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Saints back in the Premier League after Armstrong winner

2024/05/26 17:14

Adam Armstrong scored the only goal as Southampton won the Championship play-off final against Leeds United to return immediately to the top flight.

Leeds began the game at Wembley brightly but Southampton grew into the game with Will Smallbone the Saints' pushing his team forward.

It was Smallbone's pass that set up the opening goal. The Whites' backline was caught out of shape as the pass came through to Adam Armstrong who finished low past Illan Meslier.

That Smallbone / Armstrong combination almost made it 2-0 just before the break with a clever free-kick routine. This time though, Meslier was able to stop Armstrong's effort with the Leeds defence then managing to clear.

Leeds struggled to create too many chances against a compact Southampton defence but were a much-improved side in the second half.

Joe Rodon's run forward and link-up play with Wilfried Gnonto early in the second half almost set up a golden opportunity for Rodon but the Southampton defenders managed to get in the way of it.

As Leeds grew Russell Martin's team were looking to hit on the counterattack. Samuel Edozie, an early substitute replacement for David Brooks, arguably had the best chance for Southampton when he was played through by Joe Aribo but the forward couldn't get his effort on target.

With 74 minutes gone, Daniel Farke resorted to replacing Crys Summerville – one of the Championship's best players of the season – with Dan James but it was a move that almost worked with the winger creating two opportunities.

James came the closest to levelling things for Leeds in the 84th minute when he had an effort cannon off the crossbar. Then as the game went into nine minutes of stoppage time (and after having been bandaged up due to a head injury) the Welshman fired a shot that forced Alex McCarthy into a solid save.

Leeds just couldn't find a way through with Southampton holding out until the end to return to the Premier League for the 2024/25 season.



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2024-05-26 18h09m by ocollinsworth
As a Southampton fan, I'm overjoyed to see Armstrong score the winning goal and help us secure promotion back to the Premier League. Smallbone's performance was also impressive, constantly pushing us forward. Let's keep this momentum going!
2024-05-26 17h42m by nlawson12
As a Southampton fan, I am so grateful for Adam Armstrong's goal that secured our return to the Premier League. Will Smallbone's contribution was also crucial. Great teamwork and a well-deserved victory!
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