Wolves 1 – 0 Leeds
Wolves achieved successive victories in the Premier League for the first time since October, with Ilan Messellier’s unfortunate own-goal scored a 1–0 victory over Leeds in Molino.
Messler denied the hosts on several occasions during the lively opening game, but was left helpless when Adama Traore’s long-range shot hit the bar and hit his back to bounce back into the net (64).
Patrick Bamford thought he had adjusted things when he switched from a pass from Tyler Roberts, but the offside flag turned him down before Roy Patricio entered the match in injury time to foil Helder Costa.
The result moved Wolverhampton over Leeds in the Premier League table as Nuno Espirito Santo rose to 11th place ahead of the remaining matches at the weekend.
Wolves: Roy Patricio (7), Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saiss (7), Nelson Semedo (7), Neves (7), Joao Moutinho (6), Johnny (6), Traore (7), Willian Jose (7), Pedro Neto (8).
Submarines: Ait Nuri (unknown), Markal (6), Silva (unknown).
Leeds: Missler (7), Shackleton (6), Ealing (6), Cooper (5), Dallas (6), Stroik (6), Ravenha (8), Clich (6), Roberts (6), Harrison (6), Bamford (6)
Submarines: Aliuski (unknown), Costa (6), Hernandez (unknown).
Man of the Match: Pedro Neto.
How the wolves secured weakness over Leeds
It’s 10 of the last 12 points available for Wolves, whose coach remained with the same starting line-up that secured Southampton’s comeback last weekend.
Leeds’ style of boom or bust saw him score two goals but conceded four away goals against Arsenal at the end of last week, but the visitors opened their first real opportunity in the first 30 minutes as Liam Cooper looked from Rafinha’s free kick straight at Roy Patricio.
Leeds entered Friday’s game, needing only one win to reach the record of 200 in the Premier League, Matthews Clich hit the post after 27 minutes, and Pascal Stroick watched the follow-up effort saved by Patricio.
But Wolverhampton seemed more dangerous, and in Pedro Neto they had the game’s most adventurous players.
The 20-year-old forced Missler to save Jade with one hand from distance – one of four attempts in the first half – while the Leeds goalkeeper was also tested twice by Nelson Simedo, but neither side managed to make the breakthrough before the break.
Tyler Roberts replaced Aliuski’s maidens in Leeds’ only change of their journey to wolves. Alyoski slipped to the bench after losing 4-2 to Arsenal on Sunday.
Wolverhampton was unchanged from their 2-1 win over Southampton last weekend as Willian Jose continued to lead the streak.
The second period was one of the severe disappointments of Leeds, who fell to the wrong side of the good margins to lose in the twelfth league.
But first came the eleventh attempt from Wolverhampton last night, as Netto went to goal himself, despite Willian Jose’s support, but failed to annoy Missler from a narrow angle.
Then a period of 90 seconds will decide the competition. Leeds came close to breaking the deadlock when Cooper stepped up again to meet another demonic free kick from Ravenha but the center back was only able to head straight to Patricio before Connor Cody was in the right spot to clear Bamford’s rebound.
Wolves darted on the other end as Traore entered Luke Aaling, sprinted away from Pascal Struick, and unleashed a toxic campaign that slammed into the crossbar, bounced off the fallen Missler and fell over the streak, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to score an own goal in Premier League history.
It was tough for Leeds, and Wolves will be living a magical life for the last 20 minutes. It was the same combination that had threatened all night long that almost wiped out the moment of ordeal, but Patricio blocked Cooper again at close range from Raven’s superb cross.
Leeds realized that their night would not be 13 minutes before the end of the game, however, when Bamford’s impressive shot was stopped by Roberts’ pass for a marginal offside call, as replays showed Caddy’s back leg was partially in front of the Leeds striker’s body. Before his confident ending after Patricio.
In stoppage time, there was still one last chance for Bielsa’s side to save a point, but Patricio was on hand again to deny Costa as Wolverhampton secured a league double over their opponents.
What the managers said
Head of wolves Nuno Espirito Santo: “We always try to strive for consistency, but it is really difficult. We are consistent with our approach to games while we look at the details and this is really important if we want to perform better. Standards are high and this requires more responsibility on the part of us all, and we have to work harder every day.
“I say we play in the Champions League almost every week because the competition is very good. Netto knows that every game he plays, he faces a tough opponent.
“They have a unique style in the game and the boys have done really well. At some point we were stronger but Leeds also had opportunities and created problems for us.
“ The players are like Adama [Traore] And Pedro [Neto]When they get the ball and start running, they’re extremely dangerous. It was a nice hit. It’s a tough moment for the goalkeeper but he has performed well.
“We still have some issues to evaluate but the approach we have taken during these difficult moments – always faith and perpetual commitment. You can’t say anything about the players’ attitude. But we are chasing our high standards and let’s keep doing it.”
Head of Leeds Marcelo Bielsa: “He attacked us well, we didn’t defend badly. In the majority of the match, there were a few times when we were not the dominant team. Our chances were doubled as they did.”
“I prefer not to associate the outcome with luck. I have the idea that when a team has to act in a way that ensures that luck is not a factor in the outcome. Obviously, the outcome today is determined by their efficiency.”
“There were only a few moments in the game where we didn’t dominate. The offensive game we had was enough to score at least one goal and in a match with small margins I had the feeling that we were the top team.”
“We had 10 chances from different areas and I thought our attacking game was good. I don’t think we have given up to dominating the game much. Of course they have two very dangerous wings and although we didn’t control them I totally thought our defensive performance was good.”
Man of the Match – Pedro Neto
It was a weird own-goal that settled that tight, but at Pedro Neto, Wolverhampton had a great in-game character.
Wolves were limited to long-distance shots early on, but Missler had to be at his full capacity to prevent the 20-year-old from adding five goals this season.
The Neto vs Meslier match was in the first 45 minutes, with the Portuguese making four total attempts while he had more touches 57 in the whole match than any other player at Wolverhampton.
Netto also provided more assists in the opponent’s game (27) and produced more assists (7) than any other team-mate as his good form has continued recently under the spotlight of Molino.
- Wolverhampton has won seven of their last nine Premier League matches against Leeds United (L2), and have remained unbeaten in nine similar matches at Mullino (W6 D3) since losing 0-2 in September 1973.
- None of Leeds United’s last 19 outside league matches have ended in level – their longest run away from home without a draw since 20 games from November 2002 to November 2003.
- Wolves are the first team to complete a league double over Marcelo Bielsa in the first division since Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain defeated Marseille at home and away in Ligue 1 in 2014-15.
- It was Wolves’ second 1-0 Premier League victory thanks to an own goal, and the other came against Chelsea in January 2011 (an own goal by Jose Bosingwa). This is the first time Leeds have lost 1-0 in the Premier League after scoring an own goal.
- Wolverhampton won consecutive league matches for the first time since October – the second win in that series also came against Leeds.
Wolves travel to face Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sky Sports Premier League next Saturday; The start of the match at 8 pm. Leeds host Southampton on Tuesday at Island Road, live Sky Sports Premier League; The start of the match 6 pm.