Last night’s 3-2 comeback win for Leeds against ten-man Wolves was a huge result for them in their fight to stay in the Premier League, moving seven points clear of the relegation zone, at least temporarily.
After going down 2-0 in the first-half thanks to goals from Jonny Otto and Fransisco Trincao, a second yellow card for Wolves striker Raul Jimenez following his late challenge on goalkeeper Ilan Meslier resurrected the visitor’s hopes to get something out of the game, and with goals from Jack Harrison, Rodrigo Moreno and Luke Ayling, they left Molineux with all three points.
While Ayling’s winner might make him the fans hero, the game wouldn’t have been won without the excellent contributions from Adam Forshaw, who did all of the dirty work for Leeds, including making a potential goal-saving tackle on Wolves forward Daniel Podence.
Despite only receiving a match rating of 7.0 by SofaScore, the 30-year-old accurately delivered four out of his five long ball attempts to get his team further up the pitch, as well as completing his dribble attempt to drive forward in search of a goal.
Even with having 70 touches of the ball, the “mercurial” midfielder still misplaced just eight of his 58 pass attempts, and also completed one key pass too for the visitors.
On the defensive end of the pitch, the £1.8m-rated work-horse won 60% of his ground duels, as well as making a total of three tackles and drawing two fouls to relieve pressure on the Leeds defence.
Arriving from Middlesbrough for £4.59m back in 2018, the former Everton youth academy prospect has made 77 appearances in all competitions for the West Yorkshire club, after struggling with a major hip injury which caused him to miss 560 days of action – only returning at the end of last season.
However, his fight, commitment and determination will make him a key part of new manager Jesse Marsch’s plans to avoid relegation from the top flight back into the Championship, and with Kalvin Phillips still not yet 100% ready to return to action and Mateusz Klich suffering a concussion in the game, Forshaw may still get the nod after the international break.