Derby County boss Gary Rowett reacts to Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen's pre-match comments

Gary Rowett manager of Derby gives instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Leeds United were beaten 2-1 by Derby County at Elland Road last night.

Gary Rowett manager of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett’s comments to the Derby Telegraph show that Thomas Christiansen’s comments have already back-fired on him, after Leeds United’s loss to the Rams last night.

Derby ran out 2-1 winners at Elland Road, after turning around the contest after Leeds went in front.

Derby’s comeback was bad news for Christiansen, as he had said in the week that his plan to get Leeds back on track was to ensure that they scored the first goal.

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen gestures prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

And Rowett made some worrying comments about Leeds during his post-match analysis.

The Derby manager said: "Leeds made quite a big thing in the week about scoring the first goal and how important it is to them, but I just felt it didn't matter to us because we have shown character all season.

"I said at half-time 'if you score, I'm telling you now - they won't react well.”

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

Leeds had grabbed an early advantage in the contest when Pierre Michel Lasogga blasted home early on.

But Derby hit back in the second half, with Sam Winnall scoring both of Rowett’s side’s goals.

Leeds have now lost six of their last seven games, with Christiansen coming under increasing pressure at Elland Road.

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