Ait-Nouri own goal hands Leeds win over Wolves

 

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford (left) and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rayan Ait-Nouri battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Elland Road, Leeds. Picture date: Saturday August 6, 2022. 

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

It has been a summer of change for the Whites, leading to Marsch fielding four debutants on Saturday as part of a remodelled side looking to produce the effective pressing and direct play the American favours.

They were dealt an early blow when Daniel Podence's bouncing effort found its way over goalkeeper Illan Meslier to give Wolves a sixth-minute lead.

But the home side rallied and after seeing what they felt was a clear penalty for a foul on Rasmus Kristensen by Wolves keeper Jose Sa, they levelled.

Spanish forward Rodrigo has struggled to live up to his £30m tag at time during his two years in Leeds but his low, angled drive midway through a first half was a fine strike and it lifted the home crowd just when it was required.

Despite a depleted attack lacking the injured Raul Jimenez, Wolves came out swinging in the second half and set home nerves jangling by threatening a winner of their own.

But instead Leeds struck, with Ait-Nouri poking Patrick Bamford's superb low cross into his own net from close range under pressure from excellent debutant Brenden Aaronson.

 

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