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Match Recap: Leeds United 1-0 Southampton

The Whites win in crucial contest at Elland Road...

Leeds United v Southampton FC - Premier League
Junior Firpo roars in celebration in front of the Kop.
Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds United won their first game since 5th November in a must-win tie against Southampton.

The two sides went at it in the first-half, albeit in a somewhat ugly manner. Onuachu and Armstrong had the better chances for the visitors, while Ayling and Bamford came closest for Leeds.

Southampton came into the second half and took back control of possession, frustrating Leeds greatly when on the ball before The Whites started to get a grip on the game again as time went on.

Summerville might’ve scored on 72 minutes if it weren’t for Walker-Peters throwing himself in front of the strike from the penalty spot.

But it was Junior Firpo’s heroics that won the game for Leeds, as Summerville worked the ball out of the corner to Harrison, who nipped Firpo in on goal from the left, and Bednarek’s positioning in front of the keeper aided Firpo’s low effort in slipping past Bazuni and into the net.

Leeds should’ve put the game beyond doubt in injury time when Summerville muscled his way through on goal, opening a 2v1 situation in Leeds’ favour. Harrison was in acres of space, ready to finish Southampton off, but Summerville opted to go alone and put the ball wide.

However, Firpo’s goal was enough to give Javi Gracia a win in his first game in charge.