By Danny Wright

Derby manager Gary Rowett has aimed a subtle dig at Leeds United after he led his team to a 2-1 win at Elland Road on Tuesday night.

Rowett believes that the Whites made a “big thing” about getting the first goal against the Rams, which they did when Pierre-Michel Lasogga opened the scoring early on.

However two second half strikes from Sam Winnall earned the East Midlands side three points to see them leapfrog Leeds in the Championship standings.

Now, Rowett has claimed after Tuesday’s comeback win that it was never going to matter whether or not Leeds managed to get themselves the first goal, suggesting that Thomas Christiansen was wrong to take that route in his pre-match interviews.

“Leeds made quite a big thing in the week about scoring the first goal and how important it is to them, but I just felt it didn’t matter to us because we have shown character all season,” said the Pride Park boss, as quoted by the Derby Telegraph.

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“At 1-0 down, as disappointed as I was, we needed to make sure we maintained our balance.”

Leeds have been on a slippy slope since they planted themselves top of the Championship in September after a good start to the season.

After the reverse against Derby, Christiansen’s men have lost five of their last six encounters in the league and are not sixth in the standings.

Despite their poor run of form, this season has still seen Leeds have their best start to the campaign in eight years.

In other Leeds United news, Christiansen has confirmed that the former European giants man has joined the Whites set-up.

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