Liam Cooper

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Liam Cooper praises Patrick Bamford for “unbelievable confidence”

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is confident team-mate Patrick Bamford can make amends for his “stupid” suspension. Bamford is expected to go straight back into Leeds’ starting line-up for the return leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Derby on Wednesday night. He has served a two-game ban for deceiving the referee in the recent home draw against Aston Villa and, having shown remorse, he now has the chance of swift redemption due to Kemar Roofe‘s calf injury. “There’s no worries about Pat being fit and we all know what he can do,” said Cooper. “He’s got this unbelievable confidence about him. If he misses chances he always knows he’s still going to score. “It’s a weird confidence, but a good one to ...

PFA’s Championship Team of the Year revealed

Finland forward Teemu Pukki is one of three players from title-chasing Norwich in the Professional Footballers’ Association Championship Team of the Year 2019. The division’s 28-goal top scorer is joined by Canaries full-backs Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis. Daniel Farke’s side are top of the table with two games left and need just a point at home to Blackburn on Saturday to secure promotion back to the Premier League after a three-year absence. PA Graphic Pukki joined on a free transfer from Brondby in the summer, while full-backs Aarons and Lewis are products of the club’s academy. Sheffield United are just three points behind the Canaries, with the pair now looking set to fight for the title. Blades duo Oliver Norwood and Billy Sharp both make the PFA selection. Midf...

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett hits out at “very poor” defending

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett criticises his players for failing to turn up as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Leeds United in their Championship opener. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 21:19 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 21:19 UK Gary Rowett has conceded that Stoke City‘s opening-game defeat to Leeds United will act as a “real kick up the backside” for his players. The Championship promotion favourites suffered a 3-1 loss at Elland Road on their first outing of the 2018-19 campaign. Goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper were enough to give Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa a dream start, while condemning Rowett to defeat in his maiden match since jumping ship from Derby County. Rowett was particularly unha...

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