Date: 15th May 2019 at 9:57pm
Written by:
Leeds United
2 – 4
Derby County

Elland Road

Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg

15/05/2019 7:45 pm

Attendance: 36326

Referee: Taylor

Leeds United Derby County
Dallas (24, 62) Marriott (45, 85), Mount (46), Wilson (pen 58)
Casilla Roos
Ayling Bogle
Berardi
 
 
Keogh
Cooper
 
Tomori
 
Dallas Malone
 
 
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Phillips
 
Holmes 44
Hernandez
 
Johnson
Shackleton Wilson 93
Klich 86 Mount
 
Harrison Lawrence
 
Bamford
 
88 Bennett 59

Substitutes

Peacock-Farrell Carson
Jansson Jozefzoon
Brown 88 Marriott 44
Clarke 86 Evans
Struijk Cole 93
Gotts Huddlestone 59
Bogusz Knight

Game Statistics

22 Goal attempts 14
8 On Target 5
3 Corners 3
17 Fouls 15
5 Yellow Cards 4
1 Red Cards 1
57 % 43

With Leeds United having a narrow advantage over Derby County in our Championship Play-Off Semi-Final ties, tonight’s second leg was all important.

Having had few problems with Frank Lampard’s side across the entire season, apart from off the pitch obviously, confidence was high ahead of the home leg at Elland Road this evening but injury issues did continue to be a concern for manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The expectation was we’d book our place at Wembley but sadly, that didn’t happen.

I’m not sure how to sum up that game, it was an absolute classic for me – end to end and we saw the best and worst of both sides on the day but ultimately they took a 4-2 victory on the night and Fat Frank Lampard had the last laugh.

Stuart Dallas opened the scoring 24 minutes in, before they levelled on the stroke of halftime. A brighter start from them saw them score one minute after the restart and they made it three goals in minute 58. We rallied and Dallas completed his brace four minutes later, but with 22 minutes remaining it was a tackle too far from Gaetano Berardi and he saw a second yellow card and an early bath and they nicked it on aggregate (4-3) with five minutes remaining.

They even saw a second yellow of their own in stoppage-time, so both sides ended with ten men but it’s heartbreak and despite our injuries we still had the better of the game, the chances overall and the chances on target, but we didn’t take them – yet again.

The disappointment and anger will be rife, but with our injuries in particular, the players deserve top credit for getting this far – but it should’ve been so much more.

Dust off, regroup, strengthen properly, and go again in 2019/20 and learn from what has been a great year, just with a bad end.

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