Leeds ran riot in the second-half at a gusty Elland Road this evening and recorded their 200th Premier League win after a sixteen year absence from the top-flight of English football.
The Whites had no real sightings of goal in the first-half hampered mainly by the bare Elland Road surface which found players often losing their footing. Leeds’ expansive, fluid style of play doesn’t bode well with the Elland Road pitch with that being pivotal at times in Leeds’ downfall at Elland Road.
Prior to tonight’s encounter between Leeds and the Hampshire outfit, Patrick Bamford live video called local students from Beeston Primary school as part of a brilliant initiative from the Leeds forward which saw him fork out £5000 to fund for essential technology like IPADS to ensure students were able to complete their home-learning.
Raphinha had a gilt-edged opportunity which the Brazilian squandered just before the interval. Stuart Dallas sprayed the ball down the left flank which left Raphinha one-on-one with Alex McCarthy but putting on the after-burners was Oriol Romeu, who produced a critical interception; executed to perfection, Romeu slid in and prodded the ball into the hands of the Saints Shot-stopper, cries of a pass-back were quickly dismissed by Andre Marriner.
Galvanised at half-time by the substitute of Helder Costa, Leeds took the lead courtesy of a calm and collected Patrick Bamford, his thirteenth of the season. Tyler Roberts played a through-ball which Bamford latched onto leaving Vestergaard in his wake before planting his strike to the bottom right of McArthy’s goal.
The first goal came as huge relief for the Whites as it compelled the Saints to come and play as opposed to inviting pressure.
The Whites quickly sought a second and their drive and tenacious attitude paid dividens when Stuart Dallas did exactly that. The Northern-Irishman generated enough speed and precision from his toe-poke to find the back of the net and deceive the Southampton back-line.
Raphinha then wrapped up a valuable three points for the boys in white when his free-kick beat MCarthy and put Leeds on course to achieve their landmark 200th Pl win.
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