Leeds United ran out 1-0 winners over Derby County on Friday night, sending them up to third in the Sky Bet Championship.The Sky Sports cameras were at Elland Road and, after a minute’s applause rang around the stadium in memory of Graham Taylor OBE, they witnessed a dominant performance from the high-flying hosts.
Tributes paid to Graham Taylor OBE at Elland Road tonight.— EFL (@EFL) January 13, 2017
The Derby defence were tested from the off but held firm against a barrage of attacks, and when Leeds did find a way through, they found goalkeeper Scott Carson in good form.
Kyle Bartley and Souleymane Doukara were among those to go close, but the deadline was broken on the stroke of half-time by top scorer Chris Wood.
Pablo Hernandez delivered Leeds’ 11th corner of the first half, and Wood timed his run to perfection to head past the Rams’ goalkeeper.
A double change at the break saw the visitors up the tempo briefly, and they did have the ball in the net through Darren Bent when he charged down Rob Green’s clearance, but he was adjudged to have handled. From there, Garry Monk’s men regained control and looked the more likely to grab the next goal.
That goal never came, but when former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson was sent off for a second bookable offence late on, the result was never in doubt and the Whites held on for their fifth successive home win.