Leeds United continued their promotion push with a convincing 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.
Despite a nervous start, the opening goal from Sanchez Watt on 16 minutes saw Leeds take control. The on-loan Arsenal youngster notched his first goal for the Whites with a fine strike from the edge of the box. Leeds doubled the lead through Max Gradel four minutes later, latching on to a Robert Snodgrass through ball, before calmly rounding Joe Murphy in the Scunthorpe goal to roll into the empty net. The game was over on the half hour mark when Bradley Johnson drove home from 20 yards. Leeds could easily have had more goals but had to wait until two minutes from time for Davide Somma to score the fourth with a low drive into the bottom corner.
Simon Grayson declared himself delighted with the win over Scunthorpe United. Despite the possible distractions of an FA Cup replay against Arsenal, the Leeds manager was happy with a complete performance: “When you go 3-0 up with early goals it gives you a platform to win the game, but we did the other side of the game really well. We knew it was going to be a tough game against Scunthorpe, who are fighting for their lives. We knew they’d work hard and close us down but we did that to them.”
Grayson told the press after the game: “We won possession of the ball and then showed some good quality and made the right options and got some very good goals and I’m delighted with individual performances, but predominantly with the team and how hard we worked. On another day we could have had six or seven goals, but it was great to have a victory and a clean sheet.”
Becchio FA Cup doubt.
Luciano Becchio is an injury worry for the FA Cup 3rd Round replay on Wednesday night after being replaced at half time in the win over Scunthorpe. Becchio was a peripheral figure in the first half and was replaced at half-time by Billy Paynter. After the game Grayson revealed the substitution was a precaution. Grayson told Yorkshire Radio: “Luciano had a bit of a stiff back so we took him off at half time.”
Should Becchio not be fit, then Grayson still has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal with Billy Paynter, Ross McCormack and Davide Somma all vying for the strikers role.