Leeds United fell to a 4-2 defeat at home to Derby last night that ended their promotion dreams in dramatic fashion.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side went into the second leg with a one-goal lead and had beaten the Rams convincingly in their three previous meetings this season.
Yet, the Whites appeared to fall apart after Jack Marriott equalised on the night for Frank Lampard’s men just before the break.
That goal will be viewed as the turning point and it came about after a mix-up between centre-back Liam Cooper and keeper Kiko Casilla, who collided, leaving Marriott with a simple tap-in.
That caused tension around the stadium and it seemed to impact the players in the second half, particularly skipper Cooper.
As our graphic shows, it would appear the Scotland international had a good game when you look at his statistics. His tackles, interceptions and aerial duels won are all very high and highlight how the defender can be a dominant performer.
However, that’s not what will be remembered from last night, with Cooper’s struggles increasing after the break.
He gave away a needless penalty for pulling the shirt of a Rams attacker, which Harry Wilson converted, to give his team the lead on the night.
As the captain, Cooper should’ve been the man to calm everything down as the nerves built up around Elland Road but his reckless display just added to the worry.
That’s why it was no surprise when Marriott was played through to score the decisive fourth goal for Derby, which condemned Leeds to another season in the Championship.
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