Luke Ayling fired a last-minute winner as Leeds came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at the 10-man Wolves in one of the Premier League games of the season.
Ayling’s late winners gave Leeds a crucial win in their fight for survival after falling behind first-half goals from Wolves pair Jonny and substitute Francisco Trincao.
But home striker Raul Jimenez was sent off early in the second half for his second yellow card and Leeds equalized with two goals in three minutes from Jack Harrison and Rodrigo before Ayling snatched all the points on death.
It was an impressive comeback from Leeds as they lost four players to injuries in the first half, including striker Patrick Bamford.
Leeds secured back-to-back league wins for the second time this season and moved seven points clear of the relegation zone.
They were bolstered by the return of Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper to the bench after three months each, but suffered another injury damage in the 23rd minute when Bamford was sent off.
Unfortunately for the striker, who had only returned from his own three-month absence with a foot injury eight days earlier against Aston Villa, he was replaced by Sam Greenwood in the 23rd minute.
Wolves soon had to make a change of their own as Ruben Neves limped out and Trincao took his place.
Trincao made an immediate impact as he set up Wolves’ 26th-minute opener.
The Portuguese winger bounced clear down the right and cut the ball back for Jonny to head home with a flat finish into the bottom corner.
Diego Llorente was the next Leeds player to succumb to injury when he was replaced by Robin Koch.
Trincao was just a blink of an eye away when he scored a brilliant second goal for his side in first-half injury time when his 25-yard left-footed shot hit the inside of a post.
Jimenez missed another chance after a mistake by Pascal Struijk and, incredibly, Leeds lost a third player through injury when Mateusz Klich was replaced by Charlie Creswell after being hit in the head.
Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier made an excellent save to deflect Jonny’s shot on target but Trincao left Leeds with a mountain to climb, adding Wolves’ second before the break.
Joao Moutinho’s swiftly executed free-kick caught Leeds in their sleep and when Daniel Podence cut the ball back Trincao placed a low finish into Meslier’s right post in the 11th minute of added time.
It was only a few minutes after the restart when the game was stopped again due to injury.
Meslier and Jimenez clashed when the Leeds goalkeeper ran out of his area to clear a long ball over the top and both players required treatment.
Meslier was replaced by Kristoffer Klaesson while referee Kevin Friend felt Jimenez’s part in the collision warranted his second yellow card of the game and he was sent off.
Leeds stormed back against 10 men. Harrison turned the ball home in the 63rd minute after Ayling saw consecutive shots hit a post and cleared the goal line.
Rodrigo equalized from a tight angle two minutes later after James’ shot hit just the post.
Wolves refused to settle for a point as both sides went toe-to-toe but it was Leeds who prevailed.
Harrison and substitute Charlie Creswell both had chances for Leeds and when the home side failed to clear a free-kick from their box, Ayling headed home an unstoppable shot in the 90th minute that sparked a melee on the touchline as tempers rose both shelters flared up.
Wolves rushed forward in added time and were denied an equalizer when the impressive Trincao’s fierce shot was deflected superbly by Leeds substitute goalkeeper Klaesson.
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