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Mark O'Brien comes on in place of Callum Ball. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass, Ramon Nunez takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Roberts. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
The offside flag is raised against Theo Robinson. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Ross McCormack takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Adam Clayton takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save.
Callum Ball concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramon Nunez. Free kick taken by Michael Brown.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Barker on Ross McCormack. Shaun Barker is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick, Shaun Barker makes a clearance.
Robert Snodgrass decides to take a short corner, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.
Paul Connolly fouled by Callum Ball, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.
James Bailey fouled by Adam Clayton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
The ball is crossed by Paul Green.
Andrew Keogh challenges Jason Shackell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Robinson on Paul Connolly. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Keogh on Jason Shackell. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
Adam Clayton produces a cross, save made by Frank Fielding.
The ball is crossed by Andrew Keogh, clearance made by Craig Bryson.
A cross is delivered by Paul Connolly, clearance made by Shaun Barker.
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Jason Shackell.
Ramon Nunez crosses the ball, Gareth Roberts manages to make a clearance.
Ramon Nunez on for Aidan White.
Andrew Keogh concedes a free kick for a foul on John Brayford. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, Frank Fielding makes a save.
Adam Clayton takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Barker.
Centre by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Jason Shackell.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, clearance made by Paul Green.
Foul by Michael Brown on Gareth Roberts, free kick awarded. Michael Brown is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Roberts takes the free kick.
Andrew Keogh on for Luciano Becchio.
Jamie Ward takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save. Jamie Ward finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 1-0 Leeds.Craig Bryson provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the right by-line.
Ross McCormack is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Nathan Tyson leaves the field to be replaced by Theo Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Gareth Roberts, free kick awarded. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Tyson on Patrick Kisnorbo. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
Ross McCormack is adjudged to have handled the ball. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Danny Pugh takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.
The ball is crossed by Ross McCormack, Header from close in by Robert Snodgrass misses to the right of the goal.
Callum Ball produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ward on Robert Snodgrass. The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Patrick Kisnorbo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Gareth Roberts produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Danny Pugh.
Aidan White fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Pugh.
Shot from outside the box by James Bailey goes wide right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie Ward, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.
Jason Shackell fouled by Luciano Becchio, the ref awards a free kick. Luciano Becchio shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
The ball is sent over by James Bailey.
Luciano Becchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross McCormack on Shaun Barker. Shaun Barker restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Ross McCormack on Shaun Barker, free kick awarded. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Jamie Ward from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Paul Connolly is brought on as a substitute for Tom Lees.
Jamie Ward takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
Foul by Luciano Becchio on Craig Bryson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.
Paul Green takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass, Luciano Becchio has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Gareth Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robert Snodgrass, Frank Fielding makes a save.
Jamie Ward takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Danny Pugh manages to make a clearance.
Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Gareth Roberts.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Bryson.
A cross is delivered by Danny Pugh, clearance by Gareth Roberts.
Tom Lees produces a cross, Shaun Barker makes a clearance.
Gareth Roberts is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Centre by Robert Snodgrass, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Patrick Kisnorbo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Effort from just inside the box by Jamie Ward strikes the post.
Darren O'Dea concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Shackell. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass takes the outswinging corner, Shaun Barker manages to make a clearance.
Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
Jamie Ward takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo.
The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward, Nathan Tyson takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan.
The ball is sent over by Nathan Tyson, clearance made by Patrick Kisnorbo.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Shackell on Ross McCormack. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Frank Fielding.
Unfair challenge on John Brayford by Michael Brown results in a free kick. Paul Green delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Robert Snodgrass takes a outswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Brayford on Adam Clayton. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Ward. Free kick taken by Gareth Roberts.
Shot from just outside the box by Michael Brown misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, Tom Lees takes a shot. Clearance by Shaun Barker.
Aidan White sends in a cross, Shaun Barker gets a block in.
Hendrick absent for Rams
Jeff Hendrick`s injury absence could open to door for a return to the Derby midfield for Paul Green when Leeds visit Pride Park on Boxing Day.
Hendrick will miss the Christmas and new year programme after suffering ankle ligament damage during the defeat to Ipswich last weekend.
Green has started the last five matches after seven months out with a serious knee injury. In three of them, he has filled in at right-back for the injured John Brayford. The Republic of Ireland international remained in that role at Portman Road, where Brayford was used on the right-hand side of midfield.
"John Brayford is now fit, so he can go back to right-back, if we choose, and that frees Paul Green up for a midfield role, either central or wide," said boss Nigel Clough who, Hendrick and striker Steven Davies (fractured skull) aside, expects to have a full squad to choose from.
Nathan Tyson made only his second appearance for the club as a second-half substitute at Ipswich. The summer signing from Nottingham Forest played 65 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday and will keep his place in the squad.
Leading scorer Theo Robinson was also used as a sub in East Anglia after four matches out with a hamstring injury. He and Tyson will join fellow forward Chris Maguire in challenging teenager Callum Ball for a starting role.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson faces a goalkeeping selection dilemma with Andy Lonergan and Alex McCarthy vying for starts.
McCarthy, on loan from Reading, has excelled during Lonergan's absence but was unable to play last week against his parent club.
Lonergan returned to the side having recovered from his fractured finger and Grayson must decide who to start with at Pride Park.
Skipper Jonny Howson remains sidelined until the new year with a knee injury, so Michael Brown, Lloyd Sam and Mika Vayrynen will all be vying for a spot in midfield.
Grayson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is expected to pick two from Ross McCormack, Andy Keogh and Luciano Becchio to start up front.
Leeds have only lost one of their last eight league games, winning five and drawing the other two.
Rams run continues
Derby's recent dominance of Leeds continued at Pride Park as Jamie Ward's second-half goal was enough to earn the Rams a sixth straight win over their Yorkshire rivals.
Ward was on hand to convert after his initial 67th-minute shot had been parried by Andy Lonergan and, with Leeds unable to respond, Nigel Clough's men hung on for what was just a second win in nine and a first clean sheet in 15.
The full-time whistle marked a second straight defeat for Leeds and they are now three games without a win. Chairman Ken Bates has already turned the heat up on manager Simon Grayson, celebrating three years in charge, by demanding promotion this season, but this was not the performance of a side destined for better things.
A late flurry apart, United created no genuine chances and, although Derby offered up little more, they did signal some intent when Ward hit the post in the first half and could lay claim to being deserving winners.
Derby did the double over Leeds last season, with their 2-1 victory at Pride Park in April putting the skids on Leeds' ultimately fruitless chase of a play-off place, and the away side started as though they had revenge on their minds.
A slip from John Brayford allowed Aidan White a run which Shaun Barker halted, with Michael Brown drilling wide through a crowd of bodies from the subsequent corner.
After surviving that early flurry, Derby settled and Nathan Tyson, making an injury-delayed first start since his summer move from Nottingham Forest, should have done better than warm Lonergan's palms when he got free in the 15th minute.
Leeds' leading scorer Ross McCormack then fizzed in a 35-yard drive out of nothing that Frank Fielding had to scramble to turn away, before Ward went the closest out of anyone when he worked an opening and crunched an effort into the base of Lonergan's post.
The former Sheffield United winger got the better of Tom Lees and found half a yard inside the box, with the strike rebounding into the path of the onrushing Paul Green who should have done better than bundle it away from goal.
It was then Leeds' turn to go close, with Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass at the heart of their chances. His jinking run was halted by Gareth Roberts and, from the subsequent free-kick from the corner of the box, his stinging hit was tipped over by Fielding. His corner then found Luciano Becchio free but he headed over from six yards out.
A scrappy 10-minute period preceded the half-time whistle but Derby emerged the better side after it, with Roberts slicing wide when a chance presented itself to him on the edge of the area.
Patrick Kisnorbo then flicked a header over for Leeds and Fielding beat away an opportunist drive from Danny Pugh as the game opened up, but the pace of Derby's attack always promised to cause problems and so it proved as they opened the scoring.
Craig Bryson's neat ball played Ward in on the left of the box and, although his first effort was smothered by Lonergan, the ball came free and he duly tucked in his third of the season.
Leeds response was not immediate and it took 20 minutes for them to test Fielding, with the former Leeds loanee keeping out a McCormack drive and then Adam Clayton's follow-up effort. The keeper also did well to push out a Kisnorbo header, but Leeds' charge had come too late.
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