Saturday August 6, 2011 Day 1 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 3 - 1 Leeds United

  • Hammond 10’
  • Lallana 26’
  • Connolly 52’
  • Gradel 90’ (pen.)

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  1. Saints crush Leeds on return

    Saints crush Leeds on return

    Southampton celebrated their return to the Championship with a crushing 3-1 victory over Leeds United at St Mary's. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Leeds United
    • - So everyone's been talking about West Ham, Leicester and Forest, but Southampton were pretty convincing tonight. Do they have a chance at promotion? This season in the Championship is set to be very competitive, that is certain... Follow me on Twitter.
    • 90+5 Last act of the match that was, Southampton win 3-1. Convincing.
    • 90+5 Gradel puts it bottom left, keeper going the wrong way. Davis is furious. He's lost his clean sheet bonus - the linesman should pay for that.
    • 90+4 Oh. Well they probably won't get it - penalty, a handball from Martin says the linesman but that hit his chest. Rubbish from the lino.
    • 90+3 Schneiderlin clears after Paynter puts a low ball in. Saints looking for the clean sheet now.
    • 90+2 Lallana for once gets it wrong, playing the through ball behind De Ridder.
    • 90+1 Four minutes added time being played.
    • 90' De Ridder with a nippy run down the right but he runs it out for a goal kick.
    • 89' To be fair to the away fans they're topless and yelping. Not shy, if they are 3-0 down.
    • 87' Lonergan booked for dissent - the third Leeds player to be carded for mouthing off.
    • 86' CHAPLOW HITS THE POST! What a shot from 20 yards on the half volley! He gets on to the rebound and hits the deck after colliding with O'Brien but no way is that a pen.
    • 85' Good play by De Ridder to fake a pass out wide but Kisnorbo clears.
    • 84' Gradel clatters into Harding and has a rant at the ref, for which he is booked.
    • 82' Free-kick Southampton but the keeper Lonergan claims.
    • 80' That Nunez effort seems to be the last bit of endeavour from Leeds. They look broken.
    • 78' Decent spell of pressure from Leeds as they win a corner but Saints clear. Far too little, far too late.
    • 77' Nunez cuts inside from the left and drills in a low shot but just wide!
    • 76' Southampton sub: Schneiderlin on for Hammond. Good squad this is! And with Chamberlain injured!
    • 75' Great cross by Lallana on the left and in flies Martin but he heads it into the ground and the bounce takes it over! Unlucky!
    • 74' Fonte seems to have taken a knock on the head but play on.
    • 72' Clayton enters the book after a late tackle.
    • 70' I was in a local greasy spoon last season and a very angry cabbie walked in to buy a sandwich. He was a Leeds fan, despite a broad cockney accent, and ranted and raved at the owner about Grayon not having an effing clue. I thought he was a bit harsh - it was during their bad patch last season, when they slipped from title hopefuls to play-off also-rans - but they do seem to have gone backwards. What do you think? Tweet me!
    • 68' Nunez is caught by Chaplow, good thing too as he'd given it away and Saints could have been in for a fourth.
    • 67' Leeds make a bit of a mess of clearing a corner but they get there in the end.
    • 66' Hmm. Replay shows Cork may have caught him.
    • 65' Gradel turns and takes a tumble in the box, looked like he slipped to me. He wants a penalty for a foul by Cork but I can't see it.
    • 64' Saints sub: Chaplow is on now too to add a bit of bite to midfield.
    • 63' De Ridder gets an early run on to a long ball but the defender is able to clear before he makes it.
    • 62' Steve De Ridder makes his Southampton debut, Connolly comes off. De Ridder is a highly-rated Belgian winger who comes from De Graafschap.
    • 61' Leeds buoyed by that but Southampton now have everyone back and are holding them off as Gradel wastefully smashes one high and wide.
    • 60' Paynter breaks the offside trap and he's one-on-one but Davis flies out to tip his low finish away one-handed! And McCormack can finish but there are men back to block!!
    • 59' A rare spell of possession for Leeds and they have a throw on the right wing before being forced back.
    • 57' O'Brien makes a mess of a straight ball and Lambert is in but good keeping by Lonergen flying out to claim low.
    • 55' This is poor for Leeds - Grayson is, like many Leeds managers, a touch unpopular among fans with very high standards. This is not what he wanted after they blew a good chance at promotion last season.
    • 54' A brief worry as Davis lands awkwardly but he's okay.
    • 53' LEEDS SUB: Paynter on for Brown, who is rapidly becoming a liability.
    • 52' 3-0! David Connolly smacks a vicious low drive inside the right-hand post! A lovely goal from the edge of the box after a sweet reverse pass from Lallana.
    • 51' A free-kick to Leeds although I thought that was a perfectly good challenge from Lambert. Down the other end, Snodgrass is penalised.
    • 50' By the way lads and lasses, you can harass me on Twitter if you like. Go easy now. @Reda_Maher
    • 49' Sheepish from Brown actually - he knows he could have gone for that alone, yellow card notwithstanding.
    • 48' Looked like a two-footed tackle from Brown but he gets away with it!
    • 47' McCormack now on the right but Martin stretches out a long leg to get the block in and Davis claims.
    • 46' Quick break from Leeds, Gradel almost gets clean through but Fonte and Martin both slide in to prod it back to Davis.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+2 Half time and a great start for Southampton on their return to the Championship, 2-0 at the break.
    • 45' Free-kick to Leeds on the left but the home defence makes light work of it. Two minutes added on.
    • 44' WHAT A STRIKE AND OFF THE BAR! Half the ground thought that was in but it dropped wide, outside of the frame of goal. Lambert shows his quality with the dead ball.
    • 43' Free-kick to Saints some 28 yards out on the right, Lambert fancies it....
    • 42' Much of the action now is from the terraces, Leeds are treading water and Southampton happy to sit back and wait for half time.
    • 40' Simon Grayson is looking pensive. He is short of firepower, with Becchio injured among others, but this has been a poor half.
    • 38' Leeds look sluggish and lacking in sharpness. The passing is poor.
    • 37' Lallana with a smart turn and pass wide. Not enough support and Clayton wins it back, Leeds break but no joy as the passing is poor.
    • 36' Connolly of Southampton copies Lallana's lead and chases a lost cause down the left, to no avail this time.
    • 35' Lallana gives chase to Davis's throw, he has no right to get there but he forces Lonergan to hoof it out for a throw. Cheers from the home fans.
    • 34' Do Prado - also known as Guly, by the way - gets a head on Snodgrass's ball and Davis claims.
    • 33' Leeds have their fourth corner of the evening - Saints have had none.
    • 32' Lallana with an ambitious effort from the edge of the D, a Le Tissier-style juggle and volley that he sends wide.
    • 30' Finally a yellow card is shown and it's to Brown, I think for dissent.
    • - Adam Lallana, 23 and at Southampton all his career, now has 26 goals in 125 league matches. Most of them have come in the last two years too.
    • 28' Snodgrass puts the ball in but again Kisnorbo is fouling in the box and Southampton have a free-kick.
    • 27' Gradel wins a corner for Leeds on the right.
    • 26' Almost a third as Do Prado found Lallana in the box, another sweet feint but Lonergan with a brave block to deny the finish!
    • 25' Lallana makes it 2-0! Great finish again, this time lashing it in off the inside of the post from 12 yards after a smart turn away from Connolly on to his left foot.
    • 24' Leeds counter after O'Brien stands up Connolly. The move slows down though and it's all the way back with Lonergan.
    • 23' Central this free-kick, Snodgrass fancies it... and left-footed he puts it into the wall.
    • 22' Late from Do Prado on Brown but, as with the Leeds tackles, no card. Brown isn't complaining.
    • 21' Howson on the charge, Leeds have men over, he sees Gradel on the right but a poor cross and headed clear.
    • 20' Adkins is still apoplectic about the lack of a card thus far. He has a point...
    • 19' Late from Gradel on Lallana, who gets straight up.
    • 18' Given away by Martin, Howson on it now, Snodgrass exchanges passes with him, now Gradel hits the byline, good cross and Fonte knocks it behind for a corner.
    • 17' Lallana on the run now, winning a throw on the left. Saints play it short, opting to keep possession.
    • 16' A bit of a lull around the quarter-hour mark after a frantic start to the game.
    • 14' Decent keeping from Lonergan to claim the low cross from the right.
    • 13' O'Dea does well to shepherd the ball out with Hammond running at him.
    • 12' Free-kick again to Saints after an offside. Long from Davis.
    • 11' Snodgrass puts in the corner but Kisnorbo is shoving and it's a free kick to Saints.
    • 10' Gradel wins a corner on the left. This has been a cracking start to the game.
    • 9' GREAT GOAL BY HAMMOND! Super goal, a sweetly-struck drive from the edge of the box that just flies into the bottom left!
    • 8' Wicked volley from Howson that fizzes at Davis, who parries and Fonte I think hacks it clear! Great effort from Howson after Snodgrass knocked back the diagonal ball!
    • 7' Lallana on the run now, wide right to Do Prado, low ball in and Connolly surely but it's just behind him and he kicks air!
    • 5' Brown catches Cork in what is trademark fashion for the Leeds midfielder... Lots of argy bargy but no card. Adkins is really angry with that and the previous challenge from Kisnorbo.
    • 4' Lambert to take this, 22 yards a touch to the left... into the wall.
    • 3' High from Kisnorbo on Do Prado... No card.
    • 2' Connolly with a spinning volley but O'Brien blocks and Leeds clear.
    • 1' The first half is underway on the Saaarf Coast!
    • 17:20 Boooo. Alex Chamberlain, the target of Arsenal among others, fails to recover from an ankle injury and misses out. I think everyone was looking forward to seeing him.
    • 17:15 TEAMS - Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Martin, Harding, Do Prado, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert; Subs: Bialkowski, Schneiderlin, Butterfield, Chaplow, De Ridder /// Leeds: Lonergan, Connolly, Kisnorbo, O'Brien, O'Dea, Snodgrass, Brown, Clayton, Howson, Gradel, McCormack; Subs: Rachubka, Paynter, Sam, Nunez, Bromby /// Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)
    • 17:10 Hello and welcome to the late Championship game and it's a possible cracker - Leeds United visit Southampton, promoted back to the second tier.
  • Summary

    • 90+5 Gradel puts it bottom left, keeper going the wrong way. Davis is furious. He's lost his clean sheet bonus - the linesman should pay for that.
    • 90+4 Oh. Well they probably won't get it - penalty, a handball from Martin says the linesman but that hit his chest. Rubbish from the lino.
    • 86' CHAPLOW HITS THE POST! What a shot from 20 yards on the half volley! He gets on to the rebound and hits the deck after colliding with O'Brien but no way is that a pen.
    • 77' Nunez cuts inside from the left and drills in a low shot but just wide!
    • 75' Great cross by Lallana on the left and in flies Martin but he heads it into the ground and the bounce takes it over! Unlucky!
    • 60' Paynter breaks the offside trap and he's one-on-one but Davis flies out to tip his low finish away one-handed! And McCormack can finish but there are men back to block!!
    • 52' 3-0! David Connolly smacks a vicious low drive inside the right-hand post! A lovely goal from the edge of the box after a sweet reverse pass from Lallana.
    • 44' WHAT A STRIKE AND OFF THE BAR! Half the ground thought that was in but it dropped wide, outside of the frame of goal. Lambert shows his quality with the dead ball.
    • 26' Almost a third as Do Prado found Lallana in the box, another sweet feint but Lonergan with a brave block to deny the finish!
    • 25' Lallana makes it 2-0! Great finish again, this time lashing it in off the inside of the post from 12 yards after a smart turn away from Connolly on to his left foot.
    • 9' GREAT GOAL BY HAMMOND! Super goal, a sweetly-struck drive from the edge of the box that just flies into the bottom left!
    • 8' Wicked volley from Howson that fizzes at Davis, who parries and Fonte I think hacks it clear! Great effort from Howson after Snodgrass knocked back the diagonal ball!
    • 7' Lallana on the run now, wide right to Do Prado, low ball in and Connolly surely but it's just behind him and he kicks air!
    • 17:15 TEAMS - Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Martin, Harding, Do Prado, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Connolly, Lambert; Subs: Bialkowski, Schneiderlin, Butterfield, Chaplow, De Ridder /// Leeds: Lonergan, Connolly, Kisnorbo, O'Brien, O'Dea, Snodgrass, Brown, Clayton, Howson, Gradel, McCormack; Subs: Rachubka, Paynter, Sam, Nunez, Bromby /// Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire)
    • 17:10 Hello and welcome to the late Championship game and it's a possible cracker - Leeds United visit Southampton, promoted back to the second tier.

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