Leeds United 2-0 Derby County: Championship – as it happened

The real drama happened pre-game as Marcelo Bielsa accepted blame for the spying controversy, before Leeds won a one-sided game to climb five points clear at the top

And here’s Louise Taylor’s match report from a feisty night at Elland Road. Thanks for joining me. Goodnight!

Here’s more from Ben Fisher on Jack Clarke, and nine other EFL teenagers to watch:

Marcelo Bielsa speaks, via an interpreter: “This was a very impressive win, after losing our last two league games. We had to defend very well, which we did, and this made it easier to win the game.”

Pressed further on ‘spygate’, he says “it’s not that I don’t understand the situation. If for English football, this is unacceptable behaviour, then I have to accept it, because I work here. I have to accept that in this country, it’s not common, but it doesn’t mean I am someone who cheats.”

When asked if he would consider doing it again, he says “I’ve explained myself very well, so you can draw your own conclusions.”

Here’s Leeds captain Liam Cooper: “We wanted to start on the front foot and I think we did that. The intensity we play at is hard to sustain sometimes, but we did it. I was a bit tired for the last 15 minutes [after coming back from injury]. It’s always nice to win on a Friday night. Bielsa has got us believing, and coming into work with a smile on our face. We’re all behind him.”

Full time! Leeds 2-0 Derby

Waghorn picks up a late booking before the referee calls time. Leeds are five points clear at the top of the Championship!

93 mins: Leeds are still chasing everything down, giving Derby nothing to work with.

91 mins: Holmes hares after a loose ball to the right of goal, but the unflappable Jansson slides in to clear behind.

90 mins: Four added minutes. “We’re top of the league” is the factually accurate chant from the home fans.

88 mins: Leeds win a couple of corners, but Hernandez can’t pick out a white shirt with his deliveries.

85 mins: Leeds win a free kick in midfield, but Hernandez overhits his diagonal pass. Time is ticking away for Derby.

“Shackleton is on for Leeds? You can put the result on ice now” honks Peter Oh.

82 mins: Roofe pounces on a Tomori error, and his shot rebounds towards Hernandez, who fires a volley into the side netting. Leeds should be out of sight.

80 mins: Alioski swings in a cross that Hernandez connects with – but his shot is scuffed wide. At the other end, Lawrence has a pot-shot that flies into the stands.

78 mins: Clarke is heading off, and gets a huge ovation. His crosses led to both Leeds goals and he was a constant menace down the right. He’s replaced by Leif Davis, who celebrates his 18th birthday tomorrow.

75 mins: Derby get a free kick and their centre-backs get forward, but Mason Mount’s ball in is underpowered and Leeds clear.

74 mins: After tenacious work from Nugent in the Leeds area, Bryson’s shot is deflected into the path of Waghorn – but he’s flagged offside as he shapes to shoot.

72 mins: Martyn Waghorn is on, replacing Jack Marriott, who couldn’t get himself into the game.

71 mins: Holmes is crowded out by Hernandez, and then Alioski – both willowy wingers before Bielsa rocked up at Elland Road.

70 mins: Clarke, the standout performer so far on his first league start, motors down the right again and pings a fierce low cross that Roofe just can’t get a boot to. Clarke, by the way, was born in November 2000.


69 mins: Shackleton gets into space down the right – Leeds have attacked that area all night – and fires a cross-shot across goal. Derby showing little sign of getting back into this.

67 mins: Leeds win a corner as Tomori blocks Roofe’s shot. Jansson, having his shirt pulled by Keogh, tries to meet it at the near post, but puts his header wide.


65 mins: If VAR were in force here, Leeds may well have had two penalties, but their goalkeeper could have been sent off.

64 mins: Substitution for Leeds, as Shackleton replaces goalscorer Harrison.

62 mins: Duane Holmes flicks the ball over Ayling and challenges Peacock-Farrell, who collects it – but boots Holmes in the face in the process! I don’t think it was intentional, but the keeper could have easily been sent off regardless – it was Mané-on-Ederson-esque.

61 mins: A second change for Derby, as Florian Jozefzoon replaces George Evans, who was booked in the first half.

60 mins: Klich and Roofe combine but Derby clear, only to concede a free kick in the centre circle. Leeds come forward again and Clarke swings in a cross, but it’s too close to Carson.

58 mins: We’ve cut away to Gareth Southgate and England U21 coach Aidy Boothroyd in the crowd.

If it stays like this, Leeds are going five points clear – and seven ahead of third-placed Sheffield United.

Replays show that Lawrence got none of the ball, and stood on Hernandez’s foot. The referee was right behind it; I’m not sure how he hasn’t given a penalty.

53 mins: After a scrappy spell, Clarke is again the danger man, wriggling past Tomori and cutting back to Hernandez, who is challenged by Lawrence in the area...


... from which Peacock-Farrell, some 2.5 Neuers off his line, is almost embarrassed by Nugent! The keeper shanks into touch, and looks mighty relieved.

49 mins: Harrison skitters through the Derby defence, but tries to pass when he could have shot, and the visitors break...

Jack Clarke causes more problems down the right, and his deep cross threatens to loop over Carson and in. The goalkeeper gets a touch, but it drops to Alioski, and his prod across goal is swept in by Jack Harrison!

GOAL! Leeds 2-0 Derby (Harrison 46')

And Leeds have doubled their lead almost immediately!

Harrison scores the second for Leeds.
Harrison scores the second for Leeds. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/BPI/REX/Shutterstock



We’re back under way, with David Nugent replacing Andre Wisdom. Unless Nugent is slotting in at right-back, that will mean a change of system...

After the dramatic build-up, that was a rather one-sided first half. Marcelo Bielsa’s biggest worry would have been Leeds not adding to that Kemar Roofe goal. That, and whether Lampard spots the webcam in the Derby dressing room. Honk!

Leeds United fans in the stands.
Leeds United fans in the stands. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA


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Half-time reading

The full story on Marcelo Bielsa’s surprise ‘spygate’ confession:

Half time! Leeds 1-0 Derby

Leeds have a last-gasp corner, which Hernandez swings straight at Carson. Still, Leeds are ahead at the break.

47 mins: The temperature’s rising late in the half, Leeds players not happy with Derby’s agricultural approach there. Both Holmes and Evans are booked.

46 mins: Lowe crosses towards Marriott, who is bullied off the ball by Jansson. The defender charges forward, and is clattered first by Holmes, and then by George Evans!


45 mins: Replays show that both Ayling and Cooper were grappling with Derby players, both grabbing fistfuls of shirt as the ball came in. That’s a risky move.

44 mins: The forward peels off towards the near post but mistimes his header, sending the ball into Roofe’s path. Marriott appeals for a penalty, but that would have been very harsh.

43 mins: Derby win a corner, seeking an unlikely equaliser before half-time. It’s held up by grappling between Alioski and Marriott...

42 mins: Derby’s best opening so far, the visitors breaking as Leeds lose possession. Lawrence shapes to shoot but instead plays in Mason Mount on the left of the area. He takes a touch, but sees Ayling slide in to block his shot!

40 mins: Forshaw, pulling the strings in midfield, starts another move that ends with Clarke’s low cross, which is cut out by Carson.

39 mins: Leeds stroke the ball around in front of the Derby defence, before Forshaw shoots from 25 yards out. It has Carson worried, but flies a foot wide of the far post.

37 mins: Hernandez’s low ball into the near post finds Luke Ayling, who scuffs his shot wide.

36 mins: Bryson is penalised for handball, as Derby continue to struggle with Leeds’ high intensity.

The commentary team have reminded me of this World Cup spying saga. Improbably enough, it’s the second one in a matter of months to involve a Pontus Jansson team...

34 mins: Tom Lawrence, more than capable of a long-range screamer, takes aim from distance but sends his shot high and wide.

32 mins: Leeds continue to cause problems down the flanks, with Alioski whipping in a cross that beats the Derby defence, but is just too quick for Clarke in the middle.

30 mins: Leeds have won every game where they’ve scored first in the league this season; Derby have won five games from behind, the most in the division. Something’s got to give.

29 mins: Alioski is penalised for a foul on Holmes, but Derby do nothing with the free kick.

28 mins: Harrison attempts to steer a header into the far corner, but it’s at an awkward height and Carson collects.

An unrepentant Leeds fan.
An unrepentant Leeds fan. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images

27 mins: Keogh tries to break forward from defence but is quickly engulfed by white shirts.

Guardian political correspondent weighs in on Spygate:

24 mins: Dazzling stuff from Clarke, who collects a diagonal pass from Forshaw on his chest and juggles the ball beyond a defender. He can’t apply the finish, though, sending his shot wide.

22 mins: Derby, resolutely defensive thus far, will need to venture forward now. Leeds’ recent results should give them encouragement – they’ve conceded at least two goals in all their last five matches.

A deserved lead for the hosts, and Scott Carson may have to take some of the blame for a weak punch clear. It was expertly set up by Clarke though, and ruthlessly finished at the near post by Roofe.

GOAL! Leeds 1-0 Derby (Roofe 20')

The young winger motors down the right beyond Bryson and sweeps a low cross into Kemar Roofe, who slams a near-post shot into the net!

Roofe scores the opener.
Roofe scores the opener. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images


19 mins: Leeds corner, which Hernandez swings in towards Cooper. Carson punches clear, but it lands at the feet of Jack Clarke...

18 mins: Bryson picks the ball up in midfield, but has a lack of options upfield and his attempted waft up to Marriott is ineffective.

16 mins: Elland Road is rocking, but the free kick into the box is a big disappointment. Derby break but the move peters out.

14 mins: Alioski races forward from his left-back position to dispossess Andre Wisdom. He is unceremoniously upended by the Derby man, who goes in the book.

13 mins: Leeds continue to camp in the Derby half as the home fans twirl their scarves in the air. Just lacking that killer pass at the moment.

Two things are bugging me about this whole Bielsa business. 1. Has this great managerial innovator not heard of drones and/or television? 2. Do Bielsa teams not largely play the same way regardless of opposition? Leeds are charging and pressing around in the usual style here, that’s for sure.

10 mins: Ayling prods a pass through to Roofe, whose off-balance effort is easily collected by Carson.

Charles Antaki chimes in on Spygate: “For cast-iron insurance against failure, all a club need do now is kit out one of their staff in camouflage, give them a pair of binoculars (need not be real) and get them to skulk about in the training ground undergrowth before the big game. Heavy defeat? “Guy in the bushes”. Beats “if only there were VAR” as the next modern cliche.”

8 mins: Oooooh, what a chance! The corner skims across the six-yard line and Cooper gets a toe to it, but can’t keep it under the bar. A strong start by the hosts...

7 mins: It’s cleared but Leeds come again, and Harrison’s cross from the left is chopped behind by Richard Keogh.

6 mins: Roofe is working hard up top for Leeds, and forces Tomori into conceding a corner...

4 mins: Marriott gets on the ball for Derby, but is dealt with by Pontus Jansson. The Leeds fans appear to be singing “we’ll spy when we want”, which is to be encouraged.

Leeds denied a penalty!

Alioski pounces on a defensive error from Wisdom, who then bundles the Leeds man over! Referee Andy Davies points to the spot, but the assistant has flagged offside. After a quick chat, Derby are let off the hook. There’s just one problem – Alioski wasn’t offside. Dear oh dear.

Alioski goes down under pressure from Wisdom.
Alioski goes down under pressure from Wisdom. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/BPI/REX/Shutterstock



Here we go – Leeds charge forward, and Alioski goes over in the area...

An extremely businesslike handshake between Bielsa and Lampard. All a bit awkward. Kick-off is seconds away!

“Frank is looking for an excuse in case Derby lose” says Frank Downes. “How is it illegal or against the rules to watch training on public land?”

I don’t think anyone is suggesting it’s illegal – just that it’s, you know, not cool. Although in my impromptu poll, 57% reckon it’s fine. You unscrupulous bunch.

Have your say! Marcelo Bielsa is sorry that Derby were upset, but says eavesdropping on training sessions is not against the rules. The steam from Frank Lampard’s ears told its own story. What do you think?

The teams!

Crikey. After all that drama, easy to forget there’s a game on. Here are the teams:

Naughty Leeds (4-1-4-1): Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Alioski; Forshaw; Harrison, Klich, Hernandez, Clarke; Roofe.
Subs: Huffer, Davis, Halme, Shackleton, Gotts, Stevens, Roberts.

Mardy Derby (4-3-3): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Tomori, Lowe; Bryson, Evans, Mount; Holmes, Marriott, Lawrence.
Subs: Roos, Waghorn, Jozefzoon, Nugent, Bogle, Huddlestone, Malone.


Lampard: Leeds did the same earlier this season

Frank Lampard gives his thoughts. He’s accepted Bielsa owning up, but it clearly still fuming: “On a sporting level, it’s bad, in my opinion. Talking about ‘I did it somewhere else, it’s fine’ – that doesn’t work for me. It’s disrupted our preparations. Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive.

“We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel, and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn’t training. He’s admitted it, so I don’t think there’ll be any further action – but we had a guy in the bushes before we played Leeds earlier this season, and we lost 4-1.”


Bielsa accepts responsibility for spy-gate

Marcelo Bielsa has spoken to Sky, via an interpreter. He has taken full responsibility for the spying incident, and apologised to Frank Lampard.

“It’s true, there was someone from Leeds there. The responsibility for this incident is mine. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong … for me it’s enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County were unhappy, to show that I didn’t behave well. Yesterday I talked to Frank and he told me I didn’t respect his club. I have a different point of view, but the important thing is what he and Derby think.

“I’m the only one responsible for it, I didn’t ask Leeds for permission to do that. I’ve been using this kind of practice since the World Cup qualifiers with Argentina. This is not unlawful, we’ve done it publicly, we talk about it in the press, for some people it’s the wrong thing to do – for others it’s not.”


Good evening. A rivalry that has been slowly cooling down for over 40 years is heating up again, fuelled by a furious promotion race and ignited today by an old-fashioned spying drama.

Both of these big city clubs have been effectively rebranded by summer managerial appointments, but their bold moves are paying off. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are leading the Championship, while Frank Lampard’s Derby County are in the top six.

This match was already an intriguing prospect, pitting MBLU’s high-press infantry up against the swashbuckling starlets of FLDC. Today’s developing drama, with FLDC accusing MBLU of sending a bloke in a tracksuit to patrol their training compound, adds the necessary needle and takes us back in time.

In the early 70s, Don Revie’s Leeds and Brian Clough’s Derby routinely muddied each other’s pristine shirts as they tussled for major trophies, while the managers traded barbs and compared lapel sizes on the touchline. Now both clubs are heading back towards the big time, and are back in each other’s business. Kick-off is 7.45pm, GMT.