Leeds 2-4 Derby (agg: 3-4): Derby reach Championship play-off final – as it happened

Derby County will face Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League after defeating Leeds on a night of incredible drama at Elland Road

I’ll leave you with Paul Wilson’s match report from Elland Road. Thanks for reading. Bye!


It pretty much sums up Leeds’ season. Everyone thought they’d go up automatically, but they blew it and now they’ve thrown a place in the Championship play-off final away. Will Marcelo Bielsa still be at Elland Road next year?

Frank Lampard is asked if this result is sweeter because of ... Spygate. “Maybe it is. I’m not gonna lie. I’ve heard a lot of people saying we’re crying about Spygate. I haven’t thought about Spygate. We’ve prepared and got a result.”

Frank Lampard celebrates victory.
Frank Lampard celebrates victory. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


“You’re not spying any more!” the Derby fans chant. Let Spygate never end!

We are witnessing more Spygate banter from the Derby players. They’re all at it with the binoculars now. Poor old Leeds.

Frank Lampard speaks! “The players have done it. We’re not there yet. I’m a bit worried, I watched Villa do it last night. Huge performance from the lads. We’re not there yet. We’re underdogs again. We’ll have a tough game again against a good Villa side. The lads showed so much bravery on the ball.”

A jubilant Frank Lampard comes across to embrace Mason Mount and Jack Marriott as they’re being interviewed. “We’re not done yet, we’re not done yet,” the manager of Frank Lampard’s Derby County bellows.

Two-goal hero Jack Marriott speaks! “It’s a tough place to come. We did it. Everyone wrote us off. We’ve shown the confidence we’ve got.”

To put it into context Derby are the first team to lose the home leg of a Championship play-off semi-final through and manage to go through. Some effort.

The Derby players are enjoying themselves in front of their fans. One of them makes a binocular sign; I hope that’s a Spygate reference.

Marcelo Bielsa marches away, head bowed, unable to believe what just happened. Leeds have done very well to throw that away. Two-nil up on aggregate as the first half of the second leg of this semi-final drew to a close, they’ve ended up imploding in spectacular fashion, awful defending, a loss of nerve and rank indiscipline proving their undoing, and it’s Frank Lampard’s Derby County who are through to a final against Aston Villa.

Full-time: Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (3-4 agg)

It’s all over! Derby are going to Wembley! Frank Lampard bursts on to the pitch to celebrate with his victorious players after an evening of incredible drama! The Leeds players lie flat out on the turf. They can’t believe it. There’s just as much bewilderment in the stands. Will Leeds ever get back to the Premier League?

Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrates after the final whistle.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrates after the final whistle. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


90 min+6: Clarke runs at Ashley Cole, but his cross ends up in Roos’s grasp. That should be it.

90 min+5: Derby are almost there.

90 min+3: Derby respond by replacing Harry Wilson with Ashley Cole. Then Izzy Brown sidefoots the free-kick over the bar.


90 min+1: Malone, on a booking, stretches into a challenge with Hernandez on the edge of the area and takes the Leeds winger down. It’s 10 v 10 and there’s life yet in Leeds, who have a free-kick in a promising position.

Malone reacts after being sent off.
Malone reacts after being sent off. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


90 min: Dallas, refusing to be beaten, almost catches out Roos with a swerving, dipping effort from 25 yards. However, the Derby goalkeeper denies the Leeds left-back a hat-trick with a vital save. Then he collects the follow-up effort from Clarke. There will be five added minutes.

87 min: Leeds make a couple of changes, Izzy Brown on for Patrick Bamford, Jack Clarke on for Mat Klich. Perhaps there’s another twist on the way. But the Leeds fans look crestfallen.

Leeds simply won’t learn their lesson. They lose the ball again, Bamford shaken off it too easily by Keogh, who decides it’s time to maraud forward again. He combines with Mount and then, with Leeds coming apart at the seams, manages to direct a first-time pass to the left for Marriott. Out comes Casilla, but the forward has the nerve to lift it over him and into the net! Derby lead on aggregate again!

GOAL! Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (Marriott, 85 min; 3-4 agg)

Derby have surely won it!

Marriott scores Derby’s fourth.
Marriott scores Derby’s fourth. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters
Marriott celebrates the goal that puts Derby ahead on aggregate.
Marriott celebrates the goal that puts Derby ahead on aggregate. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


84 min: Down to 10 men, Leeds are having to sit back now. They can’t get out of their own half. Derby pinch possession high and all of a sudden Wilson’s through on goal! He opens up his body and aims for the bottom right corner, only to roll his shot against the base of the post! What a miss. But...

82 min: It was truly absurd from Berardi. He had steamed into a couple of challenges and was already skating on thin ice before he charged into Johnson.


78 min: This is a shocker from the Leeds centre-back, who was already on a yellow card! He lunges into an appalling challenge on Bradley Johnson near the halfway line and is frankly fortunate he receives a second yellow instead of a straight red. What on earth was he thinking?

Berardi is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.
Berardi is sent off by referee Anthony Taylor. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


73 min: Ayling blasts miles over from the right of the area. Moments later Anthony Taylor runs over to the Leeds bench to show someone a yellow card. Then I get a chance to see the latest Casilla incident. It probably wasn’t a penalty, but it was more absurd goalkeeping from the Leeds No1, who is one of the most clownish keepers I’ve ever seen.

71 min: Marriott is down in the Leeds area, feeling aggrieved. It was almost another Casilla calamity and there was a suggestion Marriott was bundled over, but Anthony Taylor wasn’t having any of it.

Casilla attempts to collect as Marriott goes to ground with Berardi.
Casilla attempts to collect as Marriott goes to ground with Berardi. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


70 min: Wilson whips the free-kick straight into the wall. That was a waste of time. “I figured the “shushing finger” was always a bad idea as it seems invite future disaster,” Joshua Reynolds says. “This game will be a referendum on this belief, it seems.”

69 min: Mount tries to wriggle through on the right. Berardi drags him down and picks up a booking. Derby have a free-kick just outside the area. Wilson can cause some bother here.

68 min: A replay of Dallas’s second goal suggests he was this far offside. VAR would have sorted that.

67 min: A lull. A lovely lull.

64 min: It’s Derby’s turn to wobble now! Ayling plays a one-two with Bamford and looks poised to restore Leeds’ lead, only to slash wide at the crucial moment! A let-off for Derby. I have no idea which way this is going.

There’s a hint of offside about this, but Leeds won’t care. Dallas keeps running down the left and sees his chance after a cute touch from Klich. A slick piece of footwork takes him inside and earns space for a shot, which is guided with surgical precision into the bottom right corner, Roos given no chance! The tie is level again! Derby were ahead for all of four minutes. You have to say that’s admirable resilience from Leeds.

GOAL! Leeds United 2-3 Derby County (Dallas, 62 min; 3-3 agg)

What a goal!

Dallas scores the second for Leeds.
Dallas scores the second for Leeds. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


59 min: Derby make their second change, Tom Huddlestone on for the limping Mason Bennett.

GOAL! Leeds United 1-3 Derby County (Wilson pen, 58 min; 2-3 agg)

Harry Wilson nervelessly dispatches the penalty to put Derby ahead on aggregate for the first time! Casilla dives to his right, but he’s gone the wrong way, Wilson sending the ball into the opposite corner with his left foot. The celebrations in front of the Derby fans are wild.

Wilson slots home from the penalty spot for Derby’s third.
Wilson slots home from the penalty spot for Derby’s third. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA



57 min: Bennett to Mount on the edge of the area. Mount tries to play it back to Bennett. He wasn’t going to get anywhere near it, but Cooper inexplicably decides to haul him down! Oh dear. Cooper’s booked. Awful defending.

56 min: Hernandez slips a pass through to Shackleton, whose cross is blocked. The latest attack from Leeds ends with Harrison blootering a volley into orbit. Bielsa is pacing furiously up and down the touchline.

54 min: Back come Leeds, Dallas driving through the middle and trying to bend one into the top corner. Roos punches the ball back into the danger area and Hernandez follows up, only for Malone to throw himself in front of the Spaniard’s effort! This could be anything.

Hernandez shoots.
Hernandez shoots. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


53 min: Leeds finally shake their heads clear – and almost score as a result. Ayling frees Hernandez on the right and the winger stands up a cross to the far post. Harrison should score, but his sidefooted effort is weak, allowing Derby to make a last-ditch block. This is a crazy game!

51 min: Leeds have barely had a touch since the restart. They need to wake up sharpish. Their fans look very concerned. Derby are all over them. Bennett marauds inside from the left. He gets into the area, but his shot is blocked.

49 min: Leeds have decided to defend like Barcelona at Anfield. Now Bogle escapes down the right and pulls a cross back into the middle. Mount arrives again and clips a shot goalwards, but this time Casilla makes a good block! The rebound comes to Malone, who volleys over awkwardly.

48 min: “Leeds are falling apart again!” the Derby fans chant. They aren’t wrong at the moment.

This is astonishing! Derby are on the front foot straight from kick-off! Richard Keogh strides forward, under little pressure, and slips a pass to Harry Wilson. The Liverpool loanee has been quiet this evening, but he perks up here. He drives forward and rolls a lovely pass to the left for Mount, who’s burst into space. He moves into the area, cleverly leaves a Leeds defender on the turf with a jink inside and lifts a fine finish over Casilla, who was too quick to commit himself! Derby looked dead and buried not so long ago; now it’s Leeds who are on the ropes!

GOAL! Leeds United 1-2 Derby (Mount, 46 min; 2-2 agg)

Mason Mount has levelled the tie straight after the restart!

Mount scores the second for Derby.
Mount scores the second for Derby. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/REX/Shutterstock
And celebrates putting Derby ahead.
And celebrates putting Derby ahead. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock
The gaffer also celebrates by taking out on a water bottle.
The gaffer also celebrates by taking out on a water bottle. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


46 min: Derby, who still need at least one more goal, get the second half underway. And...

Half-time: Leeds United 1-1 Derby County (2-1 agg)

Well, that was weird. Leeds were completely in control after Stuart Dallas’s goal, but Frank Lampard’s decision to introduce Jack Marriott has brought an instant reward for Derby, who appear to only need to get the ball near the cack-handed Kiko Casilla to stand a chance of getting to Wembley!

45 min+1: Casilla has completely lost the plot! The Leeds goalkeeper, who is all over the place, decides to make amends for racing out of his area to deal with a loose ball by, er, racing out of his area to deal with another loose ball. Once again he’s nowhere near it, his presence only spreading alarm, and he’s very lucky not to be punished again when the ball squirts clear! The Leeds fans howl. This has turned.

What a substitution from Frank Lampard! But what a dismal show from Leeds! They got away with a similar one earlier, but this time they haven’t escaped. A long punt should be dealt with easily, but Cooper’s never comfortable with Marriott chasing him. Casilla decides to race out of his area and only makes things worse. The ball squirts away from both Leeds players and that gives Marriott an easy chance to tap home into the empty net! Derby are back in it!

GOAL! Leeds United 1-1 Derby County (Marriott, 45 min; 2-1 agg)

The substitute scores immediately! Astonishing!

Marriott scores the equaliser for Derby.
Marriott scores the equaliser for Derby. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


44 min: Jack Marriott replaces Duane Holmes.

43 min: Mount curls the corner in from the right. It’s not dealt with properly by Bamford at the near post, the striker’s attempt at a clearing header taking the ball to Bennett, who rises and flexes those neck muscles to direct a header back across goal and towards the far corner. All participants stand and watch - but the striker’s header hits the post and bounces to safety!

42 min: Derby have an attack! It ends with Bogle winning a corner. Meanwhile Jack Marriott is getting ready to come on for Derby. Lampard has seen enough. He’s making a change already.

41 min: Hernandez’s cross from the right is volleyed over by Dallas at the far post.

38 min: This is relentless from Leeds. Hernandez has a shot blocked. But Derby can’t get out. They’ve barely threatened since falling behind. Now Harrison drives down the left and fizzes a low cross into the middle. It’s inches away from Bamford, who only needed to apply a touch. Leeds could kill this before half-time. Derby are clinging on.

36 min: Bamford dribbles a shot straight at Roos from 18 yards.

34 min: Leeds are utterly dominant at the moment. Dallas has a pop from long range. Deflected. Corner. Ayling heads wide.

30 min: Patrick Bamford, who’s been a little too keen on the amateur dramatics recently, takes a tumble in the Derby area with Keogh in close attendance. The Leeds fans scream for a penalty, claiming that Keogh fouled the striker, but Anthony Taylor can only see a spot of simulation from Bamford. He’s booked for diving. There really wasn’t enough contact to justify the fall from Bamford, who’s in danger of earning himself a reputation for cheating.

29 min: Leeds can smell blood. They swarm all over Derby when the visitors attempt to play out from the back. Lampard’s side lose possession, allowing Leeds to attack again, and the hosts are unlucky not to score again, Klich’s swept drive from 25 yards taking a deflection and bouncing back off the inside of the right post! Bamford goes for the rebound but it’s headed behind for a corner.

26 min: Mount’s free-kick drifts behind for a goal-kick. Derby are rattled. The volume has increased again. The home fans have rediscovered their voice following Dallas’s goal. Elland Road is bouncing.

25 min: Phillips, perhaps a little too excited, flies into a challenge on Lawrence and picks up a booking. He can’t complain.

A free-kick to Leeds on the left. Phillips, influential already, swings it in with his right foot and his fine delivery finds Derby in a horrible mess. The ball heads towards the far post, possibly via a glancing header from the unchallenged Cooper, and bounces back off the woodwork. Still no one in navy is minded to react, so all that’s left is for Stuart Dallas to puncture the tension by prodding home from close range.

GOAL! Leeds United 1-0 Derby County (Dallas, 24 min; 2-0 agg)

Leeds edge closer to Wembley!

Dallas scores the opener for Leeds.
Dallas scores the opener for Leeds. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


20 min: It’s heating up now! This is ridiculous from all parties. On the right Hernandez goes to take a quick throw. Malone, however, decides to stop the Leeds winger from doing so, knocking the ball away from the Spaniard. Hernandez is less than impressed. From the turf he juts up and sends his head into Malone’s midriff. Oh dear. Malone’s booked. Hernandez sees yellow as well. Then Tom Lawrence comes over to bellow at the referee, who responds by booking the Derby man for dissent. Grown men, the lot of them, and they could all do with growing up.

Hernandez plants his head on Malone.
Hernandez plants his head on Malone. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images


18 min: Jack Marriott is warming up eagerly on the touchline. There’s a suggestion Mason Bennett might have picked up a knock. Derby are already without Martyn Waghorn, which is less than ideal.

15 min: Leeds combine down the right, beating Derby’s press. Klich finds space and lifts a clever cross into the middle. Ayling, forward from right-back, scissor kicks an awkward volley miles over.

Ayling attempts the spectacular and sends it miles over.
Ayling attempts the spectacular and sends it miles over. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


14 min: Derby have succeeded in quietening the crowd a little. Which must count as a minor victory.

11 min: Derby continue to probe, Bogle skipping round Harrison and trying to cross from the right. Eventually he wins a corner. Leeds are struggling to cope with Derby’s system, though Cooper heads the corner away from Keogh.

8 min: Derby put Leeds under more pressure at the back, with Bennett gambolling into the area and trying to find a team-mate in the middle. Leeds work it out.

7 min: Mount’s free-kick is deflected over for a corner to Derby, which comes to nothing. Leeds escape. Derby easily could have levelled the tie because of that mix-up.

6 min: Phillips swings the free-kick in from the right. Derby can’t get it clear properly. They’re under pressure in the air, but roos eventually collects a miscued volley from Ayling. Then he boots the ball clear and Leeds get themselves into a horrible mess at the back. Lawrence makes a nuisance of himself and the ball breaks to Wilson, with Casilla stranded outside his own area. Under pressure from Berardi, Wilson sidefoots over the empty net from 25 yards - but Anthony Taylor awards Derby a free-kick for Berardi’s heavy challenge on Wilson!

Lawrence and Ayling battle.
Lawrence and Ayling battle. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


5 min: Patrick Bamford, banned in the first leg, makes something out of nothing on the right, winning a high ball and charging into space, leaving Tomori gasping. Bamford cuts inside, but he’s clipped to the right of the area by Tomori, who picks up an early booking.

3 min: Derby are playing a diamond, which the Sky commentators are calling a tactical surprise from Frank Lampard. But is it? Wouldn’t Marcelo Bielsa already have known?

2 min: The next 10 minutes will focus on the noise.

Elland Road is rocking.
Elland Road is rocking. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


Peep! Leeds, all in white and kicking from right to left in the first half, get the game underway. Derby are in navy. It is loud. The players must barely be able to hear themselves think. This is going to be a big test of Derby’s nerve.

Here they come, walking out into the late evening sunshine! It’s noisy. This could be a cracker.

Leeds players huddle.
Leeds players huddle. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters


The players will be out soon. At the moment the camera is panning round Elland Road, which is rocking. The home fans are up for this. Could be quite the din. How will Derby cope?

“I know what Frank meant about having to fight,” Andrew Howse says. “I just hope Keogh, Tomori and Klich don’t take him as literally as they did in the first leg. Could be 9-a-side in the second half.”

Frank Lampard speaks! “It was an even match of the weekend. We’re one goal dow. The players have to give everything on the pitch. The players have to fight. We want to start well. Because we’re one down we don’t want to concede any more. But it’s 90 minutes and maybe more, as last night showed.”

Team news

Leeds: Casilla; Ayling, Berardi, Cooper, Dallas; Phillips; Hernandez, Shackleton, Klich, Harrison; Bamford. Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Brown, Jansson, Strulik, Clarke, Gotts, Bogusz.

Derby: Roos; Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone; Johnson, Holmes, Wilson, Mount, Lawrence; Bennett. Subs: Carson, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Evans, Cole, Knight, Huddlestone.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.



A 1-0 aggregate lead in a two-legged tie? Pah. That’s nothing these days, as we witnessed in the Champions League last week. You want at least a 4-0 lead now. Anything less invites disaster. One-nil? One-nil is nothing.

Not that Marcelo Bielsa needs me to tell him not to take anything for granted. The Leeds United manager, who has a game on in the background while I type these words, is the ultimate football nerd and will be all too aware that this Championship play-off semi-final is far from over. Leeds might hold the advantage over Frank Lampard’s Derby County, who are managed by Frank Lampard, but it could yet be a dramatic evening at Elland Road. Good luck if you’re feeling confident with your predictions.

Mind you, there’s every chance that the Leeds fans will be belting out their Spygate-inspired chant about Derby manager come full-time. Bielsa’s side might have blown automatic promotion, but they remain a nifty outfit and have beaten Derby in all three of their meetings this season (helped, no doubt, by those surreptitious scouting sessions). “Stop crying Frank Lampard,” was the taunt from the away end during last Saturday’s first leg and it’s bound to get a few airings here. The potential for bantz is high.

Derby, who only made it into the play-offs on the final day, will be determined to have the last laugh. They won’t want to be anyone’s punchline, not with so much spice in the air, and you never know, anything could happen if they throw caution to the wind, go for broke and find a Lucas Moura in their ranks. All available logic indicates that it should be Leeds who march on to a final against Aston Villa (a repeat of the 1996 League Cup final? Yes please!). After recent events, however, you’d be a fool to think this is done and dusted.

Kick-off: 7.45pm BST.