Derby County 1-0 Leeds United

15 Oct

Derby County manager Steve McClaren in his first match back in charge of the Rams


On the eve of his return as Derby boss, Steve McClaren apologised for the lack of commitment which led to his sacking by in 2015

Steve McClaren began his second spell in charge of Derby County with victory against Leeds at the iPro Stadium.

The former England manager, in the Rams dugout for the first time in 17 months, guided Derby to their first league win at home this season just three days after returning to the club.

Substitute Johnny Russell lashed home the winner from a corner, scoring with the home side’s first shot on goal.

For Leeds, Kyle Bartley and Marcus Antonsson both hit the woodwork.

McClaren’s homecoming win moved Derby up to 19th in the table, with the East Midlands club now unbeaten in three matches since Nigel Pearson was initially suspended as Rams manager on 27 September.

Three managers have overseen Derby’s three wins this season, with Pearson’s only success coming in August before Chris Powell led them to victory at Cardiff just hours after being put in interim charge.

Scotland international Russell came off the bench to score his first goal of the season, with goalkeeper Rob Green unable to keep the ball out despite getting a touch on the low shot.

Bartley headed against the bar with Leeds’ best effort before the break and Antonsson curled against the post in second-half injury time as Garry Monk’s side suffered a second successive away defeat.

Matej Vydra had the ball in the back of the net for a refreshed Derby side after the break following a Bradley Johnson through ball, but his effort was flagged offside.

Johnny Russell celebrates Derby's goal<!–

Johnny Russell scored 10 goals for Derby last season

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

“I think you could see the nervousness of the players but amongst that nervousness the players showed fight; the attitude was great and we got some great blocks in at the end.

“We worked our socks off and we needed that second goal. The last 10 minutes was always going to be nervous, but we rode our luck and got through it and it was a big three points.

“We said we need to put a marker down at five o’clock and we have done. I saw certain aspects I like and potential in the team but there is a lot of work, and a long way to go but if the players have that attitude and fight, I have no complaints.

“That’s what we said at the beginning not just at half-time, what do the supporters want to see, they want to see your fight, attitude, tackles and I think the players did that.”

Leeds head coach Garry Monk:

“I said to the players at half-time that we need to put our game on the pitch a little bit better and we came out and we started to do that and then we conceded a poor goal from our point of view which put us on the back foot.

“We had a go in the last 25 minutes and had a couple of chances, but overall I think we didn’t do enough of the things we have done really well in recent games with the ball to give ourselves the best chance of getting something.

“We probably deserved something from the game but it’s one of those where you probably can’t complain that you didn’t.

“We hit the woodwork a couple of times and were probably the wrong side of those margins, but the pleasing thing for me is we are still very competitive in games and were fighting for the result right up to the very end.”

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Leeds United 0.

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Leeds United 0.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Max Lowe.

Marcus Antonsson (Leeds United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Offside, Derby County. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Marcus Antonsson (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Grimes.

Attempt missed. Eunan O’Kane (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Bryson.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O’Kane.

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Baird replaces Will Hughes.

Substitution, Leeds United. Marcus Antonsson replaces Chris Wood.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Grimes replaces Alex Mowatt.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

Kemar Roofe (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Derby County. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

Offside, Derby County. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Luke Ayling (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Robert Green.

Attempt saved. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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