Leeds United suffered back to back defeats on Tuesday thanks to two goals in two minutes from a resilient Derby County side.
Simon Grayson made two changes to the side that lost to Millwall last Saturday, Barry Bannan came in for Bradley Johnson who dropped to the bench, and Neil Kilkenny replaced the injured Robert Snodgrass.
Gradel gave Leeds the advantage in the 58th minute, the winger picked up the ball just outside the box before smashing his shot past Jones. Instead of settling down and holding County, the Whites conceded two minutes later. Jamie Ward was in the right place at the right time to slot home a low cross. It then got worse for United when Derby made it 2-1 just 60 seconds later, Davies smashed home a volley to beat the helpless Schmeichel.
A 2-1 defeat puts pressure on Leeds' play-off hopes, especially with teams outside the top six winning and picking up points. Derby deserved their three points, and United now face two difficult fixtures in the Championship. On Saturday Grayson's men face Watford, then next Friday Reading come to town. The only advantage for Leeds is that they have home advantage, the Elland Road faithful will make the atmosphere as intimidating as possible.
Anything can happen in these next five fixtures, Leeds look to be out of the automatic race, but a play-off position is well within reach, Leeds just need to pick themselves up and bounce back starting on Saturday.