James Ward-Prowse added to his tally of spectacular free-kick goals as he rescued a point for Southampton against Leeds United at Elland Road.
The hard-fought 1-1 draw away at Leeds saw Saints end a run of three straight losses in the Premier League, while also halting Leeds’ two-game winning streak.
Kyle Walker-Peters, who is increasingly looking like a class left-back rather than a makeshift one, wriggled around the Leeds defence before winning the free-kick that Ward-Prowse dispatched.
From 25 yards out, Ward-Prowse expertly curled the ball over the wall and beyond the outstretched Illan Meslier not long after the second half started.
In a back-and-forth game, it was Leeds’ Jack Harrison who put his side ahead before the half hour mark when the ball fell to him in the Southampton penalty area.
It was a deserved lead, with Jesse Marsch’s side creating good chances for Dan James and Diego Llorente that were ultimately squandered.
Southampton also had their chances. Che Adams forced a good save from Meslier in the first half, while Saints piled on the pressure later in the game with a string of corners that unfortunately didn’t result in a goal.
A draw was probably a fair result and it’s a solid point away from home for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.
Leeds (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling (Struijk 89’), Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Klich (Phillips 66’), Forshaw; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; James (Gelhardt 59’)
Unused subs: Klaesson, Koch, Cresswell, Summerville, Greenwood, Kenneh
Goals: Harrison (29’)
Southampton (4-3-1-2): Forster; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Diallo, Romeu (S. Armstrong 64’), Ward-Prowse; Elyounoussi; Adams (Tella 87’), Broja (Long 90’)
Unused subs: Caballero, Stephens, A. Armstrong, Perraud, Smallbone, Valery
Goals: Ward-Prowse (49’)