Leeds' Bamford and Roberts spoil party mood at Southampton

Goals from Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts helped Marcelo Biesla's men claim all three points and also confirm a a top-half finish on its return to the top flight.

Leeds United players celebrate after scoring the second goal against Southampton on Tuesday.   -  AP

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts scored late on to spoil the party for Southampton fans as the visitors claimed a 2-0 victory in the Premier League match played in front of 8,000 supporters on Tuesday.

The Saints fans marched back into St Mary’s Stadium full of enthusiasm after relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, but after a poor first half from Leeds, Bamford broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute when he beat the offside trap from Rodrigo’s pass and steered the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Leeds scored its second in added time as its quick break caught Southampton without numbers in defence and Roberts scored his first goal of the season.

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Saints’ James Ward-Prowse struck the frame of the goal with a wicked, dipping 30-yard free-kick early in the second half before Leeds’ first shot on target from Raphinha forced an excellent fingertip save from McCarthy.

Bamford should have put the Yorkshire side in front when he ghosted in behind the home defence and was left with McCarthy to beat, but the keeper forced him wide.

Leeds climbed to eighth place on 56 points from 37 games and ensured a top-half finish on its return to the Premier League, while Southampton stayed in 14th with 43 points.

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