Warnock free-kick seals win

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Spit­tles To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

AF­TER a tur­bu­lent week, Leeds United boss Brian McDer­mott cel­e­brated a win on his re­turn to the dugout – and he hopes to build a pros­per­ous re­la­tion­ship with new owner Mas­simo Cellino.

Cellino’s takeover of the club has still to be rat­i­fied with the Foot­ball League, but he in­tends to be at Leeds’ game with Brighton on Tues­day night.

And by win­ning his first game since be­ing re-in­stated as man­ager, McDer­mott en­sured he’s in the strong­est pos­si­ble po­si­tion.

In windy con­di­tions, Leeds fell be­hind at Huish Park when Ish­mael Miller headed in from a corner, but he then blazed a penalty over the cross­bar and United prof­ited af­ter the break.

Top-scorer Ross McCor­mack pulled his side level in the first minute of the sec­ond half be­fore Stephen Warnock scored the win­ner with a wind-as­sisted free­kick.

It brought a dra­matic week to a good end for McDer­mott, who said: “What we want to avoid now is drama off the pitch. On the pitch we’ll have a bit of it over the last 17 games, but not off it.

“The only thing I can do now is try to get an­other re­sult against Brighton in our next game, noth­ing else.

“I think with a new owner com­ing in, they will want to take Leeds United back to where we be­long and that’s what I want to do too, that’s the com­mon ground.

“You have to build a re­la­tion­ship, it doesn't just hap­pen. So we’ll see what hap­pens over the next two weeks.

“I think Mr Cellino is com­ing to the game against Brighton and then hope­fully we’ll sit down and have a con­ver­sa­tion and see where we go.

“Ev­ery owner has the choice to make what­ever de­ci­sion they want. All I can do is the best I can, day-in, day-out.”

McDer­mott also re­vealed he has now spo­ken to for­mer Mid­dles­brough de­fender Gian­luca Festa, the man Cellino was re­ported to have lined up as Leeds’ new man­ager.

“I spoke to Gian­luca Festa (on Fri­day) and had a re­ally good con­ver­sa­tion with him,” he added. “He's a good man, a foot­ball man and he wants to help the club.

“I don’t know in what ca­pac­ity he would be in­volved, but I have no prob­lem with that.”

The Glovers went ahead when Miller glanced in a header from John Lund­stram’s corner, but the striker then blasted over from the spot af­ter Sam Byram tripped Kevin Daw­son.

They were made to pay af­ter the break when McCor­mack seized on Marek Stech’s poor clear­ance be­fore curl­ing a shot past the keeper from 20 yards.

And Stech was at fault again when Warnock struck a free-kick from 40 yards which was caught by the wind and flew into the net over the head of the stranded keeper.

Yeovil re­main rooted to the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble and man­ager Gary John­son felt they were ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall.

“The game was more in­flu­enced by a cou­ple of mis­takes we made than the weather,” said John­son.

“The weather played a part but we didn't do enough when the wind was in our favour.

“Un­for­tu­nately we made the mis­takes that they didn’t when the wind was against us.

“Marek has been a great goal­keeper for us over the last cou­ple of years but I put the goals down as mis­takes from him.

“Straight af­ter half-time his kick into the wind cost us with the first goal and then he was caught out for the sec­ond.

“He should be ex­pe­ri­enced enough now and he’s dis­ap­pointed with what hap­pened and has apol­o­gised to the lads.

“We didn't do enough go­ing for­ward to get back into the game ei­ther and prob­a­bly should have gone in 2-0 up at half-time but ob­vi­ously missed the penalty.”

MATCH WIN­NER: Stephen Warnock cel­e­brates his goal

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

OPENER: Ross McCor­mack scores for Leeds

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