Leeds United lost their first home game of the season as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolves on Monday night.
Raul Jimenez’s second-half effort cruelly deflected off Kalvin Phillips and past a helpless Illan Meslier to hand Wolves victory on the road.
Leeds dominated for large periods of the game but couldn’t find a way to open the scoring despite creating numerous chances throughout the game.
The result condemned Leeds to a first loss since the opening day of the season and gave Marcelo Bielsa plenty to think about in the few days until the Whites’ next Premier League game against Aston Villa on Friday.
Here are three things we learned from Leeds v Wolves.
1.) Leeds needed to be more clinical
Leeds dominated in the first half. From the first minute, it was one-way traffic as the home side broke quickly and caused problems for the Wolves back-line. Unfortunately, Leeds didn’t test Rui Patricio as much as they would’ve liked. Patrick Bamford, Helder Costa and Rodrigo all had chances to open the scoring but Rodrigo was the only player to really test the Wolves keeper. On another day Leeds could’ve been 3-0 up at half-time and it is these missed chances that cost them the game. Hopefully, Bamford and co can find their shooting boots before Friday.
2.) Meslier a sensation
Leeds can thank Illan Meslier for only conceding the one goal. Bielsa’s number one made some excellent stops to keep Wolves at bay – not least from Daniel Podence – and he was desperately unlucky with the Wolves goal. If Phillips didn’t get in the way it looked like Jimenez’s shot would’ve been easily gathered by the French goalkeeper and his clean sheet would’ve remained intact. Meslier has been really solid for the Whites so far this season and is already looking like one of the best in the Premier League despite costing just £5m. He’ll be looking for a clean sheet on Friday night, which could be a challenge against Aston Villa and their 100% record.
3. No need to panic
Leeds were certainly capable of beating Wolves and on another night they would have, with all the hallmarks of a winning performance displayed by Leeds at Elland Road on Monday. They created plenty of chances and put in a decent defensive display. A cruel deflection and some poor finishing cost Leeds the points against Wolves but football is unpredictable and teams can be the better side all night and still lose. This was the case for Leeds on Monday and the performance shouldn’t have alarm bells ringing. Some fine-tuning is needed in training this week, but nothing too radical.
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