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Match Recap: Leeds United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Despite a strong performance, Wolves came away with the three points and a deflected strike from Raul Jimenez made the difference.

Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Kalvin Phillips challenges Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.
Photo by Martin Rickett - Pool/Getty Images

Leeds United and Wolves played out a fantastic contest at Elland Road, with Wolves coming away with the win on this one, with a deflected shot from Raul Jimenez securing the three points.

The Whites started well as Wolves sat-off for much of the first-half, with Bamford pulling the trigger first following a great pass through the defence, but the shot was dragged wide. Bamford had the ball in the net a couple minutes later before the offside flag was raised, as Harrison received the ball on the edge of the box from a corner before heading it over the top for Bamford who headed home from an offside position.

Leeds kept pushing Wolves and playing good football but struggled to get the final pass right. On 17 minutes Dallas nicked the ball on his own byline before clearing the ball forward for the midfield with Rodrigo and Klich linking-up nicely with Bamford before Helder Costa struck wide.

Leeds has a couple more half-chances as half-time approached, with Rodrigo and Ayling firing toward goal from similar positions on the right corner of the six-yard box, but they struggled to trouble the keeper with a swarm of players in front of goal.

But Wolves closed the half with a warning shot for Leeds, countering well down the right before the ball into the box breaking on the left channel. The ball back across came to Podence who looked to smash the ball across goal, but Meslier was well placed to parry the shot away.

Wolves came out fighting as they looked to take control of the game and had a goal disallowed themselves early-on in the half. A cross from Podence was headed on by a Leeds defender before falling to Romain Saiss on the far side, a fantastic left-footed volley across goal nestled into the bottom corner before VAR found Podence to be offside in the build-up.

It became a little cagey until the 70th minute when a long ball over the top came to Jimenez on the right, he cut inside and took on a number of defenders. His run along the edge of the box opened a little room to shoot and his strike came off Kalvin Phillips who looked to clear the ball. Unfortunately the ball flew in to the bottom left corner in an unlucky situation.

From there, Leeds took control again and pushed further forward as Hernandez, Poveda and Raphinha were introduced. However, for the amount of possession; pressure; and ball in the box, the couldn’t find a way through the organised and disciplined Wolves defence on this one.

But Leeds now turn and look ahead to a trip to Aston Villa on Friday night in a very tough fixture at Villa Park.