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Leeds 1-2 Derby: Sam Winnall inspires comeback

Sam Winnall inspires comeback with second half brace to keep up winning run The Rams have now won ea..

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  • Sam Winnall inspires comeback with second half brace to keep up winning run
  • The Rams have now won each of their last four games in the Championship
  • Pierre-Michel Lasogga had struck early to put Leeds ahead at Elland Road
  • Leeds continue their fall down the table after a fifth defeat in six league games

By Janine Self for MailOnline

Published: 17:43 EDT, 31 October 2017 | Updated: 20:24 EDT, 31 October 2017

The jury remains out on Leeds United’s chances of mounting a serious promotion challenge as they once again displayed all the characteristics which would make a manager tear his hair out.

One goal up, through Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Leeds looked in command. Yet two goals in seven second-half minutes from Sam Winnall sent Derby back down the M1 with all the points.

Winnall’s second was from the penalty spot after Tom Lawrence was brought down – much to the fury of the home side.

Sam Winnall of Derby County celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals against Leeds

Sam Winnall of Derby County celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals against Leeds

Winall of Derby County is congratulated on scoring his side's second goal of the eveningWinall of Derby County is congratulated on scoring his side's second goal of the evening

Winall of Derby County is congratulated on scoring his side's second goal of the evening

Winnall scored twice in the second half to complete a comeback against their play-off rivalsWinnall scored twice in the second half to complete a comeback against their play-off rivals

Winnall scored twice in the second half to complete a comeback against their play-off rivals

Winnall scores his second goal of the game to give Derby the lead with minutes to spareWinnall scores his second goal of the game to give Derby the lead with minutes to spare

Winnall scores his second goal of the game to give Derby the lead with minutes to spare

Leeds United captain Luke Ayling looks dejected as his side succumb to another defeatLeeds United captain Luke Ayling looks dejected as his side succumb to another defeat

Leeds United captain Luke Ayling looks dejected as his side succumb to another defeat

MATCH FACTS

LEEDS: Lonergan, Dallas, Pennington (Grot 84), Jansson, Ayling, O'Kane, Saiz, Roofe (Sacko 76), Alioski (Hernandez 84), Vieira, Lasogga.

SUBS NOT USED: Wiedwald, Shaughnessy, Anita, Klich.

GOALS: Lasogga 7

BOOKINGS: Saiz, Jansson

DERBY: Carson, Davies, Forsyth, Keogh, Wisdom, Ledley (Weimann 68), Johnson, Winnall (Thorne 90), Lawrence, Huddlestone, Martin.

SUBS NOT USED: Mitchell, Baird, Pearce, Vydra, Thomas.

GOALS: Winnall 72, 80

BOOKINGS: Keogh, Huddlestone

REFEREE: Simon Hooper

The completely contrary nature of statistics could not have been better highlighted than by the fact that Leeds came into this match having lost five out of seven games and with only three home wins so far.

Impending crisis? Hardly. Their tally of 23 points from their opening 14 matches is the best total at this stage of the season for eight years.

Having been well beaten by Sheffield United at Elland Road last week, however, there was a certain urgency for a decent home result against one of the teams in the chasing pack.

The consensus was that Leeds were caught napping by their Yorkshire rivals. No-one could accuse them of making the same mistake against Derby.

Ronaldo Vieira showed some snap and crackle to win the ball and fed it to Samuel Saiz, who squared it to Lasogga. The target man, a summer arrival from Hamburg, kept his shot low to beat Scott Carson and put Leeds into the lead after only eight minutes.

Tails up, Leeds could and should have added to the score before Derby had time to regroup. Instead the speedy triumvirate of Vieira, Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski failed to capitalise on a numerical advantage on the break.

The Leeds players congratulate Lasogga after he gives them the lead against Derby CountyThe Leeds players congratulate Lasogga after he gives them the lead against Derby County

The Leeds players congratulate Lasogga after he gives them the lead against Derby County

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds celebrates after giving his side the lead in the first halfPierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds celebrates after giving his side the lead in the first half

Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Leeds celebrates after giving his side the lead in the first half

Winnall of Derby County and Pontus Jansson of Leeds United exchange heated wordsWinnall of Derby County and Pontus Jansson of Leeds United exchange heated words

Winnall of Derby County and Pontus Jansson of Leeds United exchange heated words

Ayling of Leeds heads the ball away from his opponent as the first half continuesAyling of Leeds heads the ball away from his opponent as the first half continues

Ayling of Leeds heads the ball away from his opponent as the first half continues

Season at glance

  • Championship
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga

Then a Kemar Roofe cross from the right found Lasogga only for his lay-off to spin into no-man’s land. It would not have been the start that Gary Rowett might have expected.

Since being thrashed by Bristol City 4-1 in September, Derby have gone six unbeaten, three draws followed by three successive victories including beating neighbours Nottingham Forest.

The Rams coach, conscious of three matches in eight days, decided to rest in-form Matej Vydra while David Nugent was ill. Their absence flagged up a lack of creativity and attacking options.

Perhaps legs were beginning to feel heavy too after the win at Norwich over the weekend. There were precious few chances to write home about.

Leeds on the other hand were convinced they should have had a penalty when Andre Wisdom and Alioski clashed in the area. Referee Simon Hooper was having none of it, to the fury of the Leeds player.

Leeds United's Matthew Pennington and Derby's Winnall battle for the ball on the groundLeeds United's Matthew Pennington and Derby's Winnall battle for the ball on the ground

Leeds United's Matthew Pennington and Derby's Winnall battle for the ball on the ground

Tom Lawrence of Derby County attempts to dribble the ball past Stuart Dallas of LeedsTom Lawrence of Derby County attempts to dribble the ball past Stuart Dallas of Leeds

Tom Lawrence of Derby County attempts to dribble the ball past Stuart Dallas of Leeds

Both teams stand in the centre circle before kick off to remember fallen solidersBoth teams stand in the centre circle before kick off to remember fallen soliders

Both teams stand in the centre circle before kick off to remember fallen soliders

The most underworked member of the Leeds team was goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who is now first choice after moving from Wolves. Lonergan’s most testing moment of the first half came with an efficient punched clearance from a rare Derby corner.

The second half was a different story, however, as Derby put on a spirited fightback.

Two goals in seven minutes did the damage, both from Sam Winnall. First he connected with Craig Forsyth’s pass to beat Lonergan and then he converted a penalty when Tom Lawrence was brought down.

Suddenly it was Leeds’s turn to try and rescue something. Lasogga had a half-chance but his effort was too high.

Elland Road used to be a fortress and Christiansen has to turn it back into one if he wants to be in the mix come May.

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Novak Djokovic: Judge orders immediate release of tennis star

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The judge hearing Novak Djokovic’s challenge to an order by the Australian government revoking his entry visa has dramatically overturned the decision.

Judge Anthony Kelly ordered the release of the tennis star from detention.

However, there has been no sign of the Serbian player since the verdict. And Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can still cancel his visa on new grounds.

The 34-year-old flew into Melbourne last week, hoping to defend his Australian Open title.

The government acknowledged in court that Djokovic was not given enough time to respond following the notification to cancel his visa.

The player was told he would have until 08:30 local time last Thursday to make comments about the visa cancellation under section 116 of the Australian Migration Act, but the Border Force made the final decision shortly after 07:40.

The Judge said Djokovic could have had more time to make a submission about why his visa should not be withdrawn if authorities had stuck to the original time.

“We all play by the same rules,” Judge Kelly said. “Stated in other terms: those rules were not observed.”

The trial began on Monday morning after delays caused by technical issues with a live stream of proceedings.

Lawyers for Djokovic argued that the 20-time Grand Slam winner entered the country on the understanding that his exemption from restrictions requiring travellers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 was valid.

Nick Wood told the court that the exemption had been granted to the player by two separate medical boards following a recent coronavirus infection and that he had presented all the necessary medical evidence to officials.

“He had done absolutely everything. He had engaged with everything that was required of him by Tennis Australia,” Mr Wood said.

Judge Kelly appeared to agree with Mr Wood’s argument and told government lawyers that he felt “agitated” by what he had heard so far.

“What more could this man have done?” he asked.

Where is Djokovic?

It is not clear. The judge’s order specified that the tennis star should be released from immigration detention within 30 minutes of the ruling.

Djokovic’s family and Serbian officials have said their hero has been arrested, but there is no evidence of that having happened.

Djokovic’s lawyers have also argued that his treatment by Australian Border Force officers after his arrival was “manifestly unjust”.

After being approached by officials at the airport, he asked to wait until the morning to hear from his team before deciding whether to leave the country. This was initially agreed to by officials.

He then went to sleep, but was woken up around 06:00 by officers who allegedly pressured him to respond “because it was better for him if they made the decision right away”.

Government lawyer Christopher Tran argued that Djokovic’s recent Covid infection did not qualify him for an exemption from travel rules, and denied there was any unfairness or unreasonableness in the decision.

Though Djokovic has not spoken publicly about his vaccination status, in his interview with border officials he confirms he is not vaccinated.

He told the interviewer that he tested positive for Covid twice – in June 2020 and on 16 December 2021. Copies of his positive PCR tests were provided to the interviewer – one was issued on the 16 December 2021, a day before Djokovic appeared at public events without a mask.

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NSW COVID-19 hospitalisations pass 1,000 as cases continue to balloon across Australia

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sbs– New South Wales has recorded another 18,278 COVID-19 cases and two deaths as the state’s outbreak continues to surge.

Sunday’s case numbers are slightly lower than Saturday’s 22,577.

The state recorded two deaths from the virus, while 1,066 people are hospitalised, up from 901 on Saturday. There are 83 in intensive care.

At the peak of the Delta outbreak, on 21 September, there were 1,266 people hospitalised with infections, and 244 in intensive care.

Testing numbers to 8pm on the first day of 2022 were down to 90,019, a drop from 119,278 on New Year’s Eve.

The high case numbers come as Premier Dominic Perrottet continues to focus on hospitalisation and intensive care numbers rather than the daily case total.

Despite comprising about six per cent of the population, unvaccinated people make up the majority of those in intensive care, Health Minister Brad Hazzard says.

To ensure hospital systems can cope, asymptomatic health workers who are in isolation due to being a close contact of a positive case will be permitted to leave isolation in “exceptional circumstances”, NSW Health announced on Friday night.

Victoria posts 7,172 cases, extreme heat closes testing sites

The first day of 2022 hasn’t been kind to 7,172 Victorians, the state’s latest residents to contract COVID-19.

A further three virus-related deaths have also been recorded for 1 January.

However the number of Victorian coronavirus patients in hospital care remains relatively stable at 472, up 19 on Saturday’s figure and 48 beyond the seven-day average.

Of them, 52 are classified as active ICU cases and 22 are in need of ventilation.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s daily update said on Sunday community sampling had revealed 76 per cent of all samples collected over the Christmas period were the Omicron variant. Further testing to confirm this is being undertaken over the next week.

In total, Victoria is managing 31,461 active COVID-19 cases.

Health authorities says virus testers managed to process 48,252 results in the 24 hours to Saturday evening.

The state is 93 per cent fully vaccinated for everyone aged 12 and over.

Some 7,442 infections were reported on Saturday, another pandemic record. There were 51 actively infectious patients in intensive care and 21 ventilated.

Extreme heat caused the closure of eight of the state’s testing sites on Saturday.

Queensland records 3,587 new cases

Queensland has added 3,587 infections to its COVID-19 caseload as a new indoor mask mandate comes into effect across the state.

Some 16,688 Queenslanders now have the virus. However, hospital numbers remain low with 112 patients in care, five of them in ICUs and none requiring ventilation.

Health authorities say testers processed almost 34,000 results in the 24 hours to 7pm on Saturday.

Queensland is 86.60 per cent fully vaccinated for everyone 16 and over.

Chief Health Officer John Gerrard says despite a jump of more than 1,300 cases in a day, he’s not surprised. In part, the increase is related to a change in reporting protocols which saw case figures taken from a 12-hour window on Friday.

“This number is probably a bit smaller than we had expected,” he said in Brisbane on Sunday of the latest figures.

“It probably (also) relates to testing over the holiday period and so it will not be a surprise at all that in the next couple of days we see a significant increase in cases as more samples are tested and more people come forward.”

Dr Gerrard said what experts were now seeing with the virus was that it was “a vastly different disease” to that which was spreading in the community last year and prior to vaccination.

“With a degree of contagiousness of this virus, we are going to be seeing very large numbers of cases, even though the severity is clearly going to be less,” he said.

“We are going to see very large numbers of cases and a small proportion of a very large number (who fall ill) is still a large number.”

Masks were declared compulsory in “virtually all indoor spaces” in Queensland from 1am on Sunday.

Previously masks were only required indoors at supermarkets, shops, on public transport and ride share as well as airports and planes, cinemas and theatres in Queensland.

They now need to be worn at workplaces unless unsafe to do so, pubs, clubs and cafes unless when seated, indoor stadiums and sport arenas, libraries, hair dressers and nail salons, and medical centre waiting areas.

Queenslanders were also urged to return to work-from-home arrangements where possible.

SA hospitalisations ‘very much within capacity’

South Australia, meanwhile, recorded 2,298 COVID-19 cases on New Years Day from 21,140 tests.

The newest caseload is up from 2,108, while hospitalisations have also risen by 11.

There are currently 82 people in hospital, Premier Steven Marshall said on Sunday, a number which he said was “still very much within our current capacity”.

Seven people are in ICU.

“We see a lot of admissions but also a lot of people are leaving hospital on a daily basis after their conditions have stabilised,” Mr Marshall told reporters on Sunday.

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Double demerits: Police crackdown on speeding, mobile phones, seatbelt and helmet offences over Christmas period

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skynews– The countdown to Christmas is on – and motorists driving over the holiday season are at risk of copping further punishments if they break road rules.

Police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be patrolling roads for all driving offences, with double demerits applied in NSW, ACT, WA and QLD.

For example, drivers in NSW and the ACT caught using their phones will be hit with a $349 fine ($464 in a school zone) and 10 demerit points.

Police will also be cracking down on the Four Ds – drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving – to reduce injuries and fatalities on roads.

NSW and ACT

Double demerit points will be applied from December 24 to January 4 for speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.

Police Minister Paul Toole acknowledges it is a busy time of the year but urges motorists to plan ahead and be patient.

“For many, it will be the first time they’ve hit the road since COVID restrictions eased, so please plan ahead, take your time and be patient,” he said.

“No one wants to get a fine or worse still, lose their licence at Christmas, but we make no apologies for taking a tough stance so everyone can be reunited with their loved ones safely.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Glinn, is calling on the public to report any dangerous driving incidents to Crime Stoppers.

“Keeping the public safe is our top priority – and we’re asking for you to help us protect yourselves, loved ones and the community on NSW roads,” he said.

“If you see or know anyone who is drink, drug, dangerous or distracted driving, please report it to Crime Stoppers and we will investigate.

“Our message to motorists breaking the law is clear: someone is watching you now and you will get caught.”

Western Australia

Double demerit points will be applied in WA from December 24 to January 9.

During holiday periods and long weekends, the following offences are subject to Double Demerits:

  • Speeding
  • Drink or drug driving
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt and child restraint
  • Running a red light
  • Illegal use of a mobile phone while driving
  • Drive a motor vehicle fitted with a device designed to evade detection by a speed camera (14 points during double demerits period)
  • Drive a motor vehicle in a manner to evade detection by a speed camera (14 points during double demerits period)

Queensland

Sunshine State residents are subject to double demerits over repeated offences, no matter what time of year it is.

Double demerit points are applied for certain second or subsequent offences committed within one year of the previous offence.

This includes:

  • offences for speeding more than 20km/h over the speed limit
  • mobile phone offences
  • driver seatbelt offences
  • motorcycle helmet offences.

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