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17:33 25th October 2014

Clarke Clinches Victory

Leeds United 1 (Antenucci 18)

Wolves 2 (Henry 66, Clarke 85)

A goal down at the break, Wolves hit back to dominate the second-half of their game at Leeds to claim the points following goals from James Henry and, late on, substitute Leon Clarke.

With Bakary Sako ruled out by injury, Michael Jacobs came in as the only change to the team that had started against Middlesbrough in midweek.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the home end of Elland Road with around 2,000 Molineux fans tucked into a corner at the opposite end of the ground.

The initial probes came from United although there was no danger to Carl Ikeme’s goal. The first corner went Wolves’ way with Henry’s kick headed well over at the near post by Dave Edwards.

Leeds’ first flag-kick came five minutes later and it was followed by the first serious chance of the game. Matt Doherty headed out Adryan’s corned but the ball wasn’t cleared and Steve Morison’s cross was collected on the far side by Alex Mowatt who drove into the side netting.

Giuseppe Bellusci cleared after Henry had broken into the right of the box and thumped in a low cross aimed at Nouha Dicko, and then Lee Evans tried a long distance shot that took a hefty deflection but was easily claimed by keeper Marco Silvestri.

Leeds took the lead in the 18th minute when Morison slipped the ball inside to Mirco Antenucci who hit a low shot that went just inside the post.

Kevin McDonald was both high and wide when he tried his luck from 25-yards but Leeds should have had a second in the 25th minute with Morison crossing for Mowatt who was just six-yards out and with the goal at his mercy hitting a half struck effort straight into the arms of Ikeme.

Edwards volleyed wide at the near post after meeting Tommy Rowe’s centre before Leeds went close again when Tommaso Bianchi glanced a header just wide after Bellusci had planted a deep ball into the area.

Silvestri saved a Henry drive from the right-hand corner of the box, and after Adryan had fouled Jacobs some 25-yards out, the Wolves midfielder took the free-kick himself curling a dipping shot inches over the bar.

In first-half stoppage time Silvestri had to dive full length to keep out Henry’s shot from the edge of the area.

Half-Time: Leeds 1 Wolves 0

Clarke replaced Edwards at the start of the new half which Wolves started very much on the front foot forcing their hosts back.

Stephen Warnock’s foul on Doherty wide on the right almost led to an equalising goal. Jacobs drilled in the free-kick and Dicko’s header was heading for the top corner until Silvestri pulled off an amazing fingertip save.

Both sides made a change in the 63rd minute with Luke Murphy taking the place of Mowatt for Leeds whilst Kenny Jackett sent Rajiv van La Parra on for Jacobs.

Wolves drew level in the 66th minute when Bellusci deflected Evans’s cross to Henry who wasted no time in lashing the ball into the roof of the net.

It was all Wolves and after Evans lifted a rising drive over the far angle, a Dicko header was deflected over following a cross by Henry.

Henry almost conjured up a second Wolves goal with a cross that went right through to the far side where the ball took van La Parra by surprise bouncing off his body and flying narrowly over the bar.

After Evans had been yellow carded for a late challenge on Murphy, a good piece of interplay from the visitors saw Doherty setting up a chance for Clarke whose low shot was claimed by the keeper.

Morison dragged a shot across the face of goal after the Wolves defence had failed to clear a rare home attack before Clarke grabbed an 85th minute winner. 

Doherty took the ball into the right of the home box and rather than shooting himself he unselfishly squared a pass for Clarke to side foot over the line. 

There were four added minutes and Leeds threw everything they had into the Wanderers box but to the delight of the travelling fans their team held on for the three points and a shared place at the top of the Championship table.

Leeds: Silvestri, Warnock, Bellusci, Pearce (capt), Adryan (Sloth 74), Berardi, Bianchi (Montenegro 88), Morison, Cook, Mowatt  (Murphy 63), Antenucci.

Unused subs: Taylor, Byram, Tonge, Cooper.

Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Rowe, Edwards (Clarke 45), Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Henry, Evans, Dicko (Stearman 87), McDonald, Jacobs (van La Parra 63).

Unused subs: Flatt, Golbourne, Saville, Sagbo.

Booking: Evans (76 – foul).

Referee: D. Webb.

Attendance: 27,883. 


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