The home side dominated the first half, with their high pressing causing Leeds a lot of problems. Che Adams tested Kiko Casilla between the sticks early on with an excellent header which the keeper reacted to very well to make a quick diving save.
Southampton may have got the better of the first 45’, but they didn’t put it to good use. In the second half, things evened out and Leeds started to assert themselves, especially with Gaetano Berardi returning to the field for his Premier League debut.
Premier League defender Gaetano Berardi! pic.twitter.com/A1SCOA2anu— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 18, 2021
Bamford had Leeds’ first real chance of the game as he latched on to a wonderful long pass from Raphinha. Bamford managed to round the keeper but took some soft contact that put him off balance. Bamford stayed on his feet and the angle closed too tight to score.
Patrick Bamford did manage to get his goal with around 15 minutes to go as Rodrigo lifted the ball over the top of the Saints defence into Bamford who managed to slip the ball off the inside of the keeper’s leg from a tight angle to grab his 16th goal of the season.
Leeds had a Raphinha goal ruled out for offside before Tyler Roberts sealed the win with his first Premier League goal. He was put through by a great pass from Raphinha, but he took too long on his first attempt. The ball dropped for Bamford whose shot was blocked back into the path of Roberts who tucked the ball away.
Tyler Roberts getting all the love at full-time from Luke Ayling after scoring his first PL goal for Leeds pic.twitter.com/a3m95Bl3YN— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 18, 2021
The Whites actually should’ve scored again when Bamford put Raphinha through with the last touch of the game, but the Brazilian couldn’t beat McCarthy between the sticks.
A fantastic win for Leeds in front of the Saints crowd seals a top-ten finish for Leeds this season, an outstanding achievement. Now, we look ahead to the final game of the season as West Brom visit Leeds United at Elland Road in front of 10,000 fans.