A last-minute penalty kick was the only thing standing between Leeds United and yet another defeat as Gelhardt and Rodrigo saved the day at Elland Road against Wolves.
The home side started fairly brightly but Wolves took the lead on 10 minutes after a long-ball looped over Cooper and Harrison n the left side, breaking for Semedo. He beat Harrison at the by-line before squaring it to Jiminez. His shot was blocked, breaking for Hwang Hee-Chan who had a half-empty goal to aim at and score into.
Leeds kept pushing with a lion’s share of possession but struggled to create anything beyond pop-shots from outside the penalty area. It was clear to see there was a real lack of composure among The Whites when pushing into the Wolves third.
It's not that Leeds haven't been getting into positions. There's just an underlying anxiety. Which I guess is unsurprising. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) October 23, 2021
Leeds dominated even more in the second half as Wolves were limited to just a couple of counter-attacks. Summerville and Gelhardt were brought on and provided a real spark with their ability on the ball, but the team still struggled to create any clear-cut chances.
The clearest came with around ten minutes left when Rodrigo’s lovely reverse pass put Gelhardt through on the left channel with some pressure from a couple of orange jerseys. He snatched at the shot, forcing the keeper to tip the ball over the bar.
Leeds won a penalty in added time thanks to the dancing feet of Joe Gelhardt who nipped his way into the box and was readying a strike at goal before Semedo leaned into him from behind. Rodrigo took it, sending the keeper the wrong way as the ball nestled into the bottom left corner.
Overall, an improvement on the performance at Southampton, but still a lot of work to do. With Raphinha potentially out for another spell, the youngsters may have to step up once again. They might get a shot on Tuesday night, as Leeds visit Arsenal in The League Cup.