It was a tough first home game for Derby County boss Frank Lampard against a Marcelo Bielsa-inspired Leeds United who won at something of a canter for the second week in succession.
After last week’s excellent outing against Stoke City, there wasn’t really much expectation that today’s game against Lampard’s Derby County would be much of the same, yet it was. In fact, scratch that – it was better.
From the opening exchanges, it was clear that this game was always going to one that had goals in it. It was Leeds United who drew first blood in the 5th minute when the rejuvenated Mateusz Klich finished well from distance after good work from Spanish duo Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez.
Leeds’ lead was short-lived though, Derby equalising seven minutes later when the impressive Tom Lawrence fired in a 12th minute free-kick after he was fouled on the edge of the Leeds United area.
Ten minutes later and Leeds United were back in front, Kemar Roofe scoring from a 22nd minute towering header after good work from Barry Douglas and Gjanni Alioski to restore the Whites lead.
Derby were still in with a more than decent shout despite going into half-time 2-1 down, the Rams creating many chances and taking the game to the visitors. Leeds were relying on the attacking runs of Saiz, the Spanish #10 returning to that kind of form that had Leeds fans purring last season.
What hopes Derby fans had that their side might mount a comeback in the second-half were dented on the hour when a sublime turn in the box by Roofe, the Leeds United striker spinning away from a bemused Fikayo Tomori, gave the former Oxford United man the space to lash a shot into the roof on the net.
Four minutes later and it was four for the Whites, this time Alioski turning from provider to scorer as he powerfully headed home a Pablo Hernandez dinked ball in at the 64th minute, giving home keeper Scott Carson no chance.
Derby toiled somewhat in the closing 30 minutes, creating some half-chances against a team in Leeds United who were in the ascendency. At the final whistle it was clear to all that the home side had been comfortably beaten by a Leeds United side who were just too good on the day.
Here’s how some of the Derby County fans reacted to their team going down 4-1 to Leeds United in front of what quickly became a quietened Pride Park:
— Billy (@BilllllyBoy) August 11, 2018
— shaun fox (@fox_shaun) August 11, 2018
How has Richard Keogh conned everyone into believing he’s good enough for a football career btw?
— Cameron Storer (@Cam_Storer) August 11, 2018
Still early days but that was abysmal.
— Andy Elliott (@tedmac7275) August 11, 2018
WOW that was disturbing, good news is, I was going to purchase the day pass on @NOWTVSport #NowTV glad I didnt now, saved me £8 @dcfcofficial #DCFC we deserve better than this #DCFCfans @BBCDerbySport Richard Keogh needs loaned out
— Steven MacGregor (@StevenMacG7275) August 11, 2018
— Charlie (@charliesmith_dc) August 11, 2018
We lost to one of the best teams in the Championship this season, so I’m not worried. we’re still a good, growing side with a lot of potential. COYR!
— Shaun Keetley (@Shaunage325) August 11, 2018
— Ryan Burton (@RyanBurton92) August 11, 2018
Leeds were impressive I admit, if they continue like this week in/out I fully expect them to be near the top. From a Derbys point of view, there were good bits, we’re only 2 games in, there’s still a lot of football to be played. We will learn alot from this game. We go on as one
— Mike Rawson (@mrawson87) August 11, 2018