It felt as if a sucker punch was coming, and it did in the form of substitute, Chris Martin.
Leeds United had dominated the game, the first half seemed like a breeze, the only disappointment being the singular goal lead. Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the Whites in a manner of speaking, as a Phillips free-kick found Patrick Bamford at the back-post. His ball across the face of goal found Dallas, whose strike hit the goalkeeper before hitting Derby’s Max Lowe and crossing the line.
Leeds continued the siege on Derby County’s goal, as a long ball from Alioski was brilliantly brought down by Bamford, who had the keeper a yard or two ahead of him, while another defender was coming in. Bamford quickly opted to lob the keeper from ten yards out, and the ball landed in the roof of the net.
Harrison and Bamford came close with long ranged efforts, but were unable to further the lead before the break.
20’ Phillips delivered the free kick, Bamford played it to Dallas, his effort is saved by Roos but it hits Lowe and finds it way into the net. 1-0 pic.twitter.com/MAPe49XbbW— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 21, 2019
Leeds came out with similar ideas in mind, Hernandez found Dallas on the edge of the penalty area, his quick turn of pace opened room for the cross, and Bamford could only direct it onto the post, sliding in to meet the ball.
With twenty minutes to go, Bamford’s hard work was rewarded with a penalty kick, as he had wriggled between two defenders before before being brought down. Mateusz Klich stepped up having cored from the spot last week, but sent the ball agonisingly wide, having sent the keeper the wrong way.
Derby began working their way into the game from here, and managed to grab an equaliser in stoppage time, as Lowe burst down the wing before crossing the ball, it was played into Chris Martin who finished to snatch the point.