There will not be too much for Saints to celebrate if they beat Leeds on Saturday, but in 1979, things were very different - as these pictures show.

When Saints journeyed to Elland Road for the League Cup semi final in January 1979, they faced a formidable challenge as the underdogs.

Leeds occupied the fifth spot in the top flight, trailing the leaders by five points.

They stood out as the joint top scorers in the First Division with an impressive 47 goals, 25 of which were netted in 12 home games.

In a striking comparison, the Saints found themselves positioned in 12th place, having netted a total of 25 goals across 22 league encounters.

Daily Echo: Celebrating after beating Leed 1-0 in the League Cup semi final second leg.
Within the realm of away matches, only seven of those goals were secured during the 11 clashes played, resulting in one victory, three draws, and seven losses.

Lawrie McMenemy's team had previously visited Elland Road that season, where Leeds emerged victorious with a commanding 4-0 win.

The Saints found themselves down 2-0 after goals by Tony Currie and Ray Hankin, but Nick Holmes quickly got one back with a header early in the second half.

Steve Williams then scored a stunning equalizer with a volley from the edge of the penalty area.

The game took a turn when top scorer Phil Boyer was shown a red card, leaving the Saints with ten men for the last eight minutes. Boyer's dismissal came after he tried to interfere with Currie taking a quick free kick following a previous booking for a foul.

In the 2nd leg between Saints and Leeds on January 30, things went well for the underdogs.

Daily Echo: Celebrating after beating Leed 1-0 in the League Cup semi final second leg.

In the annals of history, it is documented that Terry Curran's timely 11th-minute strike propelled Saints to Wembley once again, marking a triumphant return after their previous FA Cup victory three years prior.

In his first attempt for the team, Curran found the back of the net, but sadly, it would be his first and last goal for the club.

It was Leeds’ first away defeat in 12 games.

Following an intense match, Nottingham Forest emerged victorious in the 1979 League Cup final by defeating Saints 3-2, securing their hold on the coveted silverware once again.

In the spotlight were David Peach and Nick Holmes, the two remaining players from the victorious Saints team that secured the FA Cup, who both found the back of the net.

Forest, led by Brian Clough, clinched the prestigious European Cup a few months afterward.