Wolves fell to defeat on the opening day of the season to Leeds at Elland Road. Wolves opened the scoring with Daniel Podence’s goal in the 6th minute, however, goals from Rodrigo just before halftime and a Rayan Ait Nouri own goal, gave the home side all three points.
Poor goalkeeping for the first goal, shouldn’t be beaten at the near post. Almost had a howler before halftime with him almost dribbling it into his own goal following the high Leeds press. Sa also had a lucky call when colliding with a Leeds player in the box that arguably should have been a penalty. However, in the second half, he made some great saves that kept Wolves alive in the game.
Struggled throughout the game and looked a couple of yards off the pace. Hopefully, he can blow the cobwebs off before next Saturday.
For the most part of the game, he was fairly average but made some good interceptions. Demonstrated some of his futsal abilities with some dangerous dribbling on the edge of his own box.
Overall, seemed like a solid debut for the Irishman, got caught out a few times from Bamford, with one leading to Leeds’ second goal. Feels like the Kilman and Collins partnership needs some work, as the pair did struggle against the Leeds attack.
Rayan Ait Nouri
Silly play from him led to Leeds’ first goal with a failure to clear his lines. Unlucky to put the ball in his own net for Leeds’ second goal. In the second half he looked positive going forward, with some good understanding with Neto on that left side.
Great ball into the lead-up of Wolves’ goal with a nice pass to Neto. Played superb passes all game and was great defensively too. Felt like he was Wolves’ man of the match today.
Huge chance missed by him at the end of the first half which would have put us ahead. For the majority of the first half he wasn’t too involved, however, in the second half he looked much better with retrieving the ball in midfield and being an effective midfield partner for Neves.
Very inactive for most parts of the first half struggling to get involved in the game. Brightened up in the second half and when he got on the ball showed promise of being dangerous.
Looked like the Neto of old and gave Leeds’ defence so many problems with his trickery and pace. Played a key role for the Wolves goal bullying Kristensen before delivering a great ball into the box. Just needed to see him on the ball more often as that is where Wolves’ spark seemed to come from.
Despite the goal, I felt like Podence for the most part of the game was quite quiet. When he was involved looked sharp and dangerous with great linkup play with fellow attackers.
Nice movement and a good assist for the opening goal, and almost should have scored a great goal solo too. Overall, his movement and pace did give Leeds’ defenders problems.
Only given 5 minutes at the end of the game and was very much thrown into the deep end.