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Leeds United 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

James Henry
Henry's second goal of the season in the second half got Wolves back into the game

Leeds United were beaten at home by high-flying Wolves in the Championship, leading to Darko Milanic's sacking as head coach.

Mirco Antenucci's crisp shot from just inside the box gave Leeds the lead in the first half.

Wolves equalised when Giuseppe Bellusci failed to control in the box and winger James Henry finished from close range.

Both sides pushed for a winner but Leon Clarke came off the bench to side-foot home from Matt Doherty's pass.

Defeat ended Milanic's 32-day reign at Elland Road, with academy manager Neil Redfearn expected to take over from the Slovenian.

The home side took the lead when Alex Mowatt's 50-yard floated ball found Steve Morison, making his first start for Leeds in 17 months, and he laid in his strike partner Antenucci to fire home his fourth of the season.

Clarke's barren run ends
Leon Clarke scored just his second goal in 21 appearances since returning to Wolves from Coventry in January.

Mowatt should have made it 2-0 shortly afterwards but he scuffed his shot with the goal gaping when laid in by the lively Morison.

After few meaningful efforts before half-time, Wolves improved after the break with Nouha Dicko, Rajiv van La Parra and Clarke all going close.

Their pressure was rewarded when Leeds centre-back Bellusci did not deal with a cross, and his attempted clearance fell to Henry, who drilled the ball into the roof of the net.

Clarke, on as a half-time substitute for Dave Edwards, scored his first goal of the season as he finished off a flowing Wolves move inside the area.

Kenny Jackett's side have now won back-to-back games and are third in the Championship table, only sitting outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

Leeds' Darko Milanic, speaking before he was sacked:

"I am disappointed because we deserve some more points. This is not a good position for me and the team, but I still see good things that we make. I believe it.

"My job is to do this better, to improve. I work with my team a lot and it's a young team without a lot of experience."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"We are aiming to get one of the promotion places. We have made a solid start and are in a good position and are showing we are capable.

"This is a tight division and I have not seen anyone who is streets ahead, so perhaps being the newcomers can help us."

Line-ups

Leeds

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Silvestri
  • 12Berardi
  • 5Bellusci
  • 6Pearce
  • 3Warnock
  • 23L Cook
  • 14BianchiSubstituted forMontenegroat 88'minutes
  • 27MowattSubstituted forMurphyat 64'minutes
  • 9Oliveira TavaresSubstituted forSlothat 74'minutes
  • 19Morison
  • 34Antenucci

Substitutes

  • 2Byram
  • 7Murphy
  • 13Taylor
  • 18Tonge
  • 26Montenegro
  • 32Cooper
  • 33Sloth

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 15Rowe
  • 11McDonald
  • 14EvansBooked at 76mins
  • 7Henry
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forvan La Parraat 64'minutes
  • 40DickoSubstituted forStearmanat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 5Stearman
  • 8Saville
  • 9Clarke
  • 12Sagbo
  • 17van La Parra
  • 31Flatt
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
27,883

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

    Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci tries a through ball, but Brian Montenegro is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Henry.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giuseppe Bellusci following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

    Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Brian Montenegro replaces Tommaso Bianchi.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Richard Stearman replaces Nouha Dicko.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by James Henry.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Leeds United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tommy Rowe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommaso Bianchi.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

  20. Post update

    James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1475224121226
2Watford1475226151126
3Wolves147522115626
4Bournemouth1473428141424
5Middlesbrough147341912724
6Norwich1465322121023
7Nottm Forest145722316722
8Blackburn146442120122
9Charlton145721615122
10Ipswich145632016421
11Cardiff145451817119
12Sheff Wed144731111019
13Brentford145451619-319
14Reading145361823-518
15Millwall144551416-217
16Rotherham144551518-317
17Huddersfield144551925-617
18Leeds144461418-416
19Wigan143651415-115
20Fulham144281925-614
21Brighton142751316-313
22Bolton143291324-1111
23Birmingham142571228-1611
24Blackpool141310822-146
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