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Leeds 2-1 Wolves: Rayan Ait-Nouri own goal puts Jesse Marsch’s soft restart off to a winning start

For the third game in a row, Leeds avoided defeat by Wolves after falling behind

Leeds United’s smooth restart under manager Jesse Marsch got off to a winning start as Rayan Ait-Nouri’s own goal gave them a comeback win over Wolves in a lively game at Elland Road.

It’s been a summer of change for the Whites, leading to Marsch fielding four debutants on Saturday as part of a rebuilt squad looking to produce effective pressing and direct play in America’s favour.

They suffered an early blow when Daniel Podence’s bounce found its way over goalkeeper Illan Meslier to put Wolves ahead in the sixth minute.

But the home side rallied and equalized through Rodrigo’s low, angled drive midway through a first half where they were roared at by a hostile home crowd.

Despite an exhausted attack missing the injured Raul Jimenez, Wolves came out with momentum in the second half and got the nerves ringing by threatening a winner of their own.

But instead Leeds struck when, under pressure from superb debutant Brenden Aaronson, Ait-Nouri pierced Patrick Bamford’s superb low cross from close range into his own net.

Exhibition for Leeds to build on

After helping save Leeds from relegation in 12 high-pressure games where performance was secondary last season, Marsch is now under the manager’s scrutiny.

The dozen games he oversaw to the conclusion of the 2021/22 season, culminating in a dramatic escape in the final game at Brentford, went from boring to ridiculous, often in the space of a single game. Little could be ascertained about Marsch’s style or vision amid the madness.

Having had a summer to overhaul and mold the squad to his liking, he must now be a man with a visible plan – and there certainly was in a lively and expectant Elland Road.

Tyler Adams and Marc Roca largely kept it easy on the midfield bunk left by Kalvin Phillips, Rasmus Kristensen provided full action from full-back and Patrick Bamford returned to offer an insight into why he was marginalized in the England squad before injury last season .

The standout player, however, was Aaronson, who was a constant source of energy and effort during his time on the pitch.

He lacks the distinct flair of Raphinha – the man he was meant to replace – but in his own hard-working way he could prove effective.

As Marsch pointed out before the game, although the team has lost two stars, it is stronger overall.

It was far from a perfect opening show, with chances begging at one end – Bamford should have made the finish more comfortable with a header that Jose Sa scraped away – and a lengthy streak early in the second half where they don’t come could one foot on the ball.

But it’s a positive start that Marsch and his revamped team can build on.

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player of the game

AaronsonBrendan Aaronson

LeedsUnited

  1. squad number7player nameAaronson

  2. squad number19player nameRodrigo

  3. squad number43player nameclich

  4. squad number11player nameHarrison

  5. squad number30player nameGelhardt

  6. squad number42player namegreen wood

  7. squad number10player nameSummerville

  8. squad number12player nameadams

  9. squad number25player nameKristensen

  10. squad number9player nameBamford

  11. squad number8thplayer namepink

  12. squad number21player nameStruijk

  13. squad number5player namecook

  14. squad number14player nameLlorente

  15. squad number1player namemesler

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. squad number10player nameDaniel Podence

  2. squad number7player namePeter Netz

  3. squad number8thplayer nameRuben Neve

  4. squad number4player nameCollins

  5. squad number11player nameHwang Hee Chan

  6. squad number18player nameGibbs-White

  7. squad number23player nameKilman

  8. squad number32player nameDendoncker

  9. squad number19player nameJohnny

  10. squad number1player nameJose Sat

  11. squad number3player nameAit Nuri

  12. squad number77player nameCampbell

lineups

leeds

formation 4-2-3-1

1mesler

25Kristensen5cook14Llorente21Struijk

8thpink12adams

7Aaronson19Rodrigo11Harrison

9Bamford

  • 1mesler
  • 25Kristensen
  • 5cook
  • 14Llorente
  • 21Struijk
  • 8thpinkReplaced bygreen woodat 73′protocol
  • 12adams90 minutes booked
  • 7AaronsonReplaced bySummervilleat 85′protocol
  • 19RodrigoReplaced byclichat 65′protocol
  • 11Harrison20 minutes booked
  • 9BamfordReplaced byGelhardtat 84′protocol

substitute

  • 10Summerville
  • 13Klaesson
  • 18Gabi
  • 30Gelhardt
  • 33Pour
  • 37drameh
  • 42green wood
  • 43clich
  • 63Gray

wolves

formation 4-2-3-1

1Malheiro de Sa

19Castro Otto4Collins23Kilman3Ait Nuri

32Dendoncker8thNeves

10podium18Gibbs-White7net

11Hwang Hee Chan

  • 1Malheiro de Sa
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 4Collins
  • 23Kilman
  • 3Ait Nuri
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8thNeves
  • 10podium
  • 18Gibbs-White
  • 7net
  • 11Hwang Hee ChanReplaced byCampbellat 85′protocol

substitute

  • 13Sarkic
  • 14Moschera
  • fifteenboly
  • 16coady
  • 25ronan
  • 39Cuddling
  • 59hodges
  • 64Bueno
  • 77Campbell

live text

  1. Game ends, Leeds United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Second half ends, Leeds United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Tyler Adams (Leeds United) is yellow carded for a bad foul.

  4. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Foul by Tyler Adams (Leeds United).

  6. Handball by Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

  9. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United).

  11. Chem Campbell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Foul by Diego Llorente (Leeds United).

  13. attempt failed. Sam Greenwood (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Foul by Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  15. Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Chem Campbell replaces Hwang Hee-Chan.

  17. Rayan Aït-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Crysencio Summerville (Leeds United).

  19. Substitution, Leeds United. Crysencio Summerville replaces Brenden Aaronson.

  20. Substitution, Leeds United. Joe Gelhardt replaces Patrick Bamford.

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