Wolves 0 Leeds United 1
On a crazy day in the Championship when no fewer than 8 of the games ended with a single goal scored, thankfully Leeds secured a fine 1 – 0 win over a misfiring Wolves at the Molineux to hoist themselves into the dizzying heights of the table.
We tend to colour our impression as to how we played by the result – after Derby and Wigan I am sure I wasn’t alone in thinking we’d taken a turn for the worse following the international break. Yet in reality, in both those games we actually played OK, probably as well as we did in any of those five games we narrowly won in September with the exception of the Ipswich game when we were quite superb. And so once again in the game today we played well, defended strongly and at times moved the ball about well… but on another day we could have lost it. Wolves were wasteful with the few clear cut chances we offered them while we got the one crucial break when Hadi Sacko’s persistence resulted in him coming away with the ball behind the Wolves defence as Matt Doherty made the game’s vital mistake. So many games in the Championship are being won and lost by the odd goal and in most of the games it is just a single mistake or a stroke of luck or a brilliant finish that is resulting in that goal. Some would just shrug and say, “Well that’s football I suppose” and they’d be right.
The key to success in the Championship is therefore making sure that you limit the opposition to as few chances as possible; since the arrival of Bartley and the mighty Pontus Jansson we are doing that and defensively we look stronger than we have done for years. Wolves had 14 shots today but only one found the target and that was brilliantly stopped by Rob Green.
At the other end we still have work to do – to win games, defence is not enough. To win games you need to put away more of those rare chances that the opposition will present you. A couple more went begging today and we only managed to get 2 of our 11 attempts on target; we are no worse than most teams in that area of course but the teams at the top will be those who can push that crucial ratio up.
There is nothing wrong with our work rate mind – that was evident again today – and that old saying is never as true as in football; the harder you work the luckier you will get. Sacko proved that today.
Dare to dream folks and let’s be lucky too!
Wolves Leeds utd
Possession 46% 54%
Shots 14 11
On Target 1 2
Corners 5 2
Fouls 12 8