Wolves ended sixth in the Premier League on Monday as Raul Jimenez scored a 1-0 victory at Leeds on the night of West Bromwich Albion and Burnley was the first goalless draw in the British top-flight this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves clinched their third league victory of the campaign when Jimenez’s second-half shot deflected Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.
Mexico’s third goal of the season made it back to Wolves’ wins after they beat Fulham before the international break.
“It was a decent success with some things to change. We were better in the second half, but it was difficult for us at the beginning,” said Nuno.
“Leeds was so complex, we had to adapt and be more clinical in front of us. It was a lucky goal, but we had a chance.”
Leeds has now gone two games without a victory, having been defeated for the first time in the league since their narrow opening weekend loss at Liverpool champions.
“We were expected to make a difference in the first half, and even more so in the second half,” said Leeds Leader Marcelo Bielsa.
Bielsa’s team dominated the first period, pinning Wolves in their half, but had little to show for their supremacy as the visitors’ defense held firm.
Leeds striker Patrick Bamford’s early header was dismissed for offside and the hosts had a penalty appeal turned down after Helder Costa had gone down under Joao Moutinho’s challenge.
Wolves almost stole the lead against the run when the close-range shot of Daniel Podence was saved by Illan Meslier.
Romain Saiss thought he gave Wolves a lead in the 54th minute with a superb finish from the edge of the field, but VAR ruled Podence in the offside spot.
Jimenez resolved a hard-fought clash in the 70th minute when he cut in from the right side and darted around the edge of the field before hitting a shot that struck Phillips’ head and flashed past the wrong-footed Meslier.