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Stat Attack: All you need to know about Leeds 1-1 Southampton
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Sean Wilson
Jack Harrison scored for Leeds as they drew 1-1 with Southampton
Jack Harrison scored for Leeds as they drew 1-1 with Southampton

James Ward-Prowse's stunning free-kick cancelled out Jack Harrison's opener to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw against Leeds at Elland Road. 

The hosts opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark. Fraser Forster failed to punch Raphinha's cross clear of the danger zone and the ball fell to Harrison, who poked home. 

However, Ward-Prowse levelled the scores shortly after the break with a trademark free-kick into the top-left corner that Illan Meslier could not keep out despite getting a touch. 

Leeds manager Jesse Marsch felt his side were unlucky not to grab a winner.

He said: "I don't think we are overly satisfied but we understood when we went into this match it would be intense and about second balls and duels. You have to deal with a lot of set-pieces and a lot of throws. 

"Our team is getting better and better. Our confidence is getting better. Overall I am OK with the point and pleased with the performance. 

"As the game went on we pushed hard. The substitutes came on and made a difference. We were unlucky not to find a second goal."

Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl felt his side had the better chances, however.

He said: "It was an intense game and a bit ping pong in some moments. I think in the end we had the better chances to win it. 

"We had the better parts of our game. It was a step forward for us that in such an intense game we had the chance to win it.

"We had our chances and didn't give many chances away. [It was a] very important result after a tough run of tight games, to come back with a draw here. 

"We had a good break, we were fresh today. We have eight games to go and it is a good chance to finish the season in the top 10, but every week is a good challenge."

Neither Leeds nor Southampton were able to dominate the game
Neither Leeds nor Southampton were able to dominate the game

Did you know?

Southampton have gained seven points from losing positions away from home in the league this season. Only West Ham (10) and Brighton (nine) have recovered more.

Leeds have averaged 1.4 points per game since Marsch took charge in February, after averaging only 0.9 per game under Marcelo Bielsa this season.

Leeds have lost just one of their 14 Premier League home games against Southampton (W7 D6), going down 1-0 in February 1998 courtesy of a David Hirst goal.

Leeds have conceded at least once in 17 consecutive league games for the first time since October 2004 to January 2005.

Only David Beckham (18) has scored more direct free-kick goals in Premier League history than Ward-Prowse (13), with nine of the latter's strikes coming away from home.

Harrison has scored six league goals in 2022, twice as many as any other Leeds player. It is also Harrison's highest-scoring calendar year in the competition.


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