Leeds United 1-1 Wolves: Heroes, villains & player ratings from Wanderers’ last minute heartbreak
It was last minute heartbreak for Wolves at Elland Road
Wolverhampton Wanderers were denied their fourth consecutive Premier League victory by a stoppage time penalty from Rodrigo.
Hwang Hee-Chan’s fourth goal of the season looked to be enough to be sending Bruno Lage’s side home with all three points but Rodrigo’s 94th minute spot-kick meant the spoils were shared in Yorkshire.
The game started frantically and in truth was played in that manner throughout.
Both teams displaying their ‘best form of defence is attack’ attitudes early doors which set the tone for a hectic afternoon of football.
Wolves struck first. Nelson Semedo did brilliantly, skipping past Jack Harrison down the right and setting up Raul Jimenez whose shot was blocked before falling kindly into the path of Hwang who did the rest.
The game settled down for the remainder of the first-half which favoured Wanderers but Marcelo Bielsa’s side once again came out all guns blazing in the second.
Jose Sa pulled off a worldie of a save to deny substitute Joe Gelhardt and just as the game looked to be won, Semedo turned villain when he brought down that man Gelhardt to gift the home side a penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Rodrigo sent Sa the wrong way and that was the game. The stoppage time joy of last week turned to despair this - but 10 points from the last 12 is a return Lage and the squad can still be proud of.
The South Korean continues to impress early doors in his first season in a Wolves shirt.
His fourth goal of the season will be one of the easier ones he scores but it’s another one to his tally all the same.
The partnership he is forming with Raul Jimenez is clear for all to see and the more they play together, the better they will become.
Both sets of supporters were superb on the day.
You could stick the Leeds United faithful in Villains for the way they spurred their team on in the dying stages but both were excellent on the day and they deserve their plaudits.
Wolves travelled in numbers as they always do and the back and forth between the home and away end made for a real old school atmosphere.
Nelson Semedo was a hero. He played really well and was arguably a man-of-the-match candidate but his trailing leg in stoppage time turned him villain.
I’ve not seen a replay, it looked harsh, but once you hang a leg you give the referee a decision to make. It soured what was an impressive performance otherwise from the right-wing-back.
Robert Jones was probably a villain to both sets of fans.
The referee on the day was given a torrid time by the Leeds United faithful despite doing little wrong over the course of the 90.
As the game wore on, the crowd got more and more on his back and it seemed to start swaying all of his decisions in favour of the home side. Whether it was a penalty or not, after an earlier hopeful shout from the home fans, he was never going to make any other decision.
(3-4-2-1): Sa 8; Kilman 8, Coady 8, Saiss 7; Semedo 7, Ait-Nouri 8 (Hoever 83’ N/A), Moutinho 6 (Neves 90’ N/A), Dendoncker 7; Traore 6 (Podence 76’ N/A), Hwang 8*; Jimenez 7