third, despite 42 of 46 match days in the top two. Derby entered the match with momentum but could not translate it into a result.
Derby face an uphill battle to reach the Wembley play-off final now and this defeat will raise fears about their future. There are worries about the club's financial position and three of its best players – Tomori, Harry Wilson and Mason Mount – are on loan from Chelsea and Liverpool and are likely to join the & # 39; recalled the end of the season.
If they don't move up this season, it may take a while before they get the chance again. There is also uncertainty about whether Lampard would stay with the club if they did not promote. Lampard has had an impressive first season in management and there are some suggestions that Chelsea may be trying to bring him home when they drop Maurizio Sarri.
Referee Craig Pawson awarded Derby a penalty because Harrison was assessed in the area
Richard Keogh of Derby County protests with Pawson who makes his way to discuss the decision with his lineman
Pawson talks to his assistant before overcoming his original decision to clear the penalty in the second half
Pawson controversially awards a goal, instead of Derby's Bradley Johnson being troubled by the decision
The match was obviously buffeted by fierce undercurrents of recent history. The last time the two teams met, in January, it was overshadowed the day before by the discovery of a spy in & # 39; bushes on & # 39; an area of & # 39; Derby training ground. He was said to have been carrying bolt cutters. Derbyshire Police were called and all hell broke loose.
In an era when denial is a standard mechanism, the wonder of Bielsa & # 39; s recognition of guilt took everyone by surprise. He said he sent people to attend the training sessions of each opponent. Lampard was vile and what he saw as blatant cheats. Leeds apologized, the EFL fined them £ 200,000 and changed its rules to ban teams who observe opposition training from 72 hours before a match.
The bitterness between the sides still lingers, especially at board level where Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani feels his Derby opponent, Mel Morris, went to his word when he reported Leeds to EFL .
& # 39; I will maintain a professional relationship with Derby County, but surely lost confidence in a person who I thought I could build a good relationship with, and maybe even become friends with, & # 39; Radrizzani said in a newspaper interview.
& # 39; I thought we had a good relationship for two years, but lost his trust, because he didn't keep his word. Either you are my friend or you are not my friend. If you want to be my friend and do not respect your word, then you are not my friend. I’m like this in every aspect of my life, not just football. & # 39;
The Leeds supporters were not in the mood to even let go. At every opportunity, they regaled Pride Park with a new song. & # 39; All spies are hidden, & # 39; sing them, & # 39; Just don't worry, you'll beat us for a day, we'll beat you at home, we'll beat you away, stop screaming Frank Lampard. & # 39;
Leeds goalkeeper Casilla comes out to claim the ball when Harry's Derby of Derby should jump over the Spaniard
Fikayo Tomori flies with both feet of & # 39; ground in to Leeds & # 39; Tackling Jamie Shackleton in & # 39; first half at Pride Park
Duane Holmes (left) tries to dodge Leeds & # 39; Stuart Dallas (right) challenge in & # 39; first half at Pride Park
Frank Lampard on touchline during the championship play-off semi-finals on Saturday night
EXPERT VIEW OF CHRIS FOY ON PENSION DECISION
Craig Pawson's decision to reverse his penalty award for Derby was thoroughly interesting and understandably divided opinions. But I don't necessarily think Craig got it wrong.
From his position, he sees Jayden Bogle have his Jack Harrison legs taken from him and of course decides it is a punishment.
But assistant Eddie Smart first saw Bogle's contact – contact that Craig couldn't have seen – and decides to rightly mark that.
It looked confusing and you can appreciate why & # 39; Derby players were so angry, but I believe the right outcome was achieved.
The emergency does not manifest itself directly in the field. There was a lot of clean approach play in the first half, but a little in the & # 39; a way of end product. The quality of Tomori was apparently similar to the persistent gamecraft of its veteran striker David Nugent, which was blocked by Gaetano Berardi, but the home team failed to create a single chance.
Leeds were the better side during that opening period and they dominated possession, but they also struggled to threaten the opposition goal. Stuart Dallas fired a 20-yard shot over the ball early in the & # 39; half, but Kelle Roos in & # 39; A Derby goal knew it was going too high from the moment he left his shot.
However, the second half was more open and charged from the beginning. Ten minutes into it, when Derby's midfielder Duane Holmes made a smart tackle at the touchline. The audience raged and Lampard urged them to make more noise. The atmosphere shrank, but it didn't quite have the effect that Lampard had on hope.
The ball broke to Jack Harrison on the left side and the former New York City player crossed a nice cross to & # 39; e back of & # 39; Derby defense. Kemar Roofe walked up to it and sat back behind Roos. Leeds fans have broken out their Lampard song again.
Derby tried to respond. Jayden Bogle failed to reach the finish on a powered cross from Scott Malone and she began to threaten the Leeds goal. There was 12 minutes left when Bogle looked into his area to hit a pass and it appeared that Harrison's legs were beneath him.
Mr. Pawson pointed to the spot and the fans of the & # 39; home bow for a red card to show to Harrison. But instead, the referee went over to the touchline to consult his assistant, Edward Smart, and after a long exchange, he decided to go back to his decision and instead give Leeds a goal. The home crowd was stunned. It was Derby's last chance.
Derby were afraid that Fikayo Tomori was shot in the chest by Mateusz Klich and he was given a yellow card
Leeds striker Kemar Roofe tries to make a bicycle kick, but he sees his speculative efforts go wide of the Rams goal
Harry Wilson (right) bursts forward with the ball, but Stuart Dallas (left) is there to put out a pot and make a tackle
Derby striker David Nugent has a shot on goal, but Leeds & Gaetano Berardi (forward) was blocked
Derby manager Frank Lampard (right) greets his opponent, Marcelo Bielsa, for the match at Pride Park on Saturday
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