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Leeds crash out of play-offs | Calendar

Leeds crash out of play-offs | Calendar

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.

"There's work to do, we're underdogs again". "We'll be underdogs again at Wembley, and I'm a bit anxious because I watched Villa do this last night, but our players deserve a moment".

Leeds secured a 1-0 win at the weekend - a third victory out of three against Derby this season for Marcelo Bielsa's men in a rivalry that simmered in the aftermath of the "spygate" controversy.

But Derby started well and, though stunned by a Leeds goal against the run of play, recovered to win a thrilling game 4-2 on the night and progress 4-3 on aggregate. I'm really proud of my players, they badly wanted to give a good account of themselves.

"I know what its like as a player, but the pressure is even more intense as a manager".

Before the two-legged tie with Derby, he had said he would not speculate on his future: "I would never say that if we stayed in the Championship I won't stay here, otherwise you say the importance of this club is linked to the division in which it plays". Getting to Wembley the way we did, coming back in that way, is right up there with anything I've achieved in football.

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"The fact that we couldn't reach goals that were so close leaves a feeling of disappointment, but you can have another perspective about it".

Frank Lampard leads the Derby celebrations at Elland Road.

Leeds won the last top flight title before the advent of the Premier League in 1992, but suffered a financial implosion around the turn of the century and fell from its perch toward the top of the English game.

"We began to lose control in the 44th minute", he said, after dismissing questions over his future by claiming it was not a convenient time to discuss the matter. We changed the system and made a little tweak. We had opportunities to finish first or second in the table.

But a period in the ascendancy for Bielsa's side ended when Gaetano Berardi received a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Bradley Johnson in the 78th minute.