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Gravely wounded’ underdog back from the dead as $280m duo trigger epic shootout: Talking Pts

Two stoppage time winners in as many games has gifted one team some much-needed breathing space and a “world class” duo proved why they’re perhaps the most lethal one-two punch in the league.

Foxsports.com.au looks at the moments that mattered in the latest edition of Premier League Talking Points!

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Leeds claim come-from-behind Wolves win | 01:31

MARSCH-ING ON TOGETHER

There’s something about Leeds and winning games right at the death.

This time last week, they conceded in the 91st minute against Norwich and seemed consigned to a 1-1 draw.

However, 19-year-olkd Joe Gelhardt flipped the script and bagged a 94th-minute winner to send the Elland Road faithful into absolute delirium.

Fast forward to Saturday morning (AEDT) at Molineux and Leeds did it again.

Wolves took a 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Jonny and Trincao, but Leeds hit back through two goals in three minutes via Jack Harrison and Rodrigo.

But there would be one final twist, as skipper Luke Ayling popped up in the 91st minute for a 3-2 lead and a vital three points as they look to maintain their Premier League status for a third year.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay summarised the two wins in epic fashion.

“Twice in a week Leeds have looked gravely wounded, like a team beyond repair,” Hay said.

“Twice they have found a rope to hold onto, just when the last of the lifeboats seemed to have sailed.”

It was complete euphoria for Leeds fans as Luke Ayling scored a stoppage time winner against Wolves. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
It was complete euphoria for Leeds fans as Luke Ayling scored a stoppage time winner against Wolves. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Speaking after the game, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch reiterated how much he revels being in these last-stand types of battles.

“I like being the underdog,” Marsch said.

“I like having to fight for things.

“I like not taking things for granted.

“I like having my back against the wall.

“I don’t know why, but it’s what I identify with.”

For all of the undeserved comparisons and mocking of Marsch as fictional football coach Ted Lasso, largely because of his American accent, it’s time for the doubters — if there are many left — to give the 48-year-old some respect.

With Leeds’ next two fixtures, extremely winnable ones at that, coming against Southampton and Watford, Marsch might pull off an escape that many fans thought was almost impossible when Marcelo Bielsa was sacked.

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‘WORLD CLASS’ DUO KEEPING SPURS IN TOUCHING DISTANCE OF TOP FOUR

Not many clubs in European football let alone the Premier League have a pair of forwards on their books quite like Spurs do.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, who have a combined market value of almost $280 million, are one deadly strike force and West Ham felt the full brunt of it in Tottenham’s crucial 3-1 victory over the Hammers on Monday morning.

The duo combined for Spurs’ second and third goals, with Kane being the provider and Son being the finisher after West Ham defender Kurt Zouma scored an own goal to begin proceedings.

Son has the equal-second most goals scored in the Premier League with 13, while Kane is equal-fourth on 12.

There’s little evidence required to prove just how vital the pair are to their sides’ hopes, as former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood heaped praise on the goal fiends.

“When you’ve got those two players, we keep harping on about them … but it is as simple as that,” Sherwood said.

“They’ve got two world class players.

Heung-Min Son just can’t stop scoring. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Kane is fantastic, but Sonny is a marvellous player.

“Once he gets a chance, it’s an inevitable outcome.”

The two have been key in Tottenham’s recent uptick in Premier League form, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

After losing to Burnley and leaving manager Antonio Conte pondering if it’s worth even continuing in the role, Spurs have won four of their last five Premier League matches.

The win over West Ham has Conte’s side just three points off Arsenal who occupy the last Champions League spot in fourth, although the Gunners have a game in hand over their arch rivals.

Throw in the aforementioned Hammers and Manchester United and it becomes a four-way shootout.

Tottenham have an extremely favourable run home, with only two fixtures against top six teams in their last nine.

But those two will be no pushovers – they must play Liverpool and, you guessed it, Arsenal before the season is done.

Make sure you have the popcorn ready for that North London derby fixture, it’ll be box office entertainment.

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‘FIZZY’ AND ‘GRITTY’ ARSENAL GET THE JOB DONE

Continuing on with the North London vibe and Arsenal have a steely exterior about them.

Against Aston Villa, Mikel Arteta’s side didn’t give up a shot on target until the dying minutes when Bernd Leno, deputising for the injured Aaron Ramsdale, palmed away a Philippe Coutinho free-kick to preserve a clean sheet and a 1-0 victory.

Defender Rob Holding also made an appearance off the bench, coming on for midfield magician Martin Odegaard with five minutes to go.

It’s further evidence that Arsenal aren’t needing to entertain, they just need to win. And win they did.

Their energy-sapping midweek game against Liverpool threatened to cause issues for Arsenal, but as The Guardian’s Nick Ames writes, they looked anything but lethargic in the contest against Villa.

Bernd Leno kept a clean sheet against Aston Villa. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“For most of the game they had operated at a different speed: fast, fizzy but also gritty, regaining possession on countless occasions and smothering the supply lines to what, on paper, was a home attack brimming with menace,” Ames said.

The victory at Villa Park means Arsenal continue to hold fourth place in the palm of their hands, but awaiting them in the final fixtures remaining in the season are Spurs, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham.

The Spurs clash looms as the biggest, but the other three cannot be discounted.

In fact, Arsenal are only five points behind Chelsea, so Thomas Tuchel’s side have their own motivations to keep form.

With Ramsdale likely to be out for a few more weeks, Leno looks set to retain his place between the sticks.

The German was rarely troubled at Villa Park and sterner tests await.

He could be the difference between Champions League football and Europa League football next season.

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