Derby County v Leeds United: Captain Bamba sets sights on victory over Rams

Chris Wood celebrates with team-mates after scoring.
Chris Wood celebrates with team-mates after scoring.
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Captain Sol Bamba set his sights on a first win of the season at Derby County this weekend after Leeds United equalled a club record of back-to-back draws on Saturday.


Bamba declared himself satisfied with an unbeaten league record at the end of a tight derby against Sheffield Wednesday but said Leeds “do need that win” with the season nearing the end of its first month. Leeds and Wednesday fought out a 1-1 draw at Elland Road with Chris Wood’s second goal in two games cancelling out a sensational first-half strike from Marco Matias.

Bamba described Matias’ goal as “sloppy” despite its spectacular nature but said a point earned at the end of a congested run of fixtures was another step forward for Uwe Rosler’s side.

Leeds have started this season with four straight draws, following on from their stalemate at home to Rotherham United on the final day of last season. The club last drew five successive league fixtures in 1997.

Rosler, who has been highly critical of United’s difficult schedule in the past fortnight, said he could “not ask for more” from his players and Bamba was also in a positive frame of mind, insisting a first victory could spur Leeds onto “great things”.

“We play good football and we’re unbeaten but we do need that first win,” Bamba said. “After that we kick on.

“This is a tough league. We’ve had a lot of travelling to do and that’s why we’re happy with a point from all of these games.

“We’re quite happy to be unbeaten but obviously we want that first win. If we can get that first win confidence goes up and with confidence I expect us to do great things. We want to get that win as soon as possible.”

Wood’s goal on 61 minutes, scored after fine play from Stuart Dallas on the right wing, was enough to earn Leeds a point following Matias’ brilliant opener on 37 minutes.

The Portuguese striker, signed for £1.1m by Wednesday this summer, beat goalkeeper Marco Silvestri with a volley which clipped the crossbar having first wrong-footing Liam Cooper with a deft lob inside the box.

Bamba, pictured above, however, said his failure to play Matias offside in the build-up was partly to blame for the strike.

“We conceded a sloppy goal to be honest,” the centre-back said. “The finish was great but we should have done better. I should have stayed with my man.

“I did think it was offside and I spoke to the referee but I’ve seen the replay and it was onside. That’s why I say it was sloppy.

“After that we dug deep and managed to come back. I think we should have done better and got the three points but it wasn’t to be.”

Bamba was one of seven players signed by Leeds before the start of the season but the club are close to other deals amid a sudden flurry of activity at Elland Road.

United are trying to close out a deal to bring forward Fernando Forestieri in from Watford and Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe could follow after NEC Nijmegen left him out of a league game with Ajax on Saturday saying Limbombe was “insufficiently focused” because of interest from Elland Road.

Bamba said: “The squad’s not finished yet. It’s a long season and a few additions would be more than welcome.

“But the big difference between this season and last for this club is the spirit.

“Everyone knew last season was poor. It was poor from everyone. The club want to develop and we want to be better. It’s a very tight group here and I feel us not having a big squad is a help. Everyone gets their chance, the manager has been very clear on that. I think that’s why we are doing well so far.”