Shay Given opens up about what was going through the heads of Derby players prior to stunning Leeds win

Shay Given looks at his mobile phone before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Derby County beat Leeds United last Wednesday to reach the play-off final.

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates victory with Bradley Johnson of Derby County following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United...

Shay Given has opened up about what was going through the heads of Derby County players prior to their stunning win against Leeds United last Wednesday which knocked them out of the playoff picture. 

Leading up to the game, Marcelo Bielsa's side had a one-goal advantage, with several Leeds United fans mocking Rams boss with a 'stop crying Frank Lampard' song, which was a reference to Spygate, as reported by BBC Sport

Derby goalkeeping coach Given stated that given how big the game was, the players and staff didn't have to say much in regards what the Leeds fans were singing about them before the second leg. 


On what was said before second leg in regards to Leeds signing and 7-1 aggregate score: "To be honest because the game is so big, you don't have to really speak much about in the sense of what Leeds fans are singing and what people are saying," Given told Off the Ball.

"We actually kept our heads down after the first leg and said 'we have to change the way we play, we have to do something different'.

"Bielsa's a fantastic manager. He's one of the cleverest guys in football and how his teams press with the ball is very difficult to play against. We felt we needed an extra man in midfield."

Shay Given goalkeeping coach of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Derby County at Ashton Gate on April 27, 2019 in Bristol, England.

It was a remarkable game of football at Elland Road as Lampard's side scored four goals to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley. 

When Leeds had won the first leg, many would have backed them to do the job in front of their own supporters and book themselves a Wembley trip. 

But things went the other way for the Yorkshire outfit, who will now be preparing for another season in the second tier of English football.

As for Derby, they are one game away from making a return to the Premier League as Dean Smith's Aston Villa stand in their way of glory. 

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on April 25, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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