Leeds United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town: McCormack Grabs Brace in Leeds Win

Nigel Roddis

Ross McCormack scored twice as Brian McDermott's side battled hard to eventually get the three points at Elland Road.

Boss Brian McDermott made one change to his starting XI, with Sam Byram still struggling with fitness, Lee Peltier came back into the side at right-back.

Dexter Blackstock and Marius Zaliukas were on the bench, as was El-Hadji Diouf who missed the last game due to compassionate leave.

With the wind swirling around the stands, we were hoping for some lovely football to get us warmed up. In a nutshell we didn't get anything like that. Despite that, Leeds did start well though, and Alex Mowatt had a good chance when he got the ball but his curling effort was saved well by Wayne Hennessey.

Yevoil started to find their feet in the contest and were starting to run the channels effectively. Joe Ralls had a shot from distance which went just wide, but then Leeds should have taken the lead through Matt Smith.

Rodolph Austin charged into the box on the left hand side and he put the ball on a plate for Smith who swung wildly and the ball went under his foot. The Glovers were getting some joy with Stephen Warnock struggling with an injury, and the fact that Tom Lees seemed to be running with concrete in his boots. The young centre-back was constantly caught off guard and on a different day a better team would have punished us.

Eventually Warnock had to leave the field of play just before half-time, with Zaliukas coming on and Jason Pearce moving to left wing-back. With everyone beginning to realise where he was playing, most thought it would change at half-time. We were wrong about that as I'll explain later.

Pearce came out after the break hugging that touchline, his body language echoed that of a small child at Christmas. Running everywhere and at relentless speed. His desire to score or cross saw him make an error in the box, before he then bundled a Yeovil player through an advertisement board.

But the half-time team-talk from McDermott worked wonders when Ross McCormack opened the scoring after some lovely football from him and Austin. The midfielder picked up the ball in the middle before charging to the box and laying the ball off, McCormack stepped up and rifled the ball past Hennessey at the near post.

Just before the hour mark Smith was brought off and Blackstock came on to freshen things up, with the big man struggling up top. Austin continued to cause problems on the edge of the box and he saw his shot deflected over the bar. He then turned provider once again when he set up McCormack's second in the 67th minute. The striker checked his run to perfection before Rudy played the ball through and Ross side-footed the ball home.

Blackstock was slick with his work and could have scored when McCormack chipped the ball over the top, but the on-loan striker just missed the far post. The final 15 minutes dragged on as United remained tight at the back and the Whites in the end deserved the win thanks to their second-half performance.

The highlights were seeing Blackstock and Zaliukas at home for the first time and of course how happy Pearce was at left-back. McCormack was composed in attack and Austin showed his creativity in the midfield.

Lees looked weak all game but he was covered well, and the thought of Danny Pugh playing football again worries me. With Warnock's injury it could be a possibility.

Onto the next one now, ideally we need to pick up some results on the bounce and start to build some momentum.


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