Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa provides injury update before Derby

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The Rams face an uphill struggle to qualify for the final at Wembley - no side has lost at home in the first leg and gone on to the showpiece.

"Adam Forshaw, I don't think so and for Jansson I couldn't tell", Leeds Live quote Bielsa as saying.

But amid incensed appeals from Leeds, the referee overturned his decision moments after consulting with linesman Eddie Smart and instead awarded a free-kick in favour of Marcelo Bielsa's men.

Leeds' Mateusz Klich was booked after forcing his head into the chest Fikayo Tomori as he got up from a challenge while Derby's Tom Huddlestone appeared to strike Stuart Dallas with his arm.

"We would like to have the same performance as the last two games Derby, but we know it is going to be very hard".

"Their team has been building for a few years, they have players that have been here in this league for years and, for the majority of our players, it's their first proper season in this league. We need to prepare properly and be ready".

"Usually you don't make comments at half-time and usually you work to build a superiority in the time that you have to play".

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"When we're concentrated and switched on, we are an outstanding side in all aspects of the game, apart from maybe finishing".

Derby County boss Frank Lampard is taking the song Leeds United fans have sung about him in good spirits and noted that he did not encounter Whites supporters during much of his time as a player as he plied his trade in the Premier League.

20% of Derby's defeats in all competitions this season have been against Leeds United (three out of 15).

A Tammy Abraham penalty after captain Jack Grealish was felled four minutes later meant it is advantage Villa ahead of the second leg on Tuesday night.

Derby have won just one of their last 10 away matches in all competitions (W1 D5 L4).

And despite a late rally from the hosts, Leeds held firm to record their third win over Derby this term and take a slender advantage into the return match at Elland Road on Wednesday.