Armando Broja stated scoring a purpose on his first Premier League begin was a “dream come true” as his neat end towards a lacklustre Leeds gave Southampton their first league win of the marketing campaign.
The Slough-born Albanian worldwide striker, on mortgage from Chelsea, fired excessive into the online after he was arrange by Nathan Redmond on the finish of a swift counter-attack within the second-half.
It gave the Saints a deserved three factors and 20-year-old Broja a treasured profession reminiscence.
“It was superb to get my first begin within the Premier League, I have been dreaming of this second since I used to be three years previous,” he stated.
“Scoring on my first begin is a dream come true, I could not ask for something higher. That is the favorite second of my profession to this point, hopefully there are numerous moments and targets extra to return.”
Of the purpose, he added: “It was an amazing run from Nathan Redmond, he stated earlier than the sport the targets will come, simply to maintain making runs. He put the ball on a plate for me and I used to be in a position to end.”
The Saints had been the higher aspect and appeared much more prone to break the impasse all through, but in addition suffered from a well-recognized lack of leading edge in entrance of purpose.
Previous to the purpose, their finest probabilities got here from corners, with Broja glancing one header large and flicking on a second that Mohamed Elyounoussi was inches from changing on the again submit.
Leeds, who have been lacking six senior gamers, together with Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, solely had two pictures.
Jack Harrison’s drive – deflected over by Mohammed Salisu – was the closest they got here however Daniel James additionally put a very good likelihood previous the submit after he had nipped in to say the ball off Salisu within the field.
The win takes Southampton to seven factors and fifteenth place, some extent and two league positions higher off than Leeds.
“We have been looking for this primary win and it’s superb to get it right here at dwelling in entrance of the followers,” added Broja.
“Hopefully we are able to push on and the wins will hold coming.”
Saints lastly get their march below method
This was not a sport for the neutrals.
However then Saints boss Hasenhuttl had recommended as a lot in his pre-match press convention through which he acknowledged the sport would “not be a 5 course dinner”.
The absence of star performers on either side didn’t assist, with the house aspect lacking the suspended James Ward-Prowse for the primary time within the league since December 2018 and Leeds gutted by harm and the necessity to relaxation Raphinha following his exploits for Brazil on Friday.
However Southampton had all the mandatory attributes on their aspect – self-discipline, cohesion, willpower and, for the one second that mattered, composure.
Danny Ings’ sale in the summertime stripped them of the one man that could possibly be relied upon for a good end and so they have noticeably struggled with out him within the early phases of this season.
Nevertheless in Broja they’ve a uncooked expertise, borrowed from Chelsea, who may effectively develop into the person they want, not less than for this marketing campaign.
His end was a superb one, stroked excessive previous the diving Illan Meslier to finish a transfer that started as a Leeds assault broke down, with Nathan Redmond launched to offer a low cross invitingly into the striker’s ft.
Having out-shot Leeds 19-3, the house aspect would have been kicking themselves had they not taken all three factors, particularly with Leeds so painfully out of kinds.
“You will need to get the primary win, crucial one of many season,” Hasenhuttl instructed Sky Sports activities. “It took a bit longer this season. We totally deserved this win.
“We have been aggressive and confirmed some good options. It was a demanding sport for everyone however the lads did a very good job. We had a brief two days to organize for the sport and the gameplan labored effectively I believed.”
Leeds, in the meantime, weren’t the daring, courageous aspect Marcelo Bielsa introduced into the Premier League final season, however a pale imitation in dire want of recurrently match gamers and a spark to ignite their marketing campaign.
Bielsa admitted that the very best group had gained and refused accountable his aspect’s efficiency on the absence of key gamers.
“I concede that we did not play effectively at any second within the sport,” he instructed BBC Sport. “The result’s honest and it’s justified within the first half. Within the second half it was extra even however we did not play effectively in any second.
“It isn’t frequent to not have the ability to rely on six gamers however the group that began the sport was shaped of gamers that normally play.
“Regardless of that it was tough for us to get into the sport within the first half, so I do not hyperlink the absence of the gamers to the results of the sport.”
- 1McCarthyBooked at 83mins
- 35BednarekBooked at 75mins
- 24ElyounoussiSubstituted forTellaat 90+5′minutes
- 19DjenepoSubstituted forArmstrongat 59′minutes
- 18BrojaSubstituted forWalcottat 81′minutes
- 4Silveira Neves Vojnovic
- 14LlorenteBooked at 70mins
- 21StruijkBooked at 58mins
- 43KlichSubstituted forGelhardtat 77′minutes
- 11RobertsBooked at 47minsSubstituted forSummervilleat 81′minutes
- 19RodrigoSubstituted forForshawat 64′minutes
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Match ends, Southampton 1, Leeds United 0.
Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Leeds United 0.
Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Tella replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Foul by Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United).
Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Jamie Shackleton (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).
Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).
Theo Walcott (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).
Foul by Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United).
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Mohammed Salisu (Southampton).
Try missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.
Alex McCarthy (Southampton) is proven the yellow card.
Substitution, Southampton. Theo Walcott replaces Armando Broja due to an harm.
Substitution, Leeds United. Crysencio Summerville replaces Tyler Roberts.
Adam Forshaw (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.