Leeds United’s losing streak ended in style on Friday night.
The Championship leaders lost three in a row over the New Year period, but looked much more like the outfit that have thrilled under manager Marcelo Bielsa this season.
Speaking of Bielsa, the eccentric boss openly admitted to sending the so-called spy to Derby’s training ground yesterday, claiming that he has done it in his various capacities since 2002.
Derby’s Frank Lampard was livid, and claimed that it affected his team’s preparation, and so it appeared in a feisty affair at Elland Road.
Derby had conceded a penalty within the first minute, though the offside flag negated the decision.
The home side still took the lead after 20 minutes however, with Kemar Roofe scoring his 13th goal of the season. Jack Clarke did a great job in the build-up, matched by Roofe’s movement to meet the pass.
They were full value for the win, with Jack Harrison doubling their advantage soon after the restart.
At the other end, Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was very fortunate not to be disciplined for a high-foot on Duane Holmes, catching him on the head.
Leeds extended their lead over Norwich to five points, though the latter play their game in hand tomorrow. Derby remain in the playoff spots in sixth, but the likes of manager-less Nottingham Forest and Birmingham can close the gap to a point over the weekend.