Leeds United Under-23s - as it happened: Whites beat Wolves as Rodrigo returns to bag brace

Leeds United's Under-23s travel to take on Wolves in the Premier League 2 on Friday afternoon.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 3:45 pm
Leeds United forward Rodrigo. Pic: Getty

Mark Jackson's Whites sit top of the PL2 Division 2 table and take on third-placed Wolves.

United are 10 points clear of Stoke City - who have a game in hand - while today's hosts Wanderers are 14 points back but do have three games in hand on Leeds.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed a number of first team players would be made available on their return from injury this afternoon.

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Gaetano Berardi will step up his match minutes after a first outing at Crystal Palace on Monday following a torn ACL.

Ian Poveda was an unused substitute against the Eagles but there could yet be more involvement for those in the treatment room ahead of Monday's Premier League clash at West Ham.

Follow all the latest below as we bring you live updates...

Wolves v Leeds United Under-23s - LIVE BLOG

Last updated: Friday, 05 March, 2021, 15:45

  • LIVE SCORE - Wolves 0-2 Leeds (second half)

Our match report from Wolves

Welcome to today’s live Under-23s blog as the league leaders travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League 2.

Stay tuned for all the build-up and match updates right here throughout.

Wolves boss James Collins has been speaking ahead of kick-off...

“It’s always a tough game against Leeds,” he told the Wolves website.

“They have some good players and they play their unique Bielsa-style which is different from everybody else.

“They’ll play a high press game, going man for man right across the pitch, so you have to be ready, you have to be at it, and you have to be prepared.

“They’ll give you opportunities because of their style, but they’ll also create some opportunities, which will make for an exciting game. But I think the boys are ready.”

LEEDS UNITED TEAM NEWS

So... the headline news is that Rodrigo returns to match action this afternoon in a bid to step up his fitness after a groin problem.

The Under-23s are a much changed team as Sam Greenwood also returns to the bench along with Ian Poveda.

There are starts for youngsters Max Dean and Charlie Allen while a few others are missing.

The likes of Joe Gelhardt, Niall Huggins, Jack Jenkins, Oliver Casey and Leif Davis are all absent - presumably in training with the first team instead or possible just given the day off.

Rotation is policy at development level for the Whites.

Kick-off approaching

We’ll have updates right here from 1pm...

1. We’re underway at Wolves! No red cards, please... updates to follow.

2. Berardi wins it in the Wolves half, about 40-yards from goal. McKinstry to take.

3. Wolves head clear before Leeds come again. Dean, though, gives away a free-kick. Competitive start.

4. Early chance for Rodrigo to run at the Wolves defence. He tries to slide in Dean but it’s cut out.

Drameh defends well

5. Wolves overload and get down United’s left. Drameh cuts out a low ball into the box and sweeps it clear. Good positioning.

6. Kamwa with some good play and skill. Drives to the box by the corner flag... free-kick.

RODRIGO!

7. Kamwa wins a free-kick. Leeds opt to play it to the edge of the box and Rodrigo sweeps a shot into the corner of the net. Lovely goal. 1-0!

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