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15/05/2019 - 11:47 BST

There Is Pressure On Leeds – Former Whites Skipper Won’t Rule Derby Out


Former Leeds United skipper Stephen Warnock believes there is pressure on the Whites when they host Derby County in the second leg of their Championship playoff semi-final tie. 

Marcelo Bielsa's side head into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg and will play in front of a packed Elland Road tonight. 


Having picked up 83 points from 46 Championship games, the Whites finished third in league standings, six points behind second-placed Sheffield United.

Derby, on the other hand, clinched the last playoff spot on the final day of the regular campaign, beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1.

Derby are yet to beat Bielsa's side this season, suffering 4-1 and 2-0 defeats in the Championship, respectively, before last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Pride Park.

However, despite having the slender lead and home advantage, Warnock has insisted pressure is on the hosts, claiming Frank Lampard's Derby still have a chance to turn the tie around. 

"Derby are still in with a chance – and they have to believe that", Warnock told the Derby Telegraph.

"There is pressure on Leeds.

"They are a huge club, looking to get back to the Premier League.

"After missing out on automatic promotion, this is their last chance. 

"Derby, on the other hand, snuck in to the play-offs at the last minute, so will see this as an opportunity to upset the odds."

Leeds' goalscorer in the first leg, Kemar Roofe, will miss the return leg with a calf injury, which could give Derby a psychological boost heading into the fixture.