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Leeds 4-1 Wolves

Leeds kept their hopes of avoiding the drop alive with a win over Wolves.
Alan Smith embodied a resurgent Leeds spirit and scored from close range after Stephen Caldwell's knock-down.

Viorel Ganea blasted in a 22-yard shot to equalise for Wolves before goals from Dominic Matteo, James Milner and Mark Viduka eased them to victory.

Matteo rifled in a shot while Milner scored with a right-footed shot and Viduka's strike completed the win.

The victory moved Leeds level with Wolves on 20 points at the bottom of the Premiership table.

If Leeds' players needed any reminding about the importance of the game against the relegation-battling rivals then the Elland Road crowd let them know as one.

14 mins: Smith puts Leeds ahead
21 mins: Ganea levels for Wolves
41 mins: Matteos restores Leeds advantage
62 mins: Milner fires in for Leeds
90 mins: Viduka completes the win

And, spurred on by the vociferous fans, the home side went close when Eirik Bakke headed over from a Jermaine Pennant cross.

The desire of both teams was plain to see as the match was played at a frenetic pace with time and space at a premium.

Jody Craddock failed to take a half-chance for Wolves before Leeds went in front.

Pennant's cross looped off Mark Kennedy into the Wolves box where Caldwell headed down for Smith who beat keeper Paul Jones to the ball to squeeze a shot.

Wolves responded with purpose and equalised through Ganea's long range strike prior to Colin Cameron blazing a shot just over the Leeds crossbar.

But Smith was epitomising a revived spirit from Leeds and his header combined with keeper Jones' failure to clear properly allowed Matteo to rifle Eddie Gray's side back in front.

Either side of the interval, Bakke was relieved to see a header go wide of his own goal while Milner extended the Leeds advantage.

The youngster put away his shot after being set up by Smith and, when he returned the favour, Smith failed to beat Jones from 12 yards.

Smith should again have scored soon after as the visitors ran out of steam compared to a hard-working Leeds side who saw Viduka's goal complete a vital victory.


Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Caldwell, Matteo, Domi, Pennant, Bakke, Seth Johnson, Milner, Smith, Viduka.
Subs: Carson, Harte, McPhail, Lennon, Richardson.

Wolverhampton: Jones, Irwin, Butler, Craddock, Naylor, Miller, Rae, Cameron, Kennedy, Cort, Ganea.
Subs: Oakes, Silas, Iversen, Clyde, Gudjonsson.

Referee: M Dean (Wirral).


A great win and vital three points.Maybe we can escape relegation after all:strong:

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Yes well done :)

So sad that Wolves are now bottom :happy:

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but will the momentum continue??
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