Nigel Martyn remembers famous Derby win - can history repeat itself for Leeds?

Neil Redfearn's men face the Championship leaders on Saturday. Can they draw inspiration from 1999?

In Nigel Martyn's interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, the challenge facing Leeds is summed up before the former goalkeeper even says a word.

'One point is all Leeds have mustered from their last 11 meetings, the club’s worst head-to-head record since their relegation to the Football League,' interviewer Phil Hay writes.

But, if history is anything to go by, Martyn's Leeds United side of 1999 can provide inspiration. Ian Harte's late penalty gave the then top-flight side a 1-0 win.

“It was a pretty dogged game but I remember thinking that to win at Derby was a big result,” Martyn explains. “We might have had a good record against them but I never expected to turn them over easily.

“I don’t know if many of us were starting to think that it was going to be our year but we were all aware that we had a real chance. You win in the last minute against Southampton and then again in injury-time at Derby and things seem to be falling into place."

Things are much, much different for Leeds now, of course. Apart from the fact that Neil Redfearn's men are battling it out in the bottom half of the Championship, the Yorkshire side know they are facing a Derby County side in the finest of form.

Three points clear at the top of the table, Derby are 12 games unbeaten against Leeds, winning their last three in the league - and scoring 10 during those three.

But, if Leeds can turn the tide, it could be just the catalyst their season needs.

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