Leeds recorded their first win of the sea­son at Derby yesterday

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By John Brind­ley

LEEDS boss Uwe Rosler saw Chris Wood’s late strike earn his side vic­tory at Derby – and then hit out at the ‘cruel’ fix­ture pro­gramme.

Af­ter Tom Adeyemi put United ahead and Chris Martin lev­elled for Derby, Wood popped up in the 88th minute to bag the vic­tory.

Yet Rosler said:“To ask us to play four games in nine days, in­clud­ing three away from home, dur­ing the sec­ond week of the sea­son shows no re­spon­si­bil­ity for the play­ers’ health.

“We have got our re­ward for the hard work we have put in since June 29. We were very close against Bristol and Burn­ley but here we got our lit­tle bit of luck and our re­ward.”

Rosler also hailed the per­for­mance of teenage midfielder Lews Cook.

“Lewis is a very good prospect,” he said. “He runs at op­po­nents and also keeps the ball well to re­tain pos­ses­sion for us.”

Mean­while, Derby boss Paul Cle­ment was left lament­ing his side’s nasty habit of con­ced­ing first.

“That’s four times in five games we’ve gone a goal down,” he moaned.

“We were un­happy with the award of a cor­ner but turned our backs and our mark­ing was poor.

“Our re­sponse was very pos­i­tive and we de­servedly got back into the game, but you have to play well over 90 min­utes, not 20 or 25.

“We were hop­ing to have nine or ten points by now, so I’m un­happy with our start.”

Wood ruf­fled the top of the net­ting from the edge of the box within two min­utes as a ragged Derby were forced to de­fend a se­ries of corners.

The dart­ing runs of Cook and Alex Mowatt promised to pro­vide an open­ing whilst Derby looked prin­ci­pally for a quick counter-at­tack. Cook, just 18 and mak­ing his re­turn af­ter a red card at Don­caster, was mag­nif­i­cent through­out.

Cle­ment’s side, who now have just four points from five games, looked to have es­caped to the in­ter­val level be­fore Leeds went in front in the 43rd minute.

Rams ar­gued – cor­rectly – that a left­wing cor­ner should not have been awarded but were nap­ping at the far post as Adeyemi’s glanc­ing header con­verted a Stu­art Dal­las cross.

Derby emerged a to­tally dif­fer­ent force af­ter the break – Johnny Rus­sell blast­ing in a shot, Jeff Hen­drick forc­ing the first save from Marco Sil­vestri and Martin equal­is­ing in style, all within three hec­tic min­utes.

Martin’s turn in­side Liam Cooper was sublime as he brought up his half cen­tury of goals for Derby in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­tial Hen­drick was inches wide with a mea­sured shot and Sil­vestri ath­let­i­cally tipped aside Rus­sell’s left-foot volley as Derby briefly threat­ened to run riot.

Derby had jus­ti­fi­able claims for a spot-kick waved aside when sub­sti­tute An­dreas Weimann’s shot hit Cooper’s arm but Leeds dug them­selves back into the game be­fore Wood’s win­ner.

Mirco An­tenucci’s cross was waste­fully headed over by the all-ac­tion striker be­fore Cook pro­vided the pass for Wood to twist and fire a ven­omous swerv­ing shot be­yond the stranded Scott Car­son for his third goal in three games.

Ex­pect both to chal­lenge for the top six but, for the mo­ment, it’s Leeds who ex­pect to strengthen.

“I’m con­fi­dent of sign­ing a player be­fore the dead­line,” added Rosler. “We could still do with one or two more be­cause we have a small squad.”

Mean­while, Cle­ment re­flected: “We’ll prob­a­bly look to the loan mar­ket for young tal­ent.”

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