Match report: Wolves 0 Leeds United 1 - Whites tame Wolves to move back into Championship top half

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Leeds United returned to winning ways as Hadi Sacko’s cross led to a 70th-minute own goal from Silvio which bagged the Whites a 1-0 victory at Molineux in Saturday afternoon’s Championship clash with Wolves.

After an end to end first half which featured chances for both sides, Wolves defender Silvio diverted home Sacko’s right flank cross with 20 minutes left to get Leeds back to winning ways.

The victory lifted United into the top half and up to tenth, with United now three points off the play-offs ahead of next Saturday’s hosting of Burton Albion.

After a scrappy opening, Leeds were presented with a potential opening through a tenth-minute free kick awarded for a foul on Kemar Roofe on the left flank but a Kalvin Philips delivery sailed straight out of play.

Kyle Bartley went tumbling down in the area and appealed for a penalty but without joy.

Four minutes later, a fine raking pass from Kemar Roofe set the recalled Ronaldo Vieira clear down the right flank but the youngster curled a wayward effort well wide.

Wolves offered little early threat but United then almost pressed the self destruct button just before the 20 minute marker when a poor back-header by Eunan O’Kane was pounced upon by Nouha Dicko but thankfully for United Pontus Jansson and Rob Green combined to clear the ball for a corner.

Joa Teixeira fired over from the resulting corner as Wolves pressure began to build and two minutes later United were indebted to a fine tackle from Jansson to prevent Dicko from pulling the trigger inside the box.

Momemts later, Teixeira cut inside skillfully before seeing a curling effort deflected just wide for a corner which was cleared.

Helder Costa then fired just over from the edge of the box before Roofe went down in the Wolves area from a rare Leeds attack but saw his claims for a spot kick ignored.

Wolves’ Matt Doherty then earned the game’s first caution for a foul on Hadi Sacko after a neat turn on 34 minutes before the hosts countered when Vieira and Bartley both missed sliding tackles but Costa wasted the opportunity with an over-hit cross.

But Leeds then went about as close as it gets to breaking the deadlock six minutes before the break when Sacko latched on to a fine through ball from Kyle Bartley to bear down on goal but his chipped effort clipped the crossbar and went over.

Almost immediately, at the other end, Rob Green then produced a fine point-blank save to deny Teixeira, before Leeds hit back with another chance as a Roofe header from the inside the area just evaded the post.

At the other end, a header from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson sailed harmlessly over but there was real danger in the third minute of five added on minutes of injury time when Teixeira’s cross fizzed across the area and was hacked away for a corner by Charlie Taylor to deny Costa a tap in.

After Leeds dealt with two early second-half Wolves corners, the Whites were presented with a free-kick in a good position on the byline for a foul on Roofe but Phillips’ delivery was easily cleared.

The same player then fired an effort well wide as Leeds began the second period on top and the Whites were then denied strong claims for a penalty on the hour mark when Danny Batth slid in on Wood who felt he was fouled.

Wolves then went extremely close when a rising pile-driver from Costa whistled just over the bar.
Straight away, at the other end, Carl Ikeme produced a good save to tip a rising effort from Wood wide.

But there was no denying the Whites in the 71st minute when Bartley’s long ball down the right flank was pounced upon by Sacko who outfoxed Doherty before sending in a low cross for Roofe which Silvio inadvertently converted from close range.

Just minutes after, Roofe then sized up an attempt for a United second goal when shooting over with Wolves suddenly on the ropes.

The hosts attempted to rally and Sacko made an important block to shut down an effort from substitute Ivan Cavaleiro, before Jansson got in the way of a shot from Saiss.

For Leeds, Sacko hacked a chance well wide with seven minutes left before Wood smashed a volley just over the bar with two minutes to go.

As the clock ticked down towards the 90th minute, Monk withdrew Vieira for Alex Mowatt and Sacko for Liam Cooper, with Wolves looking to have run out of ideas and steam.

But in the first of four added minutes of injury time, Costa squandered the easiest chance of the match when somehow blazing over from six yards right in front of Green’s goal.

Wood was then withdrawn for Souleymane Doukara and Leeds had a further three minutes to survive.

They were three further minutes in which Wolves failed to fashion a futher chance, with a Cavaleiro cross evading every player in the Wolves area as the disgruntled home fans headed for the exits.

Leeds United: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor, Phillips, O’Kane, Sacko (Cooper 88), Vieira (Mowatt 86), Roofe, Wood (Doukara 90). Subs not used: Silvestri, Coyle, Grimes, Antonsson.

Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty (Coady 76), Silvio, Edwards, Batth, Dicko (Cavaleiro 62), Costa, Bodvarsson, Teixeira (John 76), Saiss, Hause. Subs not used: Lonergan, Stearman, Oniangue, Gladon.

Referee: Stuart Atwell.

Attendance: 23,607 (2,452 Leeds).
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