Derby County progressed to the Championship play-off final last night with a fine 4-2 victory against Leeds United, sending them through 4-3 on aggregate.
Leeds took an early lead and appear to be in the driving seat, but as we’ve seen recently one-off end of season matches can provide thrills and spills.
The game at Elland Road certainly lived up to the level set by the Champions League semi-finals, as the Rams shifted up a gear.
They brought on former Peterborough man Jack Marriott and he turned the game on its head.
He levelled before Mason Mount and Harry Wilson chipped in with goals to give them a 3-2 lead on aggregate. Leeds pulled it back to 3-3 and then had Gaetano Berardi sent off.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man and with five minutes of the tie to go Marriott bagged an unlikely winner to break Leeds’ hearts. Nine points separated the two in the league, but on a crazy night of football it was Frank Lampard who saw his side victorious.
The heroics of Jack Marriott will make him a hero at Pride Park for life, with these fans keen to express their joy on Twitter at his contribution.
Lawrence played in no-man's land and was ineffective. Eveything changed with introduction of Marriott. Leeds CHs had two string, nippy strikers to deal with and we starting poking holes in spaces their FBs were vacating. Marriott's 2nd a perfect illustration.
— Phil Mugford (@PhilMugford) May 16, 2019
Our big players really came to the fore last night, Wilson, Tomori,, Mount and Marriott all superb…..but a word for Keogh, Bogle and Bradley Johnson, thought they were absolutely immense. #dcfc
— Shane Milburn (@Sheepshufter) May 16, 2019
What a professional Jack Marriott is. For whatever reason, Lampard decides to pick Nugent and Bennett ahead of him, but when called upon he gives 100% and sends the Derby to Wembley! SWING LOWWW, JACK MARRIOTT #dcfc
— Sam Woodward (@WoodyDCFC) May 16, 2019
All I can think about is keogh and Marriott absolutely running rings around Leeds when that goal was scored.. STOP CRYING CASILLA ???????????????????? #dcfc
— Beth Wilkinson (@BLWilko) May 16, 2019
Theres nothing jack marriott cant finish #dcfc
— Bullyboib (@bullyboib) May 15, 2019
In all seriousness Mason Mount and Jack Marriott got us through that. Mount had an insane 2nd half performance and Marriott the natural finisher we know of. He HAS to start in the final #dcfc
— Chris (@buckers2011) May 15, 2019
— Tom Langridge (@T0mLang) May 15, 2019