The irony of my post about the ‘luck factor’ earlier this morning will have been lost on no one as Bradley Johnson’s bizarre pass to Jermaine Beckford deflected in off a Yeovil defender to give us the lead.

The fact of the matter is though, that the game stands as a fitting tribute to that post. No doubt Yeovil Town fans will feel a little bit of luck like that today could well have made for an entirely different game, but as I said this morning – you make your own luck.

That’s exactly what Leeds United did today, whilst Yeovil Town struggled to give Leeds United much of a threat. When in the final third, Leeds always looked dangerous. That bit of luck probably did change the course of the game, but we got ourselves in that position to start with.

That goal came after a pretty good first half from both sides, although in all honesty there were few real chances. The teams cancelled each other out for large parts of the game, but credit to Yeovil, they came and tried to play football rather than boot it up field and hope for the best like so many have before them.

The goal changed the game completely and the second half was a procession for Leeds. Yeovil continued to try and play football and create something, but I never felt they posed any massive threat.

Whilst the first goal remains debatable – Did Beckford get a touch, does it go down as an own goal or is it Johnson’s? The one that gave us breathing room was a lot more straight forward.

After Beckford had already hit the back of the net, only to see it ruled out for a clear offside, he had another chance when Grayson’s substitutes changed the game completely. Max Gradel whipped a cross in, which Beckford met and forced a save from the Yeovil keeper. After Beckford failed to take the opportunity Gradel gave to him, Max decided to take matters into his own hands, cleverly working an opening and firing home nicely to give Leeds a 2-0 cushion.

The impact of Grayson’s substitutions was once again immediate. Gradel’s goal led to chants from the Elland Road faithful for Simon to sign him up permanently. He would be an excellent addition to the squad, but whether he wants to play here permanently and whether he’s for sale is unclear.

It was the front two that combined to make the third goal when Vokes found Beckford who made it look all too easy. He out-muscled the Yeovil defender to make space and flicked the ball home to put the game beyond doubt and net his eleventh of the campaign. A nice glimpse of what the pairing can do together as Vokes finds full fitness and the pairs relationship develops.

All that left was another Simon Grayson substitute, Tresor Kandol to finish off the show with his second in as many late substitute appearences. Snodgrass whipped a nice cross in and Kandol found himself in acres of space to head home and cue his crazy looking cart-wheel celebration.

So, back to back 4-0 victories for Leeds, but this time it seemed like we were in second gear for large parts of the game. Maybe that’s a tribute to the squad Simon Grayson has put together and the confidence within them. Whilst the first half was pretty evenly matched, the second half was all too easy for the Whites. Everytime the ball went near the box, Yeovil were in danger of conceeding.

After Charlton lost 3-1 away to Carlisle and Millwall beat Colchester with a late goal, we now sit seven points clear at the top of League One. Eight goals in two games with none conceeded and with a fixture list that doesn’t provide too many scares over Christmas, maybe, just maybe we can start getting excited.

TSS man of the match
Whilst we never looked like losing the game after scoring in the first half, the inclusion of Max Gradel once again changed it completely. His pace, skill, control, vision and passing make him an excellent prospect and he adds something that I think we’ve been missing ’til now. An excellent goal too to cap another good performance from the on-loan star.