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

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Romeu prevented Raphinha including to his 4 targets this season with an excellent sliding deal with, however later went off injured

Patrick Bamford scored his 13th purpose of the season to assist Leeds finish a run of back-to-back defeats to increase Southampton’s personal winless run to a much more worrying eight matches.

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

A neat Stuart Dallas end from the sting of the field and Raphinha’s very good free-kick sealed the factors.

Previous to the opener Leeds had been considerably on the again foot, with Jan Vestegaard and Nathan Tella spurning good early probabilities for the Saints, who have been additionally aggrieved at two refereeing choices.

The primary was a penalty awarded on the pitch after Tella went down within the field, however rightly overruled with VAR displaying the ahead kicked defender Diego Llorente and never the opposite method spherical.

They have been extra sad {that a} shortly taken free-kick and Che Adams end that was dominated out, with Andre Marriner indicating that he had not blown his whistle to recommence play.

The house aspect might have all-but wrapped up the factors within the 5 minutes after the opener, however Roberts fired inches vast earlier than Bamford noticed a shot well-saved by Alex McCarthy.

The Saints goalkeeper additionally saved brilliantly along with his foot to cease Llorente scoring his first Leeds purpose from shut vary.

Danny Ings began on the bench for the Saints and was launched with half an hour to play to little impact.

To rub salt within the customer’s wounds, Oriol Romeu, who had earlier prevented Raphinha taking pictures after he had damaged away with an excellent sliding deal with, added to his aspect’s damage issues by limping off.

The win takes Leeds as much as 10th within the desk with 35 factors from their 25 video games. Southampton are 5 factors worse off and eight away from Fulham, whose type has been selecting up because the Saints’ has been crumbling.

First purpose essential as Leeds underline top-flight credentials

If Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints are to arrest the slide, they have to now achieve this on the street, with every of their subsequent three fixtures being away from St Mary’s – at Everton, Sheffield United and Manchester Metropolis.

They got here into this away fixture – billed by Hasenhuttl as their “most intense recreation” – with some confidence after taking a degree off Chelsea courtesy of a battling show.

They usually matched fireplace with fireplace early on, urgent excessive and forcing Leeds into quite a few errors on a slippery pitch Bamford described afterwards as extra like a winter wonderland than a Premier League floor.

Nevertheless, as the sport wore on and probabilities went begging, it was clear that the primary purpose could be essential.

Bamford’s low end – the primary really incisive strike of the sport – proved that, handing Leeds the momentum and including additional weight to the striker’s England case.

With Saints now pressured to commit extra males ahead in pursuit of a purpose, it left Leeds the house to take advantage of, which they did with aplomb.

Switching Raphinha to the left and changing Jack Harrison with Helder Costa gave the Saints full-backs a brand new downside they have been unable to unravel.

It was the substitute who arrange Dallas for the second purpose, which the Northern Irish worldwide dispatched with the tip of his boot.

And Raphinha added the icing with an excellent whipped free-kick into the underside nook after Costa had been dragged down on the sting of the field.

No one at Leeds will say so, however with 35 factors on the board they have to absolutely now be protected from making a right away return to the Championship.

Southampton nonetheless have work to do.

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

‘First half good, second half catastrophe’

Leeds supervisor Marcelo Bielsa tells BBC Sport: “The distinction of the three targets is completely different to the way it was between the 2 groups, even when I believe the victory was deserved. All through the sport it was troublesome to determine variations between the 2 groups. Even when we had a superb offensive recreation – we created double the probabilities they did – the dominance alternated.

“When the video games are so shut, the staff that scores first will get the benefit. It’s not definitive however has weight.

“Raphinha is a participant very mandatory as a result of he can unbalance groups by himself. Our recreation is predicated on mixtures and to have a participant who can mix and create in particular person actions, that is essential.”

Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl tells BBC Sport: “First half good, second half catastrophe.

“We deserved to lose right now as a result of within the second half we’ve not been enjoying what we ought to be towards this staff. Within the first half we confirmed we will compete as a staff, the second half balls in behind was inflicting us issues and that’s too straightforward. No likelihood to get one thing right here.

“They got here out and performed extra lengthy balls in behind however the timing for us was horrible, we obtained caught too many occasions. The closing down was troublesome within the second half and nothing labored fairly effectively. It was deserved, they killed us within the second half.”

No English participant has extra Premier League targets than Bamford

  • No English participant has scored extra Premier League targets this season than Patrick Bamford (13, degree with Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin).
  • Patrick Bamford has been straight concerned in additional targets in all competitions underneath Marcelo Bielsa than another Leeds participant (48 – 39 targets, 9 assists).
  • Tyler Roberts has registered two assists in his final three league appearances for Leeds, as many as he managed in his earlier 40.
  • Stuart Dallas has netted 5 Premier League targets this season for Leeds, solely as soon as earlier than managing extra in a single league marketing campaign (6 in 2014/15 for Brentford).
  • Leeds’ Stuart Dallas has scored 5 league targets this season, probably the most by a Northern Irishman within the Premier League since Gareth McAuley (six) in 2016-17.
  • Raphinha’s strike was Leeds’ first direct free-kick purpose within the Premier League March 2004, when Stephen McPhail scored towards Manchester Metropolis.
  • Leeds have scored 43 targets within the Premier League this season, final netting extra after 25 video games of a top-flight marketing campaign in 1991-92 once they received the First Division (48).
  • Southampton have misplaced seven of their final eight Premier League video games (D1), after struggling simply two defeats of their 15 earlier than that (W8 D5).
  • Leeds have stored clear sheets in consecutive house Premier League video games for the primary time since February 2003 (a run of 4).
  • Southampton have failed to attain in 4 of their final 5 away Premier League video games, as many goalless performances as they managed of their earlier 31on the street.

What subsequent?

Leeds have the prospect to overhaul Aston Villa within the desk once they host Dean Smith’s aspect on Saturday, 27 February (17:30 GMT). Southampton face three extra away video games on the bounce, beginning with the journey to Everton on Monday, 1 March (20:00).

Participant of the match

RaphinhaRaphinha

Leeds United

  1. Squad quantity18Participant titleRaphinha

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleBamford

  3. Squad quantity15Participant titleDallas

  4. Squad quantity1Participant titleMeslier

  5. Squad quantity17Participant titleHélder Costa

  6. Squad quantity6Participant titleCooper

  7. Squad quantity14Participant titleLlorente

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleAyling

  9. Squad quantity19Participant titlePablo Hernández

  10. Squad quantity11Participant titleRoberts

  11. Squad quantity21Participant titleStruijk

  12. Squad quantity10Participant titleAlioski

  13. Squad quantity43Participant titleKlich

  14. Squad quantity22Participant titleHarrison

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 1Meslier
  • 14Llorente
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Struijk
  • 15Dallas
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forHernándezat 75′minutes
  • 43KlichSubstituted forAlioskiat 59′minutes
  • 2Ayling
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forHélder Costaat 45′minutes
  • 9Bamford
  • 18RaphinhaBooked at 85minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Alioski
  • 13Casilla
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Hernández
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 35Cresswell
  • 47Jenkins
  • 49Casey
  • 52Huggins

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCarthy
  • 35Bednarek
  • 4VestergaardBooked at 26minutes
  • 22Salisu
  • 3Bertrand
  • 17Armstrong
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 6RomeuSubstituted forDjenepoat 70′minutesBooked at 83minutes
  • 23TellaSubstituted forMinaminoat 58′minutes
  • 10Adams
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forIngsat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stephens
  • 9Ings
  • 12Djenepo
  • 19Minamino
  • 31Ramsay
  • 40N’Lundulu
  • 44Forster
  • 64Jankewitz
  • 72Chauke

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