Leeds 2-0 Derby: Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison strike

It is fair to say that Marcelo Bielsa sees things differently to other managers in English football. From his hunched touchline perspective atop a bucket to his view on pre-match preparations.
But on Saturday morning as the ethical debate of his decision to send a spy on a midweek recce to Derby's training ground rumbles on - a clash of culture some say, a complete lack of it according to others including opposite number Frank Lampard - the Argentine looks down from the Championship summit boasting a five-point advantage over the field.
Part of Lampard's beef was that in addition to assessing formations and tactics, the intruder could relay the information that his attacking trump card Harry Wilson, the Liverpool loanee, had not recovered from a hip injury. 
However, whether his Derby team-mates would have got the ball to the young Welshman before Leeds had opened up a decisive two-goal advantage during a devastating opening 47 minutes is debatable, as close-range finishes from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison comfortably saw off a promotion rival.
Even Lampard conceded that in this kind of mood they are hard to stop, saying: 'We lost from minute one to minute 90. They're a good team and you can lose to Leeds here playing well.
'They had more quality on the ball, they pressed us and we went away from what we have done all season, which is to keep playing in all circumstances.' 
It was undeniable that the pre-match furore galvanised a home crowd desperate for a change in fortunes following the club's toughest period of the season.
Having met previous defeats with emphatic responses, Leeds failed to repeat the dose in the aftermath of Hull's win here on Boxing Day, losing at Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day and then exiting the FA Cup at QPR. 
Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Alioksi, Forshaw, Harrison (Shackleton 63), Hernandez, Klich, Clarke (Davis 79), Roofe
 Roberts, Huffer, Stevens, Halme, Gotts
Roofe 20, Harrison 47 
Carson, Wisdom (Nugent 45), Keogh, Tomori, Lowe, Bryson, Evans (Jozefzoon 61), Mount, Lawrence, Marriott (Waghorn 72), Holmes
Jozefzoon, Roos, Bogle, Huddlestone, Malone 
Wisdom, Evans, Holmes, Waghorn
They appeared to start a fixture of intense drama, which began with an awkward handshake between Bielsa and Lampard, brilliantly in being awarded a penalty within 45 seconds of kick-off.
However, referee Andy Davies reneged on his initial award for Andre Wisdom's trip on Ezgjan Alioski due to an erroneous call for offside.
The raucous, scarf-twirling Loiners let out a collective groan. Leeds and penalties are not natural bedfellows, you see. In fact, despite their charge towards the Premier League they had not been awarded one for 59 matches until a month ago. 
But it mattered not, as the converter of that one versus QPR here, Kemar Roofe, put the leaders ahead with a predatory 20th-minute finish.
Eighteen-year-old Jack Clarke marked his full league debut for the club by skipping around Craig Bryson and threading the ball between the Derby backline and the goalkeeper Scott Carson. Roofe simply couldn't miss from a position five yards out to raise the decibel levels further.
'Never have the fans supported as much as they did tonight,' Bielsa said.
'It was clear that they knew the importance of this game.'
The performance demonstrated the effect Bielsa's coaching methods have had on a group barely altered from last season, other than the injection of youth the Argentine has provided.
Indeed, purrs were audible every time Clarke received possession down the right flank, and it was no surprise when, during a high-octane start to the second period, his piercing cross contributed to Leeds' second.
Scott Carson provided a helping hand, to flap the ball into the path of Alioski, who squared for Harrison to convert.
Derby enjoyed their best period soon afterwards, during which substitute David Nugent was foiled by the onrushing Bailey Peacock-Farrell 45 yards from his goal.
But this was undeniably the home team's night and Clarke was hooked in the final quarter hour to a standing ovation and chants of 'We all love Leeds'.
After this latest controversy, however, that might not be a sentiment shared by many outside the city limits.

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