It really was a tale of two halves as Leeds beat Southampton 3-0 on Tuesday.

The Whites could have found themselves behind at half-time but for some crucial saves from Illan Meslier and some solid refereeing.

Che Adams had tucked the ball home for Southampton but referee Andre Marriner said play was not active from a free-kick despite having blown his whistle.

Leeds responded well and were in front quickly after the break.

Our quality then showed late on with an impressive move teeing up Stuart Dallas to double the scoreline.

Raphinha then showed his brilliance once again late on by curling in a free-kick to wrap up the three points.

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Here is how MOT Leeds News rated the players’ performances, and we would also like to praise Helder Costa as he made a big contribution from the bench.

Illan Meslier 8 – A very good display from our goalkeeper, he was alert throughout with five saves (SofaScore) and made a couple of nice throws to set us on the counter-attack, too. He will be delighted with a much-earned clean sheet.

Luke Ayling 6 – Solid at the back and kept a dangerous Nathan Tella relatively quiet. Was not his usual energetic self in attack.

Diego Llorente 8 – Very impressive display from the centre-back considering how much time he has spent out. Looked a little rusty early on but settled into the game and suited the defence well.

Liam Cooper 7 – Another who will be delighted at finally earning a clean sheet after deserving one on Friday. Kept a close watch over Ings and worked well alongside Llorente.

Stuart Dallas 7 – Created a couple of chances in the first half, with one great pass through to Raphinha to score that was not taken. Confirmed the three points with a wonderful poked finish into the bottom corner.

Pascal Struijk 7 – An effective display on and off the ball. Is now playing with a lot more confidence and becoming a player Bielsa cannot afford to drop, which is a surprise but pleasing development.

Mateusz Klich 4 – Shocking tonight really, it must be said. Gave away the ball far too often with 67% pass accuracy and we looked a better side once he went off injured at the hour mark.

Tyler Roberts 6  – Good and bad. Blazed a good chance over the bar in the first half but was energetic and tried to be positive on the ball. Needs more time to establish himself in this side.

Raphinha 7 – The Brazilian was not at his best on the ball but his late free-kick highlights his class. Should have scored in the first-half but took too long on the ball when clean through, which gave Oriol Romeu time to recover.

Jack Harrison 4 – Never got into the game which was surprising from Harrison. Bielsa clearly did not like what he saw as he hauled him off at half-time. His 50% pass success may have something to do with that.

Patrick Bamford 8 – A typical Bamford performance. He used the ball well, held it up to bring teammates into play and when called upon he scored in style. The first goal was important tonight and he showed good composure to slot the ball home.

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