Leeds United v Wolves: Looking back on five recent clashes

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United's Stuart Dallas battles with Wolves Kevin McDonald in the two clubs' last meeting.
Leeds United's Stuart Dallas battles with Wolves Kevin McDonald in the two clubs' last meeting.
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With the Championship season reaching its climax, Leeds United host Wolves tonight in the penultimate game at Elland Road.

Though both teams have now secured mid-­table positionsand have little left to play for, as always pride will be at stake.

Whilst Wolves have won on two or their last three visits to West Yorkshire, Leeds had boasted a fine record in the previous 22, losing just twice.

Toby Bilton takes a trip down memory lane to look at five thrilling fixtures to have set hearts racing.

Thursday 17th December 2015

Wolves 2-3 Leeds

Trailing to an early Benik Afobe goal, Leeds produced a stunning fightback to secure the three points. With minutes to go before half­-time, local lad Sam Byam popped up with an equaliser.

Stuart Dallas then put the visitors ahead on 51 minutes before Byram stole the second, courtesy of a shoulder. Byram then went onto score 10 days later against Nottingham Forest, his last strike in a Leeds shirt prior to his move to West Ham in January.

Monday 6th April 2015

Wolves 4-3 Leeds

Aiming to produce a late surge for the play­offs, Wolves took the spoils in this ding­dong affair on Easter Monday. Leeds’ very own Charlie Taylor tucked in the opener after neat work from debutant Kalvin Phillips, before goals from Nouha Dicko and Afobe put the hosts comfortably in front. Two goals in ten minutes, including a belter from Alex Mowatt, then drew the game level.

However the Wolves fans were then sent into pandemonium when David Edwards headed home with just two minutes to go in what was one of the most thrilling games of last season.

Saturday 9th February

Wolves 2-2 Leeds

After a drab first half produced little entertainment, the game sparked into life in the second period. Controlling proceedings, the visitors were lucky to go one down when skipper Lee Peltier turned it into Paddy Kenny’s net. Leeds responded well though, levelling thanks to a sweet left-

footed Luke Varney strike before taking the lead through a Ross McCormack penalty. Leeds were again undone by a late header when Danny Batth nodded home his first career goal in the 92 minute.

Saturday 20th August 2005

Leeds 2-0 Wolves

In a season where both teams were widely tipped to a return to the top­flight, it was the hosts that took the spoils in this early season encounter. Wolves, managed by Glenn Hoddle, sorely missed captain Paul Ince who was out nursing a thigh strain. American Eddie Lewis scored his first goal for the club just 24 hours after representing his country on the other side of the Atlantic, with Rob Hulse securing the win with his first of goal of the season. The season would end disappointingly for both sides. Hoddle resigned after missing out on the play­offs by eight points, and Leeds, who finished fifth, succumbed to a 3-­0 defeat to Watford in the play­off final itself.

Tuesday 10th February 2004

Leeds 4-1 Wolves (Premier League)

Dubbed as a relegation six pointer, the Elland Rd faithful left the the ground convinced of Premier League survival. In a starting 11 that featured Paul Robinson, Dominic Matteo, Jermaine Pennant, James Milner, Alan Smith and Mark Viduka, it was the home side that held their nerve. Goals from Smith, Matteo, Viduka and Milner secured the victory, but Leeds would win only three more league games in the coming months. Just three years after winning reaching the Champions League semis, Leeds were relegated to the second tier of English football along with Wolves and current Premier League leaders Leicester City, all finishing on 33 points.

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 Picture: Bruce Rollinson

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