Raul Jimenez’s deflected second-half purpose was sufficient to provide Wolves victory over Leeds at Elland Street and transfer Nuno Espirito Santo’s males as much as sixth within the Premier League.
Though Leeds dominated the opening interval, the guests have been in cost from the ultimate minute of the half when Daniel Podence’s shot was saved.
In solely the second top-flight Elland Street assembly between these two well-known outdated golf equipment since 1981, Wolves have been nicely on prime by the point Jimenez took the ball throughout area from the suitable flank after 70 minutes, earlier than checking inside to shoot from the sting of the field.
Kalvin Phillips tried to dam the Mexican’s effort however solely succeeded in heading into the alternative nook, leaving goalkeeper Illan Meslier stranded and unable to cease Jimenez netting his third purpose of the season.
Wolves thought that they had scored earlier within the half when Roman Saiss lashed residence Podence’s cross, however after taking steerage from VAR Michael Oliver, referee David Coote dominated it out for offside.
Although shut, it was the suitable name. It actually created far much less controversy than the incident the pair have been concerned in on Saturday when – with Oliver in cost and Coote at Premier League HQ – they deemed Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford didn’t deserve a purple card after injuring Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk with a reckless problem.
Actuality test for Leeds
Leeds have loved a wonderful begin to their first top-flight season since 2004 and victory would have taken them into third, however this primary residence defeat since February was a little bit of a actuality test for Marcelo Bielsa’s aspect.
The Argentine’s deep desirous about the sport has turned the West Yorkshire aspect right into a tactical conundrum.
At completely different occasions they will have three, 4 or 5 gamers in defence relying whether or not Stuart Dallas is pushing up the left flank or Phillips is dropping deep.
And as they did of their thrilling draw with Manchester Metropolis of their final residence recreation, Leeds loved lengthy intervals after they have been the higher aspect.
Luke Ayling had a shot blocked by Max Kilman and Patrick Bamford bought to Jack Harrison’s cross however was unable to show his first-time effort goalwards.
They rallied after Jimenez had damaged the impasse and Pablo Hernandez did have likelihood to stage, however the effort was blocked and with it went Leeds’ hopes of avoiding a second defeat of the season.
Wolves in transition
Wolves will probably be delighted at three wins from their opening 5 video games, notably as supervisor Nuno is within the early phases of revolutionising his staff’s fashion of play, altering them from a largely counter-attacking unit into one that’s comfy in possession.
Nonetheless, with three of his new recruits on the bench, together with £35.6m teenager Fabio Silva, the indications are Nuno has not fairly settled on his most well-liked use of the skills at his disposal.
A primary-half possession statistic of 31% underlined Wolves’ labours, as did their return of zero photographs heading in the right direction earlier than Podence drove one of the best likelihood of the opening interval straight at Meslier with nearly the ultimate kick earlier than the whistle.
Jimenez’s ahead partnership with Podence would be the key to Wolves’ hopes of progress as Nuno’s rebuilding work continues.
The Mexican stays one of many Premier League’s most feared strikers – solely Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have additionally scored 30 top-flight targets for the reason that begin of final season – and Podence is blossoming right into a succesful alternative for Diogo Jota.
Jimenez hots milestone – stats
- Leeds suffered their first residence defeat in 12 video games in all competitions (W8 D3), since a 0-1 defeat to Wigan within the Championship in February 2020.
- Wolves have received 4 league conferences in a row in opposition to Leeds for the primary time since February 1958 to April 1960 (a run of 5).
- Wolves have received three of their first 5 video games (L2) of a top-flight marketing campaign for the primary time since 1979-80.
- This was Leeds’ first residence defeat within the Premier League since April 2004 (1-2 v Portsmouth).
- Jimenez has netted 33 targets within the Premier League for Wolves, 11 greater than some other participant Steven Fletcher managed, whereas solely Joao Moutinho has extra assists (14) than the Mexican (13).
- Max Kilman registered his first purpose involvement in his 14th recreation for Wolves in all competitions.
Leeds subsequent play within the Premier League at high-flying Aston Villa on 23 October (20:00 BST), whereas Wolves entertain Newcastle on 25 October (16:30 GMT).
- 2AylingBooked at 15mins
- 21StruijkSubstituted forHernándezat 75′minutes
- 23PhillipsBooked at 61mins
- 17Hélder CostaSubstituted forPoveda-Ocampoat 71′minutes
- 22HarrisonSubstituted forDias Belloliat 82′minutes
- 18Dias Belloli
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 28João MoutinhoBooked at 66minsSubstituted forNevesat 82′minutes
- 7NetoSubstituted forMarçal de Oliveiraat 89′minutes
- 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forTraoréat 65′minutes
- 5Marçal de Oliveira
- 17Soares Silva
Stay Textual content
Match ends, Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
Nook, Leeds United. Conceded by Rúben Neves.
Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the suitable wing.
Foul by Marçal (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Try blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Try blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker.
Foul by Robin Koch (Leeds United).
Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the suitable wing.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Marçal replaces Pedro Neto.
Foul by Patrick Bamford (Leeds United).
Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try blocked. Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Leeds United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves replaces João Moutinho.
Substitution, Leeds United. Raphinha replaces Jack Harrison.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Nook, Leeds United. Conceded by Willy Boly.
Try blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.
Try missed. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.