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Derby County 2-2 Leeds United

Kasey Palmer celebrates an injury-time equaliser
Kasey Palmer celebrates an injury-time equaliser for Derby County

Former Huddersfield Town loanee Kasey Palmer struck in added time to deny Leeds United a first win since Boxing Day and earn Derby County a draw.

Palmer, on as a substitute, pounced to lash home after Leeds failed to clear a corner and secure a vital point.

Leeds lead twice and thought they had won it when Ezgjan Alioski finished off a counter attack to regain the lead to add to Pierre-Michel Lasogga's opener.

Andreas Weimann had earlier levelled for Derby, who remain in fourth place.

By contrast Leeds are eight points off the top six, and it is they who will feel the loss of those two points most.

Changes played a key role in both sides' second-half flurry as Samuel Saiz and Alioski came off the bench to make a huge impact for Leeds, as Palmer did for the hosts.

The bitterness between these two teams goes back to the early 1970s and Brian Clough and Don Revie's personal rivalry, long before many fans in the stands were born, although the terrace chant sparring between the fans suggested the embers still burn bright.

Promotion is the aim of both sides bidding to return to those glory days and Gary Rowett's Rams began with purpose, having lost for the first time in 13 at the weekend, and might have been ahead but David Nugent nodded a Tom Lawrence cross wide.

That wastefulness was made to pay when Lasogga nodded in ahead of Scott Carson after Stuart Dallas was set away down the right on Leeds' first meaningful break.

Lawrence rapped the bar with a swerving drive as the Rams mounted an immediate response and with seconds to play of added time, Weimann rifled past Felix Wiedwald after Liam Cooper's attempted clearance glanced into his path.

It was a much closer second half with fewer clear-cut chances as Nugent skewed his shot well wide after half-time, while Liam Cooper headed over a swinging Pablo Hernandez cross.

With both teams rotating their line-up as time ticked on, Saiz and Alioski combined for a suckerpunch goal after Palmer's free-kick for Derby was blocked, and Paul Heckingbottom could almost taste his first win as Leeds boss.

However Palmer, on loan from Chelsea for the season, scrambled in to make amends and ensure Derby avoided back-to-back league losses for the first time this season.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"The goals we gave away tonight were very, very poor. We can't afford to give Leeds a free header from three yards out. It was their only chance of the half.

"The first-half was the best we've played: we had 25 chances to their eight, then it all became a bit frantic, we were trying to force the ball forward.

"Thankfully we got our composure back and got the equaliser, but unfortunately we ran out of time. It just feels like someone doesn't want us to win a game at the moment. We've played well again, we just haven't put away the chances."

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I'm gutted for them. I'm disappointed for the lads, not with them. I'm stood there on 85 minutes thinking about tomorrow's post-match review, everything I'm going to show them that won them the game in terms of the quality, resilience, the work rate, putting bodies on line.

"All bits we've been speaking about and we didn't get the result I think we deserved because of all those factors, we've been undone at the back end of the half, which makes the game feel worse.

"I'd rather take three points than the positives, but my message to the players is get your heads up, come out feeling high. I was pleased with lots of things, but I saw things we need to get better at which in my eyes is pleasing because I know we can get better."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 29Olsson
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 36LedleySubstituted forJohnsonat 80'minutes
  • 19Weimann
  • 23Vydra
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forPalmerat 75'minutes
  • 28NugentSubstituted forJeromeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Palmer
  • 8Anya
  • 14Wisdom
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 32Jerome

Leeds

  • 13Wiedwald
  • 28Berardi
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Cooper
  • 12De Bock
  • 4Forshaw
  • 25VieiraBooked at 39minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 62'minutes
  • 15Dallas
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forSáizat 55'minutes
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forAlioskiat 77'minutes
  • 9Lasogga

Substitutes

  • 1Lonergan
  • 5Pennington
  • 10Alioski
  • 21Sáiz
  • 23Phillips
  • 24Sacko
  • 45Ekuban
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
27,934

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home25
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Leeds United 2.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Derby County).

Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Leeds United 2. Kasey Palmer (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Curtis Davies following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Bradley Johnson replaces Joe Ledley.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Leeds United 2. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Sáiz.

Attempt blocked. Kasey Palmer (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matej Vydra (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Ezgjan Alioski replaces Pablo Hernández because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Kasey Palmer replaces Tom Lawrence.

Delay in match Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Dallas following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Attempt missed. Liam Cooper (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Attempt missed. Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Marcus Olsson.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Cameron Jerome replaces David Nugent.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Laurens De Bock.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Kalvin Phillips replaces Ronaldo Vieira.

Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Marcus Olsson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz replaces Kemar Roofe.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby331611650282259
5Fulham331511755371856
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Sheff Utd32164124638852
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Leeds33137134643346
12Norwich331210113437-346
13Millwall331112103935445
14Ipswich33136144443145
15QPR33109143646-1039
16Sheff Wed33813123540-537
17Nottm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton3389162951-2233
20Birmingham3386192249-2730
21Hull32611154350-729
22Burton3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
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