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Saints best Baggies to set up play-off final with Leeds

2024/05/17 22:22

Southampton will face Leeds United in the play-off final after a 3-1 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion.

Both of these sides played out a goalless draw in the first play-off semi-final first leg but there were goals at last in the final 45 minutes of this game.

This tie was goalless going into the break at St Mary's Stadium although Russell Martin's team had been better than the Baggies overall, creating more chances.

Early into the restart, however, we had our first goal after over 140 minutes of football between the two over the course of both games.

The move began when Will Smallbone pinched the ball in midfield after a wayward pass from Grady Diangana. Smallbone then found Matt Brooks on the right before Brooks returned the ball to his teammate who lashed an effort past Alex Palmer to make it 1-0 in the game and on aggregate for Southampton 49 minutes into this game.

Southampton should have had a penalty awarded when Cédric Kipré brought down Brooks in the box in the 57th minute with a clumsy challenge that the defender managed to get away with.

The visitors eventually started to get more of a foothold in the game after going one goal down but the Saints doubled their lead in the 78th minute. Flynn Downes drove forward with the ball and found Adam Armstrong whose cute finish nestled in the corner of the net.

The game was wrapped up when Southampton eventually got a penalty after Tom Fellows brought down Ryan Manning. Armstrong's resulting penalty was straight into the corner and just out of the reach of the diving Palmer.

Carlos Corberán's team did eventually get something out of the game when Kipré powered in a header from a corner but that was in the dying seconds of the game with Southampton's place at Wembley already secured.



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2024-05-17 23h19m by mfosterfield
As a Southampton fan, I am ecstatic about our 3-1 victory over West Brom and our spot in the play-off final against Leeds United. The anticipation leading up to the game was intense, but we finally broke through with our first goal in over 140 minutes of play. We showed our dominance on the pitch and I have no doubt we will come out on top in the final.
2024-05-17 23h11m by jreedmanbrst
As a Southampton fan, I couldn't be happier to see us advance to the play-off final! What a goal from Smallbone to break the deadlock and put us ahead on aggregate. Time to push for that Premier League spot!
2024-05-17 22h49m by nlawson12
As a Southampton fan, I am extremely grateful for Smallbone's efforts in creating the first goal of the game and ultimately securing our spot in the play-off final. It's been a tense 140 minutes of football, but we managed to come out on top in the end. Bring on Leeds United!
classic matches
U Friday, 17 May 2024 - 20:00
St. Mary´s Stadium
Tim Robinson
Will Smallbone 49'
Adam Armstrong 78' 85' (pen.)
Cedric Kipre 90'


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