Southampton beat Leeds after first-half goal flurry

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Adam Armstrong scores for Southampton against Leeds UnitedAdam Armstrong chips the ball over Leeds Goalkeeper Illan Meslier for the opening goal

Southampton ended their dismal losing streak with three first-half goals against Leeds United at St Mary's.

The Saints had lost four on the trot to slump into the lower reaches of the Championship but were off to a flying start as Adam Armstrong chipped in inside the first two minutes from Kyle Walker-Peters' gorgeous reverse pass.

The Southampton striker added another as he twisted and turned to unbalance Sam Byram and then shot for the far corner, with Pascal Struijk getting the final touch before it nestled in the corner.

Stunned Leeds were three down at the break as Kamaldeen Sulemana hit the byeline and calmly waited for Will Smallbone to arrive before delivering a cut-back which the midfielder neatly guided in off the far post.

Leeds, who went into the game on the back of a six-match unbeaten run, hit back as Struijk expertly plucked the ball out of the air and swivelled to fire home following a corner the Saints had failed to clear.

Leeds went into the meeting of two newly relegated clubs as favourites on the back of their contrasting form, but Daniel Farke's side could not get themselves started.

The early goal allowed confidence to surge back into the home side and they could easily have been out of sight by the break as Carlos Alcaraz's weak header at the far post was deflected over the bar, after more fine work by Walker-Peters down the right.

Leeds's dangerous attacking quartet were blunted as Byram sliced their best chance of the first half wide and Georginio Rutter's 20-yard drive was comfortably turned round the post by Gavin Bazunu in the Saints goal.

The Yorkshire outfit improved after the break but rarely threatened after Struijk's lifeline goal, with a wild slice from Daniel James the best of their efforts.

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-3-3

31Bazunu2Walker-Peters21Harwood-Bellis35BednarekBooked at 37mins3Manning16SmallboneBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCharlesat 69'minutesBooked at 76mins4Downes17S ArmstrongSubstituted forBreeat 85'minutes9A ArmstrongBooked at 12minsSubstituted forAriboat 85'minutes22AlcarazSubstituted forAdamsat 69'minutes20SulemanaSubstituted forFraserat 59'minutes

Substitutes

1McCarthy6Holgate7Aribo10Adams14Bree18Mara23Edozie24Charles26Fraser

Leeds

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Meslier17Shackleton21Struijk6Cooper25Byram4Ampadu8KamaraBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGrayat 73'minutes20JamesSubstituted forBamfordat 81'minutes7Piroe10SummervilleSubstituted forAnthonyat 73'minutes24Rutter

Substitutes

2Ayling9Bamford12Anthony14Rodon22Gray27Poveda28Darlow30Gelhardt44Gruev

Referee:John Brooks

Attendance:30,372

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 3, Leeds United 1.

Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Leeds United 1.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Flynn Downes.

Hand ball by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).

Offside, Leeds United. Ethan Ampadu tries a through ball, but Sam Byram is caught offside.

Ethan Ampadu (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ché Adams (Southampton).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Gavin Bazunu.

Attempt saved. Georginio Rutter (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jaidon Anthony.

Attempt missed. Pascal Struijk (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joe Aribo.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Archie Gray (Leeds United).

Substitution, Southampton. James Bree replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution, Southampton. Joe Aribo replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shea Charles.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jaidon Anthony (Leeds United).

Substitution, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Daniel James.

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