Leeds fans have chosen to hit out at Matt Le Tissier’s controversial tweet which was posted after Southampton’s defeat at Elland Road.
The Whites ended a run of back-to-back defeats to extend the Saints’ own winless run to eight matches.
Patrick Bamford got his 13th goal of the season from Tyler Roberts’ turn and release in midfield before putting the ball past Alex McCarthy when clean through less than two minutes into the second half, which Leeds dominated.
Before the break, Southampton did show encouraging signs, were initially awarded a penalty for Diego Llorente’s foul on Nathan Tella before it was overturned by VAR, and in the last minute of the half, Che Adams was denied a goal from a free-kick which had been a split second before Andre Marriner had blown his whistle.
A neat finish from the edge of the box by Stuart Dallas put Leeds 2-0 up with just 12 minutes remaining.
Then Raphinha hit a superb free-kick which sealed the points and moves the hosts up to 10th in the Premier League table, and exceed their entire points tally from the last season they were at this level.
Leeds have 35 points from their 25 games. Southampton are five points worse off and eight clear of Fulham, whose form has been picking up as the Saints’ has been slipping.
NO PENALTY ❌
Nathan Tella goes down in the area after contact – but VAR recommends Andre Marriner takes a second look and it is overturned
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 23, 2021
During the game, Matt Le Tissier took to his social media and wrote: “Woeful standard of refereeing again. About time Mike Riley stood down and get someone in charge who can improve the standards.”
This then led to Leeds fans choosing to hit out at Matt Le Tissier’s controversial tweet…
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) February 23, 2021
@richnifty: Are you referring to when the referee didn’t book him for diving ( cheating )
@Gdw1807Gareth: Sensing a tinge of bias tonight Matt. Both correct calls
@TWLUFC: In all serious, what did the ref get wrong tonight? Nothing is the answer.
@EwanLaver: Incorrect, ref’s had a brilliant game.
@went57: Give up Matt,the ball have travelled 10 yards before he blew the whistle.
@rickyachew: Come off it Matt you’re better than that?
@HumberWhite: Disappointed in you tiss .. tella dived and mariner hadn’t blown the whistle both incidents proved on reply , no wonder sky sacked you
@BenjiDixon17: Get off the booze mate
@bagguley_reece: I like you @mattletiss7 but this is just bitter from you them calls where correct in fact the pen was incorrect he didn’t book the dive!!!
@Declancarr96: Come on Matt he blatantly dived. Can’t have a go at Salah all the time and then not criticise Tella for the exact same thing!!
@Milnerchris: Don’t be silly Matt
@RUSTYBLACKHEART: He was spot on, as every replay confirmed
@BeckoLeeds: You’re bang on Matt, Tella shouldn’t be on the pitch for the dive then flattening roberts 30 seconds later
@richardboxy: Don’t be sour Matt!!!
@BenJWillis90: Only thing Andre Marriner has got wrong in that half is not booking your cheating/ Diving player
@stevobamps: 1st is a great example of why diving is still in the game. If he gets the pen then great if not he faces no punishment for deliberately kicking the defender to fall. Disgusting. 2nd is classic sunday league stuff play to the whistle not difficult. Wat are you cross with?
@tommylufc1: What was woeful then Matt please tell me.
@stvechn: Embarrassing comment there, I know I am Leeds and refs have been awful most of the season but Marriner is probably the best out of a bad bunch, got most bog calls right tonight VAR spot on and the free kick was right too……
@pmak27: Not booking for a dive on the penalty was actually about the only thing he got wrong all night. Gave free kicks both ways, let the game flow when he could and got the 2 big calls right. Not sure what you were watching TBH?
@masplenlufc: Tella the cheat!! Good refereeing throughout apart from Tella not getting booked.
@Badders15653431: Bias talking Matt. I moaned like crazy but it wasn’t a penalty and technically, unless the speed of sound is slower than I realised, he did blow the whistle after JWP played the pass.
@JerIsher: Matt, take the rose tinted shades off mate. He’s done nothing wrong I’m this half. If it’s the free kick you’re referring to, part of setting a FK up is telling the players to WAIT for the whistle, they clearly play before he blows, end of discussion.
Leeds: Meslier (7), Ayling (6), Cooper (6), Llorente (7), Dallas (7), Raphinha (8), Struijk (6), Klich (6), Harrison (5), Roberts (7), Bamford (7).
Subs: Costa (7), Alioski (7), Hernandez (6).
Southampton: McCarthy (6), Bednarek (5), Salisu (6), Vestergaard (6), Bertrand (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Romeu (7), Armstrong (6), Tella (6), Adams (6), Redmond (5).
Subs: Ings (6), Minamino (6), Djenepo (5).
Man of the match: Raphinha.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa: “The difference between the two teams was not as big as the scoreline. The game was very disputed, even if our offensive game was better than the opponents’.
“We created double the chances they did, but the tempo of game was very intense, very volatile.”
On saying he would not consider alternatives to Leeds until his ‘work is done’: “I simply wanted to reflect that when there is a third of the league left to play for, that many games can offer conclusions that perhaps have influence in the final decisions.
“In no way do I want to put myself in an advantageous position over the club. If the club offer me an extension and I delay it, that would seem as though the club was more interested in me than I am them, and that is not the case.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “It’s the same old story, especially in the second half of the season, we have chances, we don’t score, and have a few moments where I think the goal was played one second too early.
“It’s tough to take at the moment, but I must say it was a deserved for Leeds, they had more energy in the second half. I don’t know why, normally we are a very energetic team, but we gave up – and that is what I don’t like. This was not the way we want to defend and fight against them.
“What we cannot do is play one-on-one all over the pitch, because they are strongest. So long as we defended together and were committed, we had everything under control. In the second half, we were stretched.”