Wolves 4 (Dicko 19, 45+1, Afobe 48, Edwards 88)
Leeds United 3 (C. Taylor 11, Batth-og 65, Mowatt 74)
Wolves moved up into a play-off position courtesy of a late winner from substitute Dave Edwards at the end of a cracking game with Leeds that saw the advantage swinging back and forth before finally finishing in Wolves’ favour.
Wanderers, who were unchanged for the visit of the Yorkshire side, kicked-off attacking the North Bank end and in the second minute there was a chance for Nouha Dicko but he dragged his shot wide from just outside the box.
Scott Wootton was booked in the eighth minute for a challenge on Dicko right on the line of the Leeds area to the left of goal. James Henry’s free-kick was headed over by Dicko.
Hesitancy in defence proved costly for Wolves in the 11th minute as the visitors took the lead. Chances to clear were spurned and Kevin McDonald was forced into a corner. His clearance struck Richard Stearman and bounced into the path of Charlie Taylor who made no mistake from close range.
Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri made a smart save after Bakary Sako met a cross from Henry with the outside of his foot, and then Sam Byram went into the book after late challenge on McDonald.
Wolves drew level in the 19th minute when Dicko, with a sublime finish from a tight angle at the far post, tucked away a cross from Henry.
Kalvin Phillips’s challenge on McDonald was lucky to go unpunished as it was clearly high and left the Molineux midfielder with a gaping hole in his sock above the ankle.
Sako’s marauding run took him half the length of the field before he hit a cross that Silvestri cut out at his near post, and then the Italian had to dive to keep out a curling shot from Henry.
In the 28th minute Dominic Iorfa broke free on the right and fired over a low cross that forced a flying save from Silvestri.
Two home defenders were booked with in the space of a few seconds – Scott Golbourne and Danny Batth saw yellow for challenges on Luke Murphy and Taylor respectively.
Three minutes before the break, Henry cut into the area and got in an angled shot that Silvestri gathered at the second attempt. Then, when McDonald set up Sako, the winger’s shot was deflected high over the bar.
A minute into added time, Dicko struck again with a precision finish from 18-yards after he had latched onto Sako’s inch perfect through ball.
Half-Time: Wolves 2 Leeds 1
Alex Mowatt tested Carl Ikeme with a long range effort but it was Wolves that stretched their advantage in the 48th minute as Benik Afobe got in on the act.
Jack Price’s cross dropped to Sako on the far side of the six-yard and he promptly teed up Batth whose low shot struck Dicko and bounced into the path of Afobe who smashed home his 12th Wolves goal from close quarters.
Afobe couldn’t have been closer to another than he was in the 53rd minute. McDonald’s quickly taken free-kick released Dicko on the right and his low cross was steered just the wrong side of the post by Afobe.
Sol Bamba became the third Leeds player to go into the book for a scything tackle on Dicko.
On 65 minutes Leeds were given a lifeline when Batth turned Mowatt’s cross past Ikeme.
Already booked, Byram was lucky to escape with a rebuke from the referee after he had clattered into Golbourne. Kenny Jackett then decided on a change with Edwards replacing Dicko.
The home fans were stunned in the 74th minute as Leeds drew level. Mowatt cut in from the right and from 20-yards he hit a shot that gave Ikeme no chance.
Rajiv van La Parra was sent on for Henry and he was soon presented with a chance when Afobe delivered a low cross. The Dutchman’s first attempt struck a defender and ballooned up in the air and although van La Parra reached the ball as it dropped, he could only steer it wide.
Silvestri just beat Afobe to a Sako centre but the keeper was beaten in the 88th minute by a superb header from Edwards following a great cross into the box from McDonald (pictured).
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Golbourne, Price, Stearman, Batth, Henry (van La Parra 78), McDonald, Afobe, Dicko (Edwards 70), Sako.
Unused subs: Kuszczak, Doherty, Doyle, Ebanks-Landell, Hause.
Bookings: Golbourne (37 – foul), Batth (38 – foul).
Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Bamba, Murphy, Berardi, Wootton, Taylor, Mowatt, Cooper (capt), Antenucci (Sharp 81), Phillips.
Unused subs: S. Taylor, Ngoyi, Cani, Doukara, Sloth, Del Fabro.
Bookings: Wootton (8 – foul), Byram (18 – foul), Bamba (56 – foul).
Referee: D. Coote.