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Leeds United 1-1 Derby County: Chris Martin grabs stoppage-time equaliser for Rams

Chris Martin
Derby striker Chris Martin scored his first goal for the Rams since November 2017 to earn a point at Leeds

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said Chris Martin's stoppage-time equaliser to give Derby County an unlikely point was his side's "worst" late lapse of the season.

United wasted several chances to secure victory at Elland Road and conceded late on to drop points for the third time in four home league games.

Derby, who beat the Yorkshire club in last season's Championship play-offs, had been outclassed for long periods before substitute Martin rounded off a fine team move with a cool low finish past Kiko Casilla.

Max Lowe's unfortunate own goal had looked likely to be the difference between the two teams as the Rams posed little threat.

"This has happened a lot of times to us, but today was the worst," said Bielsa. "They shot once all match. We created maybe 10 or 12 chances.

"We played 60 minutes very good, maybe the best since I've coached the team. But the last 15 minutes was flat.

"We couldn't control the end of the match.

"When we lose a point in this way it's difficult to admit reasons why. But we started to play long rather than line to line."

Leeds should have put the result beyond doubt long before Martin's late intervention.

Mateusz Klich casually sent a second-half penalty wide after Patrick Bamford had been brought down in the box by Matt Clarke.

Bamford missed numerous opportunities to make it 2-0, lofting a shot over the bar after brilliantly controlling a long cross-field pass, going close with a drilled shot from outside the area and then hitting the post from close range.

Then, for the third time this season, Leeds conceded in the closing stages of a Championship match to drop points.

They let in late goals in home games against Nottingham Forest and Swansea, but a repeat rarely looked likely until Martin - who has spent the past season and a half out on loan - popped up with his first Rams goal since November 2017 to snatch a point.

Leeds remain top of the Championship, ahead of Swansea on goal difference after the Welsh club drew 0-0 at Bristol City.

A rivalry renewed

The dramatic conclusion at Elland Road was another chapter in a rivalry that developed throughout last season.

This was the first meeting since the Rams' remarkable play-off semi-final victory in May, four months after the "spygate" incident in January when a member of Leeds' staff was found acting suspiciously outside Derby's training ground before their scheduled league fixture.

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa later admitted he had sent someone to watch all of his side's opponents train, for which the club was fined £200,000 by the English Football League.

Derby overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in a remarkable play-off tie to reach Wembley, extending Leeds' absence from the Premier League into a 16th season.

'Derby must use boost' - reaction

Derby boss Phillip Cocu: "When we concede a goal we have to make sure that we stay in the game.

"We stick to our plan. If we concede a goal, then we kill the game for five or 10 minutes.

"We did that, stayed in the game and scored an excellent goal.

"You have to give credit to Leeds because they are a big team with lots of quality and they put in lots of effort to get the ball back.

"I thought after 35 minutes we got back in the game, without creating any real chance. We kept the ball better so Leeds had to go back more.

"We kept believing that we could score and when we did score you saw what it meant to the fans. We have to use this boost going into our next game."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 15Dallas
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 10Alioski
  • 23Phillips
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forDouglasat 74'minutes
  • 46Shackleton
  • 43Klich
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forHélder Costaat 58'minutes
  • 9BamfordSubstituted forNketiahat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Nketiah
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Gotts

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 25Lowe
  • 6Keogh
  • 16Clarke
  • 46Malone
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 87mins
  • 5BielikSubstituted forPatersonat 61'minutes
  • 9Waghorn
  • 23HolmesBooked at 65mins
  • 11JozefzoonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKnightat 83'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forMartinat 73'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 12Hamer
  • 19Martin
  • 33Davies
  • 38Knight
  • 48Buchanan
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
34,741

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Derby County 1.

Foul by Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Derby County 1. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Attempt missed. Matthew Clarke (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Jamie Paterson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kalvin Phillips.

Booking

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Offside, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside.

Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jason Knight replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Eddie Nketiah replaces Patrick Bamford.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Martin (Derby County) is shown the yellow card.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florian Jozefzoon (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Barry Douglas replaces Pablo Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Jack Marriott.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Patrick Bamford.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Mateusz Klich should be disappointed.

Penalty Leeds United. Patrick Bamford draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Clarke (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Matthew Clarke (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Duane Holmes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds8521134917
2Swansea8521125717
3Preston8512147716
4QPR85121412216
5Nottm Forest8431116515
6Bristol City8431139415
7Charlton8422118314
8Sheff Wed8413117413
9West Brom7340118313
10Blackburn841398113
11Birmingham841379-213
12Fulham8332127512
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan8224813-58
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke8026717-102
24Huddersfield7016513-81
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