Last night we were treated to a play-off classic of immense proportions as Leeds United threw away a two-goal aggregate lead at Elland Road to lose to Derby County.
Stuart Dallas looked to have put the tie beyond doubt when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Derby box but a goal from substitute Jack Marriott with his first touch after coming on dragged them back into contention on the stroke of half-time.
Mason Mount then levelled the tie just seconds after the restart before Harry Wilson edged the Rams in front for the first time from the spot after Liam Cooper had needlessly fouled Mason Bennett.
Leeds came back soon after, however, and Dallas levelled the tie with a brilliant second but four minutes from time Marriott etched his name into Derby folk-law when he chipped in the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.
The former Peterborough United ace has proven to be the man for the big occasion more than once this season, but last night he reached another level.
There were many a surprised fan when Marriott’s name was not in the starting line-up but when he came on he demonstrated a masterclass in brutal efficiency.
His two goals came from his only two shots all night, showing the lethal edge in and around the penalty area that his side badly lacked in the first-leg.
The fouls he committed were purely indicative of his pest like presence that the Leeds defence simply could not cope with – a sharp contrast to dealing with David Nugent.
His pass success may have just been over 30% but that is not why he is on the pitch.
Marriott seriously stepped up last night and proved he is up their with the very best marksmen in the second-tier.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!