Leeds United beat Derby County to transfer five sides obvious at the conclude of the Championship, after head coach Marcelo Bielsa took paunchy responsibility for the pre-match ‘spygate’ saga.
Bielsa admitted sending a member of his workers to seek Derby prepare on Thursday, a narrative that dominated the originate-as much as the sport and one the Soccer Affiliation is now investigating.
The competition at Elland Avenue was as soon as predictably frantic and feisty, nonetheless Leeds dominated from the first whistle and deservedly led via Kemar Roofe’s near-submit flick.
The house aspect made the sport superior inner two minutes of the restart, Jack Harrison tapping in after Scott Carson failed to address a execrable.
The Whites, now five sides obvious of second-placed Norwich and seven above Sheffield United in 0.33, had misplaced every of their old two league suits.
Nonetheless they were by a long way the greater crew in opposition to the Rams, who they’d beaten four-1 in Frank Lampard’s first home sport as a manager in August.
The outlet minute of Friday’s sport was as soon as every bit as controversial because the 24 hours that had preceded it, with Leeds’ Ezgjan Alioski blatantly fouled within the sphere easiest for the linesman’s flag to be raised – incorrectly – for offside within the originate-up.
It was as soon as easiest a signal of things to reach succor for Lampard’s aspect, alternatively, they most frequently went within the succor of halfway via the first half when Roofe converted 18-yr-ancient Jack Clarke’s low execrable.
Clarke, impressive right via, additionally performed a hand within the second function – even supposing Carson will in actual fact feel he need to bear performed better before Harrison was as soon as allowed to fit into an empty discover.