Second-half objectives from Patrick Bamford, Stuart Dallas and Raphinha lifted Leeds into the highest half of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Southampton.
Bamford netted his thirteenth objective of the season from Tyler Roberts’ flip and launch in midfield earlier than slotting previous Alex McCarthy when clear by way of lower than two minutes right into a second half they’d go on to dominate.
Earlier than the break, Southampton had loved the higher of the sport and had been initially awarded a penalty for Diego Llorente’s foul on Nathan Tella earlier than it was overturned by VAR, and within the remaining minute of the half Che Adams was denied a objective from a free-kick which had been taken earlier than Andre Marriner had blown his whistle.
However with Bamford’s objective behind them, Leeds secured their first win in three video games with a positive second from Dallas 12 minutes from time, earlier than Raphinha beat McCarthy direct from a free-kick (84) to maneuver the hosts as much as tenth, and exceed their whole factors tally from the final season they had been at this degree.
Leeds rise to event to see off Southampton
Leeds’ status because the Premier League’s high-intensity, all-action aspect appeared a extra acceptable description of Southampton within the early minutes, who ought to have led when Jannik Vestergaard was left unmarked to go a stunning James Ward-Prowse free-kick vast.
Tella, making his first Premier League begin, was a livewire from the off and fired straight on the goalkeeper after a brilliant run off the left, earlier than his subsequent foray into the world introduced a penalty from an alleged foul by Llorente.
However after visiting the VAR assessment monitor, referee Marriner overturned his preliminary choice, which might not be his solely second of controversy of the opening half.
After a sluggish begin Leeds grew into the match and noticed Roberts hearth over when well-placed and Liam Cooper’s rising effort from a free-kick turned over, earlier than Adams tucked residence Ward-Prowse’s fast free-kick solely to be denied as Marriner had blown his whistle marginally after the ball was first kicked.
Southampton had been left smarting on the break, however two minutes after half-time issues obtained far worse as Roberts was given time to show in midfield earlier than feeding Bamford, who had ghosted inside Jan Bednarek and beat McCarthy with a positive end.
He ought to have doubled their benefit quickly after however shot straight on the goalkeeper from close-range, earlier than Llorente’s effort from Raphinha’s pull-back was saved out by one other positive cease.
Southampton’s finest second-half alternative recreation by way of one other Vestergaard header. The defender related properly with Ward-Prowse’s nook, however noticed goalscorer Bamford flip defender to clear his shot off the road.
Leeds have grown a status for by no means letting up, and as Southampton pushed ahead for an equaliser they pounced. First substitute Douglas Costa squared for Dallas to neatly beat McCarthy from distance, earlier than Raphinha embarrassed the goalkeeper with a low free-kick he ought to have saved out.
A second half to neglect prolonged Southampton’s winless streak to eight video games – the longest within the division – whereas Leeds transfer onto 35 factors, 13 away from the relegation zone and probably 5 from a European spot.
Leeds are again on Sky Sports activities this weekend, internet hosting Aston Villa as a part of Saturday Night time Soccer on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 5pm; Kick-off at 5.30pm.
Southampton are additionally subsequent up on Monday Night time Soccer on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 7pm subsequent week; Kick-off at 8pm.