Leeds United: YEP Jury give their verdicts

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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s 2-1 victory at Derby County.

JAMES HARRISON

What an unbelievable result. The first-half performance was probably the best I have seen us play in 2015. We looked solid at the back and extremely dangerous up front.

The two goals were outstanding. I don’t really like short corners but we caused a few problems from them before the Tom Adeyemi goal so I am glad the players stuck with it. It was a fantastic ball by Stuart Dallas and finished superbly by Adeyemi.

We started the second half slowly; Derby came out of the blocks quickly and we couldn’t handle them but we did extremely well not to concede a second. Last year we would have conceded in that tricky spell. We seem to have more character this season and we look less vulnerable in tricky periods of the game.

Chris Wood held the ball up brilliantly all game and he is starting to show why we paid millions of pounds for him. He is a top Championship player and when we give him good service, he can link up with our wide players very well. He should have put us in front before his winner with the close-range header but he certainly made up for it.

He knew straight away what he wanted to do before he got the ball and the finish was of the highest quality.

We looked really good in the middle of the field on Saturday.

Adeyemi, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook linked brilliantly and for a player of Luke Murphy’s calibre to be sitting on the bench shows some real strength in depth.

Cook was the best player on the field by a mile. He battled all game and was our main threat, especially on counter attacks. They all started through him.

For such a young lad, he shows that age is just a number as he looked like a seasoned professional. He’s an unbelievable talent who will progress to have a top career at the highest level.

If we hadn’t won on Saturday, it would have been an average start to the season but the three points has made it into a top start.

The players can now have two weeks off and fully recharge themselves for the next stage of the season.

Man of the match: Lewis Cook.

STEPHEN CLARK

The international break has arrived and after a whirlwind start to the season and United fans have two weeks to bask in as good a performance away from home as the club have produced in the past few years.

Against a side who have become a bogey team in recent times, Leeds went to Derby County and played a style of football that put an already fragile home side completely on the back foot for the vast majority of the game and the Whites fully deserved the win earned by Chris Wood’s stunning late goal.

Leeds looked fresh and vital all over the pitch, they were solid down the spine and showed a resilience to weather Derby’s whirlwind start to the second half by only conceding an equaliser, when in years gone by we would have been overwhelmed.

In fact when you compare the performance at the iPro Stadium on Saturday to our last trip to Derby at Christmas, when it looked like we were certainties for relegation to League One, it is amazing how far the club has come in such a short time.

We are only five games into the new season, but it has been a superb start.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

MATTHEW EVANS

This was a sweet victory. I’ve been waiting for something other than a depressing no-show at Derby since 2008 when we lost but played so well in the League Cup.

Before that it was 2002 and in the Premier League when we last looked like a football team on this pitch. Our first-half performance was the best of the season so far. Tom Adeyemi’s goal was just reward for a great 45 minutes of high tempo and energetic football.

The 15 minutes after half time belonged to Derby. They were fired up by what they’d heard in the dressing room and United struggled to cope but Chris Wood’s brilliant strike ensured we drove back from Derby happy for the first time in more than a decade.

Man of the match: Gaetano Berardi.

KEITH INGHAM

After five Championship games, Leeds United claimed their elusive first win with a impressive 2-1 win at the Ipro Stadium in Derby. It was the first away win there since 2002.

Uwe Rosler picked the side I’d guessed he would, Cook and Mowatt coming into the side, Phillips and Antenucci dropped to the bench, the later very unfortunate as he had played impressively since regaining his starting place.

Leeds started well and the midfield three of Mowatt, Cook and Adeyemi dominating proceedings giving the home defence no space or time on the ball. Wood and Dallas fired over the bar when given sight of the home goal. In response, everything Derby had was stopped by the Leeds defence marshalled by the captain Sol Bamba. Just before the break, Mowatt played a short corner to Dallas who put a ball into the six yard box and Tom Adeyemi rose to claim his first Championship goal in Leeds colours with a fine header.

The second half showed how the game can change and within minutes Derby were level when Chris Martin beat Liam Cooper and put a shot past Silvestri to level matters. The home side were on top and Hendrick missed a great opportunity when a chance fell to him in the Leeds penalty area. Rosler has never shied away from changing things as Murphy replaced Byram, then shortly after Antenucci replaced Mowatt. The changes changed the game as Leeds reasserted themselves in midfield, With time running out a through ball found Wood, he turned his massive frame past a defender to shoot past Carson and into the net. Leeds had learned lessons from Bristol City game and played out time to claim their first win of the season.

A very impressive use of substitutions changed the game. Well done all, we deserved this win and it’s been coming.

Man of the match: Sol Bamba.

DAVID WATKINS

What a result! 13 years in the making but the finish from Chris Wood was well worthy of ending that run since 2001/2.

As always with Leeds, there were nervy moments after half-time when for a while we lost the plot and moved into panic mode similar to that self-destruction at Bristol; despite this win we must address that tendency. But, after conceding we somehow scraped by until Chris Wood pulled out that cracker. The first half was a revelation; I was sceptical about the line-up without Mirco Antenucci but I have to say Leeds bossed the first half. This win turns an average start to the season into a decent one. Now, what are we capable of?

Man of the match: Sol Bamba, despite a couple of errors in that dodgy second-half performance.

GARY NEWBOULD

Thirteen years of hurt were ended on Saturday lunchtime as United finally won away at Derby to register their first victory of the season. The Whites more than justified their half-time advantage courtesy of Tom Adeyemi opening his account for the club in a dominant opening period for the visitors.

United were caught napping in the opening stages of the second half and soon surrendered their lead. Uwe Rosler’s young charges once again showed grit and determination and dug in against last season’s play-off finalists and were rewarded when Chris Wood sealed the three points with a superb finish two minutes from time.

Man of the match: Charlie Taylor.

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