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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Leeds Utd

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Sam Byram levelled the scores for Leeds just before half-time

Leeds produced a fine fightback to beat Wolves and leave Wanderers without a Championship home win since 3 October.

Benik Afobe slotted the hosts into an early lead at Molineux before Sam Byram equalised just before half-time.

Stuart Dallas put Leeds ahead shortly after the break when his powerful shot beat Carl Ikeme at the near post.

Byram added his second when Charlie Taylor's left-wing cross hit his shoulder and looped in, before Nathan Byrne steered home a consolation.

Wolves' first defeat in six games sees them slip to 17th in the Championship table while Leeds overtake them and rise to 14th.

The turnaround by Steve Evans' Leeds either side of the break left the home supporters stunned after they had seen Wolves dominate most of the first half.

Dallas gave Wolves an early scare as his dipping volley from 25 yards struck the post.

But moments later Afobe, recalled to the starting line-up in place of Adam Le Fondre, latched onto James Henry's knock down and finished calmly past Marco Silvestri.

Afobe shot just wide on the turn and Jordan Graham forced a good save from Silvestri, but the hosts were made to pay for not making their superiority count when winger Byram played a neat one-two with Chris Wood and finished well.

Leeds looked a different side after half-time as Northern Ireland international Dallas and Byram put them into a comfortable lead and Wood was denied twice by Ikeme.

Substitute Byrne gave Wolves some hope with a neat half-volley at the back post from Graham's cross but despite piling men forward in the final 10 minutes, Kenny Jackett's side were unable to find an equaliser.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"Leeds out-powered us. We had to withstand the pressure and we didn't. At the start of the second period they had too much power for us.

"Physically, I thought that we looked second best. We needed to defend as a side and we found defending tough.

"We came back at the end but we were always chasing the game. We need to rectify what is wrong and the move on. We have to come through this spell."

Leeds boss Steve Evans:

"Young Sam [Byram] has been good on the training ground for the last two weeks and I said to him that his chance is coming.

"But he is so good in attacking areas. We love the kid to bits and I have said before that if he comes home with my daughter I will be quite proud!

"He has played really well and everyone in the dressing room is really pleased for him."

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe puts Wolves into an early lead
Stuart Dallas
Stuart Dallas powers in his shot to put Leeds ahead after half-time
Wolves fans
Wolves' last victory at Molineux was a 3-0 win over Huddersfield

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 3Golbourne
  • 19PriceSubstituted forCoadyat 84'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 7HenrySubstituted forByrneat 67'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 58'minutes
  • 24Graham
  • 10Afobe

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 12Wallace
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Coady
  • 25Byrne
  • 27Holt
  • 29Le Fondre

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 56mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 2Byram
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forDoukaraat 30'minutes
  • 23L Cook
  • 15DallasSubstituted forMowattat 86'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forAntenucciat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 7Antenucci
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Mowatt
  • 11Doukara
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
19,592

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3.

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady replaces Jack Price.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Chris Wood.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Graham following a set piece situation.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nathan Byrne replaces James Henry.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 3. Sam Byram (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Wood with a headed pass.

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Dave Edwards.

Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 2. Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Leeds United 1.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 17th December 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull21125431141741
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading217682725227
14Leeds216872124-326
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Wolves216782728-125
18Fulham215883437-323
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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