Published: October 31, 2012
Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka made his full Southampton debut in the 3-0 defeat to Leeds United in a capitol one game played at Elland road last night with goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf, Luciano Becchi.
Zambianfootball.co.zm UK based correspondent Dennis Chali who was at Elland Road brought us this report.
Mayuka started upfront as a lone striker supported by Brazilian Guly Do Prado just behind him and had a decent game but for most part of the match he was isolated as the brilliant Leeds side boasting the like former Liverpool winger Diouf and former Stoke City midfielder Tonge had completely outplayed the saint’s midfield.
Mayuka got in the thick of things as early as the 6th minute when he showed great strength to keep Lee Peltier of the ball near the 18 yard box but before he could shoot, the referee blew for a foul and warded Leeds a free kick. He had another decent attempt in the 10th minute but he was caught offside.
On a cold night in Leeds, Mayuka ‘s first real chance came midway in the first half but he missed a touch on a low cross from Steve De Ridder on the right side of Southampton’s attack line.
Still at 1-0,and after Leeds wasted two great chances, Emmanuel Mayuka pulled a volley drive well wide of Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown’s goal just before the 70th-minute and this never looked as though it was going to be Southampton’s night. Mayuka had another effort in the 84th minute which was blocked by Jason Pearce.
Leeds increased their tally two minutes later through Diouf before Argentina striker Becchio scored the third from the spot in the 90th minute.
After the final whistle Diouf and Mayuka swapped shirts and had a brief chat before leaving for the tunnel.
After the match, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins said his side were very poor.
“The mindset before the game was to be very positive. Tadanari Lee, Emmanuel Mayuka and Steve De Ridder are blessed with an outstanding amount of pace so the objective was to get on the front foot by utilising that and getting in behind’’
“It was a very attacking formation on paper, but on the pitch you have got to go and produce it.
The manager also said he took full responsibility of the performance. Southampton travel to the Hawthorns on the weekend to play West Brom,where Mayuka can face Nigeria’s Peter Odemwinge as both expect to clash again on January 25 next year when the African champions take on the Super Eagle’s in the mouth watering clash.