Southampton – Leeds was an entertaining end-to-end duel as the away team won thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts, scoring a top 10 result.
The Saints by Ralph Hasenhuttl got close several times when fans first returned to St Mary in 2021, 8,000 of them, but Leeds looked increasingly dangerous.
Bamford showed up late to sneak a shot home and the substitute came on Tyler Roberts made it 2-0 in stoppage time. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have now won three games in a row and scored 56 points in their first season in the Premier League. You still have a chance from outside to secure the European qualification.
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1. The Saints are sharp early on: Having the full compliment of strikers available made a huge difference for Southampton late in the season. After her injury problems, Hasenhuttl was to the bone. But he had the luxury of getting Danny Ings off the bench as he flipped his wingers around and the Saints looked sharp and fresh across the board. They could easily have made it into the top 10 this season if their best attackers had been fit, but they ran out of steam in the second half.
2. Bielsa’s boys grow up without a key player: having rested after Illan Meslier and Robin Koch and Mateusz Klich had time to prepare for their national teams this summer, Bielsa was without some key players. Kalvin Phillips was also sent off at halftime and with a top 10 result, Bielsa is right to look at some of his squad players when making decisions for the next season. Leeds have shown great talent for winning games over the course of the season.
3. Bamford to do it again: With 16 Premier League goals this season, Bamford has flown under the radar. The somewhat unfashionable striker somehow snuck a shot on the near post home and after a few good chances put away the most difficult one. Bamford may not be called up by England this summer, but its importance to Leeds is clear.
Southampton started bright when Che Adams knocked a header off Kiko Casilla while Nathan Tella and Stuart Armstrong looked lively as Leeds for a while needed to get started.
Theo Walcott and Armstrong both had chances when the Saints dominated, while Leeds occasionally posed a threat at break when Stuart Dallas pulled a shot out of the way.
Adams was again by Casilla rejected and Tella turned around as the hosts, supported by the exuberant 8,000 fans, pushed hard for a start.
Danny Ings came at halftime and the outstanding Ward-Prowse then hit the corner of the crossbar and the post when the captain of the saints was just inches from the scoring opening.
Alex McCarthy then denied Dallas with a delicate fingertip as the Leeds veteran headed toward the top corner e shot.
Bamford was then played brilliantly by Rodrigo, but McCarthy did well to turn him down at the near post. Leeds’ top scorer was then overplayed, but McCarthy did just enough to put him off at the crucial moment.
Ward-Prowse had blocked a shot when the game opened in the closing stages. Jack Stephens headed a cross off the line and then McCarthy denied Alisoki.
Bamford gave Leeds a lead late when he was over-fed and somehow snuck a shot home on the near post.
The Saints had chances when Ings shot one shot wide and Nathan Redmond hit the target twice. Jack Stephens should have made it 1-1 but then Leeds took a break in added time through Tyler Roberts to win after a professional performance.