Saturday, January 22

Derby County 1-3 Leeds United: Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton support champions purchase

Leeds celebrate

West Brom, Brentford and Fulham are all fighting to enact second within the motivate of Leeds

A principal-modified Leeds aspect marked their first game since gaining promotion to the Premier League and a hit the Championship title by coming from within the motivate of to purchase at Derby.

The first half of lacked depth following a pre-match guard of honour from the dwelling gamers even though Leeds had the higher of things, Tyler Roberts forcing a attention-grabbing build from Kelle Roos and Ian Poveda precisely having a aim ruled out for offside.

Derby led when Chris Martin’s shot from 10 yards deflected in off Luke Ayling but lower than two minutes later Pablo Hernandez guided home an equaliser for the company from outside the box.

And it was to be Leeds’ day – Jamie Shackleton slotted his first skilled aim from a fair correct Roberts pass to position them ahead earlier than Matt Clarke hacked a clearance into his possess score from Ezgjan Alioski’s harmful defective.

After the plump-time whistle Marcelo Bielsa’s gamers infamous their achievements together pitchside at a within the motivate of-closed-doorways Pride Park, and will use their first trophy for 28 years at an empty Elland Avenue on Wednesday as soon as they host Charlton.

For Phillip Cocu’s Rams, whose play-off hopes had been ended after defeat at Cardiff on Tuesday, it was a fourth consecutive Championship defeat for the first time since 2011.

They’d the different to rain on Leeds’ parade but Jason Knight was thwarted by keeper Kiko Casilla when Ayling’s traipse put him through on aim.

Shackleton carried out first-time previous Roos after Roberts’ dawdle-finest through ball

Leeds journey being champions

When Leeds battled previous Barnsley on Thursday they potentially would possibly presumably well per chance no longer have believed that they would be promoted – let by myself as champions – by the point they next took to the self-discipline.

That result at Elland Avenue intended it was handiest a matter of time earlier than their Premier League location was sealed but after 16 years of instability and cease to misses, no-one associated with the membership would possibly presumably well per chance relaxation easy till it was reliable.

The outpouring of emotion when West Brom lost to Huddersfield on Friday and, to a quite lesser extent, when Brentford’s defeat by Stoke made Leeds title-winners, was understandably immense.

And the celebrations would possibly presumably well per chance have contributed to Bielsa – eminent for favouring continuity in team different – making wholesale adjustments at Pride Park.

It intended an pause to Mateusz Klich’s 92-game streak of Championship begins and a first league game out of the aspect since December 2018 for Jack Harrison, as defensive midfielder Pascal Struijk and winger Poveda made their plump debuts.

That, coupled with prolonged first-half of stoppages for injuries to Derby’s Tom Lawrence and Leeds’ Gaetano Berardi, resulted in a typically disjointed game, however the Yorkshire membership collected had the higher of things at some stage in and had been correct price for his or her victory.

Derby and Leeds rivals goes on

Officials joined Derby gamers in applauding the Leeds aspect onto the pitch earlier than kick-off’

Mighty of the pre-match talk was about whether or no longer Derby would give their opponents a guard of honour as they entered the pitch to congratulate them on their title success.

This gesture precipitated so principal debate due to out of the ordinary rivals between the perimeters at some stage within the final 18 months, sparked by ‘Spygate’ – when it got here to mild that a member of Leeds workers had been chanced on gazing Derby put together from a public footpath.

Bielsa admitted he had despatched the particular person to enact it at the time. And then there was final season’s play-off semi-final between the clubs, when Leeds blew a two-aim aggregate lead within the second leg to lose 4-3 to Frank Lampard’s Rams.

But despite that animosity the Derby gamers – led by frail Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney – lined up to applaud the company onto the pitch.

There had been one or two jibes between the clubs on social media, with Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta dancing with binoculars after the match, but Derby proprietor Mel Morris’ divulge of admire – gifting a bottle of champagne to opposition officers – was successfully won.

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