Pablo Hernandez

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...

Result: Kemar Roofe strikes as Leeds United secure first-leg advantage

Kemar Roofe scores the only goal of the match as Leeds United record a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal of the match as Leeds United recorded a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Both teams had chances during an open and entertaining affair, but Roofe’s 55th-minute strike was the difference as Leeds secured an advantage ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night. There was a hugely controversial moment in the latter stages, though, when Derby were awarded a penalty before the decision was overturned by referee Craig Pawson‘s assistant. © Reuters The first real chance of the match fell to Derby in the ei...

Preview: Derby County vs. Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Derby and Leeds, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Derby County and Leeds United face off at Pride Park on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. The Rams finished nine points worse off than their opponents at the end of the regular season, yet they are the side in better form heading into this showdown in the East Midlands. Derby © Reuters Whereas Leeds have had a couple of weeks to gear themselves up for the playoffs, giving Marcelo Bielsa the luxury of being able to rotate his side slightly, Derby did not nail down sixth place until the final day of the campaign. A 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their penultimate game left the door open for Middlesbroug...

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...

Result: Pablo Hernandez on fire as Leeds maintain promotion push

Leeds moved back into the automatic promotion places in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 3-2 win over relegation-threatened Millwall. For a long time it looked as if Leeds would back up their crushing defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United with another damaging result. But Pablo Hernandez – overlooked for the Sky Bet Championship team of the season – hauled Leeds from the brink with a brace in an inspirational performance. Ben Thompson gave Millwall a deserved early lead and it appeared as if it would be another painful afternoon for Leeds when Patrick Bamford missed from the penalty spot. But Hernandez equalised before the break and then scored the winner after Luke Ayling had cancelled out Ben Marshall’s spot-kick. The biggest cheer of the day came at full-time when Sheffield...

Championship roundup: Leeds United back on top with rout of Norwich City

Sports Mole rounds up Saturday’s Championship action as Leeds United return to the top of the table thanks to their 3-0 win at Norwich City. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 17:14 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 17:28 UK Leeds United have returned to the top of the Championship table with a 3-0 win at Norwich City on Saturday. The Whites had dropped to second prior to kickoff at Carrow Road as Middlesbrough ran out 1-0 winners over West Bromwich Albion a day earlier. However, Marcelo Bielsa‘s side moved to 13 points, level with Boro but boasting a better goal difference, after Mateusz Klich, Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez struck three unanswered goals. Bolton Wanderers saw their impressive start to the season abruptly halted ...

Championship roundup: Swansea City end 100% Leeds United start

Swansea end Leeds United’s 100% start to the new Championship season, while QPR are left still searching for their first points of the campaign. By Barney Corkhill, Assistant EditorFiled: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 21:41 UK Last Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 21:45 UK Swansea City have prevented Leeds United from making it four wins from four at the start of the new Championship season, ending the division’s last remaining 100% record with a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium this evening. Ollie McBurnie scored twice for the hosts in South Wales to maintain Swansea’s own unbeaten start to the season under new manager Graham Potter, lifting them into the playoff places while Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds move joint-top alongside Middlesbrough. © Reuters McBurnie is now ...

Pablo Hernandez: ‘Leeds United made statement with win over Stoke City’

Midfielder Pablo Hernandez says that Leeds United made a statement by registering a 3-1 victory over Stoke City on Sunday afternoon. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 18:31 UK Last Updated: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 18:32 UK Midfielder Pablo Hernandez has claimed that rival teams will have taken notice of Leeds United‘s victory over Stoke City. Hernandez got on the scoresheet as Leeds registered a 3-1 triumph over the Championship promotion favourites at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon. The Spaniard has hinted that no-one should get carried away by the success, but the playmaker has insisted that the team’s performance would have impressed their biggest rivals. The 33-year-old is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying: “When the other teams...

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...

Result: Leeds United earn late win over Las Palmas in final summer friendly

Leeds United beat Segunda Division side Las Palmas 1-0 at Elland Road courtesy of a late Kemar Roofe goal. By Daniel Lewis, Football League CorrespondentFiled: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 16:55 UK Last Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 17:20 UK Kemar Roofe‘s goal four minutes from time at Elland Road has earned Leeds United a 1-0 win over Las Palmas in their final pre-season outing. The 25-year-old attacker latched on to a corner and fired home from close range to give Marcelo Bielsa‘s men some momentum heading into their Championship opener against Stoke City next Sunday. In front of 11,499 watching fans, Leeds dug deep and overcome a Las Palmas side that had claimed an emphatic 4-1 victory over Birmingham City just two days ago. Roofe almost had United in front inside the openin...

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