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Leeds stage remarkable comeback to beat Wolves after being forced into four injury substitutions with Patrick Bamford, Illan Meslier, Mateusz Klich and Diego Llorente all withdrawn


Leeds United battled back from 2-0 down to beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux on Friday night.

Jesse Marsch’s side were forced into a total of four injury changes (one being a concussion substitution), but turned the game on its head after Raul Jimenez was sent off for the hosts.

Leeds showed true fighting spirit and are now seven points clear of the relegation zone

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Leeds showed true fighting spirit and are now seven points clear of the relegation zone

The match began with disappointment for Leeds when Patrick Bamford was forced off after missing early chances.

It was tough luck for the striker, who had only returned from a three-month absence due to a foot injury eight days earlier against Aston Villa, and he was replaced by Sam Greenwood in the 23rd minute.

Wolves had to make a reshuffle of their own soon after when Ruben Neves hobbled out of the action and Francisco Trincao took his place.

Trincao had an instant impact as he set up Wolves’ 26th-minute opener.

The Portugal winger skipped clear down the right and cut the ball back for Jonny to steer home a low angled finish into the bottom corner.

Bamford limped off and was visibly upset on the bench as Leeds fell behind

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Bamford limped off and was visibly upset on the bench as Leeds fell behind

Diego Llorente was the next Leeds player to succumb to injury when he was replaced by Robin Koch.

Trincao was a whisker away for firing a brilliant second goal for his side in first-half stoppage time when his left-footed 25-yard effort struck the inside of a post.

Jimenez lobbed another chance wide following Pascal Struijk’s mistake and incredibly Leeds lost a third player to injury when Mateusz Klich was replaced by Charlie Cresswell following a clash of heads.

Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier produced a superb save to divert Jonny’s goalbound shot, but Trincao left Leeds with a mountain to climb by adding Wolves’ second before the interval.

Joao Moutinho’s quickly-taken free-kick caught Leeds sleeping and when Daniel Podence cut the ball back, Trincao planted a low finish inside Meslier’s right-hand post in the 11th minute of added time.

Klich went off as a concussion substitution

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Klich went off as a concussion substitution

Wolves looked comfortable at 2-0

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Wolves looked comfortable at 2-0

It took only a few minutes after the restart when there was another halt in play due to injury.

Meslier and Raul Jimenez clattered into each other as the Leeds goalkeeper raced out of his area to clear a long ball over the top and both players needed treatment.

Meslier was replaced by Kristoffer Klaesson, while referee Kevin Friend deemed Jimenez’s part in the collision warranted his second yellow card of the match and he was sent off.

Leeds came storming back against 10 men. Harrison turned the ball home in the 63rd minute after Ayling had seen successive shots hit a post and cleared off the goalline.

Meslier was forced off by the collision for which Jimenez was sent off

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Meslier was forced off by the collision for which Jimenez was sent off

Jimenez’s sending off changed the match

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Jimenez’s sending off changed the match

Rodrigo then struck the equaliser two minutes later from a tight angle after James’ effort had hit a post.

Wolves refused to settle for a point as both sides went toe-to-toe, but it was Leeds who came out on top.

Harrison and substitute Charlie Cresswell both had chances for Leeds and when the home side failed to clear a free-kick from their area Ayling lashed home an unstoppable shot in the 90th minute and it sparked a touchline melee as tempers flared in both dug-outs.

Wolves poured forward in stoppage time and were denied an equaliser when the impressive Trincao’s fierce shot was superbly diverted by Leeds substitute goalkeeper Klaesson.

Ayling was the unlikely hero

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Ayling was the unlikely hero




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