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Leeds United 1-1 Derby County

Matt Smith earns Leeds United a draw at home to Derby

Derby were denied a sixth straight win as Matt Smith earned Leeds a draw in their final game of the season.

Simon Dawkins gave the visitors a sixth-minute lead at Elland Road, finishing left-footed past England goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Leeds equalised five minutes after half-time when Smith lobbed Lee Grant following good work from Danny Pugh and Ross McCormack.

Derby, already assured of third place, will play Brighton in the play-offs.

County, whose tally of 84 goals was the highest in the Championship, found chances hard to come by, but by securing a point they set a club record of 85 points in a season.

Smith and McCormack forced Grant into good saves as Leeds threatened to take three points.

Derby's Patrick Bamford saw an effort saved by the legs of Butland, who spent the latter part of the season on loan from Stoke City.

Leeds ended a trying season on and off the pitch with three wins and this draw, leaving them in 15th place, nine points above the relegation zone.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott: "Since things have settled down our record equates to 92 points over a season.

"We played some really good stuff against Derby who are the team to beat in the play-offs.

"There are a lot of reasons for where we finished and they are not excuses."

Derby head coach Steve McClaren: "Over the last few weeks we have cemented our place in the play-offs and our level of performance hasn't dropped, but we are taking nothing for granted.

"Brighton will be buzzing after defeating Nottingham Forest and qualifying for the play-offs so we will take that into account.

"When I took the job I would have said you were mad if you had told me we would finish where we are, but the players have been magnificent."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 8Austin
  • 16Pugh
  • 5Pearce
  • 22Wootton
  • 4Lees
  • 18Tonge
  • 17BrownBooked at 43mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Smith
  • 6MurphySubstituted forWhiteat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Hunt
  • 14White
  • 23Thompson
  • 26Poleon
  • 32Dawson
  • 33Cairns
  • 37Walters

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 14Eustace
  • 6Keogh
  • 27WhitbreadBooked at 76mins
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forBrysonat 90'minutes
  • 19Hughes
  • 18Sammon
  • 35BamfordSubstituted forRussellat 90+1'minutes
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forBennettat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 11Russell
  • 12Naylor
  • 20Bennett
  • 25Buxton
  • 26Legzdins
  • 34Thorne
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
29,724

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home28
Away14
Shots on Target
Home11
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Patrick Bamford.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Jeff Hendrick.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Tonge with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

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