Wolverhampton secured their third win in four matches to move up to 11th spot in the English Premier League with a 1-0 victory on Friday over Leeds United who claimed they were ‘robbed’.
Adama Traore’s long distance 64th minute strike ended up in the back of the net after it cannoned into the crossbar, ricocheted off Leeds goalkeeper Ilan Meslier’s back and rolled across the line.
In a relatively even contest, Leeds United had the better of the key statistics with more possession (59-41%) and more shots on target (7-5) but Wolverhampton got the decisive intervention with a touch of fortune.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “It was a very tight game and a very intense game. Both teams were very active, and you just have to see the actions of the two goalkeepers to see how the game was.
“It was a tough game. I would not be fair by saying Leeds didn’t deserve something from the game, but small details make a game.”
On the decisive goal, he added: “It’s a beautiful strike, and of course there’s luck when the ball came back off the crossbar, but we have to deserve that luck and the strike of Adama is beautiful. He’s a unique player and we expect great things from him.”
The result means Wolves have claimed 10 points from their past four games to move closer to the top half, while 12th-placed Leeds have lost three of their past four.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said: “We dominated the majority of the game. There were very few periods where we werent the dominant side, we had double the amount of chances they did.
“It’s clear that the result was defined the by the efficiency.”
Leeds thought they had an equaliser late in the game when Patrick Bamford got in behind and slotted home but it was adjudged offside by the linesman and the VAR. Despite that Bamford tweeted that they were ‘robbed’.
Bamford tweeted: “Gutted for the lads tonight, robbed of a point Woozy face but at least its mAkInG tHe GaMe BeTtErFace with monocle we go again Tuesday #mot.”