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“Desire you need”: 2 things pundits had to say about Leeds United in the aftermath of 4-2 win at Wolves

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Leeds United beat Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend to lift themselves out of the relegation places and up to 14th in the table.

The Whites claimed their second victory in the Premier League under Javi Gracia against Wolves thanks to goals from Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen, and Rodrigo.

It also completed a league double over their hosts and eased relegation fears for a few weeks, with an international break currently underway.

However, there remains only four points separating nine Premier League teams in what is one of the toughest relegation battles in recent memory in the English top flight.

What did the pundits have to say after Leeds United’s win over Wolves? We take a look at TWO things here.

Michael Owen

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: Jonny of Wolverhampton Wanderers tackled Luke Ayling of Leeds United, which later results in a red card during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on March 18, 2023 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The BT Sport presenter believes that the decision to send Jonny Otto off for his foul on Luke Ayling was a perfect use of VAR technology, speaking on Premier League Productions’ MatchDay Extra, he said: “Certainly VAR was working perfectly, in terms of changing from a yellow to a red card.”

Owen added his take on the fourth goal, where he was happy with the decision despite Wolves’ protests over a foul in the build-up, he continued: “I think there will be debate about the foul, for the fourth goal.

“There is definitely a shirt pull. Whether or not it’s enough – the referee has gone to the screen, he has been able to see the shirt pull, but he has probably thought ‘you know what? It’s not enough’.”

Owen agreed with the decision from the referee again, with the rub of the green in Leeds’ favour on the day, he added: “I have got no huge problem with that.”

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Ashley Williams

The BBC pundit was speaking on Match of The Day where he outlined the fast paced nature of the game, he said: “You would expect two teams in the positions they’re in in the league to be a little bit cagey, for it to be a tight affair.”

The intensity that the sides played at was dictated early on when Wilfried Gnonto crossed low for Leeds to score after just six minutes, Williams added: “From minute one both teams were attacking, full throttle, pressing, high intensity. It was Leeds that started off on the front foot, Gnonto had a great start to the game, straight away he sets the tone, but both teams were at it.”

Williams was particularly impressed with the impact of Leeds’ bench, with both Kristensen and Rodrigo scoring as substitutes, he continued: “This is the kind of desire you need to get into the box. As a manager, when you bring subs on, you want them to be ready and come on to impact the game.

“That puts them in quite a comfortable position [in the table].”

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