Sometimes your luck is out. Tonight was one of those times. Leeds United missed several good chances, mainly from set pieces, either side of an extremely unlucky own goal from Illan Meslier to lose 1-0 away at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tough one to take that. Lucky deflection, marginal offside, Coops missing so many good chances, Costa chance at the end...— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) February 19, 2021
Worth a point at least. That's how it goes sometimes though
The first half was an interesting match up, as Leeds played a 4-4-2 against Wolves 3-4-3. Wolves had more of the chances with Nelson Semedo having their best, Illan Meslier made five saves in the half showing Wolves had the better of the half. Leeds also created chances though with Liam Cooper having a great chance with a header from a Raphinha freekick.
The second half was tight, and Leeds had the first big chance, again it was Cooper from a Raphinha freekick, and again the header was straight at the keeper.
Wolves took the lead in freak fashion. Adama Traore cut inside and hit a great shot from distance which hit the bar, unfortunately for Leeds it hit Meslier in the back off the bar and went in. No blame whatsoever on the France youth international goalkeeper for that one.
Nuno must have done some kind of deal with the devil. It’s the only legitimate explanation for them scoring 2 goals like they have against us this season.— Josh Hobbs (@JoshAHobbs) February 19, 2021
Liam Cooper had another great chance from another Raphinha freekick soon after the goal. Patrick Bamford had a goal disallowed for offside correctly but it was a good finish. Substitute Helder Costa then had a great chance in stoppage time but his finish was weak and straight at the keeper, before Patricio saved a Raphinha header.
Illan Meslier - Made five saves in the first half, the second from Pedro Neto was an excellent save. His own goal put Wolves 1-0 up but there is zero blame on him for it. The ball hit the bar, hit him in the back and went in. 7.5/10
A thunderous shot from Adama Traore bounces off the bar and in off Illan Meslier— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 19, 2021
Nothing the goalkeeper could do about that one! pic.twitter.com/pff5O3ZjQr
Luke Ayling - Back to right back and had a solid game The site of him moving inside to help with build up play as Leeds didn’t have a defensive midfielder was a new role we saw in the first half. Got forward when he could. Played well. 7/10
Pascal Struijk - Defended well and was good in possession. Looked far more comfortable back in the defensive line. 7.5/10
Liam Cooper - Made several good tackles and generally defended excellently throughout, defensively can have no complaints. Had three excellent chances from set-pieces and didn’t do enough with any of them, putting them all straight the keeper. 8/10
Liam Cooper’s @InfogolApp xG figure in this game is 1.35 (from three chances).— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) February 19, 2021
Wolves are on 0.72.
Stuart Dallas - Back to left-back and did ok against Pedro Neto, who looked Wolves biggest threat throughout. Restricted the players he was against to long shots. 7/10
Raphinha - Made some good runs in behind in the first half but he wasn’t able to impose himself as much as he’d have liked. Wolves did a good job keeping him quiet in open play, but he set up three fantastic chances from set-pieces for Liam Cooper and those were far from his only really good set-pieces. 7/10
Raphinha’s delivery is better than Amazon Prime— Amitai Winehouse (@awinehouse1) February 19, 2021
Matesuz Klich - Not as involved as he would like to be. Leeds being a man shorter in midfield probably didn’t help. 6/10
Jamie Shackleton - Looked much better for the move into midfield, did well on and off the ball. 7/10
Jack Harrison - Wasn’t his best day. Never looked dangerous. 5/10
Jack Harrison once again having a shocker when Southgate is in the stands. Bloody curse that man. #LUFC— Right In The Gary Kellys (@RITGK) February 19, 2021
Tyler Roberts - Not consistently involved but looked dangerous when he was. Through ball for Bamford was good but they were denied by the offside flag. 6/10
Patrick Bamford - Leeds weren’t able to get the ball to him. He held it up well enough when they did and as always there was plenty of effort to press. 6/10
Pablo Hernandez (for Shackleton, 66mins) - Got involved but was only able to do so in deep areas. 6/10
Helder Costa (for Harrison, 81mins) - Missed a great chance late on, a really weak finish straight at the keeper. N/A
Ezgjan Alioski (for Klich, 81mins) - N/A