Southampton 0 Leeds United 2: Tyler Roberts nets milestone strike as Whites shine at St Mary's

PATRICK Bamford's 16th goal of the season and a first Premier League strike for Tyler Roberts gave Leeds United yet another impressive victory at Tuesday's hosts Southampton.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 9:59 am

The Saints made a strong start but Leeds eventually began to dominate and went ahead in the 73rd minute as a sublime through ball from Rodrigo picked out Bamford who produced a neat finish from a tight angle to beat 'keeper Alex McCarthy.

Southampton looked to respond but Leeds and keeper Kiko Casilla held firm and the Whites made sure of victory when Roberts finished off a rapid counter in the 95th minute.

The Saints went close after just three minutes when Casilla was forced to tip a Che Adams header over the bar as the Spaniard was handed an outing in goal.

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FLYING: Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford celebrates his opener against Southampton at St Mary's. Photo by Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images.

Casilla then survived when racing off his line in the 17th minute but failing to gather the ball as returning captain Liam Cooper headed clear Theo Walcott's cross.

United's first chance arrived in the 24th minute but Stuart Dallas fired wide from just inside the area.

Diego Llorente sent a header well wide from a Kalvin Phillips corner shortly after but Casilla was again forced to save an Adams effort in the 37th time, this time pushing a low shot around the post.

Casilla completely missed the corner but Nathan Tella could only fire over the bar and a curled effort from United's Rodrigo was also sent over just before the break.

The crossbar then denied the Saints two minutes after the restart as a terrific free-kick from James Ward-Prowse clipped the angle of crossbar and post.

Dallas was then denied a stunning strike as McCarthy tipped his volley just wide.

A glorious pass from Raphinha then sent Bamford clear just before the hour mark and the Whites no 9 rounded McCarthy who made contact but Bamford stayed on his feet and took the ball too near the touchline to convert.

Gjanni Alioski then saw a powerful shot saved by McCarthy from a Raphinha cutback but Leeds finally took the lead in the 73rd minute as Rodrigo's gorgeous pass played in Bamford who supplied a smart finish to beat McCarthy from a tight angle.

Raphinha looked to have doubled the Whites advantage in the 84th minute but Leeds were offside.

Saints substitute Nathan Redmond then went close in the 88th minute but hit the side netting.

Southampton were then given six minutes to find an equaliser and a thunderous effort from Danny Ings flew wide.

Jack Stephens then put a close range header straight at Casilla and less than one minute late Leeds bagged their second goal of the game through a rapid counter finished off by Roberts.

Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Vestergaard, Salisu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Djenepo, Tella (Redmond 70), Adams (Ings 46), Walcott (Diallo 78). Subs not used: Forster, Bednarek, Diallo, Ferry, Minamino, Redmond, Obafemi, Nlundulu.

Leeds United: Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente (Berardi 46), Alioski, Phillips (Struijk 46), Dallas, Harrison, Rodrigo (Roberts 78), Raphinha, Bamford. Subs not used: Meslier, Davis, Jenkins, Shackleton, Roberts, Poveda, Hernandez.

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Thank you Laura Collins