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Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leeds United

By James McMathBBC Sport
Dave Edwards celebrates with Rajiv van La Parra
Dave Edwards has scored eight goals in 41 appearances for Wolves this season

Dave Edwards headed home a late winner as Wolves beat Leeds to move into the Championship play-off places.

Leeds had fought back from 3-1 down to level at 3-3 before Edwards diverted home from Kevin McDonald's cross.

Charlie Taylor scored his first senior goal for Leeds but two goals from Nouha Dicko and a strike from Benik Afobe put Kenny Jackett's side in control.

An own goal from Danny Batth got Leeds back in it before Alex Mowatt levelled with a fine shot from 20 yards.

Leeds, who have endured a turbulent week off the pitch, showed good spirit to drag themselves level but substitute Edwards clinched victory with his eighth goal of the season.

Visiting manager Neil Redfearn said earlier this month he was considering his position after assistant manager Steve Thompson was suspended by the club.

His team made a bright start at Molineux and 21-year-old Taylor netted the first goal of his senior career thanks to some generous Wolves defending.

McDonald held on to possession for too long and his clearance under pressure hit team-mate Richard Stearman, dropping kindly for Taylor to tuck home from six yards.

But Jackett's men were level within eight minutes when Afobe's cross-shot from the right was tucked in from a tight angle by Dicko.

Leeds midfielder Alex Mowatt
Alex Mowatt has scored nine goals in 39 appearances for Leeds this season

Wolves, looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run, took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Dicko scored his second of the match and his 13th of the season.

Bakary Sako's chipped through-ball released Dicko in behind the Leeds defence and the Mali international netted with a firm low shot.

Mowatt tested Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme with a long-range effort early in the second half but the hosts made it 3-1 from the following attack.

Batth's low drive looked on its way in until it hit Dicko in the six-yard box. Afobe was quickest to the loose ball, hooking his shot into the roof of the net for his 10th goal in 16 matches for Wolves.

The hosts looked to be cruising to victory until an own goal from captain Batth gave Leeds hope.

Mowatt's inswinging ball from the right was aimed at Sam Byram but Batth got there first - only to divert the ball beyond Ikeme.

Buoyed by the goal, Leeds took the match to their hosts and equalised thanks to a stylish strike from Mowatt.

The 20-year-old midfielder won possession in the Wolves half and ran at the heart of the hosts' defence before curling a left-foot shot beyond Ikeme from 20 yards.

It looked like Wolves would be left to rue their defensive mistakes until Edwards's late intervention.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"We can sense something happening and we just need to focus on getting our game right. If we keep improving and show a hunger to play good football, the crowd will follow us.

"We feel that we've got a lot of goals in our team and it's tight between all of the sides. We're just pleased to be in and around it but we need to concentrate and finish the season off strongly."

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 39mins
  • 5Stearman
  • 3GolbourneBooked at 37mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forvan La Parraat 78'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 19Price
  • 10Sako
  • 12Afobe
  • 40DickoSubstituted forEdwardsat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 16Doyle
  • 17van La Parra
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 30Hause

Leeds

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15WoottonBooked at 8mins
  • 3BambaBooked at 56mins
  • 32Cooper
  • 12Berardi
  • 7Murphy
  • 2ByramBooked at 18mins
  • 40Phillips
  • 27Mowatt
  • 21Taylor
  • 34AntenucciSubstituted forSharpat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6N'Goyi
  • 8Sharp
  • 10Cani
  • 13Taylor
  • 29Doukara
  • 33Sloth
  • 35Del Fabro
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
25,169

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

    Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

    Billy Sharp (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 4, Leeds United 3. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

  15. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Mirco Antenucci.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rajiv van La Parra replaces James Henry.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth412211887434477
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Brighton411015164348-545
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Rotherham411013184262-2043
21Fulham40127215172-2143
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan41811223555-2035
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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