Roofe and Harrison fire Marcelo Bielsa's side five points clear at the top

The Argentine stunned English football and angered Frank Lampard by admitting he did send a SPY to watch Derby train on Thursday ahead of this game.

At least, he did not do what Russia did after the Salisbury spy poisoning and pretend the member of his football staff got lost looking for Derby Cathedral.

And, furthermore, the Leeds boss also admits he has been doing it for years.

Bielsa has certainly been giving his Leeds team a license to thrill with their free-flowing attacking football.

And his Championship table-toppers extended their lead for five points ahead of today’s matches thanks to Kemar Roofe’s 20th-minute opener and Jack Harrison’s 47th-minute strike.


And it is looking more and more likely that Leeds are on their way to the Premier League after 12 years.

Despite all the spy drama before kick-off, Lampard cannot blame that for last night’s outcome.

Derby simply did not keep the ball like they usually do – while Leeds did in truth should have won this by four or five such was their dominance.

There was a farcical start within 35 seconds.


Referee Andy Davies awarded Leeds a penalty when Ezgjan Alioski was brought down in the box.

But he did not see that his linesman had already flagged offside – yet it seemed to take an age until he realised.

Liam Cooper scuffed a great chance to put Leeds in front by putting an effort wide from eight yards following a corner.

Roofe then turned and shot from the edge of the box but it lacked any power to bother keeper Scott Carson.

The Yorkshiremen moved in front when Derby were caught napping.

Carson punched away Pablo Hernandez’s corner and the ball fell to Jack Clarke on the right side.

He whipped it into the six-yard box and Roofe got across his defender to blast the ball home at the near post.

Clarke had an opportunity to add a second after brilliantly controlling the ball, lifting it over Max Lowe’s head but fired an effort from 16 yards wide.


Harrison headed a tame effort at Carson as Leeds continued to pour forward.

Lampard was seething before kick-off and he was certainly seething as he watched his team fail to even land a glove on Leeds.

The best his side could do was muster up a Tom Lawrence effort that was miles off target.

But it was only a temporary break in the wave of Leeds attacks and Adam Forshaw cracked an effort from 30 yards that curled just wide.

Mason Mount made a rare foray into the Leeds box but as he was about to pull the trigger Luke Ayling put in a brilliant block.

George Evans was booked after cynically hacking down Pontus Jansson as he raced forward.
After the break, Leeds pretty much sealed the points.

Carson did not deal with a Clarke cross into the box. The keeper flapped and pushed the ball into the path of Alioski.

The Macedonian scuffed his effort but the ball rolled to Harrison, who made no mistake from two yards.

Leeds rookie keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was lucky to get away with racing out to almost the halfway line to block half-time sub David Nugent, who was breaking clear.

The hosts were appealing for a peantly when Lawrence stood on Harrison’s foot. The contact was definite but it would have been a soft penalty had it been given.

Clarke – just 18 and having a brilliant game – caused Rams lots of problem down the right and Fikayo Tomori did well to crowd out Roofe for a corner.

Derby just could not get a foothold into the game with Forshaw running the midfield, linking up superbly with Hernandez, who caused the visitors plenty of problems.

Sub Jamie Shackleton got played in by Clarke but he drove his effort off target.

Roofe was just inches away from turning in Clarke’s lovely cross.

Summing up Derby’s night, Lawrence decided to have a dig from 30 yards but sent it hopelessly wide.

Pablo Hernandez – from a tight angle – put a volley just wide from close range.

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