Leeds United 1-1 Derby County: Chris Martin grabs stoppage-time equaliser for Rams
Derby striker Chris Martin scored his first goal for the Rams since November 2017 to earn a point at Leeds
Chris Martin's stoppage-time equaliser gave Derby County an unlikely point at Leeds United, who wasted several chances to secure victory at Elland Road.
Derby, who beat the Yorkshire club in last season's Championship play-offs, had been outclassed for long periods before substitute Martin rounded off a fine team move with a cool low finish past Kiko Casilla.
Max Lowe's unfortunate own goal looked likely to be the difference between the two teams, although Leeds should have put the result beyond doubt long before Martin's late intervention.
Mateusz Klich casually sent a second-half penalty wide after Patrick Bamford had been brought down in the box by Matt Clarke.
Bamford missed numerous opportunities to make it 2-0, lofting a shot over the bar after brilliantly controlling a long cross-field pass, going close with a drilled shot from outside the area and then hitting the post from close range.
Then, for the third time this season, Leeds let slip a lead in the closing stages of a Championship match to drop points.
They conceded late goals in home games against Nottingham Forest and Swansea, but a repeat rarely looked likely until Martin - who has spent the past season and a half out on loan - popped up with his first Rams goal since November 2017 to snatch a point.
Leeds are a point clear at the top of the Championship, but will be overtaken by Swansea if the Welsh club win at fourth-placed Bristol City (15:00 BST).
A rivalry renewed
The dramatic conclusion at Elland Road was another chapter in a rivalry that developed throughout last season.
This was the first meeting since the Rams' remarkable play-off semi-final victory in May, four months after the "spygate" incident in January when a member of Leeds' staff was found acting suspiciously outside Derby's training ground before their scheduled league fixture.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa later admitted he had sent someone to watch all of his side's opponents train, for which the club was fined £200,000 by the English Football League.
Derby overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in a remarkable play-off tie to reach Wembley, extending Leeds' absence from the Premier League into a 16th season.