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Salford City Reds sack head coach Phil Veivers

Salford sack head coach Veivers after just five games of the Super League season

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

14:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 3 March 2013

Salford City Reds have parted company with head coach Phil Veivers with the club bottom of Super League.

The 48-year-old's dismissal comes following their fourth loss in five games as the Reds went down 38-4 to their fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday.

The announcement came today just five weeks after the club was taken over by racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash who has big plans for the future of the club.

In a statement on the club’s official website, CEO Ed Farish said: ‘We have had to look at the whole business and what is right for the Club.

Dismissed: Veivers has been stood down as coach of the Reds

Dismissed: Veivers (pictured) has been stood down as coach of the Reds

‘The results speak for themselves and it was felt a change must be made to allow our progression to continue on the field as well as off it.

‘We thank Phil for his efforts during an extremely difficult close season and wish him all the best for the future.’

After Friday’s embarrassing defeat Dr Koukash had warned that ‘things have to change and changes will be made.’

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

The decision comes after only one Reds win since July and the side have started the season in disastrous fashion sitting at the foot of the Super League ladder having conceded almost 200 points.

Head of Youth Development Alan Hunte will take over the coaching duties for the trip to Wakefield next weekend.

After making Australian Ed Farish his chief executive and appointing New Zealanders Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe to his board of directors, Koukash seems certain to go down the same route with Veivers' successor.

Lowe, who succeeded Steve Simms as director of rugby, returned to Auckland yesterday and is expected to lead the search for the new man.
National coaches Tim Sheens (Australia) and Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) are both without club ties but are unlikely to be available until 2014 as they focus exclusively on preparations for the 2013 World Cup.

Sheens has spent the last seven days in Britain and Ireland on a fact-finding mission and confirmed to Press Association Sport that he would be looking to get back into club coaching after the World Cup, ‘whether that be in Australia or England’.

Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, who took Leeds to Grand-Final glory in 2008 and 2009, could come into the reckoning, along with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble, who is keen to get backing into coaching after leaving Crusaders at the end of 2009.

Jonjo Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke City ready to move in summer

Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke lining up a summer move

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

11:47 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 3 March 2013

Stoke City are considering a move for out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the summer.

The former Charlton prospect has
recently fallen out of Brendan Rodgers first-team plans and the Sunday
People suggest that he could be available in a cut-price transfer in the summer.

Stoke are
understood to be observing the 21-year-old’s progress with Tony Pulis having sent a two-man party to watch the England international
in a reserve match last week.

Outcast: Shelvey (right) could be available in the summer after disappointing recent form

Bleak future: Shelvey (right) could be allowed to leave Anfield after disappointing recent form

Shelvey impressed earlier in the
season for the Reds in his 14 appearances, earning a first England senior cap against San Marino in October.

However, the youngster has been
criticised for his latest displays and he was hauled off by Rodgers after
60 minutes in his last start, an uninspiring performance during their 2-0 defeat against
West Brom in February.

Stoke look set to lose unsettled
former Liverpool man Charlie Adam in the summer and Pulis has now eyed up Shelvey in a 7million swoop as the ideal replacement for the
Scottish international.

Grieving: Adam lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

Grieving: Adam (left) lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

St Nicholas Abbey beaten in quest for second Breeders" Cup win

St Nicholas Abbey beaten in quest for second Breeders' Cup win

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UPDATED:

23:59 GMT, 3 November 2012

St Nicholas Abbey failed in his attempt to win back-to-back runnings of the $2million Breeders' Cup Turf.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained
five-year-old had been fancied to produce his best, and bounced back from
his 11th place in the Arc back on his favoured fast ground and racing
on the permitted US medication Lasix.

But, although close enough when he launched his challenge for the lead at the crown of the home turn, St Nicholas Abbey never looked like pegging back half-length winner Little Mike.

So close: But St Nicholas Abbey (left) couldn't beat winner Little Mike

So close: But St Nicholas Abbey (left) couldn't beat winner Little Mike

Second was the leading US hope going into the race – Point of Entry – with St Nicholas Abbey a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

O'Brien said: 'He didn't quite pick up like he did last year but he had a tough enough race in the Arc on heavy ground for a horse who wants fast ground.

'He ran a fair race and I didn't think that anything went wrong.

'He had a nice position and came with a good run. We had said to Joseph not to chance the inside rail but come out. We wanted to be safe.'

French filly Shareta finished fifth and O'Brien's other runner Treasure Beach ninth in the 12-horse line-up.

Little Mike was the winner of this year's Arlington Million in August but had been beaten almost 30 lengths by Point of Entry on his last run.

Earlier O'Brien had won the Juvenile Turf for the second year running with Ryan Moore-ridden George Vancouver. O'Brien's Turf Sprint contender Starspangledbanner faded into 10th of 14 after leading for much of the six and a half furlong race.

Female jockey Rosie Napravnik became only the second girl to ride a Breeders' Cup winner when successful on Todd Pletcher-trained Shanghai Bobby in the Juvenile.

The Coolmore Stud partners had bought a half share in the colt earlier in the week.

The only previous female winner is Julie Krone, successful on Halfbridled in the 2003 Juvenile Fillies.

Wise Dan powers to Mile victory with Excelebration finishing fourth

Wise Dan powers to Mile victory with Excelebration claiming fourth place

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UPDATED:

01:06 GMT, 4 November 2012

Excelebration proved no match for US ace Wise Dan in The Mile as the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt could only finish fourth under Joseph O’Brien.

America’s top rated horse broke the Santa Anita track record with a time of 1.31.78 as he beat Animal Kingdom by a length and a half with third-placed Obviously holding off Excelebration by a nose.

Excelebration would have had a near perfect record if he had not run into Frankel in Europe.

Running free: Wise Dan heads for glory

Running free: Wise Dan heads for glory

But he was unable to add to his career-best victory in Ascot’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on October 20 in what is expected to be his last run.

O’Brien said: ‘It is only 13 days after Ascot but that might have taken the edge off him but we had to have a go. It has not been a bad day.’

Earlier O’Brien had won the Juvenile Turf with Ryan Moore-ridden George Vancouver.

His Coolmore Stud owners also had a half share in Todd Pletcher’s Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, whose rider Rosie Napravnik is only th second female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race.

The feature $5million Classic, run without European representation, was won by Ian Wilkes-trained Fort Larned after the Brian Hernandez jnr ridden colt came out on top in fierce home-stretch battle with Mucho Macho Man.

Frankie Dettori ends association with Godolphin

Dettori: It's over, Dubai! Jockey quits Godolphin after calculated act of defiance on Coolmore horse

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UPDATED:

21:37 GMT, 21 October 2012

Frankie Dettori appears destined for a
freelance career after ending his 18-year association with
Dubai-based Godolphin.

The position of Britain's best known Flat jockey
had looked in serious doubt since he accepted the Prix De L'Arc de
Triomphe ride on Aidan O'Brien's Camelot earlier this month.

Riding a
colt owned by the Coolmore Stud – fierce commercial rivals to Godolphin
and its founder Sheik Mohammed – appeared a calculated act of defiance
which placed the 41-year-old on an inevitable path to Sunday's
conclusion.

Royal Blue: Frankie Dettori will end his association with Godolpin after 18 years

Royal Blue: Frankie Dettori will end his association with Godolpin after 18 years

Dettori had lost his No 1 role at Godolphin and, at times,
looked a humiliated figure as opportunities were handed increasingly to
rising 21-year-old French rider Mickael Barzalona, who rode Godolphin's
2012 Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso and St Leger hero Encke.

There
were rumours Dettori was about to quit before the Derby in June,
and on Sunday he said: 'Godolphin has been a major part of everything I
have achieved in racing and I have loved every minute of it.

'I feel the
time has come for a change. My position in the stable has changed a
little bit and I need a new challenge.'

Godolphin racing manager Simon
Crisford said he hoped Dettori would still ride for the stable, but an
era has ended.

On his way: Dettori feels put out by the favouring of his French-born Godolphin team-mate

On his way: Dettori feels put out by the favouring of his French-born Godolphin team-mate

FRANKIE'S FILE

Rides: 3,422
Wins: 943
Group One victories: 110 (262 victories at Listed level or higher)
Strike rate: 28 per cent
Ridden for Godolphin at 65 courses in 14 different countries, winning at 55 of them.

Rode Godolphin’s first Classic winner in 1994 Oaks on Balanchine.

Landed the Dubai World Cup Three times: Dubai Millennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) & Electrocutionist (206)

Won nine British Classics

Other best Horses ridden: Daylami (1998 Eclipse, 1999 Breeders’ Cup Turf & King George), Marienbard (2002 Arc), Singspiel (1997 Coronation Cup & International Stakes), Sakhee (2001 Arc & International Stakes), Swain (1996 Coronation Cup, 1998 King George)

Dettori's last mounts in the Godolphin blue may prove to
be Artigiano at the Breeders' Cup and Cavalryman in the Melbourne Cup
next month.

Suggestions a big job may be in the offing from racing's
growing number of Qatari owners were countered by a strong suggestion
Jamie Spencer is poised to land a major role with Shiek Fahad Al Thani
and his family.

Godolphin’s racing manager, Crisford, added: 'We have had a tremendous association with Frankie over many years.

'However, Frankie is looking for a fresh challenge and we felt that the retainer was not really working so this is the best way forward.

'We have had many great days together and we look forward to working with Frankie in the future and hopefully enjoying more success together.'

Speculation that breaking point had been reached was fired when Dettori accepted the ride on Camelot, the colt owned by Coolmore Stud, in the Prix de L’ Arc de Triomphe on October 7.

The Irish stud and Sheik Mohammed, who pays Dettori a sizeable retainer, are the two giants of the European racing industry and fierce commercial rivals.

Switch: Dettori rode Camelot for Aidan O'Brien in the Arc

Switch: Dettori rode Camelot for Aidan O'Brien in the Arc

Dettori had not ridden for Coolmore
since winning the 2005 St Leger on the O’ Brien-trained Scorpion,
after which he was forced to issue a public apology for his lack of
loyalty to Godolphin.

Barzalona,
on board Encke when the colt provided Godolphin with their one British
Classic winner this season in the St Leger, also rode Godolphin’s most
prestigious winner of the year when partnering Monterosso in the Dubai
World Cup in March.

That
loss of Dettori’s No 1 status, in particular Godolphin’s newest trainer
Mahmood Al Zarooni seeming to favour using Barzalona, was in effect a
public humiliation for Dettori and the Camelot taking ride appeared a
calculated act of defiance.

Both Dettori and Godolphin are expected to say that they will still work together but those situations look likely to be infrequent at best.

The 41-year-old Italian has enjoying massive success with Godolphin.

He was on board their first Classic winner when Balanchine won the 1994 Oaks at Epsom.

In all he has ridden in 3,442 races for them in 14 different countries, won 943 races with 110 at Group One level.

Although he never won the Derby for the Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai he affectionately calls The Boss, Dettori landed nine British Classics for the stable.

Favoured: Mickael Barzalona will enjoy the pick of Godolphin's runners

Favoured: Mickael Barzalona will enjoy the pick of Godolphin's runners

The best horse he rode for Godolphin
was the ill-fated Dubai Millennium, who became the first of his three
Dubai World Cup winners for the team in 2000.

Other
top Godolphin horses he rode included Arc winners Sakhee (2000) and
Marienbard (2001), King George winners Swain (1998) and Daylami (1999)
plus Breeder’s Cup Turf hero Fantastic Light (1991).

Dettori finished last on Godolphin’s Colour Vision in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

That horse provided what might be his last group one winner for Godolphin when landing the Ascot Gold Cup in June.

A
freelance career now looks to be the future for Dettori, who finished
second on Godolphin's Retrieved in the Gran Premio del Jocky Club
Italiano on Sunday.

There
will also be speculation whether Barzalona, who will be first choice,
yet has the experience for such a hot seat in a worldwide racing
operation.

He is not yet
the finished article but Sheik Mohammed has never been afraid of giving
youth its head, just as he did with Dettori.

Camelot fails to win St Leger and Triple Crown

Camelot denied historic Triple Crown as 25/1 outsider Encke wins St Leger

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UPDATED:

14:59 GMT, 15 September 2012

Camelot failed in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970 as Encke claimed the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

Camelot, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien, raced towards the rear through the early stages but made smooth progress at the half-mile pole.

All seemed to be going well as he was eased out to make his challenge two furlongs from home but Mickael Barzalona appeared to steal a slight march on Mahmood Al Zarooni's 25-1 chance Encke, who went clear.

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Camelot (2-5 favourite) gave chase but never looked like he would quite get there, finishing three-quarters of a length in arrears.

Lester Piggott says Camelot can win Triple Crown

Better than Nijinsky! Piggott sure Camelot can win first Triple Crown since 1970

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UPDATED:

14:40 GMT, 6 September 2012

Lester Piggott believes unbeaten Camelot is better equipped to become a Triple Crown winner than Nijinsky ever was.

The legendary jockey was on board when Nijinsky became the last colt to achieve the landmark in 1970, adding the mile and three-quarter St Leger to previous wins in the 1,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket and the mile and a half Derby at Epsom.

Nijinsky was trained in Ireland by Vincent O’Brien at his Ballydoyle base in Co Tipperary, when he completed his clean sweep of colts’ Classics.

Going for glory: Camelot, ridden here by Joseph O'Brien in the Derby

Going for glory: Camelot, ridden here by Joseph O'Brien in the Derby

From the same stable, his namesake Aidan is preparing Camelot for the Ladbrokes St Leger on September 15.

Camelot, who has looked the outstanding colt of his crop, is 1-3 favourite for the Leger and Piggott does not envisage him being beaten.

He said: 'Nijinsky was bred for much more speed than Camelot and we were never sure whether he would get a mile and a half, never mind the St Leger trip.

'There was always that doubt because he was by Northern Dancer and that was all speed. Camelot is bred differently – he’s bred to stay a St Leger trip.

'It should be quite straightforward really, there aren’t many runners in the race and he has the finishing speed. He should kill them over the last furlong and a half. I’d love to see Camelot win just to show how good he is.'

Recalling the day Nijinsky made history, Piggott remembers more drama before the race than during it.

Eased near the finish, he finished half a length in front of Meadowville; with Politico half a length further back in third.

Legend: Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, won the Triple Crown in 1970

Legend: Nijinsky, ridden by Lester Piggott, won the Triple Crown in 1970

Piggott added: 'What I remember about the St Leger is that I had a ride in the first race that day and coming out of the stalls the horse suddenly swerved to the right and I came off.

'The Police had a message to say I’d been shot at so there was big security in place when Nijinsky came out of the stables to be saddled. We were being watched all of the time – I didn’t know anything about it but that’s what they told me afterwards.

'I tried to save him as much as possible because he was going to run in the Arc de Triomphe afterwards so I didn’t want to win by 10 lengths – so I only let him do enough.

'It was just a nice race really. They didn’t’ go too fast and it was a nice even pace all the way and he came there very easily so it was only a matter of just riding for a couple of hundred yards.'

St Nicholas Abbey favourite at Ascot

Abbey favourite to tame Ascot challenge in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 16 July 2012

St Nicholas Abbey heads a 12-strong field for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The Coronation Cup winner, one of three entries trained by Aidan O'Brien, is 2-1 favourite with Ladbrokes, just ahead of Eclipse hero Nathaniel (5-2) and Sea Moon (3-1), winner of the Hardwicke Stakes at the course last month.

An international line-up also includes a trio of French raiders headed by Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, Deep Brilliante from Japan and the German-trained Danedream, last year's Arc heroine who will be making her first appearance in Britain.

On to a winner: St Nicholas Abbey is favourite to win at Ascot

On to a winner: St Nicholas Abbey is favourite to win at Ascot

John Gosden's Nathaniel, who is bidding to repeat last year's triumph, will be joined by stablemate Masked Marvel, the Leger winner, with the field completed by outsider Brown Panther, owned by former England striker Michael Owen.

Half an hour earlier O'Brien could field one of his old stable stars as former top sprinter Starspangledbanner is entered in the Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh. Starspangledbanner, off the track for 686 days, has returned to Ballydoyle after reported fertility problems at stud.

Worcester inspect their course at 7.45am on Tuesday to see if tomorrow's meeting can go ahead. The track was reported unraceable on Monday.

Camelot wins 2,000 Guineas

Camelot the king at Newmarket as favourite flies home to win 2,000 Guineas

PUBLISHED:

14:42 GMT, 5 May 2012

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UPDATED:

14:58 GMT, 5 May 2012

Camelot maintained his 100 per cent record with a hard-fought victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Ante-post favourite ever since his brilliant win in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October, the son of Montjeu lived up to his lofty reputation in the colts' Classic over the Rowley Mile.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by his son, Joseph, the 15-8 favourite defeated French Fifteen (12-1) with Hermival (16-1) third.

Big finish: Joseph O'Brien and Camelot (right) punches the air after winning the 2,000 Guineas

Big finish: Camelot (right) gets up to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket

The field broke into three groups from the stalls with Abtaal prominent on the far side, Caspar Netscher showing up well in the centre and Redact and Trumpet Major leading the horses on the stands side.

Caspar Netscher and Trumpet Major set sail for home two furlongs out but could not sustain the gallop.

Camelot managed to weave his way through the pack on the near side but had to dig deep to get the better of French Fifteen by a neck.

Hermival, on the far side of the course, was two and a quarter lengths away in third.

Joseph O'Brien said: 'He has a lot of class and speed, I always felt I was getting there. He got a bit tired in the last 100 yards on his first run (of the season) but hopefully he will come on for it.

'I didn't get the best run through, I was a long way back but he was very relaxed and will be much better going a bit further.'

O'Brien senior, winning the 2000 Guineas for a sixth time, said: 'It's one of those unbelievable days.

'We knew from the statistics that Camelot had a lot against him, we knew he had a lot to overcome but we always thought he was very special. I was worried about the race and I'm glad I didn't say anything to Joseph.

Well timed: Camelot came with a superb run to win the 2,000 Guineas

Well timed: Camelot came with a superb run to win the 2,000 Guineas

'I'm delighted for everybody and all those who work with him every day. We are very lucky to have such a horse and many special people who look after him.

'Obviously I learned a lot from running St Nicholas Abbey in the Guineas two years ago and it's only now he's getting the brilliance back he had at two.'

On future plans, O'Brien said: 'It's like it always is. We will go home and the lads (owners) will talk about it and make a decision.

'We have lots to look forward to and we'll take it one race at a time “You would imagine looking at him (that) the Derby would be a very suitable race for him.'

Camelot shortened to odds-on for the Investec Derby on June 2, with BetVictor cutting him to 4-5 favourite from 2-1.

Celebration time: Camelot is led in after winning

Celebration time: Camelot is led in after winning

Spokesman Charlie McCann said: 'Unbeaten Camelot showed his class at HQ and we think he'll improve again for the step up to the Derby distance.

'The Derby trials begin this week at Chester but we believe we have just witnessed the best trial for Epsom.” However, Coral have him at odds against for the premier Classic, going 6-4 from 2s.

'There were numerous reasons for taking on Camelot and we got well stuck in today but his brilliant victory has left us with sizeable six-figure losses in the race,' said spokesman Simon Clare.

Nicolas Clement, trainer of French Fifteen, said: 'I'm delighted with that and the winner was exceptional. It's possible we could go for the French Derby or St James's Palace next.'

Mikel Delzangles was thrilled with the effort of Hermival, as French-trained horses took the minor honours.

Delzangles said: 'It's a pity he was on his own on that (far) side and he was in front very early.

'I can't complain, he ran a great race and the two in front of him are definitely good horses.

'It was only his third ever run so I hope he can improve. He's in the Irish Guineas and we will see about that.'

Richard Hannon said of fourth-placed Trumpet Major: 'Richard (Hughes) said the ground got him, he's run a good race but when he got into the dip he just got stuck in it – three out Richard said he thought he would win and I thought so too.

'I don't think I would run him on ground like that again and we will probably go to Ascot, which gives us six weeks for the St James's Palace but the ground would need to be right for him.'

Derby 1 Leeds 0: Jamie Ward scores the winner

Derby 1 Leeds 0: Ward strikes to make it six in a row for Rams over Whites

Derby”s recent dominance of Leeds continued at Pride Park on Monday afternoon as Jamie Ward”s second-half goal earned 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 on Monday, by demanding promotion this season, but this was not the performance of a side destined for better things.

Six of the best: Jamie Ward (left) celebrates with Craig Bryson

Six of the best: Jamie Ward (left) celebrates with Craig Bryson

MATCH FACTS

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Shackell, Barker, Roberts, Green, Bryson, Bailey, Ward, Tyson (Robinson 65), Ball (O”Brien 90).
Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Ben Davies, Priskin.

Booked: Barker.

Goals: Ward 67.

Leeds: Lonergan, Lees (Connolly 42), Kisnorbo, O”Dea, White (Nunez 74), Snodgrass, Clayton, Brown, Pugh, McCormack, Becchio (Keogh 68).
Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Vayrynen.

Booked: Becchio, Brown.

Attendance: 33,010

Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

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.