Championship
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers2LeedsLeeds United3
By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
Leeds celebration
Sam Byram levelled the scores for Leeds just before half-time

Leeds produced a fine fightback to beat Wolves and leave Wanderers without a Championship home win since 3 October.

Benik Afobe slotted the hosts into an early lead at Molineux before Sam Byram equalised just before half-time.

Stuart Dallas put Leeds ahead shortly after the break when his powerful shot beat Carl Ikeme at the near post.

Byram added his second when Charlie Taylor's left-wing cross hit his shoulder and looped in, before Nathan Byrne steered home a consolation.

Wolves' first defeat in six games sees them slip to 17th in the Championship table while Leeds overtake them and rise to 14th.

The turnaround by Steve Evans' Leeds either side of the break left the home supporters stunned after they had seen Wolves dominate most of the first half.

Dallas gave Wolves an early scare as his dipping volley from 25 yards struck the post.

But moments later Afobe, recalled to the starting line-up in place of Adam Le Fondre, latched onto James Henry's knock down and finished calmly past Marco Silvestri.

Afobe shot just wide on the turn and Jordan Graham forced a good save from Silvestri, but the hosts were made to pay for not making their superiority count when winger Byram played a neat one-two with Chris Wood and finished well.

Leeds looked a different side after half-time as Northern Ireland international Dallas and Byram put them into a comfortable lead and Wood was denied twice by Ikeme.

Substitute Byrne gave Wolves some hope with a neat half-volley at the back post from Graham's cross but despite piling men forward in the final 10 minutes, Kenny Jackett's side were unable to find an equaliser.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett:

"Leeds out-powered us. We had to withstand the pressure and we didn't. At the start of the second period they had too much power for us.

"Physically, I thought that we looked second best. We needed to defend as a side and we found defending tough.

"We came back at the end but we were always chasing the game. We need to rectify what is wrong and the move on. We have to come through this spell."

Leeds boss Steve Evans:

"Young Sam [Byram] has been good on the training ground for the last two weeks and I said to him that his chance is coming.

"But he is so good in attacking areas. We love the kid to bits and I have said before that if he comes home with my daughter I will be quite proud!

"He has played really well and everyone in the dressing room is really pleased for him."

Benik Afobe
Benik Afobe puts Wolves into an early lead
Stuart Dallas
Stuart Dallas powers in his shot to put Leeds ahead after half-time
Wolves fans
Wolves' last victory at Molineux was a 3-0 win over Huddersfield

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 3Golbourne
  • 19PriceSubstituted forCoadyat 84'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 7HenrySubstituted forByrneat 67'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 58'minutes
  • 24Graham
  • 10Afobe

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 12Wallace
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Coady
  • 25Byrne
  • 27Holt
  • 29Le Fondre

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 56mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 2Byram
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forDoukaraat 30'minutes
  • 23L Cook
  • 15DallasSubstituted forMowattat 86'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forAntenucciat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 7Antenucci
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Mowatt
  • 11Doukara
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
19,592

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Stuart Dallas.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady replaces Jack Price.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

  12. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Leeds United 3. Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Chris Wood.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Graham following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

  18. Post update

    Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.