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Match Recap: Derby County 1-3 Leeds United

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The Whites were victorious in their first game as champions, winning 1-3 away to Derby.

Derby County v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship
Leeds United are given a guard of honour by Derby County ahead of the game at Pride Park.
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Leeds United extended their record points tally to 90 as they beat Derby County away from home, thanks to goals from Hernandez, Shackleton and an OG from Derby’s Clarke.

Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes to the previous starting lineup, with Casilla returning from suspension, the midfield was completely changed as Shacleton, Hernandez, Poveda and Alioski came in, pushing Roberts to the number nine spot.

Roberts got going quickly, firing one over the bar while another was saves by the keeper. Few chances came from there as injuries to Lawrence, Berardi and Hernandez made play very stop-start in the first half.

Poveda had the ball in the net going into first half stoppage time, before being ruled offside having received from Roberts in the box, and a nice finish was unfortunately chopped off by the linesman.

Early on in the second half, Derby opened the scoring. Leeds struggled to clear the ball on the edge of the box, before the ball eventually dropped to the feet of Chris Martin, whose deflected strike beat Casilla and nestled into the left corner.

The Whites hit back quickly though, as Hernandez’s original strike from 18 yards out was blocked, before having another chance fall for him, a chance which he took brilliantly, curling the ball into the right corner with the inside of his right foot.

From here, Leeds took control of the game, a brilliant ball through from Roberts to Shackleton opened up the chance for the youngster to score his first senior goal for Leeds, and it was an opportunity he took with both hands. A neat finish low past the keeper from the right side of the box with 15 minutes to go.

And some icing on top for Leeds came in the form of the third and final goal with the clock ticking toward 90 minutes. Alioski’s cross and Bamford’s pressure at the back post forced Clarke to clear, but the clearance ended up in the net to secure Leeds the extra win which put Leeds up to 90 points for the season with one match to go.

Spygate antics were to be expected at some point, so we’ll leave you with Victor Orta’s celebrations after the game.