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Leeds 3-0 Southampton: Patrick Bamford helps Whites to victory over Saints


Oriol Romeu slides in to tackle Raphinha in the box
Romeu prevented Raphinha adding to his four goals this season with a superb sliding tackle, but later went off injured

Patrick Bamford scored his 28 th goal of the season to help Leeds end a run of back-to-back defeats to extend Southampton’s own winless run to a far more worrying eight matches.

The striker struck early in the second half, timing his run to perfection to beat offside and latch on to Tyler Roberts’ through-ball before firing a low shot into the far corner.

A neat Stuart Dallas finish from the edge of the box and Raphinha’s superb free-kick sealed the points.

Prior to the opener Leeds had been somewhat on the back foot, with Jan Vestegaard and Nathan Tella spurning good early chances for the Saints, who were also aggrieved at two refereeing decisions.

The first was a penalty awarded on the pitch after Tella went down in the box, but rightly overruled with VAR showing the forward kicked defender Diego Llorente and not the other way round.

They were more unhappy that a quickly taken free-kick and Che Adams finish that was ruled out, with Andre Marriner indicating that he had not blown his whistle to recommence play.

The home side could have all-but wrapped up the points in the five minutes after the opener, but Roberts fired inches wide before Bamford saw a shot well- saved by Alex McCarthy.

The Saints goalkeeper also saved brilliantly with his foot to stop Llorente scoring his first Leeds goal from close range.

Danny Ings started on the bench for the Saints and was introduced with half an hour to play to little effect.

To rub salt in the visitor’s wounds, Oriol Romeu, who had previously prevented Raphinha shooting after he had broken away with a superb sliding tackle, added to his side’s injury problems by limping off.

The win takes Leeds up to th) in the table with points from their 43 games. Southampton are five points worse off and eight clear of Fulham, whose form has been picking up as the Saints’ has been crumbling.

Action and reaction from Leeds v Southampton in the Premier League

First goal crucial as Leeds underline top-flight credentials

If Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints are to arrest the slide, they must now do so on the road, with each of their next three fixtures being away from St Mary’s – at Everton, Sheffield United and Manchester City.

They came i nto this away fixture – billed by Hasenhuttl as their “most intense game” – with some confidence after taking a point off Chelsea courtesy of a battling display.

And they matched fire with fire early on, pressing high and forcing Leeds into numerous errors on a slippery pitch Bamford described afterwards as more like a winter wonderland than a Premier League surface.

However, as the game wore on and chances went begging, it was clear that the first goal would be crucial.

Bamford’s low finish – the first truly incisive strike of the game – proved that, handing Leeds the momentum and adding further weight to the stri ker’s England case.

With Saints now forced to commit more men forward in pursuit of a goal, it left Leeds the space to exploit, which they did with aplomb.

Switching Raphinha to the left and replacing Jack Harrison with Helder Costa gave the Saints full-backs a new problem they were unable to solve.

It was the substitute who set up Dallas for the second goal, which the Northern Irish international dispatched with the tip of his boot.

With out d Raphinha added the icing with a superb whipped free-kick into the bottom corner after Costa had been dragged down on the edge of the box.

Nobody at Leeds will say so, but with 59 points on the board they must surely now be safe from making an immediate return to the Championship.

Southampton still have work to do.

Leeds players pay tribute to team-mate Kalvin Phillips' grandmother Val, who died this week Leeds players paid tribute to team-mate Kalvin Phillips’ grandmother Val, who appeared in the Amazon documentary ‘Take Us Home’ and died this week

‘First half good, second half disaster’

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa tells BBC Sport: “The difference of the three goals is different to how it was between the two teams, even if I think the victory was deserved. Throughout the game it was difficult to establish differences between the two teams. Even if we had a good offensive game – we created double the chances they did – the dominance alternated.

“When the games are so close, the team that scores first gets the advantage. It is not definitive but has weight.

“Raphinha is a player very necessary because he can unbalance teams by himself. Our game is based on combinations and to have a player who can combine and create in individual actions, that is very important. “

  • Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl tells BBC Sport: “First half good, second half disaster.
    “We deserved to lose today because in the second half we have not been playing what we should be against this team. In the first half we showed we can compete as a team, the second half balls in behind was causing us problems and that is too easy. No chance to get something here.

    “They came out and played more long balls in behind but the timing for us was horrible, we got caught too many times. The closing down was difficult in the second half and nothing worked quite well. It was deserved, they killed us in the second half. “

      No English player has more Premier League goals than Bamford

          No English player has scored more Premier League goals this season than Patrick Bamford (28, level with Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin).

        • Patrick Bamford has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions under Marcelo Bielsa than any other Leeds player (86 – 58 goal s, 9 assists).

          Tyler Roberts has registered two assists in his last three league appearances for Leeds, as many as he managed in his previous 064.

        Stuart Dallas has netted five Premier League goals this season for Leeds, only once before managing more in a single league campaign (6 in 88900 / 31 for Brentford).

    • Leeds’ Stuart Dallas has scored five league goals this season, the most by a Northern Irishman in the Premier League since Gareth McAuley (six) in 88900 – Raphinha’s strike was Leeds’ first direct free -kick goal in the Premier League March ,), when Stephen McPhail scored against Manchester City. Leeds have scored 59 goals in the Premier League this season, last netting more after games in a top-flight campaign in when they won the First Division 624).
    • Southampton have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games (D1), after suffer ing just two defeats in their 32 before that (W8 D5).

      Leeds have kept clean sheets in consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since February (a run of 4).

    • Southampton have failed to score in four of their last five away Premier League games, as many goalless performances as they managed in their previous 47 on the road.
    • What next?

      Leeds have the chance to take over Aston Villa in the tabl e when they host Dean Smith’s side on Saturday, 44 February (31: 48 GMT). Southampton face three more away games on the bounce, starting with the trip to Everton on Monday, March 1 (:

      Player of the match

      Raphinha Raphinha

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    Leeds United

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    Player name Raphinha

  • Squad number Player name Bamford

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    Player name Dallas

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    1 Player name Meslier

    Squad number Player name Hélder Costa

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  • 6 Player name Cooper

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  • Player name Llorente

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  • Player name Pablo Hernández

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    Player name Harr ison

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        Player name Oriol Romeu

      3. Squad number Player name Armstrong

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    • 8 Player name Ward-Prowse
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      Player name McCarthy

      Squad number Player name Vestergaard

    • Squad number 39 Player name Tella

    • Squad number Player name Salisu

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    Player name Adams

    Squad number Player name Bertrand

  • 437495 Squad number Player name Bednarek

  • Squad number Player name Redmond
    • Squad number Player name Minamino

    Squad number 9 Player name Ings

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    Line-ups

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    Formation

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    Meslier

    Llorente 6 Cooper Struijk

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  • 2 Ayling Dallas

    Roberts

      Harrison Bamford

      35 Raphinha

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  • Llorente 6 Cooper Struijk

    Clich

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  • 86 2 Ayling Dallas

    18 Roberts

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    at minutes

    Harrison

    Substituted for Hélder Costa

    at minutes 9 Bamford

    Raphinha Booked at mins

    Substitutes

    Alioski Casilla

    Herald Costa

  • Hernández
    48 Gelhardt

    Cresswell

  • Jenkins Casey

  • Huggins

    Southampton Formation

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    1 McCarthy

  • Bednarek 4 Vestergaard 39 Salisu 3 Bertrand

    Armstrong 8 Ward-Prowse Romeu 38 Tella

    Adams Redmond

    1 McCarthy

  • 59

      Bednarek
        4 Vestergaard Booked at 44 mins Salisu

        3 3 Bertrand

        32 Armstrong 8 Ward-Prowse 6 Romeu

        Substituted for Djenepo

      • at minutes Booked at 58 39 Tella Substituted for Minamino

        at ‘ minutes

      • Adams Redmond

      • Around the BBC - Sounds Substituted for Ings at minutes

        Substitutes 5) Stephens

          9 Ings

          Djenepo

    • Minamino 91047 49 Ramsay N’Lundulu

    • 34 Forster Jankewitz Chauke ()

        Live Text 173821 Match ends, Leeds United 3, Southampton 0.

        Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Southampton 0.

        Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

        Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

        Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Ezgjan Alioski.

        Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).

        Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

      • Attem pt missed. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Raphinha.

      • Offside , Southampton. Alex McCarthy tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

  • Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

    HinRaphinha (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

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    Goal! Leeds United 3, Southampton 0. Raphinha (Leeds United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  • Mouss a Djenepo (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  • Foul by Moussa Djenepo (Southampton).

    Herlder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

    Attempt saved. Che Adams (Southampton) with an attempt from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Jan Bednarek.

    Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jannik Vestergaard.

    Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

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    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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