Leeds United collected their first points of the year with a neat 2-0 victory over Derby County on Friday and moved five points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship amid “spy” allegation on boss Marcelo Bielsa. The clean sheet at Elland Road was their first win after three consecutive defeats in the previous games.
The game drew criticism after Derby boss Frank Lampard accused his counterpart Bielsa for sending a spy in Derby training ground. However, he refused to make excuses for the team’s defeat as a result of the spygate scandal.
Kemar Roofe opened the scoring in the 20th minute from a corner as he flicked off with the back of his heel from Jack Clarke’s pass, giving his side a 1-0 lead against the sixth place Derby.
The Whites earned their second goal in the 47th minute with Jack Harrison’s touch after Ezgjan Alioski failed to collect goalkeeper Scott Carson’s palm-off.
The Whites converted the second goal from another goal in the 47th minute with Jack Harrison’s touch after Ezgjan Alioski failed to collect from the Clarke’s attempt.
Meanwhile, the Football Association set up an investigation over the spygate saga. The governing body added that their officials had conducted routine checks and no damage to the fence was found.
Bielsa has admitted to sending a man to Derby's training ground on Thursday morning. He said he took all the responsibilities for the incident and he didn’t ask permission from Leeds United.
The 63-year-old Argentine coach, who had worked with Argentina and Chile national sides, said he had been using such kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina.