Tuesday 21 May 2019

Despair for Leeds as Frank Lampard's Derby produce stunning second leg fightback to secure playoff final berth

Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off, Semi Final, Second Leg match at Elland Road, Leeds. Nick Potts/PA Wire
Derby County manager Frank Lampard celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off, Semi Final, Second Leg match at Elland Road, Leeds. Nick Potts/PA Wire

Simon Evans

Derby County roared back from a two-goal aggregate deficit to defeat Leeds United 4-3 over two legs as a 4-2 away win on Wednesday secured their spot in the Championship playoff final against Aston Villa.

With a place in the Premier League at stake, Leeds took the lead in the 24th minute when Kalvin Phillips launched a free kick into the box which bounced out off the post and Stuart Dallas reacted well to slot the ball home from close range.

That put Leeds 2-0 up on aggregate but just before the break, a defensive mix-up between Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and defender Liam Cooper allowed Derby substitute Jack Marriott to convert into an empty net with his first touch of the game.

A minute after the interval Mason Mount put Derby 2-1 up with a fine finish after a clever touch from Harry Wilson, who made it 3-1 on the night with a 58th-minute penalty.

Yet Leeds were able to get back on level terms on aggregate with a fine effort from Dallas in the 62nd minute.

Leeds went down to 10 men though in the 78th minute after Gaetano Berardi was dismissed after a second yellow card for a late lunge on Bradley Johnson.

Wilson hit the post for Frank Lampard's Derby in the 84th but moments later Marriott grabbed the decisive goal with a clinical finish after good work from Richard Keogh.

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