Leeds robbed as lucky Wolves do the double

20 Feb 2021 08:55 am, by YorkshireSquare

Wolves should have considered themselves lucky when they left Elland Road will all three points back in October. Despite dominating possession and the shot count, Leeds were hit with a 70th minute sucker punch as Raúl Jiménez's deflected strike earned a fortunate away win for Wolves. Kalvin Phillips cursed his luck for being Leeds's finest performer and being the unfortunate one whose deflection ensured Raúl Jiménez's shot found its way past Illan Meslier into the back of the Leeds United net.

Once again on Friday night, Wolves got the rub. They were marginal favourites with the bookies, backing them with a 1xbet promo code would have been a good call given the result but they got lucky as Adama Traore’s powerful shot clattered off the corner of post and bar and went in off the back of the staggeringly unlucky Illan Meslier. The luck fell for Wolves again at the other end as Patrick Bamford had an equaliser ruled out for a very marginal offside call. Against Palace Bamford had the audacity to point where he wanted the ball, last night he had the audacity not to have shaved his legs, because he can only have been offside by the length of a hair on his right knee.

Bamford’s feelings were clear as he took to Twitter after the game; "Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point. But at least it's ‘mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtEr’ We go again Tuesday."

In truth Leeds were not clinical enough and will wonder how they didn’t get something out of a match they again dominated in terms of possession and shots. Rui Patricio channelled Dino Zoff as he made save after save from Liam Cooper. The latest in a series of world class goalkeeping performances against Leeds following on from Robin Olsen for Everton. Leeds have looked dangerous from set-pieces recently with Raphinha’s whipped in delivery and the Scotland defender could quite easily have had a hat-trick.

Leeds played well for the main, especially considering how badly we have wobbled without Phillips in the team. The defence was solid and were unluck to concede the goal in the manner they did. Leeds still created numerous chances but had no luck up front either. It felt like one of those nights where no matter what you do, you’re not going to score. When substitute Helder Costa found himself free in the box you would have been forgiven for thinking he would level the scores, but a frustrating finish straight at Patricio summed up Leeds evening in front of goal.

There are positives to take though. Leeds have gone from posing absolutely no threat at set pieces to looking like we should score from every ball into the box. Raphinha’s crosses are exceptional. On the other side, Wolves had no decent chance in our box in 90 minutes. Meslier and Struijk looked like a players that are really developing. Even Tyler Roberts did well and worked his socks off, criticism of him on social media somewhat unjustified. Costa and Pablo did well when they came on, in spite of a shocking miss by Costa after showing stunning control to create the chance.

It is sickening for Wolves to do the double over us thanks to two lucky own goals, however that performance shows we’re growing into this league. We are getting to a place that we are less naive and less dependent on any one player now. A frustrating loss against a Wolves side who didn’t look all that, Pedro Neto aside, but a chance to get back on track on Tuesday playing our game in hand against a struggling Southampton side.

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Anonymous wrote on 20 Feb 2021 10:23 am

Possibly one of the most biased match reports I have ever read! From reading this, anyone would have thought that it ended with 30 Leeds shots to Wolves 1 deflected own goal. In fact the stats read 15-18 and a draw probably would have been the fairest result. For all of Rui's saves in his 'World Class' performance, how many times did he actually have to move? Every single shot was straight at him and every Goalie in this league would've saved them. You seem to be confusing bad luck with bad finishing and you can only blame your own team for that yesterday!