- 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
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 rivals
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 defeat
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 County
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 words
Ayling of Leeds heads the ball away from his opponent as the first half continues
Season at glance
- Premier League
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Serie A
- La Liga
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 ground
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 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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