Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds continue strong start, as they put Frank Lampard's Derby to the sword

Goals from Mateusz Klich, Kemar Roofe (2) and Ezgjan Alioski secured the victory.

Leeds United's Ezgjan Alioski (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game.
Leeds United's Ezgjan Alioski (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game.

Updated at 20.08

LEEDS BOSS MARCELO Bielsa refused to label his side as promotion contenders after the Yorkshire club maintained their fine start with a 4-1 thrashing of Frank Lampard’s Derby on Saturday.

Following a 3-1 win over Stoke last weekend, Leeds were in good form again as former Argentina and Marseille coach Bielsa won his battle with ex-Chelsea star Lampard, who was taking charge of the Rams at home for the first time.

Lampard had celebrated Derby’s dramatic last-minute winner at Reading on his debut, but this was a chastening experience for the former England midfielder.

Mat Klich put Leeds ahead with a long-range strike in the fifth minute before Tom Lawrence equalised seven minutes later.

Kemar Roofe restored Leeds’ advantage midway through the half and the striker netted again after the interval before Ezgjan Alioski sealed the rout.

But Bielsa isn’t getting carried away and said: “We are very focused. But the Championship is very long and it is not convenient to make conclusions now.”

Roofe echoed that message, saying: “We didn’t finish last season well at all and everyone was disappointed.

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“But we’re only two games in. We can’t get carried away.”

© – AFP 2018

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