Adama Traoré tends to specialize in the spectacular. The wolves had been waiting for the style to change, and with an hour played, Traore took matters into his own hands, bouncing down the left wing before sending a bolt of lightning against the crossbar for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team to win successive victories. garters for the team. first time since October. The sad thing is that his play, an absurd striker from outside the box, will eventually turn into an own goal by Ilan Meslier, as his effort fell through the back of the Leeds goalkeeper before ruining the net.
Leeds have received much applause for their attacking blow, but the Wolves’ victory elevates them above Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Leeds, as they usually do, looked dangerous at all times, but the reality is that only bottommost West Bromwich Albion have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season. Leeds will wonder how they failed to walk away with at least one goal to their name. Patrick Bamford had an emphatic draw for offside ruled out, causing spectators of lively Leeds football director Victor Orta to rage in the director’s box.
The question marks about Nuno and the concern surrounding the Wolves suddenly feel silly after three wins in four league games. They were lucky and in the five minutes of injury time in the second half, substitute Helder Costa was superbly rejected by Rui Patrício, who kept busy under the lights.
Pedro Neto revealed that his mother has been encouraging him to shoot more often and the 20-year-old, who lives at home with his parents in Wolverhampton, fulfilled that wish in the early stages, launching a shot wide on goal from 25 yards. Liam Cooper was caught in possession and Neto walked away from Stuart Dallas before forcing Ilan Meslier to make a good save with the left. It seemed to give Leeds a shake.
Tyler Roberts, in his first start at Leeds since October, was lucky enough to escape a caution for a late challenge on Conor Coady and also the Wolves’ Romain Saïss for a foul on Patrick Bamford.
Presumably Bamford was among those of interest to England manager Gareth Southgate, although Kalvin Phillips was again absent with a calf problem.
Leeds shaded a swinging first half and shook the wood through Mateusz Klich. He approached the baseline and missed a cross that caught Rui Patrício off guard, but the ball shot off his left post. The Wolves goalkeeper stopped Pascal Struijk from accelerating on the opening rebound before Leander Dendoncker blocked the overs. Moments earlier, Cooper sent a tame header into goal after coming in unmarked to receive Raphinha’s free kick from the penalty spot.
The Wolves’ best start in an entertaining first period came when Neto slipped Nélson Semedo on the counter, but the full-back fired directly at a grateful Meslier.
Roberts was brilliant early on for Leeds, his clever bobblehead nearly opened an opening in five minutes, but the Wolves struggled to put down Raphinha. Saïss deflected a shot from the deflected Brazilian to a corner but the ball almost fell nicely to Roberts on the back post.
Stuart Dallas later sent a taunting cross into the area with Raphinha lurking, but was guilty of overcooking his pass.
Given the continued absence of Raúl Jiménez, who returned to outdoor training last week after a skull fracture, the Lobos have relied on Neto to produce: no player under the age of 21 has directly participated in more Premier League goals League this season.
But, after 24 league games, it was time for Traoré to deliver. Seconds after Patrício rejected another feathery header from Cooper, the Wolves opened the scoring in style. Traoré approached from the left flank, leaving Luke Ayling in dust before grabbing Struijk at arm’s length and sending a fierce effort flying toward the goal from the edge of the D. He crashed at the crossbar and post. and entered the goal through a hapless. Meslier.
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