With Leeds United slipping up in the race for the automatic Championship promotion spots as injuries finally caught up with us, yesterday evening we renewed acquaintances with Derby County for the Play-Off Semi-Final first leg tie at Pride Park.
It was typical fare from what we’ve already seen from Frank Lampard’s side, they had nothing and on home soil failed to even register a single shot on target. We did better dominate the game but our own clinical problems saw us register three efforts ourselves, but Kemar Roofe took his chance 10 minutes after the halftime restart to give us the 1-0 win on the day.
Back to Elland Road to complete the job now and book our place at Wembley, but we do await injury news on Adam Forshaw who was replaced 24 minutes into the game by Jamie Shackleton as that curse continues.
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, manager Marcelo Bielsa said of the game.
“We always play to win and I think it was a deserved win. I am really pleased with the performance. Apart from the first minutes of the first half and then 10 or 15 minutes in the second half, when we dominated the ball, we defended well when we had to defend well and we attacked well when we had to attack. I did not have a clear view of the penalty. We are very far away from the action and have many players in front of us, so I can’t give an opinion. The Champions League games this week are a warning of what could happen. A 1-0 lead is not enough to be comfortable going into the second leg. It is an advantage, but we still have 90 minutes to play.”