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Southampton 0-2 Leeds United: Patrick Bamford scores 16th Premier League goal of the season

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford's opener helped ensure Leeds will finish in the top half of the Premier League table

Patrick Bamford's 16th Premier League goal of the season helped Leeds United defeat Southampton in front of 8,000 fans at St Mary's Stadium.

Bamford, who had earlier missed a chance when he only had goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to beat, flicked the ball into the net following Rodrigo's ball over the Saints defence.

Leeds added a second in injury time when Bamford's strike was parried by McCarthy, with Tyler Roberts converting the rebound.

Southampton's best chance came early on but Che Adams' header was tipped over by Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

The victory takes Leeds up above Arsenal and Everton into eighth and guarantees Marcelo Bielsa's side a top-10 finish.

Southampton remain 14th in the Premier League with one game of the season remaining.

Leeds continue fantastic season

Bamford's goal, where he squeezed his shot past McCarthy from a tight angle, was a rare moment of quality in a scrappy, but entertaining match on a day where fans returned to Premier League grounds.

This was only the third time supporters had been at a Southampton home game in 2020-21, after 2,000 of them watched the 3-0 win over Sheffield United on 13 December and then the 1-0 loss to Manchester City six days later.

But they went home disappointed as Bamford scored one and made one to continue Leeds' fantastic season.

After winning the Championship in 2019-20, which ended a 16-season absence from the top flight, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds side have won many admirers with their attacking brand of football.

This win means they could become only the 15th team since the Premier League started in 1992-93 to finish in the top nine after winning promotion the previous season.

And the season could even end in European qualification, although they need results to go their way.

If Leeds gain a big win at home against West Brom, seventh-placed West Ham lose both of their last two games and Everton and Arsenal do not record another win, then Bielsa's side can grab seventh and a spot in next season's newly-formed Europa Conference League.

For 27-year-old Bamford, uncapped by England, a fine season has now taken him joint-fifth in the Premier League goal charts, only behind Tottenham's Harry Kane, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (both on 22 goals), Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes (18 goals) and Tottenham's Son Heung-min (17 goals).

Fans create great atmosphere, but visitors triumph

Despite a downpour just before kick-off, the game began in bright sunshine on the south coast and the spectators helped create a great atmosphere.

Leeds goalkeeper Casilla was handed only his second Premier League start, while Bielsa kept his pre-match promise and left out Germany defender Robin Koch and Poland midfielder Mateusz Klich as they prepare for this summer's delayed Euro 2020.

Casilla was instantly called into the action as he had to tip over a header from Adams in only the second minute.

Before the game, it was announced that Theo Walcott had agreed to sign for the Saints on a two-year permanent contract when his loan deal from Everton finishes and the ex-England winger had a good chance to open the scoring.

He took the ball around Casilla in the penalty area, although the Spaniard forced him wide - and from a tight angle Walcott had to pass, with no Southampton player on the end of his cross.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl brought on top scorer Danny Ings at half-time and James Ward-Prowse, who received the Player of the Year award before the game, skimmed the crossbar at the start of the second half.

Leeds did not have a shot on target in the first half, but grew into the game after the break and gave Saints a warning when Bamford burst through and was one-on-one with McCarthy only to take the ball too wide and run out of room.

The striker then collided with Southampton's Mohammed Salisu and needed treatment, but he recovered and then steered in the game's first goal, through McCarthy's legs, in the 73rd minute.

Ings, like Bamford a contender for England's Euro 2020 squad this summer, had a chance to grab an equaliser but missed and the hosts were caught on the counter-attack with McCarthy parring Bamford's strike for Roberts to grab his first goal of the season in injury time.

'A massive moment for everyone'

Southampton 0-2 Leeds: Ralph Hasenhuttl 'not unhappy' with performance

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, on the return of fans, said: "It was absolutely amazing for me. When I was coming out at the beginning of the game, it was an impressive view to see them sitting there.

"It looked very full although there were only 8,000, but unbelievable. A massive moment for everyone. We really tried to give them a win because they've been fantastic and supported us until the end.

"We did forget how good it felt to have them back and how good it feels to see them. It definitely gives us something we can look forward to next season."

On the result, Hasenhuttl added: "An expected tough game with a very good first half from us but without a goal.

"We cannot play better than we did in the first half. I didn't have the feeling that we gave a lot of chances away in the second half but they had another gear that we didn't have."

Southampton 0-2 Leeds: Bielsa 'very happy' for Roberts after late goal

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa on Patrick Bamford: "Patrick had a very generous performance with a lot of effort and he's had a season in which he's shone. I'm sure he'll be very positive about the campaign he's had, be what may.

"Everything he's achieved this season is because of the dedication and effort that he's put in to show off his abilities."

On Roberts' first Premier League goal, Bielsa added: "I was happy he scored because he had played many games and hadn't managed to do it.

"The team in the second half looked a lot more like the team that it is."

Leeds impress on the road again - the stats

  • Southampton lost their final home league game of a campaign for only the third time in the past 16 seasons (won nine, drew four), also doing so in 2016-17 against Stoke and 2017-18 against Manchester City.
  • Leeds have won 10 or more away games in a single top-flight campaign for the first time since 1973-74, when they won 12 on the way to winning the title.
  • Southampton are without a clean sheet in their past 10 home league games (15 goals conceded) after keeping shutouts in six of the eight before that.
  • Leeds are only the second promoted team to win 10 Premier League away games in a single season (10), and the first to do so since Nottingham Forest in 1994-95 (10 in total).
  • Leeds are only the second team in Premier League history to finish a campaign without a single away draw (won 10, lost nine), after Tottenham in 2018-19.
  • Leeds striker Patrick Bamford's haul of 16 goals Premier League goals this season is the most by a player for a promoted side in a top-flight season since Charlie Austin's 18 for QPR in 2014-15.
  • Bamford is the first player to score 10 Premier League goals away from home in a single season for a newly promoted club since Andy Johnson for Crystal Palace in 2004-05.
  • Leeds sub Tyler Roberts scored his first-ever Premier League goal in his 27th appearance in the competition.
  • Alex McCarthy made his 100th Premier League appearance for Southampton, just the third goalkeeper to hit that milestone for Saints after Paul Jones (193) and Fraser Forster (115).

What's next?

The final day of the Premier League season is on Sunday and Southampton visit a West Ham side hoping to secure European football.

Leeds will have fans at Elland Road for the first time since March 2020 when they entertain already relegated West Bromwich Albion.

Player of the match

BamfordPatrick Bamford

with an average of 8.23

Southampton

  1. Squad number17Player nameArmstrong
    Average rating

    5.68

  2. Squad number23Player nameTella
    Average rating

    5.44

  3. Squad number4Player nameVestergaard
    Average rating

    5.40

  4. Squad number9Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    5.36

  5. Squad number2Player nameWalker-Peters
    Average rating

    5.30

  6. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
    Average rating

    5.27

  7. Squad number8Player nameWard-Prowse
    Average rating

    5.21

  8. Squad number10Player nameAdams
    Average rating

    5.08

  9. Squad number1Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    5.07

  10. Squad number32Player nameWalcott
    Average rating

    5.00

  11. Squad number5Player nameStephens
    Average rating

    4.95

  12. Squad number12Player nameDjenepo
    Average rating

    4.84

  13. Squad number27Player nameDiallo
    Average rating

    4.26

  14. Squad number11Player nameRedmond
    Average rating

    4.17

Leeds United

  1. Squad number9Player nameBamford
    Average rating

    8.23

  2. Squad number18Player nameRaphinha
    Average rating

    7.97

  3. Squad number15Player nameDallas
    Average rating

    7.77

  4. Squad number21Player nameStruijk
    Average rating

    7.69

  5. Squad number22Player nameHarrison
    Average rating

    7.68

  6. Squad number20Player nameRodrigo
    Average rating

    7.67

  7. Squad number28Player nameBerardi
    Average rating

    7.64

  8. Squad number11Player nameRoberts
    Average rating

    7.60

  9. Squad number14Player nameLlorente
    Average rating

    7.54

  10. Squad number23Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    7.53

  11. Squad number2Player nameAyling
    Average rating

    7.49

  12. Squad number10Player nameAlioski
    Average rating

    7.38

  13. Squad number6Player nameCooper
    Average rating

    6.97

  14. Squad number13Player nameKiko Casilla
    Average rating

    6.59

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 5Stephens
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 22Salisu
  • 32WalcottSubstituted forDialloat 78'minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 17Armstrong
  • 12Djenepo
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forIngsat 45'minutes
  • 23TellaSubstituted forRedmondat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ings
  • 11Redmond
  • 14Obafemi
  • 19Minamino
  • 27Diallo
  • 35Bednarek
  • 40N'Lundulu
  • 44Forster
  • 47Ferry

Leeds

Formation 3-3-3-1

  • 13Casilla
  • 2Ayling
  • 6Cooper
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forBerardiat 45'minutes
  • 15DallasBooked at 56mins
  • 10Alioski
  • 23PhillipsBooked at 34minsSubstituted forStruijkat 45'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 20RodrigoSubstituted forRobertsat 78'minutes
  • 18Raphinha
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 7Poveda-Ocampo
  • 11Roberts
  • 19Hernández
  • 21Struijk
  • 24Davis
  • 28Berardi
  • 46Shackleton
  • 47Jenkins
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
7,291

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 0, Leeds United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Leeds United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raphinha (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 0, Leeds United 2. Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyler Roberts.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Stephens (Southampton) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohammed Salisu.

  8. Post update

    Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ibrahima Diallo.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

  13. Post update

    Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Harrison (Leeds United).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Jannik Vestergaard tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker-Peters is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Tyler Roberts (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Tyler Roberts tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

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