Derby Players Remind Leeds Of Spygate With Brilliant Celebration

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2019

Derby County's players have mocked Leeds United over the spygate saga after putting the Whites out in the Championship playoffs.

Leeds were fined for sending a spy to watch Derby train earlier this season in what became known as the spygate saga.

Leeds went down to 10 men though in the 78th minute after Gaetano Berardi was dismissed after a second yellow card for a late lunge on Bradley Johnson.

The incident prompted the following chant from Leeds fans in Lampard's direction, to the tune of Oasis's Stop Crying Your Heart Out.

Marcelo Bielsa's team have suffered heartache in the play-off semi-finals despite an incredible league season that saw them finish third.

Derby made history by becoming the first side to win a second-tier play-off semi-final after losing the first leg at home.

With Leeds 2-0 up on aggregate, Derby pushed for an equaliser, which they eventually found on the stroke of halftime through Jack Marriot.

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But after Wednesday's victory booked a Wembley showdown against Villa on May 27, it was Lampard's turn to ram taunts down Leeds supporters' throats.

During the on-pitch celebrations, Derby's players could be seen miming the wearing of binoculars in front of their fans.

Several of Derby's players also took a chance to hit back at Leeds, with goalscorers Wilson and Mount's social media posts including: "I spy with my little eye something beginning with W".

The manager even laughingly pretended to wipe away tears as he sang the final line as Derby got the last laugh on Leeds, beating them for the first time in what was their final of four meetings this season.

"Maybe, maybe [it is sweeter]".

That gave Derby a 4-3 aggregate victory, and the Rams will face Aston Villa in the play-off final on May 27, with the victor earning promotion to the Premier League.

"We were able to prepare for this game, we were prepared and we got a result". "I thought we were still in the game then but I'll admit that goal came at just the right moment".

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