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Derby County 2-0 Leeds United

Jake Buxton
Jake Buxton scored Derby's second goal with a powerful header

Steve McClaren's Derby side moved up to third in the Championship with an easy victory over Leeds at the iPro Stadium.

Derby were on top throughout and went ahead before half-time when midfielder Alex Mowatt put through his own net.

They threatened again as Richard Keogh and Jordon Ibe forced Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri into decent saves.

The hosts went 2-0 up early in the second half as Jake Buxton headed in Jeff Hendrick's free-kick, but Leeds managed just one shot on target.

Neil Redfearn's side remain in 20th in the table - one point above the relegation zone - and the lacklustre performance shows they face a tough battle to avoid the drop.

BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage at the Ipro Stadium
"This Leeds team look hopeless, it will be a struggle to stay up. They haven't got a leader. I have seen great Leeds teams playing with energy and passion but they have been very poor tonight."

Derby dominated possession but it took until the 41st minute to break the deadlock as midfielder Will Hughes surged into the box before cutting the ball back into the path of the unfortunate Mowatt.

The Rams could have doubled their lead before half-time, but Silvestri did well to keep out Keogh's flicked header and Ibe's long-range effort.

But they did go further ahead two minutes after the break with defender Buxton powerfully heading home to end the match as a contest.

Leeds won 2-0 when the two sides met in November but were poor this time, and striker Mirko Antenucci forced Lee Grant into a comfortable save - their only noteworthy strike on goal.

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

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"A great job, disciplined and professional. The tempo kept going, they were going to tire and we scored. We were in control from the second goal.

"Will Hughes has been fantastic. You have to put the ball in the box, that is where you score and great credit to Hughes for the first goal.

"Jake Buxton was suspended but we brought him back and you see him and Richard Keogh are a rock for us, he then went and got a goal."

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn:

"The goal gave them a leg up and even at 1-0 down, I thought we were in the game. We looked solid enough in the first half but probably didn't carry enough threat.

"Alex Mowatt tried to clear it but we are having no luck at the moment. We have to stick together and believe in what we are doing.

"If you open out too much, you can get swamped and it was difficult to get a foothold in the game and get the ascendancy. We didn't have the cutting edge and the lads are unhappy, it wasn't a good result."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8HendrickBooked at 1minsSubstituted forBrysonat 80'minutes
  • 14Eustace
  • 19Hughes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forCouttsat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 44IbeSubstituted forDawkinsat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 7Dawkins
  • 16Coutts
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
  • 32Shotton
  • 33Mascarell

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 2Byram
  • 5BellusciBooked at 88mins
  • 32CooperBooked at 50mins
  • 3WarnockSubstituted forBerardiat 8'minutes
  • 23L Cook
  • 14BianchiSubstituted forOliveira Tavaresat 80'minutes
  • 27MowattBooked at 31mins
  • 4AustinBooked at 90mins
  • 29DoukaraSubstituted forSharpat 66'minutes
  • 34Antenucci

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 9Oliveira Tavares
  • 12Berardi
  • 13Taylor
  • 18Tonge
  • 26Montenegro
  • 35Del Fabro
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
31,690

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 0.

Booking

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Paul Coutts replaces Johnny Russell.

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jordon Ibe.

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

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

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Adryan replaces Tommaso Bianchi.

Attempt missed. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Tommaso Bianchi tries a through ball, but Mirco Antenucci is caught offside.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Sam Byram.

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Souleymane Doukara.

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

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

Tommaso Bianchi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

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

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth24146454252948
2Ipswich24138341221947
3Derby24136546232345
4Middlesbrough24127538172143
5Watford24125743261741
6Brentford2412484035540
7Norwich24107744291537
8Wolves2410772833-537
9Blackburn249873533235
10Sheff Wed2481061821-334
11Nottm Forest2471073333031
12Cardiff248793235-331
13Charlton2461352428-431
14Birmingham248792737-1031
15Bolton2485112631-529
16Reading2485113040-1029
17Fulham2484123543-828
18Huddersfield2477103142-1128
19Rotherham2451182130-926
20Leeds2466122536-1124
21Brighton2441192632-623
22Millwall2458112440-1623
23Wigan2448122431-720
24Blackpool2428141841-2314
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