Derby Beaten By Leeds At Pride Park

Postado Agosto 11, 2018

While Kemar Roofe couldn't help but stress that they had only played two games yet in his post-match comments, Leeds United have started life under Marcelo Bielsa in the best way imaginable.

After Mateusz Klich and Tom Lawrence exchanged goals early on, the former Oxford United man produced an excellent header to put his side in front, before making it three in the second half.

I felt they had a good chance today to beat this Derby County side.

Ezgjan Alioski completed the scoring with another header as the Rams pressed for a way back into the game.

After a hugely impressive 3-1 defeat of Stoke City on the opening day, Leeds traveled to Pride Park to take on a Derby side that had won their own opening game (and Frank Lampard's) against Reading.

Lawrence grabbed the headlines with an outstanding victor against Reading but just seven minutes after Leeds took the lead, he added another stunner to equalise.

When Tom Lawrence's free-kick was badly misjudged by 21-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell the Rams were swiftly level, but Ezgjan Alioski's flawless left-wing cross was headed in by Kemar Roofe to restore the Leeds lead.

Alioski was quiet out wide but he provided the moment from which Leeds re-took the lead; landing a superb cross onto the head of Roofe, who guided the ball into the net.

An unstoppable United then bagged a fourth just four minutes later when terrfiic work from Hernandez sent the ball back into the area for Alioski who headed past a despairing Carson to the sheer delight of the away fans. Subs not used: Roos, Forsyth, Pearce, Marriott.

Leeds United: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Douglas; Saiz (Baker, 86'), Phillips, Klich (Shackleton, 73'); Hernandez, Roofe (Bamford, 79'), Alioski. Subs not used: Blackman, Jansson, Roberts, Harrison.

His free-kick from range that brought Derby level was a thing of beauty and it's a technique that we've seen before with the victor against Preston North End last season.

Lampard's first game in charge of Derby had been less impressive as they scraped a last-gasp victor at Reading.