Despite The Sun’s best attempts to cause more Leeds United controversy by publishing details of Simon Grayson’s personal life, The Whites rallied on with a convincing 3-0 victory away at Doncaster Rovers.

Leeds United had a clear-cut penalty decision turned down as Ross McCormack was bundled down with a tackle from behind in the box before Danny Pugh opened the scoring on 20 minutes, unmarked from a Robert Snodgrass freekick.

The first half was otherwise uneventful. England keeper Chris Kirkland, recently acquired by new Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders, made his first save from a long-range Ross McCormack freekick whilst the best the home side could muster was a header that sailed wide of Andy Lonergan’s post.

Kirkland’s first game for Donny went from bad to worse early in the second half when Andy Keogh found Ross McCormack in the box, who teed himself up for an audacious overhead kick which you’ll no doubt see again on the Football League’s Goal Of The Month compilation. 0-2

13 minutes later and Tom Lees, who had been infallible at the back, proved he was just as effective up top, rising higher than all of Donny’s defence to power home from another Leeds United dead ball situation – this time a corner – and secure the three points with a third of the match still remaining. 0-3

Andy Keogh will feel he should have added a fourth after sneaking in behind Donny’s poor defence only to see his one-on-one effort come back off the crossbar.

Nevertheless, this was a convincing win for The Whites. There’s no escaping the fact Doncaster Rovers defence was a ramshackled mess, and they had little presence going forwards, but this was a team undefeated under new manager Dean Saunders and the result was as much a reflection of Leeds’ dominance as it was Donny’s poor showing.

Up front, Ross McCormack and Andy Keogh have developed such a strong partnership I’m struggling to see how Luciano Becchio can get his first team spot back – which, let’s face it, was an unthinkable scenario at the beginning of the season.

In midfield, Robert Snodgrass seems to have regained his form now, Danny Pugh’s experience has added some much needed balance defensively allowing Aidy White the occasional stroll forwards and the central pairing of Howson and Clayton were dominant throughout.

That leaves the defence, who have now recorded back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in a year. Donny never caused us too many problems in all honesty, but that was partly because we dealt with them early. Donny were allowed little time or space on the ball, and when they did get chances to shoot, they were forced to do so from more difficult positions.

It’s all down to organisation and awareness. We didn’t leave ourselves vulnerable to counterattacks, we showed our dominance in the air and we made Andy Lonergan’s life easier by only allowing the opposition to shoot from difficult positions – when you can’t stop the threat, you contain it basically (or force it wide). It all made for much more comfortable viewing than we’ve become accustomed to.

You have to give a massive thumbs up to Simon Grayson, the coaching staff and the players for identifying their biggest weakness and working hard to fix the problem. It’s taken a little (OK, a lot..) longer than we’d have liked but solid defences are built on stability, and we’ve struggled to find that for one reason or another – the key now is keeping this version together, injury-free and in form.

Back to back clean sheets, 13 points from the last 15 and a struggling Coventry City side at home next. What were we stressing about again?¬†On and on…