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

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
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 13th 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 earlier 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 10th in the table with 35 points from their 25 games. Southampton are five points worse off and eight clear of Fulham, whose form has been picking up as the Saints' has been crumbling.

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 into 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 striker'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.

And 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 35 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
Bielsa praise for goalscorer Raphinha

'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."

First half good, second half disaster - Hasenhuttl

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 (13, 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 (48 - 39 goals, 9 assists).
  • Tyler Roberts has registered two assists in his last three league appearances for Leeds, as many as he managed in his previous 40.
  • Stuart Dallas has netted five Premier League goals this season for Leeds, only once before managing more in a single league campaign (6 in 2014/15 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 2016-17.
  • Raphinha's strike was Leeds' first direct free-kick goal in the Premier League March 2004, when Stephen McPhail scored against Manchester City.
  • Leeds have scored 43 goals in the Premier League this season, last netting more after 25 games of a top-flight campaign in 1991-92 when they won the First Division (48).
  • Southampton have lost seven of their last eight Premier League games (D1), after suffering just two defeats in their 15 before that (W8 D5).
  • Leeds have kept clean sheets in consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since February 2003 (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 31on the road.

What next?

Leeds have the chance to overtake Aston Villa in the table when they host Dean Smith's side on Saturday, 27 February (17:30 GMT). Southampton face three more away games on the bounce, starting with the trip to Everton on Monday, 1 March (20:00).

Player of the match

RaphinhaRaphinha

with an average of 8.86

Leeds United

  1. Squad number18Player nameRaphinha
    Average rating

    8.86

  2. Squad number9Player nameBamford
    Average rating

    8.33

  3. Squad number15Player nameDallas
    Average rating

    8.16

  4. Squad number1Player nameMeslier
    Average rating

    7.76

  5. Squad number17Player nameHélder Costa
    Average rating

    7.61

  6. Squad number6Player nameCooper
    Average rating

    7.49

  7. Squad number14Player nameLlorente
    Average rating

    7.49

  8. Squad number2Player nameAyling
    Average rating

    7.23

  9. Squad number19Player namePablo Hernández
    Average rating

    7.20

  10. Squad number11Player nameRoberts
    Average rating

    7.17

  11. Squad number21Player nameStruijk
    Average rating

    7.16

  12. Squad number10Player nameAlioski
    Average rating

    6.88

  13. Squad number43Player nameKlich
    Average rating

    6.79

  14. Squad number22Player nameHarrison
    Average rating

    6.63

Southampton

  1. Squad number6Player nameOriol Romeu
    Average rating

    5.42

  2. Squad number17Player nameArmstrong
    Average rating

    4.86

  3. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    4.79

  4. Squad number1Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    4.79

  5. Squad number4Player nameVestergaard
    Average rating

    4.70

  6. Squad number23Player nameTella
    Average rating

    4.59

  7. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    4.41

  8. Squad number10Player nameAdams
    Average rating

    4.31

  9. Squad number3Player nameBertrand
    Average rating

    4.29

  10. Squad number35Player nameBednarek
    Average rating

    4.21

  11. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
    Average rating

    4.04

  12. Squad number19Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    4.04

  13. Squad number9Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    3.95

  14. Squad number12Player nameDjenepo
    Average rating

    3.81

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 85mins

Substitutes

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

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

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

Substitutes

  • 5Stephens
  • 9Ings
  • 12Djenepo
  • 19Minamino
  • 31Ramsay
  • 40N'Lundulu
  • 44Forster
  • 64Jankewitz
  • 72Chauke
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 3, Southampton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Southampton 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hélder Costa (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Raphinha.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Ayling (Leeds United).

  12. Booking

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

  13. Goal!

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Djenepo (Southampton).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Hélder Costa (Leeds United).

  20. Post update

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

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