Steve McClaren masterminded a 10th successive Derby County win over Leeds United in his first game as manager.

McClaren was named Rams boss last week and, although he inspired a superb comeback against Ipswich in midweek, this was his first game in charge.

Chris Martin's strike and Johnny Russell's cool finish put the hosts in control early on.

And although Jason Pearce's header made it 2-1, Will Hughes sealed a deserved victory with a classy late shot.

A decade of Leeds pain

Leeds were in the Premier League when they last took three points at Pride Park, courtesy of a 1-0 victory in April 2002, when Lee Bowyer scored the winner

Former England manager McClaren chose to watch from the stand as the Rams continued where they left off on Tuesday, when they came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4, with a sparkling attacking display that secured a first home league win of the season.

The hosts, who move up to 10th in the Championship, almost went ahead inside four minutes when Hughes lobbed just over the bar following a scuffed clearance from goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

Leeds should have gone ahead soon after, but Rodolph Austin blazed a shot over from eight yards, and they were made to pay as the Rams scored twice in three minutes.

Craig Bryson and Martin combined well for the latter to drive home the opening goal from 10 yards - and it was quickly 2-0 courtesy of a flowing team move.

Derby broke up a Leeds attack and the excellent Hughes played in Martin, whose backheel set up Russell to net with a low shot across Kenny.

The visitors were back in the game in the 45th minute when home goalkeeper Lee Grant failed to get to a cross and the ball dropped for Pearce to head into the unguarded net.

The home side's superiority remained after the interval as Leeds, who are 13th in the table, struggled to cope with Derby's attacking quality.

But they had to wait until 12 minutes from time to wrap up the victory when Bryson found Hughes and the teenager glided past a challenge before guiding a shot into the top corner from 15 yards.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren:

Steve McClaren

"For the character they have shown from Tuesday half-time onwards, the players deserve tremendous praise and credit.

"We do our work and prepare the team as best we can but the players have to perform and take responsibility and they did that in the second half on Tuesday and today.

"Staying upstairs gives me a better perspective on the game and I think that's important early when it's a new team. I'm trying to get a picture of this instead of seeing legs and bodies on the touchline and shouting when they can't hear me, or ignore me!

"I think it helps me make better decisions for the team. I think it was important to keep out the way and let the players do their job which is what they did.

"In the two games we have seen all our frailties and all our strengths, and there's a lot of work to do."

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott:

"You are disappointed when you lose the first goal, which we have done too many times this season.

"In the last two games we have let ourselves down away from home but before I turned up here I think we had 21 games away from home and won one.

"We need to get a mentality away from home where we are very difficult to play against and we weren't today.

"We played a lot of football today in the middle of the pitch but you are judged on what you do in both boxes and we weren't good enough there.

"We need a winning mentality. When I was at Reading two years ago when we hardly had any points on the board after 10 games and we just clicked into place and we worked on that."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Smith
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace
  • 06 Keogh
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 04 Bryson (Buxton - 89' )
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 82' Booked )
  • 11 Russell
  • 10 Ward Booked (Bennett - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Jacobs
  • 13 Deeney
  • 16 Davies
  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 25 Buxton

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 15 Warnock
  • 07 Green (Poleon - 62' )
  • 04 Lees
  • 05 Pearce
  • 18 Tonge (Diouf - 76' )
  • 36 Mowatt Booked
  • 10 Hunt (Smith - 62' )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 08 Austin

Substitutes

  • 06 Murphy
  • 11 Varney
  • 20 Smith
  • 21 Diouf
  • 25 Byram
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 26,204

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 3

Corners

8 5

Fouls

15 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 3, Leeds United 1.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Leeds United 1.

90:00 +2:10

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:10

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

90:00 +1:47

Adam Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.

88:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jake Buxton replaces Craig Bryson.

87:32

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by El Hadji Diouf with a cross following a set piece situation.

87:16 Booking

Booking Conor Sammon (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:01

El Hadji Diouf (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:01

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

83:34

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matt Smith.

82:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

82:55

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

82:21

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:21

Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).

81:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

80:50

El Hadji Diouf (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:50

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

80:12

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

80:12

Adam Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:12

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

79:12

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:32

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John Eustace.

77:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Leeds United 1. Will Hughes (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

75:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. El Hadji Diouf replaces Michael Tonge.

74:07

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

74:07

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:08

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

73:08

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:26

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

70:22

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

67:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Jamie Ward.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Paul Green.

61:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

60:05

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

60:02

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:59

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

59:36

Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

58:30

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

56:29

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

56:24

Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

55:43

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green.

55:02

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:02

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

53:16

Foul by Paul Green (Leeds United).

53:16

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:10

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

51:22

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

50:29

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:29

Foul by Adam Smith (Derby County).

49:42

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

49:42

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:04

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

45:21

Dangerous play by Paul Green (Leeds United).

45:21

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 2, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 1.

45:00 +1:50

Offside, Derby County. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.

45:00 +1:36

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

45:00 +0:29 Booking

Booking Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

45:00 +0:21

Adam Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Leeds United 1. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Green with a headed pass.

43:53 Booking

Booking Jamie Ward (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:32

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:32

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

39:44

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:44

Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

39:12

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

36:59

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

36:59

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:21

Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Green.

31:24

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:24

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

29:31

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

28:57

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

28:57

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:34

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

27:34

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:05

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

27:05

Noel Hunt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:57

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

26:04

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

26:04

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:37

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

22:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Leeds United 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

19:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Leeds United 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

18:45

Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:10

Attempt saved. John Eustace (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:13

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

15:01

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

14:07

Attempt missed. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

13:35

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

12:32

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

12:32

Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:46

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:46

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

9:55

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

8:30

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:30

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

7:58

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:58

Foul by Paul Green (Leeds United).

7:03

Offside, Derby County. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but Jamie Ward is caught offside.

6:52

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:52

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

5:45

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

5:45

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:12

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

4:34

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross following a corner.

4:23

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

3:19

Offside, Leeds United. Patrick Kenny tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

2:50

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is just a bit too high.

1:51

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

1:51

Paul Green (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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