Stuart Dallas 'bitterly disappointed' with Leeds United's narrow defeat but credits Wolves for gameplan

Stuart Dallas was a bitterly disappointed man after Leeds United failed to make their first half dominance count in a 1-0 defeat by Wolves, but the Northern Irishman wasn't getting carried away.
BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT - Stuart Dallas and Robin Koch both put in terrific performances against Wolves but Leeds United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road. Pic: GettyBITTER DISAPPOINTMENT - Stuart Dallas and Robin Koch both put in terrific performances against Wolves but Leeds United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road. Pic: Getty
BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT - Stuart Dallas and Robin Koch both put in terrific performances against Wolves but Leeds United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road. Pic: Getty

Leeds pinned Wolves into their own half for large parts of the opening 45 minutes and created chances, albeit without forcing Rui Patricio into action. Only Rodrigo was able to bring a save from the visiting stopper during the first half.

After the break Wolves had a greater intensity about them, enjoyed much more of the play and used long, direct switches of play and their pace out wide to open the game up and hurt Leeds. After VAR chalked a goal off for offside, Wolves took the lead with Raul Jimenez' deflected strike and the hosts couldn't find an equaliser.

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A lot of the pre-game talk surrounded the challenge Dallas would face in the form of lightning quick Wolves winger Adama Traore but Nuno Espirito Santo kept the Spaniard on the bench and it was Pedro Neto that came up against the Leeds left-back. A bag of tricks and quick enough himself, Neto proved a difficult customer but Dallas coped well. And when Traore did make an entrance, Dallas did a good job of matching the 24-year-old, who found open space only once after powering away from Jack Harrison's challenge. It was another solid Premier League performance from Dallas, who like many of his Whites team-mates has adapted well to life in the top flight.

Such is the expectation in the Leeds camp however and so good was the first half display, that the slimmest of defeats by an established top 10 club still came as a huge disappointment.

Dallas rued Leeds' inability to turn their early control into goals but was keen to point out that there was another team on the pitch with their own agenda and Leeds could be pleased with elements of their own performance.

"It's bitterly disappointing," he said.

"On the whole, reacting now straight after the game, we are disappointed we didn't get anything out of it.

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"When you are playing teams like this you have got to capitalise when you are on top.

"We didn't do that tonight. I think you have got to give Wolves credit as well, they have come here and the way they have set up they have come with a game plan and it worked.

"But you are not going to get too many chances in these types of games and I don't think we made their goalkeeper work enough tonight. I think we controlled large parts of the game, maybe didn't make the goalkeeper work enough but it's a game of fine margins and unfortunately for us they have had a bit of luck with the goal.

"There's plenty of positives we can take from it, a lot of positives but there's certainly stuff we can work on as well."