Jack Marriott scored twice as he started and finished a dramatic
revival that saw Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 on Wednesday
to complete a 4-3 aggregate comeback win and reach the English
Championship play-off final.
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is now one
game away from taking the Rams back into the lucrative Premier
League in his first season as a manager, with Midlands rivals
West Bromwich Albion their opponents at Wembley on May 27.
Leeds, already 1-0 up from the first leg, scored first in front
of their own fans at Elland Road on Wednesday.
But Marriott's first goal seconds before half-time got the Rams
back into contention and he settled a match which ended with both
sides down to 10 men by scoring again five minutes from
Derby's victory was all the more impressive given Lampard's
sixth-placed side had only just scraped into the playoffs.
Wednesday's match between two of English football's leading clubs
of the early 1970s came after Leeds' defeat of Derby in January
was overshadowed by the 'spygate' affair that saw manager Marcelo
Bielsa admit he had sent a member of his staff to 'spy' on a Rams
training session before the game.
Leeds took a 24th-minute lead on the night through Stuart Dallas
after Kalvin Phillips' free-kick came back off the post.
Derby though equalised on the night just before half-time when
substitute Marriott capitalised on a mix-up between Leeds
defender Liam Cooper and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla moments after
They draw level on aggregate straight after the break when Harry
Wilson played in Mason Mount, who cut inside from the left and
Derby then went ahead in the tie for the first time in the 58th
minute when Cooper needlessly conceded a penalty following a pull
on Mason Bennett in the area, with Wilson scoring from the spot.
Derby's 3-2 aggregate lead did not last long, however, with
Dallas scoring his second goal of the game when he struck a
precise shot into the far corner.
Leeds were reduced to 10 men 12 minutes from time when Gaetano
Berard's reckless two-footed challenge on Marriott saw him sent
Derby's winner arrived in the 85th minute when Marriott charged
through on goal and dinked the ball over Casilla just before the
keeper could get to the ball.
Scott Malone was then sent off in stoppage time but his exit came
too late for Leeds to snatch a late leveller.