Edwards: 'Everything about it was incredible'

Edwards admits his winning goal against Leeds United in a 4-3 thriller at Molineux back in 2015 was the most exhilarated he has ever felt on a football pitch.

The Welsh midfielder came off the bench to head home the winning goal after Leeds had pegged Wolves back after the hosts had taken a 3-1 lead, leading to jubilant scenes among the crowds at Molineux.

Edwards is one of several key members of the team that appeared that day who join Mikey Burrows and Chris Iwelumo to relive that memorable victory on the latest episode of Old Gold Club: Big Match Revisited.

Supporters can catch the latest edition at 8pm on Monday on Wolves’ official YouTube channel, with the likes of Jack Price, Carl Ikeme, Nouha Dicko and Kevin McDonald also joining Edwards in looking back at a truly memorable game.

On Wolves conceding after he came off the bench

“It’s horrible, especially in those situations under Kenny, as the only way I was coming on was to see out the game; he’d bring off a striker and bring me on as a 10.

“That’s not a nice situation to be brought on to, but I remember the tempo of this game was ridiculous, I was absolutely blowing.

“Then when we concede, you feel like it’s down to you because you came on, we go a bit deeper, so it was horrible, but that what makes it so much sweeter to go on and win it in the end.”

On being a threat in the box

“I always had the knack of arriving at the right time, but it wasn’t until Joe Gallen came in under Kenny and he really honed my skills in to being more clinical when I got there, and not getting there too early like I used to do sometimes.

“Joe takes a lot of the credit for that because he used to work loads with me after training on it and at this sort of time was when I was at my most prolific.

“As we had so many good players in the team, I always thought my job was to win the ball back as quickly as possible and take as little amount of touches as possible and give it to our better players. Then take all the glory at the end by arriving in the box at the right time!

“It was not that I would tear into the box and keep going, I just wanted to get myself into a position that when they crossed it, I wasn’t too far away from getting across my man.”

On heading the winning goal

“It helped us with Leeds going for it, because it gave us a little more space when we were attacking, and we started to get on top in those last five minutes. It was almost like they had run out of steam.

“I didn’t have to do a lot with the cross. When the ball is of that high a quality and with that much pace on it, you’re just hoping to just change the direction, because that all you need to do to beat the keeper.

“I remember before this goal, I was chatting to Benik about what we should do and I told him go forwards and take a man with him and that just gave me a little bit of space to manoeuvre back to get the goal. Little things like that which are critical, most people wouldn’t have even noticed.

“What a moment that was though. When that goal went in, it was probably the most exhilarated I’ve ever been on a football pitch. It was incredible and I remember after the game just wanting to go through it all again and pause it.

“It was great that it was Easter weekend, everyone’s at the football, it’s nice weather and everything about it was incredible.”

On missing out on the play-offs

“Where we were as a team, getting into the play-offs was above expectations really and finally getting into the play-off places was a relief and we were absolutely flying as a club, with the fans and everything. It was like everyone was singing off the same hymn sheet again.

“What cost us this season was that run we had in November time when we had an absolute stinker, but apart from that, at this part of the season, we all genuinely believed we were going to get into the play-offs.

“Every single player in that squad thought we were going to do it and that was why it was so gutting that the next game when we went to Blues and it didn’t quite happen for us.

“I don’t think we took our foot of the pedal, it just felt that we were in eighth position for ages and we finally got into the play-offs on that Easter Monday, and I don’t know if all of a sudden we were the ones being chased and that didn’t help us.

“We were good being the ones chasing because we felt we were quietly coming up and moving up the table and then we ran out of steam towards the end of the season.

“But at this point, we all thought we were a shoo-in to get into the play-offs and be the form team when we got there.”

The fourth edition of the must-see 90-minute Old Gold Club: Big Match Revisited premieres at 8pm on Monday on Wolves’ YouTube channel, before being available in the archive at tv.wolves.co.uk.

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