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First win in seven for the Gulls

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • LEEDS UNITED 2 - 0 YEOVIL TOWN
Ross McCormack (left) scored both goals for Leeds against Yeovil. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

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

McCormack was twice put through by captain Rodolph Austin to improve his goals tally to eight for the season and four in five games.

The teams were led out by Leeds legend Norman Hunter, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier in the week and was the club's guest of honour.

The former England defender was still making his way to his seat when teenage midfielder Alex Mowatt forced an instinctive save from Yeovil goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, but chances were few and far between in a first half of frustrating stalemate.

Shane Duffy, who this week had his loan spell from Everton extended, broke up several promising Leeds moves, but Matt Smith should have opened the scoring after 20 minutes when the Leeds striker swung his boot at fresh air a few yards out and Mowatt curled a left-footed shot tantalisingly close in the follow-up play.

Lowly Yeovil were failing to trouble Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, despite some promising approach play and their 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest last time out.

But with Duffy and Byron Webster in commanding form at the heart of the visitors' defence, Leeds struggled to create openings of their own.

Jamie McAllister and Sam Hoskins threatened to provide Kevin Dawson with the opening goal but the Dublin-born winger failed to make contact, with Leeds' defence in disarray.

Wing-back Stephen Warnock, who had been a doubtful starter, hobbled off four minutes before the interval to be replaced by Lithuanian Marius Zaliukas for his Leeds debut.

The home crowd were roused by a goal three minutes into the second half.

Austin made a storming run through the midfield and McCormack pulled the trigger 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, and home manager Brian McDermott responded by sending on Dexter Blackstock in place of Smith.

Austin almost snatched a second Leeds goal but his shot was deflected over the bar after another penetrating run, while at the other end Kenny had to stretch to turn McAllister's free-kick into the crowd.

The Austin-McCormack combination worked its magic again after 67 minutes when Austin's pass found McCormack whose 18-yard shot flew past Hennessey into the centre of the goal.

Yeovil made a double substitution, Paddy Madden and Kieffer Moore replacing Liam Davis and Kevin Dawson, but their neat passing had no end product as Leeds bounced back from their West Yorkshire derby defeat at Huddersfield.

LEAGUE TWO

  • BURY 1 - 3 TORQUAY UNITED
On-loan West Ham striker Paul McCallum scored twice for Torquay at Bury. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Torquay United won for the first time in seven games at manager Alan Knill's old club Bury.

Aaron Downes put the Gulls ahead in the 18th minute when he headed home Kevin Nicholson's corner from close range.

Although the home side equalised 6 minutes later, on-loan West Ham striker Paul McCallum scored twice on either side of half-time.

His first came on the half hour when he headed in another Nicholson corner, and he made sure of the points in the 57th minute - finding the top corner from Elliot Benyon's cutback.

  • PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 - 0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
Lewis Alessandra scored Argyle's late winner against Northampton. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Plymouth Argyle left it late once again to claim three points against Northampton.

Lewis Alessandra scored the winner in the 90th minute to record back-to-back wins for the Pilgrims, while sending the visitors to the foot of the table.

Northampton goalkeeper Matt Duke made several fine saves to deny Curtis Nelson, Reuben Reid and Alessandra.

  • PORTSMOUTH 3 - 2 EXETER CITY
Exeter City's Danny Coles (far right) scores his side's first goal. Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Exeter City suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after losing by one goal at Fratton Park.

The home side went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Ricky Holmes scored a wind-assisted effort.

Ryan Bird added two more goals in the second half which should've killed the game off, but the Grecians then attempted a fightback.

Danny Coles headed in Arron Davies' cross in the 75th minute, and sub John O'Flynn poked the ball past goalkeeper Trevor Carson with six minutes still left on the clock.

Exeter's Tom Nichols almost snatched a dramatic late equaliser, but was denied by Carson.

Exeter City's John O'Flynn (second left) slides the ball underneath Portsmouth goalkeeper Trevor Carson to score his side's second goal. Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

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