Match Details: 10/03/2009
Leeds United 4-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 16. Gary Roberts, 17. Aidan Downes, 27. Lee Peltier,
Subs: 14. Paul Warne, 15. Luke Rodgers, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 23. Aaron Brown, 28. Nathan Smith
Substitutes Used: Aaron Brown for Danny Schofield (46 mins), Paul Warne for Gavin Tomlin (50 mins), Keiran Murtagh for Aaron Brown (55 mins)
Bookings: Aidan Downes (Foul, 18), Gary Roberts (Foul, 34)
Yeovil Town were taken apart by a rampant Leeds United side at Elland Road tonight. Despite keeping the Yorkshire side quiet for the first 25 minutes, once Jermaine Beckford netted the opening goal, it was one-way traffic as the Glovers failed to get a shot on target all night. Beckford completed his hat-trick early in the second half after Neil Kilkenny had put Leeds two goals up, whilst Leeds even had the opportunity to waste several second half chances, including a missed penalty from Luciano Becchio.
The Glovers went into the game making several changes to Saturday's line-up. Right-back Danny Hutchins didn't even make it into the sixteen, whilst Aaron Brown was only fit enough to sit on the bench. Aidan Downes became a fifth midfielder in a 4-5-1 formation that saw Lee Peltier operate as a makeshift centre-back for the night. The new look outfit didn't start too badly, holding Leeds steady in an opening 25 minute period where neither side managed a single shot. Whilst that didn't make it a great game, it made it one in which the minutes were ticking down nicely.
All of that changed radically though with the opening goal. Terrell Forbes will probably feel a bit hard done by, that his block tackle on Ben Parker fell straight into the path of Jermaine Beckford to open the scoring with 25 minutes gone. At that point, a quiet balanced game turned into one-way traffic. Beckford had another goal ruled out for offside, whilst Josh Wagenaar had to save smartly from another attempt from the same player.
Two minutes before the break though, Leeds got their second through Neil Kilkenny, as he was given far too much room in the centre of the park to advance forward and smack the ball from long range, swerving over the diving Wagenaar and for a 2-0 half time lead.
The second period opened in chaotic fashion for the Glovers. Danny Schofield was withdrawn at half time with more knee problems, and his replacement Aaron Brown lasted just nine minutes before he had to retire, still hobbling from the knock he picked up on Saturday. In between Gavin Tomlin left the field, also crocked as all three Yeovil substitutions came in quick succession.
In the midst of that, Brown's lack of match fitness was cruelly exposed by Beckford as he latched onto a Fabian Delph pass to make it 3-0 and then with not even an hour played, Beckford completed his hat-trick, chipping a helpless Wagenaar and introducing concerns that the scoreline could get rather ugly.
Thankfully that was as bad as it got, even if Luciano Becchio wasted a golden opportunity for a fifth goal, after he was fouled in the box by Craig Alcock. After an argument over who was going to take it, Becchio probably wished he hadn't been so forthright, blasting his attempt over the bar. Thereafter, a few substitutions from the home side broke up the play a little, and the Glovers managed to stop the night turning into total embarrassment. Still, it is difficult to imagine Leeds having an easier victory this season.
For the Glovers, it was a wretched night, compounded by injuries to Danny Schofield, Aaron Brown and Gavin Tomlin, all three of which must be now doubtful for Saturday's crunch trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. Thankfully the Seagulls and Swindon Town lost tonight, but with Leyton Orient winning and Crewe Alexandra grabbing a last minute equaliser, the Glovers have now slipped to 20th and therefore just one place above the drop zone. Saturday's match at the Withdean Stadium will be as big as they come as matters get uncomfortably tight down at the bottom just weeks after it looked as though Yeovil were cruising towards the mid-table positions.
Final Score: Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Jermaine Beckford (1-0, 25 mins), Neil Kilkenny (2-0, 43 mins), Jermaine Beckford (3-0, 51 mins), Jermaine Beckford (4-0, 58 mins)
Leeds United: (4-4-2)
1. Casper Ankergren
4. Jonathan Douglas 36. Richard Naylor 5. Rui Marques 19. Ben Parker
23. Robert Snodgrass 14. Jonathan Howson 8. Neil Kilkenny 15. Fabian Delph
10. Luciano Becchio 9. Jermaine Beckford
Substitutes: 12. David Lucas (GK) 6. Lubomir Michalik 13. Mike Grella (72 mins for Luciano Becchio) 16. Bradley Johnson (73 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 35. Lee Trundle
Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 27. Lee Peltier 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 16. Gary Roberts 11. Danny Schofield 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne (50 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 15. Luke Rodgers 18. Keiran Murtagh (55 mins for Aaron Brown) 23. Aaron Brown (46 mins for Danny Schofield) 28. Nathan Smith
Leeds Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Aidan Downes (foul, 18 mins), Gary Roberts (foul, 34 mins)
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Darren England (South Yorkshire) and Tony Harrington (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Richard Hewitt (North Yorkshire).