Derby 1-3 Leeds: champions show their class again as strikes by Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton plus Matt Clarke’s own goal go off the Rams
- Championship title winners Leeds United came from behind to beat Derby 3-1
- Chris Martin gave the Rams a 10-minute lead in the second half
- But Pablo Hernandez equalized within two minutes with a composed finish
- Jamie Shackleton was then passed on and finished over keeper Roos
- And victory was sealed late when Derby defender Matt Clarke found his own net
- The Derby players gave Leeds a guard of honor after winning the title
There was no hiding place for the Derby County players, who dutifully applauded their Spygate opponents Leeds United, the Premier League-bound champions whose swagger revealed their pleasure to the ceremony.
And so they have to enjoy their success. Not content with their XI starters bouncing through the Guard of Honor, Leeds’ substitutes and squad players duly arrived as a flash mob and prolonged the torment of the opposition.
Derby teen Louie Sibley could hardly have clapped slower with his hands tied behind his back. House skipper Wayne Rooney was a bit more respectful, even though his relative enthusiasm for the job reflected the first-half apathy that followed.
Jamie Shackleton celebrates after scoring the second goal for Leeds in Derby on Sunday
Shackleton was played on and finished calmly past keeper Kelle Roos in the 75th minute
But Derby’s lead was short-lived, as Pablo Hernandez equalized for Leeds moments later
Hernandez found it just from the edge of the Derby box after the ball broke back to him
Matt Clarke pierced his own net for Leeds’ third goal to seal their victory late
Clarke (close-up) reacts with dismay after gifting Leeds their third goal on Sunday
At least the second half delivered a performance worthy of the excellent side of the league, with Leeds coming in from behind to claim victory thanks to goals from veteran Pablo Hernandez and rookie Jamie Shackleton.
But beyond their terrain, other than their Elland Road home, Leeds would have chosen here for the first time after confirming as championship winners and ending their 16-year hiatus from the top flight.
The club’s hierarchy had long wanted to evoke the old spirit of ‘Dirty Leeds’ when their great side of the 1970s would compete with people like Derby.
That lengthy feud was rekindled last year when Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa sent an employee to spy on a Derby training session.
And how the Rams milked their subsequent defeat of Leeds in the playoff semi-final, only to miss promotion.
The Derby players celebrate with Chris Martin (left) after scoring their opener at Pride Park
Derby’s players applaud Leeds on the pitch in a guard of honor after winning the league
There was a long delay in the first half when Gaetano Berardi was forced injured
Leeds’s Ezgjan Alioski (left) challenges Derby’s Jayden Bogle for the ball in the first half
Wayne Rooney of Derby stops Pascal Struijk while they fight for the ball in midfield
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa studies the action from his familiar squatting position
Derby County (4-2-3-1): Rose; Bogle, Davies, Clarke, Forsyth (Buchanan 65); Rooney (c), Bird (Marriott 82); Waghorn, Sibley (Shinnie 66), Lawrence (Knight 7); Martin
Points that are not used: Rose (GK); Joseph’s son, Evans, Lowe, Whittaker
Manager: Phillip Cocu
Scorer: Martin 54
Leeds United (4-1-4-1): Casilla; Dallas, White, Berardi (Ayling 33), Douglas; Struijk; Poveda (Harrison 77), Shackleton, Hernandez, Alioski; Roberts (Bamford 82)
Points that are not used: Miazek (GK); Cooper, Casey, Davis, Klich, Bogusz
Scorers: Hernandez 56; Shackleton 76; Clarke’s own goal 84
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)
Leeds’ social media operators were clearly taken from above in the memo about not caring who they offend, at least judging by the ‘Premier League vs Championship’ post and Pride Park video through binoculars.
There was a bottle of champagne on the champions upon arrival, a gift from Derby owner Mel Morris.
Not that their players would crave alcohol in light of their boozy parties after Friday night promotion. Maybe that’s why Bielsa made seven changes.
This became apparent during a leggy opening period in which both sides created little. It felt like a luminaire was being filled.
However, Bielsa is not one to go through the motions and a half-time team discussion in the stadium hall got the energy and application on his part.
They were even more motivated when Derby took the lead against the game due to Chris Martin’s short distance in the 54th minute.
That advantage lasted less than two minutes and Hernandez showed his class with a measured steering wheel from 20 meters in the lower corner. How valuable the 35-year-old could be as an impact sub next season.
But it was a player at the other end of his career, the 20-year-old boy from the hometown of Shackleton, who brought them to the fore with his first goal for the club in the 75th minute, a confident sweep after being played by Tyler Roberts.
Scoring was complete when Derby defender Matt Clarke comically tapped into his own net as he attempted to make a hacked clearance, perhaps beyond his skill.
In reality, their greater shame had occurred some time before even a ball had even been kicked.
Derby’s Louie Sibley (left) and Pascal Struijk from Leeds compete early for possession
Wayne Rooney checks on Tom Lawrence while being treated after a challenge