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Derby County 0-1 Leeds United: Kemar Roofe goal gives Leeds win in controversial first leg

Kemar Roofe scored for Leeds United
Kemar Roofe has scored four goals in three games against Derby County this season

Leeds United have the advantage in their Championship play-off semi-final after a controversial first-leg win over Derby County at Pride Park.

Kemar Roofe's 15th goal of the season was the difference between the teams, the forward producing an excellent first-time finish from Jack Harrison's curling pass from the left wing.

Derby were incensed when assistant referee Eddie Smart persuaded referee Craig Pawson to overturn his award of a penalty to the Rams with 14 minutes to go, after Harrison had been adjudged to have fouled Jayden Bogle.

The home side also felt Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich could have been sent off after he appeared to headbutt Fikayo Tomori in the chest as he got to his feet after going down under a challenge. He was given a yellow card over the incident.

The second leg is at Elland Road on Wednesday, and no side has ever made the Championship play-off final having lost at home in the first leg.

Leeds dominated possession and deserved their win, while Derby failed to have an effort on target in the match.

After a cagey first half, Roofe's opener brought the tie to life and he could have doubled the lead soon after, but his shot from the edge of the box was palmed away by a full-stretch Kelle Roos.

Pablo Hernandez should have got Leeds' second but, with the goal gaping, the Spaniard completely missed the ball from six yards out after Jamie Shackleton's cutback.

More controversy between Derby and Leeds

Craig Pawson rules out a Derby penalty
Craig Pawson's decision to overturn a penalty initially awarded to Derby led to consternation at Pride Park

The overturned penalty, as well as Klich's confrontation with Tomori, were the latest controversies between these two sides this season.

Having initially given the spot kick, referee Pawson changed his mind after discussions with his fellow official and awarded a free-kick to Leeds.

Although Bogle did place an arm on Harrison, replays were inconclusive as to whether that was enough to put him off balance and cause the Leeds man to bring his opponent down.

This was the first match since United's 2-0 win over Derby at Elland Road in January was overshadowed by the 'spygate' affair and Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa's admission that he had sent a member of his staff to "spy" on the Rams training the day before the game.

Bielsa later admitted that he had sent staff to watch "the training sessions of all opponents", with Leeds fined £200,000 by the EFL for their part in the incident, which Bielsa says he paid himself.

Kemar Roofe - the scourge of Derby County

Kemar Roofe celebrates after scoring for Leeds United
Kemar Roofe has scored 32 goals for Leeds since joining in the summer of 2016 - 12.5% of those have come against Derby County

Derby fans needed no reminding of Roofe's talents.

The 26-year-old scored twice against the Rams in a 4-1 thrashing at Pride Park back in August, and the former Oxford man got the opener in Leeds' 2-0 win over Derby at Elland Road on 11 January.

Prior to his first-leg winner, that was the last time the talented attacker had found the net for United - although he missed six weeks of the season with a knee injury between mid-February and the start of April.

Penalty 'was a close call' - post-match reaction

Derby County manager Frank Lampard:

"I think it was a close call for the penalty, but for it to be overruled by a linesman who is further away than the referee is incredible.

"The ref is the boss and he made the decision. If it is going to change then surely it has to be because there is something clear and obviously wrong and there wasn't.

"Contact is minimal, but there is a foul there and I don't understand why it was changed.

"We won't get it back now but I would like to speak to the officials to understand their decision-making process.

"We were more positive in the second half and created chances, but we need to be better on the ball and be more confident on Wednesday (in the second leg).

"If we go out then I want us to play how we have been playing recently. They will put us under pressure but we have to stay confident."

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa:

"We always play to win and I think it was a deserved win. I am really pleased with the performance.

"Apart from the first minutes of the first half and then 10 or 15 minutes in the second half, when we dominated the ball, we defended well when we had to defend well and we attacked well when we had to attack.

"I did not have a clear view of the penalty. We are very far away from the action and have many players in front of us, so I can't give an opinion."

"The Champions League games this week are a warning of what could happen. A 1-0 lead is not enough to be comfortable going into the second leg.

"It (the win) is an advantage, but we still have 90 minutes to play."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 6KeoghBooked at 67mins
  • 5Tomori
  • 46Malone
  • 8Mount
  • 15Johnson
  • 7Wilson
  • 23HolmesBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBennettat 70'minutes
  • 10LawrenceBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 86'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 28NugentSubstituted forMarriottat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Carson
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 14Marriott
  • 17Evans
  • 20Bennett
  • 39MacDonald
  • 44Huddlestone

Leeds

  • 33Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 28BerardiBooked at 63mins
  • 6CooperBooked at 65mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 19Hernández
  • 4ForshawSubstituted forShackletonat 24'minutes
  • 43KlichBooked at 87mins
  • 22Harrison
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forClarkeat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 37Brown
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Clarke
  • 50Struijk
  • 53Gotts
  • 58Bogusz
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
31,723

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 0, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Leeds United 1.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Derby County) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a headed pass.

Jack Clarke (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Foul by Jack Clarke (Leeds United).

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Booking

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Booking

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Tom Huddlestone replaces Tom Lawrence.

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Offside, Leeds United. Pablo Hernández tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Jack Clarke (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Offside, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton tries a through ball, but Jack Harrison is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jack Clarke replaces Kemar Roofe.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Hand ball by Kemar Roofe (Leeds United).

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces Duane Holmes.

Booking

Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Booking

Richard Keogh (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jack Marriott replaces David Nugent.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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