Jack Harrison has told LUTV that he received an apology from the referee during Leeds United’s dramatic win at Wolves last season after the second goal the Whites conceded at Molineux.
That win came during what would prove to be the most successful run we have had under Jesse Marsch. Leeds took 10 points from four games to seemingly put themselves on the brink of safety.
Little did we know what twists were to come. But at the time, the win at Wolves appeared to be absolutely massive. And it was all the more impressive given the position Leeds were in.
Harrison received apology from referee
We went into the break 2-0 down with both Patrick Bamford and Diego Llorente going off injured. The second goal came on the stroke of half-time with Wolves seemingly catching Leeds off-guard with a quickly taken free-kick.
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Daniel Podence was played down the line while Harrison and Dan James were coming together to form a wall. Ultimately, the ball fell to Francisco Trincao, who beat Illan Meslier from the edge of the box.
It appeared to be lazy from the Leeds players. However, Harrison has now shed some light on the incident. And it turns out that the official cost Leeds and had to make an apology later on in the game.
“To be fair, on this one, on the free-kick, I said to the referee, I said: ‘is it on the whistle?’ He said: ‘yeah, yeah, it’s on the whistle’. And then they played before the whistle,” he told LUTV.
“And obviously, that happened and I said: ‘ref, what happened, you told me it was on the whistle’. He said: ‘no, I didn’t’. And he came out at the second-half and he said: ‘yeah, I’ve listened over to the tape and everything and you were right. I’m sorry’. Doesn’t make a difference to the goal.”
Thankfully, the decision did not cost Leeds too much. A stunning second-half comeback said so much about the resilience of the squad.
The red card to Raul Jimenez played an important role. But Leeds ended the game with Kristoffer Klaesson, Charlie Cresswell and Sam Greenwood all on the pitch.
Having barely beaten Norwich a few days earlier, it would have been easy for heads to drop at 2-0 down – especially when there was a sense of injustice surrounding the second goal.
But one thing we can certainly say about Marsch’s teams is that they will not give up. And on that night, Leeds proved once again that they simply cannot be written off.