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30 October 2012
• Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee: C. Foy
• Attendance: 17002
M. Tonge 35'
E. Diouf 88'
L. Becchio 90'+
It's all over here at Elland Road, and as a certain live-blogger predicted, Leeds took full advantage of Southampton's leaky defence tonight and put a second Premier League team to their sword. Leeds progress, Southampton surrendered meekly, and Nigel Adkins may well find himself under a certain amount of pressure if results do not begin to turn his way very soon.
90' + 5'
Chris Hoy blows his final whistle. The eventual scoreline of 3-0 reflects the home side's dominance here. A much-deserved win for Neil Warnock's team.
90' + 4'
Warnock uses his final substitution by removing Diouf for Andy Gray. The final whistle is due any moment here at Elland Road...
90' + 3'
Penalty Goal Luciano Becchio
GOAL!!! Becchio slots away the penalty to put the cherry on the cake for Neil Warnock's side.
90' + 1'
Penalty! Michael Tonge is pulled back in the opposition box. It will be Beccio to take the kick...
The hosts' turn for a double substitution now, as skipper Lee Peltier and Luke Varney are relaced by Luciano Becchio and Danny Pugh.
Goal El-Hadji Diouf
GOAL!!! El-Hadji Diouf hasn't had the finest of games tonight, but he appears to have wrapped up the tie for the home side here following a storming run and shot from Rudy Austin. Auston's low shot was palmed away by Kelvin Davis, leaving the Senegalese forward with a simple tap-in.
Finally some meaningful possession for Southampton, and they put a few passes together in midfield before Reeves - who has moved forward to the left wing - sees his shot blocked following a tidy pass from Richard Chaplow.
Yellow Card Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves finds himself as the second Saints player to pick up a booking, following a foul on Sam Byram.
Michael Brown and Guly do Prado get involved in a skirmish off the ball, with both players having words in each others' face. Chris Foy deals with the incident sensibly by giving each a talking to and sending them on their way.
Ben Reeves storms forward from left back to pick out Isgrove with a cross. The ball doesn't quite make it to the youngster, but falls to Mayuka who fires his shot narrowly wide.
Double switch for Southampton. Tadanari Lee and De Ridder are replaced youngsters Luke Shaw (17) and Lloyd Isgrove (19). The presssure is off to an extent for the two understudies, who can't do a lot worse than the men they've come on for, in all honesty.
Luke Varney finds himself with another chance. He's slipped in by Michael Tonge, but Kelvin Davis makes things difficult for the Leeds forward by coming out to meet him, eventually smothering Varney's attempted dinked finish.
De Ridder makes a good run forward for Southampton, but is eventually floored after being dispossessed by Peltier, who now seems to be moving more freely.
Yellow Card Daniel Seaborne
Daniel Seaborne adds another error to a poor night. He gifts the ball to Varney on the edge of his own box, before bringing the attacker down cynically. Varney beats the turf in frustration at having his run prematurely ended while Seaborne collects his booking with no arguments.
Michael Tonge resumes set piece responsibilities, crashing the resulting free kick into the wall. A waste, in truth.
No changes in personnel for Southampton at half-time, but Richard Chaplow looks to be sitting a tad deeper in central midfield, looking to get on the ball, while his fellow midfielders look to be getting closer to their strikers than they were in the first half.
Leeds' skipper Lee Peltier looks to be moving gingerly here. It's not a sight Neil Warnock will welcome, with his captain only having returned to the line-up on the weekend following an ankle injury.
Jos Hooiveld gives away an utterly needless free kick, pulling back Varney 23 yards out. El-Hadji Diouf wastes the resulting set piece, though, ballooning the free kick into the crowd from a good position. Michael Tonge, who has taken every other set piece for his side tonight, looks on in dismay.
Southampton immediately looking better, as they work they way to the edge of Leeds' box before seeing their attack snuffed out. Promising for the visitors, though.
Play back underway at Elland Road, as Leeds kick off the second half.
Half time in West Yorkshire and the home side have bossed things, with Michael Tonge controlling the midfield and Luke Varney making a constant nuisance of himself up front. The problem for Nigel Adkins is that he's named a weakened bench as well as a weakened starting XI - none of the substitutes stand out as obvious game-changers, despite the apparent need for a switch or two. What is certain is that the Saints need to get hold of the ball more here; to obtain and retain possession in midfield and to feed their two strikers, who have been feeding on scraps so far tonight.
Our man in the press box at Elland Road tonight is Ryan Benson. Here's his take on the first half: 'Leeds take a deserved lead into the break after dominating Southampton in the opening 45. Luke Varney probably could have had a hat-trick, but will be pleased enough with his role in Michael Tonge's well-taken strike. Southampton have offered very little opposition in midfield, while Emmanuel Mayuka and Tadanari Lee have been anonymous for the most part.'
Chris Foy blows for half time here at Elland Road, where Leeds are well worth their lead. They've been much the better side, with Luke Varney causing problems for the Saint's back line throughout the half. Nigel Adkins may be looking at half-time changes.
Luke Varney involved once again, this time drifting out to the left flank and drawing a clumsy foul from Seaborne, who's been given a torrid half so far. The resulting free kick is whipped into Davis' near post by Michael Tonge - possibly even a shot - but it is cleared.
Southampton mount a rare attack. Jamie Ashdown pounces on the ball at the second time of asking, following a Steve De Ridder cross. Encouraging for the away side, who have been under the cosh so far here, and are lucky to be only one goal down.
Goal Michael Tonge
GOAL!! Leeds take the lead against the Premier League club. Varney makes his way down the left channel, easily beating Daniel Seaborne. His cross is half-cleared, but the onrushing Michael Tonge arrives on the edge of the box to slot home right-footed. 1-0.
Varney again! This time he closes down Ben Reeves' poor backpass, just beating Kelvin Davis to the ball, but his effort on the stretch hits the crossbar. He's certainly been in the thick of the action so far, Varney.
Luke Varney sees a chance to atone for his earlier miss and bends a shot just wide from 16 yards out. He wants a corner, claiming a tipped save from Davis, but he doesn't get one. Still 0-0.
Luke Varney sends a cross into the box which is deflected away. Leeds sustain their pressure though, keeping the ball in midfield before sending a long ball into the Southampton box, which is duly dealt with.
A string of set-piece for Leeds here, Michael Tonge delivers his third corner in a couple of minutes, but Southampton clear it and win themselves a free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf makes a foraging run at the Southampton left back, who dispossesses Diouf for a Leeds corner. Leeds in the ascendancy here.
Horror miss! Luke Varney has missed an open goal at Elland Road. El-Hadji Diouf returns a cross back across the face of goal, and Varney manages to turn the ball wide from all of a yard and a half out. Looks like it's come off his heel.
Leeds work their way into the opposition box after a lovely ball from Michael Tonge. Their attack is snuffed out, but it's promising stuff from the home side.
Luke Varney is caught offside. Looks like he'll be looking to spring that Southampton back line this evening.
Mayuka rides a challenge and passes the ball inside to his midfield. A tidy start from the Zambian.
Leeds United seem to be looking to test the recently dropped Kelvin Davis early on. A free kick is dropped into his penalty box from out wide, but the referee blows up for a foul on the Southampton 'keeper.
...and we're off!
Mere moments from kick-off now, the teams and managers are out, and Neil Warnock will be hoping his Leeds team can bag some goals tonight against Southampton, who's defence has been less than sturdy thus far this season.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that Emmanuel Makuba has been given his first start for the Saints tonight. the 21-year-old was my 'one to watch' before the game - and for good reason too. The Zambian won the Golden Boot as his country won the Africa Cup of Nations at the beginning of this year, and looked sharp and tricky in his 30-minute appearance against Spurs on Sunday.
Nigel Adkins, meanwhile, has made wholesale changes. Eleven, in fact. The Saints' team tonight lines up as follows: K. Davis; Butterfield, Hooiveld, Seaborne, Reeves; Ward-Prowse, Chaplow, Guly, De Ridder; Mayuka, Lee
Neil Warnock has made three changes to the XI that lost here to Birmingham on Saturday. Leeds' team is as follows: Ashdown; Peltier, Lees, Pearce, White; Byram, Austin, Brown, Tonge; Varney, Diouf
Evening all, I'm Alex Hess and I'll be bringing you lucky bunch a play-by-play commentary of the game at Elland Road tonight. The line-ups are in, so we'll start with the home side....
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