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Southampton v Leeds

St Mary's Stadium
Saturday, 17 January
Kick-off: 1500 GMT

Alan Wiley (Burntwood)


Southampton's Graeme Le Saux is again out through injury and is not expected to return until the end of the month.

Claus Lundekvam (hamstring) is out and Marian Pahars (groin) is doubtful.

Alan Smith's return after suspension is the only good news for a Leeds squad decimated by injury, suspensions and international call-ups.

David Batty, Michael Duberry and Lucas Radebe are injured, Dominic Matteo and Stephen McPhail are banned, and Mark Viduka is absent for family reasons.


Southampton (from): Niemi, Dodd, Hall, M Svensson, Higginbotham, Prutton, Delap, A Svensson, Fernandes, Ormerod, Beattie, Phillips, Delgado, Kenton, Baird, Telfer, McCann, Marsden, Blayney.

Leeds (from): Robinson, Kelly, Harte, Morris, Barmby, Camara, Bridges, Pennant, Johnson, Roque Junior, Smith, Domi, Bakke, Lennon, Milner, Kilgallon, Richardson, Carson


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Another loss for Leeds...we're now at bottom of the table as Wolves claimed a heroic win over Manure today.:groan:

Match report:

Southampton 2-1 Leeds

First-half goals by Brett Ormerod and Kevin Phillips helped Southampton send Leeds to the foot of the Premiership.
After Fitz Hall hit the bar with a header early on, David Prutton fed Ormerod to fire past Paul Robinson.

Phillips then took advantage of a Zoumana Camara mistake to double the Saints' lead before half-time.

Defender Matthew Kilgallon headed his first senior goal from Ian Harte's cross to give Leeds hope - but they were unable to find an equaliser.

The game kicked off with Leeds already propping up the table after Wolves' win over Manchester United - while Saints left top scorer James Beattie on the substitutes' bench.

Home keeper Antti Niemi was called into action early on when he came out well to dive at the feet of Eirik Bakke.

36 mins: Ormerod gives Saints the lead
43 mins: Camara's mistake sees Phillips make it 2-0
75 mins: Kilgallon gets one back for Leeds
However, Saints went close at the other end when Rory Delap's long throw found advancing centre-back Hall, who rose unchallenged to crash a header against the woodwork.

Danny Higginbotham then headed wide from close range when Robinson hesitated to claim a corner, while Zoumana Camara earned himself a booking after bringing down the lively Anders Svensson.

But while Robinson had done well to palm away a 30-yard Svensson effort, he was eventually beaten just under 10 minutes before the interval when Ormerod ran onto a clever pass from David Prutton to drive the ball past Robinson.

Camara's afternoon got worse when he miscontrolled the ball and was robbed by Phillips, who sped through to claim his first goal since August.

Leeds had little to offer in return, although Alan Smith tested Niemi from the edge of the area soon after the interval, and the Finn made hard work of smothering Smith's low shot.

The home side, searching for their first victory in six games, enjoyed plenty of possession but with 15 minutes remaining, Kilgallon reduced the deficit when he met Harte's left-wing centre with a glancing header.

Phillips then wasted a chance to make it 3-1, shooting himself as Ormerod was left waiting for a pass that never came.

Robinson even joined the attack for a late free-kick, but it was to no avail as Eddie Gray's side faced up to their fifth successive defeat.


Southampton: Niemi, Dodd, Hall (Kenton 80), Michael Svensson, Higginbotham, Fernandes (Telfer 85), Anders Svensson, Delap, Prutton, Ormerod, Phillips (Beattie 86).
Subs not used: Blayney, Pahars.
Booked: Anders Svensson.

Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Camara, Kilgallon, Harte, Pennant, Morris (Bridges 65), Bakke, Seth Johnson, Milner, Smith.
Subs not used: Carson, Roque Junior, Barmby, Richardson.
Booked: Camara.

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