Derby 3-1 Leeds
Derby gained only their second victory in six games as they ended Leeds' three-match winning run.
Conor Sammon put the hosts ahead when he shot past United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny following an excellent run from 17-year-old midfielder Will Hughes.
Leeds' Paul Green equalised against his old club, flicking into the net after Luciano Becchio's knock-down.
But Jake Buxton diverted Richard Keogh's effort into the net and Ben Davies curled home a late third goal.
Hughes became the second youngest player to represent England Under-21s when he played against Northern Ireland last month and was at the heart of Derby's best moves.
The Rams went ahead when Theo Robinson gave the ball to Hughes with a quickly-taken free-kick and Hughes ran at the Leeds defence before finding Sammon.
Sammon turned left-back Lee Peltier to create some space for the shot and his poorly-struck effort still found its way into the net as the goalkeeper was wrong-footed.
Derby had chances to double their lead but Kenny denied Robinson before a heavy first touch from Sammon enabled Tom Lees to make a last-ditch challenge after another direct run from Hughes.
But Leeds, aiming to collect four successive league wins for the first time since November 2009, equalised when Sam Byram hit a deep cross into the box and Becchio's superb knock-down found Green unmarked.
Green, who played for Derby for four seasons before leaving Pride Park at the end of 2011-12, guided the ball with the outside of his foot past the advancing Adam Legzdins.
The hosts started the second half brightly as Sammon dragged a shot wide, Keogh headed over and Hughes was denied by Kenny after dribbling past three opponents.
But Derby scored their second when Becchio's weak header fell to Keogh and his shot was steered in by team-mate Buxton.
Leeds nearly grabbed a second equaliser but Lees hit the inside of the post from a cross from substitute El-Hadji Diouf, before the Senegal international also fired wide late on.
Substitute Davies sealed the victory for the Rams, curling home an effort in injury-time from the edge of the penalty area.
Derby manager Nigel Clough:
"I think a few of the big boys are watching Will [Hughes] which is a great compliment to him and the academy lads, but if they are we will do everything we can to hang on to him.
"Early on, I thought Leeds stopped him playing just through good closing down so we couldn't quite get him on the ball. But once the game opened up he was outstanding again.
"We were on the front foot early on and it was a very, very solid home performance. Apart from a small period in the game we played some excellent stuff today and the character and honesty of the players again shone through."
Leeds boss Neil Warnock:
"I thought we were poor for the first half hour but we withstood that and I didn't think they could improve, but I thought we could be 100 per cent better in the second half and I thought we were.
"The second goal was always going to be the winner today and we couldn't quite manage it."
- 13 Legzdins
- 02 Brayford
- 05 Buxton (O'Brien - 79' )
- 06 Keogh
- 16 O'Connor
- 07 Coutts
- 08 Hendrick Booked
- 12 Jacobs
- 19 Hughes Booked (Freeman - 90' )
- 11 Robinson (Davies - 82' Booked )
- 32 Sammon
- 01 Fielding
- 15 O'Brien
- 23 Freeman
- 18 Davies
- 09 Tyson
- 14 Doyle
- 20 Bennett
- 01 Kenny
- 02 Peltier
- 04 Lees
- 15 Tate
- 07 Green
- 18 Tonge
- 19 Norris (White - 80' )
- 25 Byram
- 30 Hall (Varney - 68' )
- 10 Becchio
- 44 McCormack (Diouf - 74' )
- 12 Ashdown
- 05 Pearce
- 11 Varney
- 14 White
- 17 Brown
- 20 Gray
- 21 Diouf
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +4:53
Paul Green takes a shot. Save by Adam Legzdins.90:00 +4:38 Booking
Booking Ben Davies goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.90:00 +3:42
Assist by Paul Coutts.90:00 +3:42 Goal scored
Goal! - Ben Davies - Derby 3 - 1 Leeds Ben Davies scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Derby 3-1 Leeds.90:00 +3:21
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Peltier by Conor Sammon. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.90:00 +2:49
Michael Jacobs takes a short corner.90:00 +1:09
Unfair challenge on Kieron Freeman by Tom Lees results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.89:50 Substitution
Substitution Kieron Freeman replaces Will Hughes.84:12
Shot by El-Hadji Diouf from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.83:22
El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.81:18 Substitution
Substitution Ben Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Robinson.79:04 Substitution
Substitution Aidan White comes on in place of David Norris.78:04 Substitution
Substitution Jake Buxton leaves the field to be replaced by Mark O'Brien.77:22
The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.77:07
Header by Tom Lees from inside the area strikes the post.76:13
Foul by James O'Connor on Samuel Byram, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.75:02
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Brayford by Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.74:35
John Brayford has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.73:33 Substitution
Substitution El-Hadji Diouf replaces Ross McCormack.
Theo Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney. Ross McCormack takes the direct free kick.71:50
David Norris takes a shot. Adam Legzdins makes a save.69:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luciano Becchio on Richard Keogh. Adam Legzdins takes the direct free kick.69:15
Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.69:15 Booking
Booking Will Hughes booked.69:10
Will Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Byram.67:43 Substitution
Substitution Luke Varney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Hall.65:47
Assist on the goal came from Richard Keogh.65:47 Goal scored
Goal! - Jake Buxton - Derby 2 - 1 Leeds Goal scored by Jake Buxton from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Derby 2-1 Leeds.65:29
Richard Keogh takes a shot.65:02
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line played to the near post.64:28
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, Theo Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Lees.61:18
David Norris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick. Adam Legzdins takes the free kick.60:40
Paul Coutts takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.59:08
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Jacobs, Headed effort from inside the area by Richard Keogh misses to the right of the goal.58:56
Will Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.58:03
Will Hughes takes a shot. Blocked by Luciano Becchio.57:24
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Jacobs.56:37
Conor Sammon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.55:05
The assistant referee flags for offside against Conor Sammon. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.54:25
The ball is sent over by Theo Robinson, Michael Tonge manages to make a clearance.52:43
Ross McCormack produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.52:01
Ryan Hall takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Theo Robinson makes a clearance.50:43
Luciano Becchio fouled by Richard Keogh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Peltier.50:09
Paul Coutts takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.48:46
Foul by Conor Sammon on Paul Green, free kick awarded. Ryan Hall takes the direct free kick.47:48
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ross McCormack.47:04
The ball is crossed by Paul Green.45:14
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Adam Legzdins.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +2:47 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.44:33
The assist for the goal came from Luciano Becchio.44:33 Goal scored
Goal! - Paul Green - Derby 1 - 1 Leeds Paul Green scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 1-1 Leeds.42:59
Centre by Samuel Byram.41:40
Michael Jacobs takes the inswinging corner, Luciano Becchio makes a clearance.40:26
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Coutts by Michael Tonge. Adam Legzdins restarts play with the free kick.39:30
Jake Buxton concedes a free kick for a foul on Luciano Becchio. Strike comes in from Ryan Hall from the free kick, blocked by Will Hughes.38:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Robinson on Alan Tate. Direct free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.35:50
Michael Tonge takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.35:02
Alan Tate takes the direct free kick.35:02 Booking
Booking Jeff Hendrick goes into the book.34:09
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeff Hendrick on Ryan Hall.32:30
Theo Robinson takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a save.28:04
Foul by Richard Keogh on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Tate.27:36
Unfair challenge on Richard Keogh by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Jake Buxton takes the direct free kick.25:23
Unfair challenge on Will Hughes by Ryan Hall results in a free kick. Paul Coutts takes the free kick.24:29
Ryan Hall concedes a free kick for a foul on John Brayford. Adam Legzdins restarts play with the free kick.23:41
Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Coutts, Luciano Becchio manages to make a clearance.23:30
Theo Robinson takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.18:52
David Norris concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeff Hendrick. Michael Jacobs restarts play with the free kick.17:48
Richard Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on Samuel Byram. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.17:24
Corner taken short by Paul Coutts.14:44
Assist by Will Hughes.14:44 Goal scored
Goal! - Conor Sammon - Derby 1 - 0 Leeds Conor Sammon grabs a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Derby 1-0 Leeds.14:28
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Robinson by Michael Tonge. Will Hughes takes the direct free kick.13:51
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Brayford on Ryan Hall. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.12:14
Jake Buxton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack. Strike comes in from Ross McCormack from the free kick.12:03
The ball is delivered by Samuel Byram, clearance by Richard Keogh.8:58
Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, clearance made by Tom Lees.8:27
Michael Jacobs takes the inswinging corner, Theo Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Byram.6:35
Foul by Theo Robinson on Tom Lees, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny takes the direct free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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