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Bamford, Roberts Strikes Secure Leeds Top Half finish

 

Leeds have secured a top-half finish on their Premier League return as goals from Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts beat Southampton 2-0 in front of returning fans at St Mary’s.

It was a welcome sight as 8,000 supporters socially distanced around the ground, with Southampton hoping to give them something to cheer about in their final home game of the season.

But it was Leeds who took the lead as Patrick Bamford’s shot smuggled through the legs of Alex McCarthy in the 73rd minute, for his 10th away goal of the season and 16th overall. The striker is only the fourth Leeds players to have reached double figures on the road in a single Premier League campaign after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 1998/99 (10), Michael Bridges in 1999/00 (12) and Mark Viduka in 2002/03 (10).

Bamford was involved in the second too as his thunderous strike was blocked by McCarthy’s torso, before Roberts slotted home the rebound for his first Premier League goal and Leeds’ 10th away win of the season.

The victory also ensured that Leeds will finish in the top 10 of the Premier League, currently in eighth on 56 points, and have not drawn any of their away matches this term – only the second team to do so after Tottenham in 2018/19. Southampton remain in 14th.

The Saints had a number of crowd-pleasing moments, but did not manage to convert them. Che Adams was twice denied by Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla in the first half, while James Ward-Prowse rattled the crossbar shortly after the break

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