SHEFFIELD United leapt over Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield to claim second place in League One tonight after a 4-0 romp over Yeovil.
United’s midfield ran the show comfortably at Bramall Lane and manager Danny Wilson will be happy at how comprehensively his team bossed the match - and the fact his side is now directly behind leaders Charlton Athletic.
Ched Evans was an early irritant for the Yeovil defence as they struggled to come to terms with his runs and touches.
But it was Richard Cresswell who put United in the driving seat, heading home inside the penalty area, on 18 minutes, after preliminary work from Stephen Quinn.
United looked at ease, in front, although they had a shock when Andrew Williams squeezed past Maguire to engineer a chance, Steve Simonsen having to save smartly.
Veteran Cresswell, 34, could have made it two as the ball ricocheted around the area but goalie Rene Gilmartin collected,
Quinn also had the crowd off their seats with a decent effort.
The fans were rewarded when Michael Doyle roamed forward from midfield and scored his first goal of the season with a cracking effort from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner, on 36 minutes.
Another midfielder, Lee Williamson, opened the second half with another belting drive, from the edge of the penalty box, this time into Gilmartin’s top corner as United took a 3-0 command.
The game was now only a matter of how many United would get and Neill Collins’ effort almost brought up number four.
Substitute James Beattie got his now traditional hero’s welcome as he came on for Evans and his effort was saved by Gilmartin from close range.
But the Irish goalie’s nightmare continued when Williamson staked his second.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Simonsen, Lowton, Collins, Maguire, Jean-Francois, Williamson, Doyle, McDonald, Quinn, Evans, Cresswell.
Subs: Montgomery, Beattie, Porter, Long, M Williams.
YEOVIL TOWN: Gilmartin, Ayling, Huntington, Ehmer, Dickson, A Williams, Upson, Wotton, G Williams, Obika, MacLean.
Subs: Jones, N’Gala, Agard, Massey, Stewart.
Don’t miss Star man James Shield’s expert analysis in Wednesday’s Star.