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New Leeds boss Javi Gracia made the perfect start to life at Elland Road as Junior Firpo’s second-half winner gave them a vital 1-0 home victory over relegation rivals Southampton.

Gracia was appointed on Tuesday to succeed Jesse Marsch and his arrival inspired Leeds to their first win in 11 games to move them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Firpo’s 77th-minute finish, which squirmed under Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, proved to be the difference in a low-quality encounter.

The Spaniard’s goal inflicted defeat in Ruben Selles’ first game in permanent charge of Southampton after he was appointed on Friday following last weekend’s win at Chelsea when he was in interim charge.

The loss keeps Southampton bottom of the table, four points from safety, while Leeds are now a point clear of the drop zone in 17th.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Leeds now turn their attentions to the FA Cup, with a trip to Fulham on Tuesday; kick-off 7.45pm. Javi Gracia’s side then travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 3pm.

Southampton’s next game is also in the FA Cup, with League Two side Grimsby visiting St Mary’s on Wednesday; kick-off 7.15pm. Saints then host Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 5.30pm.

Saturday 4th March 5:00pm

Kick off 5:30pm

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