Home defeat drops Chris Wood's Leeds United out of Championship playoff mix

Chris Wood couldn't find the net for Leeds in a home defeat to Wolves.
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Chris Wood couldn't find the net for Leeds in a home defeat to Wolves.

Chris Wood's Leeds United side have suffered a major blow in their quest to gain promotion to the English Premier League for next season.

Leeds have suffered a surprise home 1-0 defeat to lowly Wolves that drops them out of the Championship playoff mix on goal difference with just three matches remaining in the season.

Nouha Dicko gave Wolves the lead in the 39th minute, beating 'keeper Rob Green with a low shot on the run. The 1-0 halftime lead was a fair reflection of a dominant first half by the visitors.

Leeds came back into the contest after the break and created a couple of clear-cut chances but could not apply the finishing touches. All Whites striker and leading goal-scorer Wood had a late chance with a header but sent it over the bar.

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Leeds drop to seventh on the Championship standings, after Fulham's 3-1 win over Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday's 2-1 victory at QPR. They are level on points with Fulham on 73, but one spot out of the playoff picture on goal difference.

The victory secures Wolves' Championship status for another season, taking them to 54 points, and 16th place – 10 points clear of the drop zone.

"We're disappointed with that result," Leeds manager Gary Monk told reporters after the game.

"We didn't want that to happen at this stage of the season but we've had the mentality for so long where we've been in the playoffs quite comfortably and have kind of been in that protective mode of trying to stay in there.

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"Now we have to change that mentality to be a team that goes on the hunt and lets it all go.

"It's still a really good situation for us. We've got no time to feel sorry for ourselves. That doesn't get you anywhere."

 - Stuff

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