Derby Does Dallas as Twitter (mostly) lines up to put the boot in. See you next season.

16 May


What a missed opportunity. After all the build-up and that gruelling season, when the moment came the chance was spurned. The ball was sitting up to be hit into an open goal yet there wasn’t even a lazy leg wafted in the general direction of the target. With Leeds United conspiring to throw away a two goal advantage against Frank Lampard’s Derby County™ last night, Brentford official have chosen not to wade in to the general Twitter explosion. As supporter Luis Adriano noted….

My word. What an evening. What a game. What a supersonic performance from Derby. What magnificence for the neutral amongst us. What utter horror for Leeds United supporters who have seen their side let a seemingly impregnable position at Christmas slide away and then watched it turn into a choke of Scottish goalkeeping proportions. The quite wonderful Marcelo Bielsa seing his masterplan dissolving in a sea of devastation as the end of season defeat to Wigan and, of course, the whooping handed out by Brentford came back to haunt the Elland Road faithful.


Sky cameras show a full time that was as devastating as any play-off has ever been

From that moment at Griffin Park they stumbled out of ‘automatic’ and into the play-offs where, despite a first leg advantage earned at Derby County, Saturday’s chants of “Stop crying Frank Lampard” had a somewhat hollow ring as full time was called. And I take no pleasure in saying that after the circumstances of the Rams’ visit to TW8 for April’s 3-3.  

It was a sentiment picked up all around the world where Twitter was awash with comedians lining up to put the boot into Leeds. But you can understand why after a game that had everything which makes the play-offs so compelling yet so brutal.

Despite the heroics of former Brentford star Stuart Dallas, whose early goal gave Leeds a 2-0 aggregate advantage, the home side saw their chances fade away when a horrific mix up between Liam Cooper and ‘keeper Casilla just prior to half-time offered Frank Lampard’s Derby etc etc a lifeline.

From that point on, there was only one team in it. Incredibly, Two more goals for the visitors within fifteen minutes of the restart saw the tie tuned on it’s head. Although that man Dallas restored parity soon after to keep the dream alive, in the end it was the visitors who held their nerve in a quite wonderful final half hour of attacking football. With Leeds down to ten men Jack Marriott did the needful on 85minutes as Derby held on to reach Wembley and a show down with Dean Smith.

What came next was as brutal as we’ve ever witnessed. We’re all used to the scenes of distraught players on the pitch and devastated fans but this was next level misery. Moreso, given the complete lack of sympathy from just about anybody and everybody not connected with Leeds United. As the Derby heroes celebrated, the rest of the football community joined in. Starting with Derby official themselves where some might say that what they did was thoroughly deserved….   

There’s nothing else you can say after that. Except, perhaps, see you next season when I’m sure that a certain song may be requested on #BeeTheDJ ….

Nick Bruzon

6 Responses to “Derby Does Dallas as Twitter (mostly) lines up to put the boot in. See you next season.”

  1. Rob May 16, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    Cheers Nick!
    They’ve reaped what they’ve sown.
    Banging on about all the hard knocks and unjust decisions that haven’t gone their way. I do feel sorry for Stu Dallas, good player overlooked by Leeds most of the season but that’s as far as my sympathies go given the crap they’ve dished out to us over the last couple of seasons.
    Well played Derby and good luck Dean Smith. Should be a great final with two free flowing attack minded teams…shame it wasn’t us in the mix. COYB’s!

  2. HerzyBee May 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    Wasn’t Stuart Dallas’s first goal a reminder of his first at Putney FC in the ‘Bees goal of the season competition’ 2015?

    • Rob May 16, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

      The “Jota in the last minute” match!? I say a match, it was more of a lesson 🙂

      • nickbruzon May 16, 2019 at 4:57 pm #


    • nickbruzon May 16, 2019 at 4:57 pm #

      Nothing will ever beat his second at Putney, though. My word – what a strike!!

      • HerzyBee May 18, 2019 at 3:46 am #

        Best goal away from home, and most complete away win I’ve witnessed….for so many reasons…..(and Putney’s pen was the softest ever)…….6,500+ Bees fans created the best atmosphere drowning out the plastic clappers all match…..🐝🐝🐝

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