By George Overhill

19th Mar, 2023 | 2:10pm

Luke Ayling’s celebration for Leeds United was branded “terrible” by Michael Brown after he scored a scruffy goal thanks to marking from Wolves that was “so bad”.

Despite being given the run-around for the entire first-half in defence the Whites defender somehow popped up completely alone in the penalty area just after the break, to barely nod his first goal in a year past Jose Sa.

The keeper should probably have saved it, and he never have been left so alone in the first place, but took advantage of the comedy of errors before using the opportunity to reprise his Robbie Keane celebration from this fixture 12 months ago, while the BT Sport panel laughed at what they had seen.

Reacting live on BT Sport Score on Saturday (18 March, 4.09pm) Brown said: “His celebration is terrible. God, he doesn’t know what to do.”

As the rest of the pundits laughed along he added: “He’s gone in at the back post with a diving header, off his pony tail, almost misses it right at the back post. Honestly the marking is so bad.”

No points for style

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Logic and tactics pretty much went out the window in this game, and Ayling’s afternoon summed it up better than most.

He was beaten time and time again down the left wing in the first half and yet Max Wober and Illan Meslier managed to preserve a Leeds United lead at the break from Jack Harrison’s early opener.

And yet there he was just minutes into the second half with one of the ugliest goals you’ll ever see from both an attacking and defending perspective.

He won’t care at all after contributing to a hugely important three points, and will primarily be glad to have come out of a shocking challenge by Jonny later in the game without serious injury.

The Wolves defender was sent off for committed the “ultimate sin” in that challenge with the score at 3-2, before further drama surrounding Rodrigo’s late fourth in stoppage time.

With Premier League survival on the line the Whites’ captain on the day, as well as all the Leeds fans watching on, would take weak headers that the keeper should save, and subsequent slapstick celebrations, every week until May if it leads to safety.

There is a long way to go yet, but the three points at Molineux were a huge step in the right direction under Javi Gracia and it is massively satisfying to come out on top in a game where anything could have happened.

In other Leeds United news, amid the joy of the weekend one Whites star has been pushed closer to a summer exit with what happened during the week.

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