Wolves 4, Leicester 3, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Claude Puel made new changes to his line-up from the previous game v. Southampton, and gave starts to Gray, Barnes and surprisingly Simpson. Maddison was left on the bench, so was Choudhury and Albrighton.

It looked a bit rusty from start and to come to Molineux with a line-up never seen before might be a reason for that early goal from Wolves. Diego Jota scored his first of three goals after just 4 minutes.

8 minutes later it was time for a new goal and this time it was Ryan Bennet who scored after conquering Harry Maguire in the air and scoring with a nice header, not really easy for Schmeichel to do anything with.

Kasper had a stunning save early on from a Joao Moutinho shot from distance, really showing the quality of Schmeichel and why so many rates him as highly as being named up there among the best goalkeepers in the World.

 

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Despite a terrible start to the game Leicester City came back and had a lot of possession and when Jamie Vardy nicked the ball from a shaky Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal, we were hoping for a goal.

Despite letting in two goals the game in itself went well, so well that Claude Puel decided to keep his team playing and made no changes after the first half. Puel should be heavilly rewarded for keeping his team and after just a minute in 2nd half Demarai Gray scored a wonderful goal from close range, after being assisted with a clever pass from Jamie Vardy.

City had made their mark, but after just 48 minutes, Maguire had to leave the field with what looks as an injury and Jonny Evans came in, that never stopped Leicester from going forward and after 51 minutes Harvey Barnes scored the 2-2 equalizer with a shot from close range.

Barnes was not credited the goal, since the ball deflected on Coady and idiotically was seen as an OG, surely harsh for the Leicester PL starting debutant. But again a full worthy goal and as much worth as any other goal.

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The game was a “firework” of a football game and a counter attacking Wolves, with a certain perfect passer in Ruben Neves, made they day for Diego Jota who scored his 2nd and the third, when the home team took the lead again after 64 minutes.

Leicester never gave up and pushed forward for a new equalizer, being again rewarded with a hard battling Wes Morgan going into an air battle with three Wolves defenders and winning that heavy duel and his header was perfectly placed behind Rui Patricio and everyone thought Leicester would be able to bring home a point, seeing this happening as late as the 87th minute.

But Diego Jota was not finished with his goalscoring and in stoppage time he scored the winner from a Jimenez assist, with a Leicester City defense not able to keep it steady in the back and a terrible forward pass from Pereira being blocked and the ball fast forwarded, rumpling those experienced foxes and really seeing a shocking end to this fantastic football game, again ending without points for Puel and his selected.

Emile Heskey summed everything up in a perfect way, that hopefully will silence the Puel out mob, and see the action and how these players are desperately trying to get everything right.

We all have at times difficulties to understand everything done, what the plan of this project is and why Puel does this and that and makes us all big questionmarks about his doings, but in his favor he looks a bit unlucky at times, so close to getting a great result, giving youth a chance and work with a positive approach.

  • Positives:
    • Harvey Barnes getting his PL starting debut, and scoring
    • Vardy and Gray working stone hard and really trying
    • Gray scoring a great goal, and Vardy again with a nice assist
    • Coming back after being down three times, shows strength
    • 59% possession against a good side away, not bad
    • Great spirit and working ethic, looks as something positive
    • Fanastic save from Kasper Schmeichel
  • Negatives:
    • Maddison, Choudhury and Albrighton all benched
    • Terrible defending in crucial times in the game
    • Not able to tactically sit back in the last minutes
    • Too many sloppy passes, to many tactical changes
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Simpson 6, Chilwell 6, Maguire 6, Morgan 6, Ndidi 6, Mendy 6, Gray 6, Pereira 6, Vardy 7, Barnes 6 Subs: Evans 6, Maddison, Iheanacho

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 41 / 59
  • Corners: 5 / 9
  • Shots on target: 3 / 4
  • Shots wide: 3 / 5
  • Fouls: 11 / 10
  • Offsides: 1 / 0

 

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