It is advantage Leeds United after the first leg of their Championship play-off semi final with Derby County, after Kemar Roofe’s 15th goal of the season gave them a 1-0 lead going into the reverse leg at Elland Road on Wednesday.
Leeds were the better side for much of the game and enjoyed almost all of the chances, but Roofe’s strike ten minutes into the second half proved to be the only difference between the two sides.
Despite the likely relief at ending a run of four games without a win, former Leeds manager Simon Grayson revealed that he thinks Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will be disappointed they do not have a bigger lead to take back to Elland Road, as he told BBC Radio Leeds: “I thought it was a really professional performance.
“If anything, I think Marcelo Bielsa will be a little bit disappointed that Leeds did not punish Derby more with a second or even a third goal.”
The visitors were nearly made to rue their missed chances inside 90 minutes when referee Craig Pawson awarded Derby a penalty late in the game, before changing his mind following a discussion with linesman Eddie Smart.
So is Grayson right that Leeds will be disappointed not to have taken a bigger advantage into the second led?
We asked some of our Football League World writers for their opinions.
“I think so.
“Leeds dominated possession against Derby in the first leg and had chances to score.
“It’s still all to play for in the second leg at Elland Road and perhaps Leeds will be disappointed that they could not take more of an advantage back to Elland Road, but the players should still be confident going into the second leg at home.”
“Given Leeds form heading into the play-offs I really think they would have taken anything other than a loss on Saturday.
“Heading into the second leg at Elland Road, they will be very happy with a 1-0 lead.”
“Leeds will certainly feel they could have had a bigger lead coming away from Pride Park.
“Given how they came into this game however, that will not be as much of a concern for Leeds, and they will be much more confident of finishing the job at Elland Road on Wednesday now than they would have been pre-match on Saturday.”
“It’s hard to say really.
“Leeds were definitely the better team on the day, and once Roofe scored, there was always going to be one winner.
“If Leeds had gone for another goal, they could have left gaps at the back, and that would have been detrimental.”