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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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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM

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An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.

Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.

Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.

Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.

On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.

But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.

She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.

“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.

Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.

“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.

“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.

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