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Dave Edwards stunned by Wolves defending against Leeds

Dave Edwards was surprised at Wolves’ defending in the second-half against Leeds United, and says that Jose Sa’s display was the biggest indicator that nerves were at play.

Wanderers missed a golden opportunity to take three points at Molineux.

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Bruno Lage’s side carved out a 2-0 lead in the game thanks to goals from Jonny and Francisco Trincao.

But the game turned after Raul Jimenez was harshly sent off.

Leeds got back into it when Jack Harrison scored. Rodrigo the struck after some absolutely chaotic defending from the hosts.

And the in injury-time, Luke Ayling scored after some more panicking at the back.

It was the first time Wolves have conceded three in a game this season. And the defensive performance was completely at odds with what we have seen for the most part in 2021/22.

Edwards believes the performance of Sa showed just how much nerves were a factor in that game last week.

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He wrote in his column: “I’ve absolutely marvelled at Wolves’ defending this year. The way the back three and back five with Jose Sa have defended consistently has been brilliant, the best in recent years.

“But everything about it was just so out of character. It got nervous, desperate at times, slashing at clearances, not together as a unit like they usually are.

“The biggest indicator to it all was Sa. He’s been unbelievable, a revelation of a signing, but he looked anxious, he was running all over his box to win the ball and for a couple of the goals he wasn’t guarding his net to save them.”

A rare day off for Jose Sa and the Wolves defence

It was remarkable to see how all over the place Wolves were in that second-half against Leeds.

Defending has been Wolves’ bread and butter this season.

Obviously it was going to be tricky after going down to 10 men, but it was really shocking to see just how panicky everyone became in the face of a little bit of pressure.

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As Edwards says, Sa has obviously been a revelation for Wolves this season, but his actions rather typified it all.

Hopefully, he can get it out of his system and get back to his usual high-performing self in the next game against Aston Villa