Ross McCormack's second-half goals lit up an otherwise drab Leeds performance against Yeovil at Elland Road.

Scotland forward McCormack opened the scoring from six yards after captain Rodolph Austin's powerful run and pass.

McCormack doubled the lead with a delightful finish from 18-yards after more good work by Austin, who also saw a shot deflected over the bar.

Yeovil, who are now bottom of the Championship, struggled to test Leeds despite some promising approach play.

In-form Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack has now scored eight goals in 18 appearances for club and country this season - one short of his tally for the whole of last season.

Brian McDermott's Leeds move up to eighth spot after a third straight home win.

They were never seriously troubled after taking the lead in the 48th minute.

Austin made a storming run through the midfield and McCormack finished from just outside the right corner of the six-yard box.

Leeds had some desperate defending to do as their opponents forced a series of corners but the struggling visitors failed to make them count and McCormack sealed victory with his fourth goal in five games.

Austin's pass found McCormack whose 18-yard shot flew past Wayne Hennessey.

Defeat for Yeovil sees them replace Sheffield Wednesday at the bottom of the table after the Owls' 5-2 victory against Reading lifted them out of the Championship relegation zone.

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott:

"It was a tough game and there was not much football played in the first half. In the Championship you have to grind it out at times and we did that. After the second goal we could have gone on to double our score but we are happy with a clean sheet.

"If we can be there or thereabouts at Christmas it will be interesting. We have some good young players who are learning all the time and we are close to where we want to be."

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson:

"We lived with the opposition for much of the time and didn't park the bus, but we need that killer instinct.

"We just have to hope our boys learn and improve quickly.

"We lack experience but that is something we will gain all the time so hopefully we will have a great second half of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 15 Warnock (Zaliukas - 41' )
  • 05 Pearce
  • 22 Wootton
  • 04 Lees
  • 08 Austin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 20 Smith (Blackstock - 58' )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 36 Mowatt

Substitutes

  • 09 Blackstock
  • 11 Varney
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 21 Diouf
  • 24 Zaliukas
  • 33 Cairns

Yeovil Town

  • 27 Hennessey
  • 04 Edwards
  • 03 McAllister
  • 08 Upson Booked
  • 05 Webster
  • 15 Duffy Booked
  • 07 Dawson (Moore - 68' )
  • 19 Ralls
  • 23 Grant
  • 14 Hoskins (Foley - 79' )
  • 21 Davis (Madden - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Ayling
  • 09 Hayter
  • 10 Foley
  • 13 Moore
  • 17 Madden
  • 20 Fontaine
  • 24 Dunn
Ref: Richard Clark
Att: 25,351

Match Stats

Shots

13 16

On target

4 2

Corners

5 8

Fouls

18 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

90:00 +4:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Yeovil Town 0.

90:00 +2:55

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

89:55

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:55

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Leeds United).

88:53

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross following a corner.

88:22

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Dexter Blackstock.

88:20

Attempt blocked. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

87:43

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:43

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

80:45

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

80:45

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:01

Delay in match Dexter Blackstock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

78:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Foley replaces Sam Hoskins.

78:01

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

78:01

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:57

Attempt blocked. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie McAllister.

77:26

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

77:24

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

76:17 Booking

Booking Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

76:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:45

Delay in match Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) because of an injury.

74:37

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Edward Upson.

72:52

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

72:52

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:16

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:16

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

71:52 Booking

Booking Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:39

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

71:39

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:28

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:28

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

70:25

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:25

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

69:36

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Byron Webster.

68:39

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

68:35

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

67:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Patrick Madden replaces Liam Davis.

67:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kieffer Moore replaces Kevin Dawson.

66:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Yeovil Town 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

61:34

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:34

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

61:01

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

60:19

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

60:19

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:56

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

59:53

Attempt saved. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

59:22

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:22

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

58:21

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

58:19

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Matt Smith.

56:01

Offside, Yeovil Town. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Sam Hoskins is caught offside.

54:54

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

54:54

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:28

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Matt Smith.

54:06

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Tom Lees.

53:10

Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:10

Foul by Lee Peltier (Leeds United).

52:09

Offside, Yeovil Town. Byron Webster tries a through ball, but Sam Hoskins is caught offside.

51:45

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Tom Lees.

51:43

Attempt blocked. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hoskins with a headed pass.

47:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Yeovil Town 0. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

45:44

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

45:44

Matt Smith (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:15

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:15

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Yeovil Town 0.

45:00 +1:04

Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:04

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

45:00 +0:39

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

45:00 +0:33

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

43:55

Attempt saved. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Dawson.

43:24

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:24

Foul by Lee Peltier (Leeds United).

42:31

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

40:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Marius Zaliukas replaces Stephen Warnock because of an injury.

40:03

Attempt missed. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Edward Upson.

34:43

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

34:43

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:30

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross.

30:58

Hand ball by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

29:21

Offside, Leeds United. Stephen Warnock tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

28:54

Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:09

Attempt missed. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

25:51

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

25:51

Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:42

Offside, Yeovil Town. Jamie McAllister tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

24:33

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

24:33

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:12

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Edward Upson.

22:57

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

22:57

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:21

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

21:21

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:15

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier.

16:36

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

15:52

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

15:52

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:15

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

13:49

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:48

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:02

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

13:02

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:17

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

11:28

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Edwards.

9:09

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

9:09

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:09

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

6:16

Hand ball by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

5:11

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:36

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

4:34

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Dawson.

2:08

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodolph Austin.

1:00

Offside, Yeovil Town. Wayne Hennessey tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

0:15

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

0:15

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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