Leeds United fell to a narrow defeat in the Black Country this evening with the fine margins of English football’s elite division at the forefront of tonight’s encounter at Molineux.
The first-half was evenly contested but it was the fruitful Pedro Neto who called Illan Meslier into action when the Portuguese winger let loose from 20 yards out, the French goal-keeper with a one-handed save to deny Neto-a shot destined for the top corner had it not been for Meslier’s intelligent keeping. A wake-up call for the Whites who were punished yet again for their self-inflicted mistakes and laziness in possession.
Chances were scarce and hard to come by in the first-half for Leeds but the sides went in level at the interval with a chance to go tenth at stake for Leeds.
Moments before Nuno’s side took the lead, the Brazilian starlet (Raphinha) played a teasing ball into the danger-area which found the head of Liam Cooper who headed straight at Rui Patricio.
Adama Traore produced a moment of brilliance to give the Wanderers the lead on a ghastly night in the Black Country. Traore’s attempt hit the cross-bar before bouncing off Meslier’s back and trickling over the line. Very cruel on the young keeper whose performance against Arsenal was marred by several howlers.
Leeds thought they had salvaged a valuable point towards the dying embers of the tie when the substitute Pablo Hernandez played a smooth ball through for Bamford to latch onto put Bamford was deemed to have reared into an offside position. It was a marginal offside decision similar to Bamford’s disallowed goal against Palace back in November.
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