Premier League

Leeds 1-1 Wolves: Player ratings as hosts salvage a point with late penalty

Craig Vickers
Rodrigo scored from the spot
Rodrigo scored from the spot / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages
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Leeds salvaged a vital point at home to Wolves in the Premier League as Rodrigo's stoppage time penalty cancelled out Hwang Hee-chan's first half opener.

Wolves started the game brightly, opening the scoring with their first meaningful attack of the game. Liam Cooper and Jack Harrison got caught under a searching free-kick from defence, with Nelson Semedo pulling the ball back to Raul Jimenez from the byline before the Mexican's deflected effort was stabbed home by Hwang Hee-chan.

The visitors seemed content to sit off Marcelo Bielsa's side for the remainder of the first half, but were briefly threatened when Harrison was released in behind in the 25th minute before he lashed his resulting effort into the side netting.

Leeds then emerged for the second half with renewed vigour, as Raphinha went close with an effort from the edge of the area after Wolves headed a cross out of the danger area.

The visitors remained somewhat of a threat on the counter-attack, with Rayan Ait-Nouri forcing a good stop from Illan Meslier at his near post after leaving Diego Llorente in his wake.

Bielsa's worries were then further compounded when Raphinha - Leeds' brightest attacking spark - was forced off just shy of the hour mark.

Leeds continued to push in search of an equaliser, and they were inches away from snatching a point with 12 minutes remaining when substitute Joe Gelhardt had his rasping effort tipped onto the crossbar by Jose Sa in the Wolves goal.

However, Leeds made their late pressure tell deep into stoppage time when Gelhardt was felled in the area by Semedo, before Rodrigo stepped up to rescue a point for the hosts.

Here's how both teams rated.


Leeds player ratings

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Adama Traore, Stuart Dallas
Dallas battles with Traore / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Illan Meslier (GK) - 6/10 - Called into action very rarely, although made a good save from Ait-Nouri in the second period.

Jamie Shackleton (RB) - 7/10 - Showed great energy going forward, often looking Leeds' most likely creative source with the ball.

Diego Llorente (CB) - 5/10 - Distributed the ball well from defence, but he lacked sharpness in defensive duels, beating too easily in the second half by Ait-Nouri in one instance.

Liam Cooper (CB) - 5/10 - Didn't cover himself in glory contesting an aerial duel in the lead up to Wolves' opener, but stood up well in the second half.

Stuart Dallas (LB) - 6/10 - Played with his usual aggression, causing Wolves problems with his dribbling from deep.

2. Midfielders

Raphinha, Romain Saiss
Raphinha goes down after a tackle from Saiss / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Raphinha (RM) - 7/10 - Leeds' chief attacking threat throughout the first half, but he was forced off after a tackle from Saiss in a further blow to Leeds.

Pascal Struijk (CM) - 6/10 - His passing lacked purpose and it was a surprise that Klich was hooked in the hour mark and not him.

Mateusz Klich (CM) - 5/10 - A driving force from midfield for Leeds, constantly popping up in areas to help his side advance towards goal.

Jack Harrison (LM) - 3/10 - Beaten too easily in the corner for Hee-chan's goal and his end product going in the other direction was often lacking.

3. Forwards

Rodrigo Moreno
Rodrigo failed to impress / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Dan James (ST) - 4/10 - Isolated against the three physically imposing Wolves central defenders and didn't look comfortable. Improved when he pulled out to the left.

Rodrigo (ST) - 6/10 - Failed to impress in Patrick Bamford's absence once again as he struggled to link effectively with James, but scored the late penalty.

4. Substitutes

Tyler Roberts
Roberts came on at half time / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Tyler Roberts (ST) - 5/10 - Replaced Harrison at the interval, but didn't offer anything different.

Crysencio Summerville (RM) - 5/10 - Injected energy into Leeds' performance.

Joe Gelhardt (AM) - 7/10 - A thoroughly impressive cameo, denied by the fingertips of Sa in the second half.

Wolves player ratings

5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Christian Kabasele, Raphinha
Saiss beats Raphinha to the ball / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Jose Sa (GK) - 7/10 - Had very little to do on the afternoon, but got fingertips to a rasping effort from Gelhardt.

Max Kilman (CB) - 6/10 - Strong in the air, with the Leeds forwards getting very little change out of him.

Conor Coady (CB) - 6/10 - His sublime passing range from defence was on full show and he barely broke a sweat all game.

Romain Saiss (CB) - 7/10 - Defended solidly, constantly nipping infront of Leeds' attackers to win second balls and help relieve pressure.

6. Wing backs & midfielders

Bruno Lage, Nelson Semedo
Semedo in conversation with Bruno Lage / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Nelson Semedo (RWB) - 4/10 - Showed great tenacity to beat his marker in the lead up to Wolves' opener, but conceded the late penalty with a silly foul.

Joao Moutinho (CM) - 5/10 - Booked inside five minutes for a needless lunge, but helped Wolves tick in the periods of the game where they had the ball.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) - 5/10 - A strong performance, screening the Wolves defence effectively during spells of Leeds possession.

Rayan Ait-Nouri (LWB) - 7/10 - Replaced the injured Marcal and he made a good impression, troubling Leeds down their right hand side with his tricky runs.

7. Forwards

Hwang Hee-chan
Hee-chan celebrates his goal / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages

Adama Traore (RW) - 5/10 - Leeds marshalled him well, often forcing him to do his best work in deeper areas.

Raul Jimenez (ST) - 5/10 - Starved of service, but made his presence felt for the goal.

Hwang Hee-chan (LW) - 6/10 - Showed great anticipation to react first to Jimenez's deflected effort.

8. Substitutes

Daniel Podence
Podence replaced Traore in the second half / Alex Morton/GettyImages

Daniel Podence (RW) - N/A

Ki-Jana Hoever (LWB) - N/A

Ruben Neves (CM) - N/A

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