Exactly a year on from Leeds’ goal-laden victory against Wolves last season, Javi Gracia’s side prevailed in an intense clash with relegation rivals Wolves.
An early goal for Leeds United ensured they got off to a flying start in arguably a must-win game, but this early lead could have easily been undone had VAR awarded a penalty for a potential foul by Junior Firpo in the box. Luke Ayling struck right after half time, exactly a year on from his last goal for Leeds, coincidentally at Molineux. Kristensen then made it three goals to the good, but this lead was short lived as a defensive mishap gave Wolves a lifeline. Just eight minutes later, the pressure was ramped up as Wolves clawed a second back, leaving many Leeds fans expecting a capitulation characteristic of this season. However, Rodrigo’s 97th minute goal ensured the Whites left Wolverhampton with three vital points.
The goals were arguably not the main talking points of the game, as Craig Dawson could have seen red for a challenge on Jack Harrison, and then certainly could have faced a second yellow card when pulling Patrick Bamford to the ground in the first half. However the referee chose to keep the red card in his pocket and Dawson was subbed off at half time. The second half did see two red cards, however, as Jonny was sent off for a reckless challenge on Luke Ayling. Following this, an off-field incident saw Nunes get red carded in the 100th minute of the game.
What this means for Leeds
Picking up three points has seen Leeds United climb to 14th place in the Premier League, a position most Leeds United fans would be delighted with at the end of the season. With the international break approaching, gaining three points will be vital for the confidence of the players, and puts them in good stead to face Arsenal in their next fixture. Scoring four goals away from home has potentially shown that a recent lack of goals could be a distant memory, with leading goalscorer Rodrigo back from injury.
While not entirely perfect so far, it is clear that Leeds United are in a better position to win points under Javi Gracia than they have been for the majority of the season – now might be the time to start looking up for Leeds fans.