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Derby County 3-1 Leeds United

Derby's players crowd around Will Hughes after the midfielder's late strike seals victory over Leeds United

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.

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

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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."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Smith
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14Eustace
  • 6Keogh
  • 27Whitbread
  • 4BrysonSubstituted forBuxtonat 89'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 9MartinSubstituted forSammonat 82'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 11Russell
  • 10WardBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBennettat 68'minutes

Substitutes

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

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 2Peltier
  • 15Warnock
  • 7GreenSubstituted forPoleonat 62'minutes
  • 4Lees
  • 5Pearce
  • 18TongeSubstituted forDioufat 76'minutes
  • 36MowattBooked at 45mins
  • 10HuntSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 8Austin

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 11Varney
  • 20Smith
  • 21Diouf
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
26,204

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Leeds United 1.
Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).
Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).
Adam Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Substitution

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

Booking

Conor Sammon (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
El Hadji Diouf (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matt Smith.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lee Peltier.
Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.
Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mason Bennett (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.
El Hadji Diouf (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).
Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).
Adam Smith (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John Eustace.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. El Hadji Diouf replaces Michael Tonge.
Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).
Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).
John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.
Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Jamie Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Paul Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.
Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.
Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.
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.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Pearce.
Attempt blocked. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.
Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green.
Lee Peltier (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).
Foul by Paul Green (Leeds United).
John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.
Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Adam Smith (Derby County).
Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).
Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.
Dangerous play by Paul Green (Leeds United).
John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Derby County 2, Leeds United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 1.
Offside, Derby County. Jamie Ward tries a through ball, but Johnny Russell is caught offside.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.
goal

As It Stood

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2QPR108201026
3Leicester11722623
4Nottm Forest11641822
5Watford116321121
6Blackpool11551420
7Reading11542519
8Bournemouth11515-616
9Blackburn10433515
10Derby11434315
11Ipswich11434315
12Huddersfield11353314
13Leeds11425-314
14Brighton11344-113
15Middlesbrough11263-112
16Doncaster10334-212
17Wigan8323311
18Millwall11326-1111
19Birmingham11317-210
20Bolton11155-98
21Charlton10145-67
22Sheff Wed10064-66
23Yeovil11128-125
24Barnsley11128-165
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