Teamwork makes the dream work

Southampton and Leeds to do battle for Premier League promotion


Southampton will play Leeds United within the Championship play-off remaining after beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 within the second leg of their semi-final conflict.

After holding Albion to a goalless draw at The Hawthorns on Sunday, Russell Martin’s Saints took full benefit of taking part in in entrance of a buoyant residence crowd on the south coast.

An exquisite purpose from Will Smallbone gave Southampton a deserved lead 4 minutes into the second half, earlier than Adam Armstrong doubled the benefit 12 minutes from time with a low drilled end into the far nook.

Armstrong then stepped as much as dispatch Southampton’s third from the penalty spot – awarded after Ryan Manning was felled within the space by a mix of Tom Fellows and Darnell Furlong.

A late comfort from Cedric Kipre did little to dampen the temper as Southampton booked a date with Leeds, who romped previous Norwich Metropolis, who subsequently sacked supervisor David Wagner, on Thursday night time.

Daniel Farke’s facet had additionally floor out a 0-0 draw within the away leg at Carrow Highway, however their high quality shone by way of in a blistering residence efficiency that noticed Leeds 3-0 up by half-time.

Crysencio Summerville, Georginio Rutter, Junior Firpo

Leeds noticed off Norwich within the different Championship play-off semi-final / Michael Regan/GettyImages

“We should always have scored extra objectives, if I am actually trustworthy,” Farke informed BBC Radio Leeds. “Norwich tried all the pieces to vary the working of the sport. Many compliments to my younger facet. I used to be a bit involved as a result of the stress was a bit on us after the primary sport.

“I do not know what the common age of our workforce was tonight however the lads delivered in an ideal approach for such a younger facet.

“This place is second to none when it actually will get rocking. The environment is unbelievable.”

Ilia Gruev, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter have been the gamers on course in that first 45 minutes, with Crysencio Summerville including the cherry on prime of the cake 20 minutes from time.

The winner of the play-off remaining will be a part of Leicester Metropolis and Ipswich City within the prime flight, changing Sheffield United, Burnley and, in all probability, Luton City, barring a exceptional purpose distinction swing on the ultimate day of the Premier League season.