Leeds back on top of Championship, Rooney scores for Derby

LONDON (AFP) – Leeds returned to the top of English football’s second-tier after coming back to two goals down to win a dramatic match with Millwall 3-2 at Elland Road as Wayne Rooney scored his first goal for Derby County.

Leeds appeared destined for a fourth straight defeat in all competitions when visitors Millwall led 2-0 at the interval.

But Marcelo Bielsa’s side hit back after the break with three goals in 15 minutes, Patrick Bamford’s double bookending an effort by Pablo Hernandez.

Bielsa, however, refused to credit his half-time team talk for Leeds’ revival.

“It’s not what I said which provoked the change,” insisted the veteran Argentinian manager.

“Maybe the match looked like it was strange, but it’s a copy of all our matches. A lot of chances to make three goals, the opponent’s goals were similar to what we normally concede.”

Shaun Hutchinson’s header had given Millwall an early before Jed Wallace’s penalty doubled their advantage following Ezgjan Alioski’s challenge on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

But then came Leeds’ fightback, with Bielsa’s men leapfrogging West Brom into top spot after the Baggies slipped to a 2-1 defeat by Cardiff.

Callum Paterson scored for Cardiff early in the second half before the experienced Charlie Austin equalised with a penalty following a foul by Jazz Richards on Filip Krovinovic.