Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 2 Leeds United

Match info: Championship at Molineux Stadium

Date: 09/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: R East Att: 23,463

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Lee Peltier 57 (og)
Danny Batth 90+2



Luke Varney 64
Ross McCormack 78 (pen)

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: February 9 2013, 19:30 GMT

Wolves manager Dean Saunders vowed to put things right after his side crashed deeper into trouble following the 2-2 npower Championship draw against Leeds United at Molineux.

Dean Saunders: Looking to fix his side's leaky defence
Dean Saunders: Looking to fix his side's leaky defence

An injury-time equaliser from central defender Danny Batth ensured that Wolves stayed out of the relegation zone - but only on goal difference.

Batth's late, late show denied Leeds what would have been a hard-fought win after they bounced back from falling behind following an own goal by captain Lee Peltier with a strike from Luke Varney and a Ross McCormack penalty.

Saunders, who has taken just three points from his five games in charge, is ready to move into the loan market to try and shore up his leaky defence.

He said: "At 1-0 history tells me we won't keep the ball out of our net.

"If you can't defend goal kicks, long throws and free-kicks then you will concede goals and I have got to do something about it.

"Three managers have got the sack because the team have been conceding goals and I won't be the fourth.

"So I have got to do something about it right away. I have been trying for three weeks to get things done but have not been able to get anyone in that we can afford. It is a necessity now.

"It is the easiest football to defend that we faced today. That is the Championship and we have to have the equipment to deal with that.

"I recognised that when I first came in. We have to become more solid as a team.

"All the teams I have had in the past have been able to deal with the basics.

"If I sort the back out we will be all right because we looked as good as anyone in the league going forward. But as soon as teams start banging it on us we are in trouble.

"But we did great to get an equaliser and dig a result out.

"Obviously we haven't won for a long time but it is coming because that is the best we have played."

Wolves broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when left-back Stephen Ward saw his low cross-shot deflected into his own net at the near post by Peltier.

But their advantage was short-lived - lasting just seven minutes - as Varney latched on to a pass from McCormack and curled his right foot shot beyond goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

McCormack then made no mistake from the spot in the 77th minute after Bakary Sako was adjudged by the assistant referee to have fouled Sam Byram.

But Batth's first league goal for Wolves, heading home Jamie O'Hara's cross, denied Leeds the win that would have boosted their play-off hopes.

Saunders was unhappy with the awarding of the penalty and he added: "It was a scandalous decision for the penalty.

"It was never a penalty. I couldn't believe the linesman gave it.

"I have had a look at it on the dvd and it is an outrageous decision."

Leeds' manager Neil Warnock, whose side had lost their previous four away games in the Championship, was left frustrated that two priceless points had been lost in their pursuit of a place in the play-offs.

He said: "The frustration for me is that we have just played Cardiff City and Wolves and we should have had six points and I have got one out of both games.

"I want to get into the play-offs and I am disappointed that we are not in the play-offs and games are running out.

"I want to go up. I think I am more frustrated than anybody. It is all right for the players they are all young and they can play for years to come.

"I want to get into the play-offs so I am frustrated over the last two games.

"But I am ever so pleased the way we have played since the Barnsley debacle. It is good for the future.

"At least I have the team that I want together at the moment.

"I can't fault anyone now. This is the team that I would like in the trenches with me if we were going to war. You know what I am like.

"Everyone is genuine. A manager asks for them to give their all and they did today. But the games are running out.

"I want to get promotion and that is why I came here.

"I have the players I want now. The new owners have been supportive and we have players who want to play for the club and that is half the battle at a place like Leeds.

"I was really proud of them today and we will give it a good shot in the last 16 games."

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