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.
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.