Championship report: Derby County 1 Leeds United 4

Florence Fletcher
August 12, 2018

Lampard saw Leeds pull his team apart with pace and movement as his first home game in charge ended in a chastening defeat.

Klich's second goal in two games gave United a fifth-minute lead and while Derby equalised seven minutes later through a stunning free-kick from Tom Lawrence, United went back in front in the 21st minute with a precise header from Roofe.

"I think Leeds showed a great amount of energy in their team and they certainly deserved to win that game".

Two minutes later, the visitors were in front as Pablo Hernández found Mateusz Klich on the edge of the area.

And while Leeds 'keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell definitely could have done better, there's no denying the quality of the hit. They outnumbered us in too many areas and that can't happen. We didn't have control of midfield in the first-half, hence bringing Bradley Johnson on, and although we were initially better we can't just play good games in small bits.

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.

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Dishing out a 4-1 win tonight, Leeds were relentless.

From a Lawrence cross, an effort from Craig Bryson then flew wide but at the other end only a fantastic save from Scott Carson denied Roofe a second as the striker's header was somehow kept out from close range. The 25-year-old striker still had a lot of work to do when he received the ball from Klich in a crowded area.

Leeds struck again with devastating speed.

Barry Douglas fed Alioski on the left flank and the Macedonian winger produced a flawless cross that was met by a towering Roofe to send the ball back where it came from into the far corner of the net.

In response to the goals Lampard emptied his bench with Mason Bennett making his first appearance since returning from a loan spell at Notts County and Florian Jozefzoon making his Derby debut following a £2.75 million move from Brentford but it was to no avail.

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