Leeds produced a spectacular return to win 3-2 against 10-man Wolves in a remarkable game at Molineux.First-half goals from Jonny Otto and substitute Francisco Trincao had actually put Bruno Lage's side in control however that altered with Raul Jimenez's red card early in the second half.Goals from Jack Harrison and Rodrigo drew Jesse Marsch's men level thanks to some hapless defending from the home side as panic engulfed Molineux.
Wolves: Sa (5 ), Boly (5 ), Coady (6 ), Saiss (5 ), Jonny (7 ), Dendoncker (5 ), Neves (6 ), Moutinho (7 ), Ait-Nouri (6 ), Podence (6 ), Jimenez (5 ).
Subs: Trincao (8 ), Hwang (6 ), Silva (n/a), Chiquinho (n/a).
Leeds Meslier (6 ), Ayling (9 ), Llorente (6 ), Struijk (6 ), Dallas (7 ), Klich (6 ), Forshaw (7 ), James (7 ), Rodrigo (8 ), Harrison (8 ), Bamford (6 ).
Subs Greenwood (7 ), Koch (7 ), Cresswell (7 ), Klaesson (8 ).
Man of the match: Luke Ayling
The comeback was complete when Luke Ayling slammed in the winner in stoppage time to spark scenes of festivity in the away end - and scuffles between the training personnel.There was still time for substitute goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson to save remarkably to deny Trincao an equaliser and secure an outcome that moves Leeds seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Bruno Lage made 3 changes to the Wolves team that beat Everton with Daniel Podence, Willy Boly and Rayan Ait-Nouri coming in for Hwang Hee-Chan, Max Kilman and Fernando Marcal. All three players who were returning had actually started the win over Watford at Molineux
Jesse Marsch made one change to the Leeds team that beat Norwich with Jack Harrison coming into the beginning line-up and Raphinha dropping out of the team. Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper went back to the bench for the first time given that December.
Crazy game at Molineux.
What shape the Leeds squad remains in is another matter.Raphinha tested positive for Covid prior to the game, then Patrick Bamford, Diego Llorente, Mateusz Klich and Illan Meslier all needed to leave the field because of injury.Only the concussion substitution procedure permitted Leeds to keep 11 men on the pitch - something Wolves could refrain from doing after Jimenez's second yellow card.
Though Bruno Lage's side had already lost Ruben Neves to injury, that change in fact helped - replacement Trincao setting up the first and scoring the second.It was the loss of Jimenez, adjudged to have actually fouled Meslier when racing onto a loose ball, that turned the contest, providing a confidence-shot Leeds a route back into the game.
An experienced Wolves side caved under the pressure with Rayan Ait-Nouri erring for the very first, Jose Sa caught out for the second and Willy Boly too tentative for the third.The defeat leaves Wolves in 8th and with their European hopes fading.
But the credit needs to go to Leeds for the endeavour that they displayed in hardship - the spirit that will offer supporters increasing confidence that they can remain in the Premier League.
A sensational night in statistics
Wolves lost a Premier League game after going two goals ahead for the first time ever, winning 38 and drawing 2 of the previous 40 such occasions.
Leeds returned from two goals down at half-time to win a Premier League game for the very first time ever, losing on each of the previous 47 occasions they were 2 down at the break.
Leeds have won back-to-back Premier League matches courtesy of 90th+ minute winning goals for the very first time considering that 1999 against Southampton and Derby.
Jesse Marsch offers his thoughts on what was a thrilling 3-2 win over Wolves, following his Leeds side going 2-0 down
" We were dissatisfied with the very first half," the Leeds boss told Sky Sports. "But Wolves are an excellent team. When they get some of their attacking midfielders on the ball it's actually difficult to include them." At half-time we challenged them. We made some tactical modifications. And if we could discover a goal it would alter the manner of the game. Which's what happened.
" This group is an unique group. They've been through a lot. They're favorable boys. They work their butts off every day, they've adjusted well, they've accepted me well. I couldn't ask more. It's been a real pleasure." The key for us now is to continue to have a strong mindset and keep pressing due to the fact that we're not done."
Bruno Lage was disappointed that his team suffered as a result of a controversial red card following a crash, in their 3-2 defeat against Leeds
" The essential minute of the game was the way we played in the very first 45 minutes," Lage informed Sky Sports. "That's the key point of the game and the positive of the game." Eleven versus eleven we were the better team. Much better than our opponent. Then, after that, I see the image and it's more severe than what happened on the pitch.
" I know among my assistants talk with the referee and the circumstance is he currently saw the image and he continued with the exact same viewpoint, a foul from Raul." I believe it's body contact from both players that attempt to win the ball. after that when you have a possibility to see on television, like he did, he continued with the very same choice.
" I have absolutely nothing more to say about it but I am so pleased with my players because of what we did in the very first 45 minutes, it was very good." The second goal, one man below Leeds on the flooring, and we are stressed more with him and after that they score the score goal. It occurred as soon as with Manchester United here. These are things we require to find out."
Man of the match: Luke Ayling
" I believe Ayling can just play the game one way," Gary Neville informed Sky Sports. "He has enormous energy, he's a big spirit in the team. He's won Leeds the game in the second half."Such was Ayling's positivity that he was still pushing the game even after scoring what ended up being the stoppage-time winner.
" Even a few of the things they were doing at 3-2," Jamie Carragher informed Sky Sports. "Wow. Luke Ayling remains in that corner taking quick throw-ins. If you are enjoying as a Leeds fan, your nerves would be gone. But seeing them as a neutral it's great."
Wolves head into the international break now and go back to action back at Molineux on April 2nd against Aston Villa.
Leeds' next game is also on April 2nd at home to Southampton at Elland Road.