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The gap widens

It could well be one of the best and season defining weekends for everyone concerned at Leeds United.

A win against Yeovil and with Charlton and Colchester losing it means the Whites extend their lead at the top to 7 points. And with a goal difference of plus 21, it's effectively 8 points.

And the last two results have gone a long way to telling us alot about the side and extending that lead.

Bristol Rovers and Yeovil now gone down 4-0 in two games extending the goal difference by plus 8, and showing that the defeat to Millwall is well and truly out of their system.

No doubt the lead has alot to do with the quality in the team, but the togetherness is staggering and manager Simon Grayson has uncovered some gems and polished up some that were gathering dust.

A game changing player has been Max Gradel. In the last three games he has come on off the bench, the whole complexity of the game has altered.

His efforts were rewarded yesterday with a goal but his general pace and wing play has lit up Elland Road. It's been a while since Leeds have had an out and out winger. With all the pace and attribute that this provides.

A good winger excites the crowd, gets them rejuvenated when things are looking down. They can turn the game and deliver that bit of quality when needed. Which Gradel has done every time.

It's having that quality on the bench that helps widen the gap at the top.

Another player that has done wonders recently, and praise also has to be given to Grayson is Tresor Kandol. Two goals in the last two games saw that somersaulting Congolese striker back in the headlines and back in the hearts of Leeds fans.

Anyone who at the start of the season who is a Leeds fan and said they really wanted him to stay is probably lying. Hardly making an apperance and apparently ambling on in the reserves, his future seemed bleak. But credit where it's due, he's been given the chance and taken it.

With Grella, Becchio and Somma injured and Showunmi struggling for form, Kandol is now a crucial player for Leeds and like Gradel is now an impact sub who went brought on is expected to shake things up and change the game.

And like Gradel he's done that everytime so far. And long may it continue.