25 Year Wait Ends With Rocket
Jay Bothroyd produced a wonder strike to perform a smash and grab raid in the dying minutes of Wolves trip to Elland Road, securing them maximum points there for the first time in 25 years.
The win takes Mick McCarthy`s men up to third place, missing out on top spot on goal difference alone.
After a shaky first half where either side could have easily gone into the break one up, Wolves looked the better of the two sides in the second period, but didn`t get everything their own way as the home side fought to gain control.
Matt Murray can thank Gary Breen for ensuring he chalked up another clean sheet, making 2 goal line clearances, and a misunderstanding between Murray and captain Jody Craddock could quite easily have let Leeds in.
At the other end, Jemal Johnson was unlucky not to get some reward for another electric performance, only denied in the opening minutes of the half by an outstanding Tony Warner reflex save.
After a penalty are melee, amidst confusion in the Leeds defence, the ball fell to right back Rob Edwards, who could only manage to scuff his shot when a striker may well have done better.
As the match drew to a close, Leeds threw everyone forward in an attempt to win the match, only to have Yorkshire hearts broken at the last.
Deep into injury time, Bothroyd, coming back from an offside position nodded a hopeful ball into the Leeds danger area back to Carl Henry. Henry returned the favour and Bothroyd unleashed a 30 yard left foot rocket that flew into the Leeds top left corner of the Leeds goal leaving Warner no chance.
It was a just reward for a solid display at a ground Wolves more often than not come away empty handed.
Mick McCarthy made no attempt to hide his joy as the ball flew into the net, but was fully aware how close his side came to leaving Leeds with nothing.
"Matt Murray's kept us in the game and if you take an overview, had one of Leeds' first-half chances gone in I might have been sat here like a sourpuss. It's not like we were all over Leeds and we looked like a much better team. First half them, second half us "
'We've scored and they haven't. That's the difference.'' he said after the match.
When asked for his verdict, Kevin Blackwell did his best Glenn Hoddle impression, getting as close as anyone will do this season
I think that's the fifth goal (we've conceded) in the 90th minute this season. To have so much possession and chances, it's galling to lose, but that's life, that's what happens and you have to take it on the chin and move forward. Matt Murray's made two or three top-class saves and at the moment it's just not falling for us and then to come across a wonder goal in the last kick of the game, it rubs salt into the wound really.'
How many times did Wolves fans hear those kinds of words last season?
If you`re going to make fans wait 25 years, then you want to give them something to remember when the result finally goes your way, and Jay Bothroyd certainly did that.
It may not be the most convincing display Wolves will put out this season, but 3 points are 3 points. And after last season`s failure to achieve even the minimum goal set, Wolves will be happy to take a win any way they can.
Next up, it`s Derby County at home, the 2nd of Wolves 3 games in 7 days. With growing self belief, hard work and sheer determination, Mick McCarthy`s men are becoming a side to be reckoned with. So a word of warning.
Wolves are starting to find their teeth once more, take them lightly at your peril.
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