Second-half goals from Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas and Raphinha propelled Leeds to the top half of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Southampton.
Bamford scored his 13th goal of the season on lap and with Tyler Roberts exiting midfield before overtaking Alex McCarthy as he was clean less than two minutes into a second half they would continue to dominate .
Before the break, Southampton had enjoyed the best of the game and initially received a penalty for Diego Llorente’s foul on Nathan Tella before she was knocked down by VAR, and in the last minute of the half, Che Adams was refused a goal from a free kick. kick that had been taken before Andre Marriner whistled.
But with Bamford’s goal behind them, Leeds claimed their first victory in three games with a fine second from Dallas with 12 minutes remaining, before Raphinha beat McCarthy straight from a free kick (84) to pass the hosts through. in 10th and surpassing their point total from last season, they were at that level.
Leeds is an opportunity to see off Southampton
Leeds’ reputation as a high intensity and action team in the Premier League seemed a more apt description of Southampton in the opening minutes, which should have led when Jannik Vestergaard went unmarked to lead a magnificent shot James Ward-Prowse Frank.
Tella, who was making his first Premier League start, was a livewire from the start and shot straight at the goalkeeper after a brilliant run to the left, before his next foray into the area resulted in a penalty for an alleged foul from Llorente.
But after visiting the VAR Exam Monitor, referee Marriner overturned his original ruling, which wouldn’t be his only controversial first-half moment.
After a slow start Leeds turned into the match and saw Roberts shoot when well placed and Liam Cooper’s increasing effort on a returned free kick, before Adams returned Ward-Prowse’s quick free kick to be denied then that Marriner had blown. his whistle lightly after the first kick of the ball.
Southampton were left uncomfortable at the break but two minutes after half-time things got worse as Roberts had time to turn around in midfield before feeding Bamford, who had ghosted at the interior of Jan Bednarek and beat McCarthy with a nice finish.
He should have doubled their advantage shortly thereafter, but shot straight at the goalkeeper from close range, before Llorente’s effort on Raphinha’s withdrawal was hampered by another save.
Southampton’s best opportunity game in the second half thanks to another Vestergaard header. The defender integrated Ward-Prowse’s corner well, but saw striker Bamford become a defender to clear his shot off the line.
Leeds built a reputation for never letting go, and as Southampton pushed forward for the equalizer, they leapt up. First substitute Douglas Costa faced Dallas to intelligently beat McCarthy from afar, before Raphinha embarrassed the goalkeeper with a low free kick he should have prevented.
A second half to forget extended Southampton’s winless streak to eight games – the longest in the division – as Leeds jump to 35 points, 13 out of the relegation zone and potentially five from ‘a European place.
What the managers said …
Leeds Director Marcelo Bielsa: “The difference between the two teams was not as big as the score. It was a hotly contested game, even though our attacking game was better than the opponent’s.
“We created double their chances, but the pace of the game was very intense, very volatile.”
Saying that he would not consider alternatives to Leeds until his ‘job is done’, Bielsa added: “I just wanted to reflect that when there is a third of the league left to play, many games can offer conclusions that perhaps influence the final decisions.
“I don’t want to put myself in an advantageous position over the club in any way. If the club offers me an extra time and I delay it, it seems the club is more interested in me than me, and that is not the case. “
Southampton boss Ralph hasenhuttl: “It’s the same old story, especially in the second half of the season, we have chances, we do not score, and there are a few moments when I think the goal was played a second too early.
“It’s hard to take at the moment but I have to say it was a deserved win for Leeds, they had more energy in the second half. I don’t know why, normally we are a very energetic team, but we’ve given up – and that’s what I don’t like, that’s not how we want to defend and fight them.
“What we can’t do is play one-on-one all over the pitch because they are the strongest. As long as we were defending together and were engaged we had everything under control. In the second half we were were tense. “
Man of the Match – Raphinha
Although Raphinha barely got a kick in the opening half hour at Elland Road, once he was denied the opening goal by world-class tackle Oriel Romeu, it became his own. .
The decision to move him to the left wing against a Bednarek out of position at half-time, however, made the real difference and he ended up providing the most important passes (4) of any player on the pitch, creating great chances for Llorente and Bamford.
Although they failed to add to Leeds’ advantage, he didn’t – and with his late free kick he is now only behind Ward-Prowse (4) in goals scored from outside the penalty area this season (3).
- Leeds have scored 43 Premier League goals this season, the latest scoring more after 25 games in a top-level campaign in 1991-92 when they won the Premier League (48).
- Southampton have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games (D1), having suffered just two losses in their 15 before that (W8 D5).
- Leeds have kept their own sheets in back-to-back Premier League home games for the first time since February 2003 (a streak of 4).
- Southampton have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League away games, as many scoreless performances as they have managed in their last 31 road games.
- No English player has scored more Premier League goals this season than Patrick Bamford (13, tied 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 (48 – 39 goals, 9 assists).
Leeds is back Sky Sports this weekend, welcome Aston Villa as part of Saturday night football sure Sky Sports Premier League starting at 17h; Kick-off at 5.30 p.m.
Southampton is also next on Monday night football sure Sky Sports Premier League from 7 p.m. next week; Kick-off at 8 p.m.