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Leeds end hoodoo to shock league leaders Derby

Mirco Antenucci scored twice and Leeds scratched a nine-year itch against Derby as the Championship pace-setters were beaten 2-0 at Elland Road.

Mirco Antenucci scored both goals for Leeds Credit: Press Association

Prior to today United had failed to defeat the Rams since September 2005, some 12 games ago in their rivalry. That Derby won 10 of that dozen made it an all the more frustrating record for the Whites.

One win in 10 against anyone before this hardly inspired confidence either but Antenucci's double powered Leeds on as Steve McClaren's men were rattled in a way they rarely have been this season.

Derby looked the better bet in the opening quarter but, once Leeds started to dominate in midfield, the home side took control.

That had not appeared likely early on as McClaren's men - with six wins in seven on the road - settled the quicker of the sides.

For all that, though, their best early offerings were a shot wide from Jeff Hendrick and a couple of half-openings for Chris Martin in the wake of defensive lapses.

Giuseppe Bellusci also had to be pinpoint with a last-ditch tackle on a clean-through Jonny Russell, before the hosts started to impose themselves.

In a fiery opening 30 minutes they had three men booked but, once they started tackling cleanly and keeping the ball, they looked markedly better.

It was soon Derby's players swinging and missing, two of their men having their names taken, with Omar Mascarell one of those booked as he tried in vain to takedown Alex Mowatt who forced Lee Grant into a smart save.

With Mowatt and Lewis Cook first to the ball, more Leeds chances came and 43 minutes in they scored. Will Hughes lost out to Mowatt, his ball found Souleymane Doukara and his pass from the left of the box was tucked in by Antenucci.

The same man was on the spot six minutes after the break too, adding a second.

Captain Stephen Warnock got down the left, pulled the ball back and Antenucci showed terrific composure to beat Grant.

Sam Byram went in pursuit of a third and was denied by Grant after a mazy run on the right, while Derby felt they had a penalty shout on the hour mark. Liam Cooper - already booked - brought down Cyrus Christie on the very edge of the box. Referee Mick Russell validated the decision with his assistant, stuck to his original call and the free-kick was cleared as Derby protested.

McClaren made a triple change to try to pep up his men but Leeds continued to press, Antenucci denied a hat-trick as Grant got down well to shove away a low drive.

Derby should have made a fist of it with 10 minutes to go, Kwame Thomas wildly off target from 10 yards after a brilliant Warnock clearance off the line, and with that their chances went.

Leeds United star 'inspired' Arnie to become world's best body builder

Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in Yorkshire talking to a packed audience about how a Leeds United star - inspired him to become the world's best body builder.

Arnie was talking to Jonathan Ross at a special event at the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road in Leeds.

All proceeds raised went to charities including Candlelighters.


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RNAS Culdrose officer secures marriage proposal...with a little help from Arnie

Dean Goulding got up on stage with Arnold Schwarzenegger to propose Credit: ITV News

A naval officer from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall has sealed an impromptu marriage proposal with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Dean Goulding was attending an event in Leeds, where the movie star was performing, when he jumped on stage and popped the question to girlfriend Jessica Edding.

Dean says: "We only had three nights left, as I'm in the military and going away for six months, so I was really worried. I thought if it doesn't happen tonight when will it? I wanted it to be special and it was more special than ever. It was amazing."

Fiancee Jessica told ITV News: "It's incredible, we'll never ever forget that."

Dean and Jessica celebrating after the unusual marriage proposal Credit: ITV News

Leeds boss Redfearn celebrates first win

Leeds arrested an eight-game winless run and Neil Redfearn tasted his first victory as permanent head coach as Blackpool were beaten 3-1 at Elland Road.

Leeds United head coach gets his first win since taking permanent charge Credit: Press Association

His first two games yielded a point but the slump was halted against the league's bottom side, with Liam Cooper, Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci all doing the damage by half-time.

That ensured the second half was a less-than-entertaining affair, although an improved showing from Blackpool and a consolation from Nile Ranger at least offers new manager Lee Clark some hope for after the international break.

Leeds have struggled to start well in nearly all of their games this season but there was no suggestion of sluggishness here.

They were at Blackpool from the off and it took 10 minutes for the visitors to get a meaningful touch outside of their own half, but by then they trailed 1-0.

Antenucci set the tone, shooting inside a minute and testing Joe Lewis, while the Italian striker also had an effort bundled over the bar having overlooked an easier chance to shoot.

The resulting corner led to the goal, though, with the ball eventually sitting up nicely for Cooper on the edge of the box and the defender scoring his first for Leeds with a sweet half-volley that Lewis never saw.

Liam Cooper scores his first goal for Leeds Credit: Press Association

Leeds twice conceded quickly after scoring in a 2-2 draw with Charlton on Tuesday so were desperate for a second. Antenucci should have given them one when his brilliant pull-down put him clean through, with his floated shot narrowly wide.

A second arrived on the 30-minute mark, however, with Doukara finishing off a length-of-the-field move. Sharp passing from Sam Byram and Tommaso Bianchi released Adryan and, after running 50 yards with the ball the Brazilian slid in Doukara who did the rest from just inside the box.

There would be not let-up either and before the break it was three. Alex Mowatt put Doukara away and his cross was cleared as far as Antenucci who was able to celebrate the birth of his first child in the early hours with a volley from the edge of the box which went in via a deflection off Charles Dunne.

It was a half to forget for the visitors and they at least started the second in a better manner, with Ranger sent on to add a presence and the one-time Leeds trialist heading wide from a corner.

David Perkins also whistled a shot just wide, giving a nod to stern words Clark will have delivered at the break, and when Ranger headed in a 74th-minute corner it was deserved.

Antenucci nearly hit back with a fourth as Lewis spilled his shot, with Peter Clarke getting in to clear as Doukara lurked, before Ishmael Miller nearly gave the home side a real fright with a low shot which was inches wide.

Redfearn demands consistency after Charlton draw

Neil Redfearn was left wanting consistency after his Leeds side twice threw away a lead and drew 2-2 with Charlton.

Redfearn demands consistency after Charlton draw Credit: Press Association

After two brilliant curlers from Alex Mowatt had twice put Leeds ahead, Johann Berg Gudmundsson - who had equalised when Marco Silvestri let one in at his near post - levelled for a second time from the spot.

Referee Graham Salisbury gave the penalty after Giuseppe Bellusci tangled with Tal Ben Haim in the area, leaving Redfearn and his players to question the merit of the decision.

It's a performance gained, we were the better side by a straight. They're a good side but we were better and deserved to win.

What I would say is this; referees have to be more consistent. They are thousands of decisions like that in the Football League every weekend. I would say to the Football League they (referees) need to be more consistent. You can't isolate one incident and give it, because it looks unfair. It looked like they were both at it. And that's frustrating because we deserved to win. That's taking nothing away from Charlton but we looked more like ourselves tonight, more like in my first caretaker spell.

The harder we work the luckier we will get. It's time for a win but we have to keep going down these lines. We are a wounded animal at the minute but I won't let them rest. I will make them better.

– Neil Redfearn

That spell yielded 10 points from 12 but the six-game reign of Darko Milaniccoupled with Saturday's loss at Cardiff and this point means Leeds are eight without a win. Bob Peeters did not see the penalty incident, with the Charlton boss preoccupied at the time.

I don't know what happened as I was looking (elsewhere) as a player (Rhoys Wiggins) was injured. I didn't know it was a penalty, I didn't see what happened and none of the players have said,

– Bob Peeters, Charlton manager


Cellino: I want Redfearn here for 10 years

Leeds president Massimo Cellino hopes to keep Neil Redfearn as head coach for the next 10 years.

Massimo Cellino wants Neil Redfearn to coach Leeds for a decade Credit: Press Association

Former academy manager Redfearn, 49, signed a 12-month rolling contract at the weekend to become the club's fourth head coach since Cellino completed his takeover in April.

Former Cagliari owner Cellino is known as the 'manager-eater' in Italy having sacked 36 coaches in 22 years at the Sardinian club, but after dismissing Darko Milanic following just six winless games at Elland Road last month, the Italian businessman insisted Redfearn's appointment was for the long term.

I hope so. He's still young to prove himself and to do something important for this club. I hope he stays at least 10 years. That is the dream, to keep him as coach for at least 10 years. It's very difficult to say what will be success. If I knew the team I could tell you '20 points' and the team will play a certain style of football. (But) if you don't know which team you're going to have, it's very difficult to say.

– Massimo Cellino

Cellino said the club will look to strengthen during the January transfer market, but added Redfearn, who has the option of reverting back to his old job at the end of his first year in charge, would not be choosing which players to try and sign.

Massimo Cellino says he "doesn't trust" managers with transfer funds

I think he has to build something and take the best that we have got and then in January we have to go into the market. But we don't give money to the manager to spend. I manage this club. I'll work with my coach, we'll work together because the way in England is not my way to work. If you give the manager that responsibility and then change the manager, you have to change all the players and that's very wrong. For continuity the decision (to buy players) should come from the board and the chairman, not from the manager. The manager is part of the chain of the organisation. I don't trust my manager with these things. Their point of view is important, very important and we must work together, but they don't have to decide who we will buy or not.

– Massimo Cellino

Red Bull rubbish rumours of United deal

Austrian drinks company Red Bull has confirmed it has no interest in taking control of Leeds or investing in the club.

Red Bull ground rumours of United deal Credit: Press Association

Club president Massimo Cellino denied he was ready to sell his controlling 75 per cent stake at Elland Road amid mounting speculation, but confirmed he had held talks with representatives from the Formula One giant last week.

The Italian businessman is open to offers of investment, it is understood, but vehemently denied he was prepared to walk away from the club he bought from Gulf Finance House Capital in April.

Red Bull, it had been reported, was keen to take full control, but in a brief statement the energy drinks manufacturer told Press Association Sport it did not propose to enter into a partnership with the Yorkshire club.

"We can confirm that Red Bull has no plans to take over Leeds Utd nor take a stake in the club," Red Bull said.

It was reported in national newspapers at the weekend that Red Bull officials had been in Leeds last Wednesday and it is understood they met with Cellino on Thursday.

Cellino told the Yorkshire Evening Post on Monday that the rumours were "100 per cent not true" and were "disrespectful".

"We talked with an agent who said he was working for Red Bull, but I'd never met him before and I don't know what Red Bull want to do. I'm not selling the club," Cellino said.

Leeds' new head coach Neil Redfearn meanwhile, is preparing for his first home game in charge on Tuesday night against former club Charlton.

Redfearn, who signed a rolling 12-month contract to replace Darko Milanic at the weekend, is bidding to end Leeds' seven-game winless run that has seen the club slip to within four points of the relegation zone.

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