Leeds will take a small lead into next week's second leg in the play-offs over Derby
An exciting encounter saw the visiting side the more dominant for most of the game. Derby came alive in the second half but couldn't keep hold of the ball as Leeds' pressing ensured they won the ball back swiftly after losing it.
FULL TIME: #LUFC head into the second leg at Elland Road with a 1-0 advantage after Kemar Roofe's 55th-minute goal— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 11, 2019
Roofe broke the deadlock after smartly finishing Jack Harrison's brilliant cross. Drama ensued late on when referee Craig Pawson awarded the hosts a penalty after
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In the 78th minute, Rams full back Bogle surged into the Leeds penalty area, and moments later was sent tumbling to the turf after a collision with Harrison.
Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. Penalty to Derby and a chance to draw level in this tie. But Pawson then headed over to his assistant to see what his view of events were and after a brief discussion he overturned his original decision and awarded a goal-kick to Leeds.
Harrison was adjudged to have kicked Bogle's leg as he attempted to clear the ball, and probably didn't know where the Rams player's leg was. It was a contentious decision and one that will be debated long after the final whistle.
Frank Lampard will know his side have plenty of work to do in the second leg, but can at least take hope from Leeds' implosion of form towards the end of the season.
Don’t think it is. Bogle puts his foot in front of Harrison. Contact. That’s not a penalty. Collision. Not even a foul other way. https://t.co/6E9zy2HF7K— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 11, 2019
Erm, so isn’t that Bogle fouling him then? 樂— Owen Bradley (@OwenBradley) May 11, 2019
- if you look closely harrison didn’t even make contact with bogle’s leg - plus Bogle put his hand on harrison initially https://t.co/WBWXdXla8D— Robert Herman (@RobertHerman97) May 11, 2019
Substitutions: Marriott (6), Bennett (6), Huddlestone (5).
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He constantly troubled the Leeds defence with his direct running and pace. He was let down on a few occasions by his normally reliable delivery but that can be chalked up to age rather than a lack of ability.
Leeds are still within sight and Wilson is capable, as seen a number of times this season, to produce the spectacular for Derby, which could be vital if the Rams are to reach Wembley at the end of May.
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5 - Leeds will be participating in their fifth Football League play-off campaign; they’ve never won promotion via this method, losing most recently against Millwall in the League One play-off semi-finals in 2009. Frustration. #EFL #EFLPlayOffs pic.twitter.com/tWOBFVcunL— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 11, 2019
Tomori and his defensive teammates complained profusely to Craig Pawson with the referee booking the Leeds player. The replays showed that it was a clear head-butt, with Klich lucky to still be on the field.
Yellow card: Klich after leaning his head into Tomori. No need to do that. Tomori wanted a red. 88th minute. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 11, 2019
Sky commentators going on about Klich deserving a red but not huddlestone for that elbow? They’ll be talking about Klich for days but there was no outrage when he was punched last weekend. Sky Sports are actually unreal man hahahahahahahahahaha #lufc— Daniel Hopper (@DanielH_LUFC) May 11, 2019
Starting XI: Casilla (8); Ayling (7), Berardi (7), Cooper (7), Dallas (6); Phillips (7); Hernandez (7), Forshaw (7), Klich (6), Harrison (7); Roofe (9)*.
Substitutions: Shackleton (6), Clarke (6).
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4 - Kemar Roofe has scored four goals in three appearances against Derby County this season - no player has more against a single opponent in this season's Championship (including play-offs). Nemesis. #EFL #EFLPlayOffs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 11, 2019
He was a constant threat throughout the game, making some good runs, and was rewarded for his efforts when Harrison put the ball on a plate for him to fire the Whites into the lead.
The Englishman will want to replicate his performance next week as he aims to help his team reach the play-off final at Wembley.