Leeds United v Derby County: Championship – live! | Football
Leeds denied a penalty!
Lampard: Leeds did the same earlier this season
4 mins: Marriott gets on the ball for Derby, but is dealt with by Pontus Jansson. The Leeds fans appear to be singing “we’ll spy when we want”, which is to be encouraged.
Alioski pounces on a defensive error from Wisdom, who then bundles the Leeds man over! Referee Andy Davies points to the spot, but the assistant has flagged offside. After a quick chat, Derby are let off the hook. There’s just one problem – Alioski wasn’t offside. Dear oh dear.
An extremely businesslike handshake between Bielsa and Lampard. All a bit awkward. Kick-off is seconds away!
“Frank is looking for an excuse in case Derby lose” says Frank Downes. “How is it illegal or against the rules to watch training on public land?”
I don’t think anyone is suggesting it’s illegal – just that it’s, you know, not cool. Although in my impromptu poll, 57% reckon it’s fine. You unscrupulous bunch.
Have your say! Marcelo Bielsa is sorry that Derby were upset, but says eavesdropping on training sessions is not against the rules. The steam from Frank Lampard’s ears told its own story. What do you think?
Crikey. After all that drama, easy to forget there’s a game on. Here are the teams:
Naughty Leeds (4-1-4-1): Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Alioski; Forshaw; Harrison, Klich, Hernandez, Clarke; Roofe.
Subs: Huffer, Davis, Halme, Shackleton, Gotts, Stevens, Roberts.
Mardy Derby (4-3-3): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Tomori, Lowe; Bryson, Evans, Mount; Holmes, Marriott, Lawrence.
Subs: Roos, Waghorn, Jozefzoon, Nugent, Bogle, Huddlestone, Malone.
Frank Lampard gives his thoughts. He’s accepted Bielsa owning up, but it clearly still fuming: “On a sporting level, it’s bad, in my opinion. Talking about ‘I did it somewhere else, it’s fine’ – that doesn’t work for me. It’s disrupted our preparations. Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive.
“We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel, and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn’t training. He’s admitted it, so I don’t think there’ll be any further action – but we had a guy in the bushes before we played Leeds earlier this season, and we lost 4-1.”
Marcelo Bielsa has spoken to Sky, via an interpreter. He has taken full responsibility for the spying incident, and apologised to Frank Lampard.
“It’s true, there was someone from Leeds there. The responsibility for this incident is mine. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong … for me it’s enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County were unhappy, to show that I didn’t behave well. Yesterday I talked to Frank and he told me I didn’t respect his club. I have a different point of view, but the important thing is what he and Derby think.
“I’m the only one responsible for it, I didn’t ask Leeds for permission to do that. I’ve been using this kind of practice since the World Cup qualifiers with Argentina. This is not unlawful, we’ve done it publicly, we talk about it in the press, for some people it’s the wrong thing to do – for others it’s not.”
Good evening. A rivalry that has been slowly cooling down for over 40 years is heating up again, fuelled by a furious promotion race and ignited today by an old-fashioned spying drama.
Both of these big city clubs have been effectively rebranded by summer managerial appointments, but their bold moves are paying off. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are leading the Championship, while Frank Lampard’s Derby County are in the top six.
This match was already an intriguing prospect, pitting MBLU’s high-press infantry up against the swashbuckling starlets of FLDC. Today’s developing drama, with FLDC accusing MBLU of sending a bloke in a tracksuit to patrol their training compound, adds the necessary needle and takes us back in time.
In the early 70s, Don Revie’s Leeds and Brian Clough’s Derby routinely muddied each other’s pristine shirts as they tussled for major trophies, while the managers traded barbs and compared lapel sizes on the touchline. Now both clubs are heading back towards the big time, and are back in each other’s business. Kick-off is 7.45pm, GMT.
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