Southampton   3 - 1   Leeds

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Southampton made the ideal start to their return to the Championship with an emphatic home win over Leeds.

Nigel Adkins' side were the more fluent attacking force throughout and struck twice in an entertaining first half.

Dean Hammond fired home a long range effort to give them the lead, before Adam Lallana doubled it with a neat, curling finish from inside the area.

The win was sealed by a third from David Connolly, but Max Gradel scored a late consolation penalty for Leeds.

The result continues Southampton's fine form from last season, which saw them gain promotion from League One.

For Leeds though it is an extremely poor start, following what was an impressive campaign last term, in which they just missed out on a play-off place.

The home side made most of the early running at St Mary's, but it was Leeds who had the first clear sight of goal when Jonny Howson found space to strike at goal from inside the area. However, his shot was straight at home keeper Kelvin Davis, who blocked.

A minute later, the visitors were behind when Hammond was allowed to charge to within shooting distance and curl a shot past the diving Andy Lonergan from 22 yards.

SAINTS ON OPENING DAY

The win is Southampton's first on opening day since a 1-0 Premier League victory at Coventry in 1999

Both teams sought to push forward, but it was Southampton who looked the more dangerous and they extended their lead in the 25th minute.

Rickie Lambert found Lallana on the right and he cut inside in the area before curling a shot into the far corner.

The midfielder could have added a third for the home team when Guly Do Prado's cross found him in the box with only Lonergan to beat from six yards, but the keeper blocked superbly.

Leeds began the second half with intent, seeking to gain a foothold in the match, but instead they soon conceded a decisive third goal.

Connolly found Lallana wide left before collecting the midfielder's return pass and slotting into the far corner of the goal from the edge of the area.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson introduced Billy Paynter and the striker was given a superb chance to give his side a lifeline when he was put clear on goal by Adam Clayton, but he dwelt on his shot and Davis was able to save.

In stoppage time, United did register on the scoreline when Aaron Martin was adjudged to have handled in the area and Gradel fired in the resulting spot kick.

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Southampton 3-1 Leeds FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Hammond 10
  • Lallana 25
  • Connolly 52
  • Gradel (pen) 90+5

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Richardson
  • 03 Harding
  • 06 Fonte
  • 16 Martin
  • 08 Cork
  • 10 Guly (Chaplow 63)
  • 14 Hammond (Schneiderlin 75)
  • 20 Lallana
  • 07 Lambert
  • 22 Connolly (De Ridder 62)

Substitutes

  • 21 Bialkowski,
  • 12 Butterfield,
  • 04 Schneiderlin,
  • 18 Chaplow,
  • 33 De Ridder

Leeds

  • 01 Lonergan yellow card
  • 02 Connolly
  • 03 Kisnorbo
  • 05 O'Brien
  • 48 O'Dea
  • 07 Gradel yellow card
  • 08 Brown yellow card (Paynter 53)
  • 14 Howson
  • 15 Clayton yellow card
  • 23 Snodgrass (Sam 73)
  • 44 McCormack (Nunez 62)

Substitutes

  • 12 Rachubka,
  • 26 Bromby,
  • 11 Sam,
  • 20 Nunez,
  • 09 Paynter
Ref: WrightAtt: 25,860
SOUTHAMPTON
LEEDS

Possession

  • Southampton 49%
  • Leeds 51%

Attempts on target

  • Southampton 6
  • Leeds 4

Attempts off target

  • Southampton 6
  • Leeds 2

Corners

  • Southampton 4
  • Leeds 7

Fouls

  • Southampton 14
  • Leeds 22
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:08 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:35 GOAL - Max GradelSouthampton 3 - 1 Leeds Penalty taken right-footed by Max Gradel and scored. Southampton 3-1 Leeds.
  • 90:00+3:52 The referee gives a against Aaron Martin for handball.
  • 90:00+3:27 The ball is crossed by Lloyd Sam, clearance by Morgan Schneiderlin.
  • 90:00+3:03 Andy O'Brien fouled by Steve De Ridder, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Connolly.
  • 90:00+1:10 Steve De Ridder gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Patrick Kisnorbo. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:56 A cross is delivered by Darren O'Dea.
  • 87:51 Richard Chaplow concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Howson. Ramon Nunez takes the free kick.
  • 87:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Max Gradel by Jose Fonte. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:12 Booking Andy Lonergan is given a yellow card.
  • 85:43 Richard Chaplow produces a drilled right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.
  • 84:17 Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 84:17 Booking Max Gradel is shown a yellow card.
  • 84:12 Max Gradel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Harding.
  • Correction - 83:12 Foul by Patrick Kisnorbo on Steve De Ridder, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Dan Harding, comfortable save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 83:12 Patrick Kisnorbo concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve De Ridder. Dan Harding takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:45 Lloyd Sam takes the outswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Darren O'Dea results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 78:39 The ball is delivered by Lloyd Sam, Aaron Martin makes a clearance.
  • 77:22 Shot from outside the area by Ramon Nunez misses to the left of the target.
  • 76:33 Paul Connolly crosses the ball.
  • 76:01 Inswinging corner taken by Ramon Nunez from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Adam Lallana.
  • 75:17 Foul by Paul Connolly on Adam Lallana, free kick awarded. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 74:41 Substitution Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Dean Hammond.
  • 74:23 Adam Lallana sends in a cross, Header on goal by Aaron Martin from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 73:45 Unfair challenge on Jack Cork by Paul Connolly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.
  • 73:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren O'Dea on Dan Harding. Free kick crossed by Dan Harding, comfortable save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 71:54 Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 71:54 Substitution Lloyd Sam comes on in place of Robert Snodgrass.
  • 71:54 Booking Adam Clayton goes into the book.
  • 71:49 Unfair challenge on Jack Cork by Adam Clayton results in a free kick.
  • 69:32 Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Martin on Andy O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 69:26 Steve De Ridder crosses the ball, blocked by Patrick Kisnorbo.
  • 68:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramon Nunez by Richard Chaplow. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 67:31 Adam Lallana takes the outswinging corner, Dean Hammond has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 66:35 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Lallana.
  • 66:27 Richard Chaplow produces a cross, Patrick Kisnorbo gets a block in.
  • 65:17 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass.
  • 62:51 Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 62:51 Substitution Richard Chaplow replaces Guly Do Prado.
  • 62:51 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick.
  • 61:02 Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 61:02 Substitution Steve De Ridder on for David Connolly.
  • 61:02 Substitution (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Ramon Nunez coming on for Ross McCormack.
  • 61:02 The referee blows for offside against Guly Do Prado.
  • 60:04 Max Gradel has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
  • 59:04 Effort from 12 yards by Billy Paynter. Save by Kelvin Davis.
  • 56:37 Unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Jose Fonte results in a free kick. Darren O'Dea restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Martin by Billy Paynter. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 54:18 Shot from just outside the box by Guly Do Prado misses to the left of the goal.
  • 52:38 Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 52:38 Substitution Billy Paynter on for Michael Brown.
  • 52:38 Handball decision goes against Max Gradel.
  • 51:29 Assist by Adam Lallana.
  • 51:29 GOAL - David ConnollySouthampton 3 - 0 Leeds David Connolly gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 3-0 Leeds.
  • 50:40 Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Dan Harding. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:14 Richard Lambert challenges Andy O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Guly Do Prado from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Adam Clayton.
  • 49:20 The ball is sent over by Guly Do Prado, blocked by Darren O'Dea.
  • 46:20 Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:15 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 45:00+1:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Jonathan Howson. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
  • 44:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Cork on Max Gradel. Robert Snodgrass restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:51 Patrick Kisnorbo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Lambert. Strike on goal comes in from Richard Lambert from the free kick.
  • 42:23 The offside flag is raised against Darren O'Dea. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 41:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren O'Dea by Guly Do Prado. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:01 Max Gradel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 39:40 The ball is sent over by Max Gradel, Aaron Martin manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:56 The ball is crossed by Darren O'Dea, save made by Kelvin Davis.
  • 37:13 The ball is sent over by Darren O'Dea, Kelvin Davis makes a comfortable save.
  • 35:44 Unfair challenge on Ross McCormack by Dan Harding results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Clayton.
  • 34:15 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Guly Do Prado.
  • 34:09 A cross is delivered by Max Gradel, Dan Harding makes a clearance.
  • 31:49 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Adam Lallana goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 31:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Adam Clayton. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:08 Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 30:08 Booking Michael Brown receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:59 Max Gradel concedes a free kick for a foul on Frazer Richardson.
  • 26:53 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Unfair challenge on Jose Fonte by Patrick Kisnorbo results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 26:13 Adam Lallana takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Andy Lonergan makes a brilliant save.
  • 24:56 Assist on the goal came from Richard Lambert.
  • 24:56 GOAL - Adam LallanaSouthampton 2 - 0 Leeds Goal scored by Adam Lallana from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 2-0 Leeds.
  • 22:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren O'Dea on David Connolly. Free kick taken by David Connolly.
  • 21:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Aaron Martin. Shot on goal comes in from Robert Snodgrass from the free kick, blocked by Jose Fonte.
  • Correction - 19:10 Max Gradel concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 19:10 Max Gradel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.
  • 18:46 Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, Richard Lambert gets a block in.
  • 18:01 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Dean Hammond makes a clearance.
  • 17:56 A cross is delivered by Max Gradel, Aaron Martin manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Michael Brown. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 14:08 The ball is delivered by Frazer Richardson, comfortable save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 13:21 Adam Lallana is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 11:42 The referee blows for offside against Max Gradel. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
  • 10:32 Robert Snodgrass takes the outswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Aaron Martin by Patrick Kisnorbo results in a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 9:21 Assist by Guly Do Prado.
  • 9:21 The assist for the goal came from Jose Fonte.
  • 9:21 GOAL - Dean HammondSouthampton 1 - 0 Leeds Dean Hammond grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Leeds.
  • 8:48 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
  • 7:55 Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.
  • 7:22 Dean Hammond concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Clayton. Patrick Kisnorbo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:23 Dan Harding delivers the ball, clearance by Andy O'Brien.
  • 5:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Michael Brown. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
  • 3:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork by Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Dan Harding.
  • 1:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Connolly by Patrick Kisnorbo. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Richard Lambert.
  • 1:12 David Connolly produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Andy O'Brien.
  • 0:26 The referee blows for offside. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Ipswich 1 3 3
2 Southampton 1 2 3
3 Brighton 1 1 3
4 Derby 1 1 3
5 Peterborough 1 1 3
6 Blackpool 1 1 3
7 Leicester 1 1 3
8 Burnley 1 0 1
9 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
10 Millwall 1 0 1
11 Portsmouth 1 0 1
12 Reading 1 0 1
13 Watford 1 0 1
14 Barnsley 1 0 1
15 Nott'm Forest 1 0 1
16 Cardiff 0 0 0
17 West Ham 0 0 0
18 Birmingham 1 -1 0
19 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
20 Doncaster 1 -1 0
21 Coventry 1 -1 0
22 Hull 1 -1 0
23 Leeds 1 -2 0
24 Bristol City 1 -3 0

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