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Saturday, February 28, 1998 Published at 18:04 GMT

Sport: Football

Palmer sees red as Saints sink Leeds

Leeds 0 Southampton 1

A 10 man Southampton managed to cling on to a one goal lead at Elland Road after Leeds old boy Carlton Palmer was shown the red card in the 76th minute.

Peter Drury on 'a cold day for Leeds' (44")
David Hirst put the Saints ahead after 54 minutes as John Beresford launched a free-kick to the head of Palmer on the edge of the area.

His flick was missed by Leeds keeper Nigel Martyn and Egil Ostenstad latched on to the ball to fire goalwards. But Hirst on the post made sure that the strike counted by crashing home from just a yard out.

Four minutes later Ostenstad should have added a second when he was put through by a pass from substitute David Hughes.

Palmer was consantly barracked by the Leeds fans and when he received a yellow card after a foul on Gunnar Halle in the first half it gave the Leeds fans a rare reason to cheer.

After the break Palmer made a late challenge on Ian Harte, deputising for Gary Kelly who was out due to a family bereavement, leaving the left-back on the floor.

Referee Keith Burge brandished the second yellow card at the former England international and Palmer departed.

Leeds had several chances but their closest effort came in the 20th minute when striker Jimmy Hasselbaink rose above Richard Dryden to meet Alan Maybury's cross.

Saints keeper David Jones was unperturbed by the effort which sailed wide.

Good goalkeeping from Jones denied Leeds an equaliser as the Saints' victory saw them rise to 11th in the Premiership.

The defeat was Leeds' fifth at home this season. The Yorkshire team missed several key players including defender Lucas Radebe, away on international duty for South Africa.

With Leeds now only winning two games from the last 11, their chances of qualifying for Europe are beginning to look remote while Southampton can bask in the unfamiliar safety of the middle of the table.

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