James Maddison out with sickness and Harvey Barnes not ready, made it a bit difficult for Dean Smith, but instead of taking the safe route and a defensive approach, he just stayed true to his words and showed no fear in his selection.
Playing Patson Daka, Tetê, Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho from start, looked hilarius. To drop Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Wilfred Ndidi from the eleven showed boldness and bravery.
The fact that Caglar Soyuncu started back to back games for the first time this season, made it clear that he will play an important part in this team for the rest of the season.
The start of this game was again difficult and of course a lot of space to cover for Tielemans and Soumare in the middle of the park, but in some way, when you have four attacking players in your forward line, opponents cannot take the same risks as they would have done if you had other set up’s.
This also needs quick passing to players higher in the field but still defenders at this point do have a habit to play one to one in the back instead of quickly use longer passes and faster approaching to attack. Old habits are difficult to break down and from start it became probably a bit of both and Wolves managed to stop and break down Leicester as few balls reached the players up front.
Dean Smith has said he would like to see the team going faster in the lanes forward and towards the goal, instead of building up too slowly from the back.
Then In the 13th minute, Wout Faes made a short and no use pass to Tielemans with his face towards Leicester’s goal, and him being pressured and tackled, it became easy for Wolves to score just seconds later from Matheus Cunha.
After this Wolves kept their momentum, and pushed for a second and it looked grim for Leicester, but out of the blue, Leicester managed to get balls forward and fantastic to see Jamie Vardy being played through and him passing the Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa, who touched Vardy’s ankle, a clear penalty rewarded. Kelechi Iheanacho took the penalty and showed calmness as Leicester were even, 1-1 after 37 minutes.
Patson Daka also had a great chance to score, but missed it with his shot saved from the flank, not to forget the unselfish pass from Vardy to Tetêa, but his shot hit a blocking Toti.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall came in for Jamie Vardy, not getting over his nock, hopefully not serious, but we all know what KDH will bring to the team, as his presence often gives a lot of runs, eagerness and hard work.
The game had little or few chances with Daniel Iversen and the Leicester defence doing a grand job, and also stopping Wolves from getting the ball over the line, despite having an andvantage.
Then to see Leicester building up a fantastic attacking display in the 75th minute, starting with Bouba Soumare setting up Victor Kristiansen for his assist, passing the ball to Timothy Castagne, who pushed his shot on the floor and into the net, Leicester were 2-1 up, and a massive win looked to be in the bag.
A few attempts from Wolves after this and also a major chances for Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho to kill the game off, but it all ended 2-1, and with this result Leicester climbed out of the relegation places, on goal difference to Everton, with all teams involved in the relegation zone still in a massive battle and all on 32 games.
Leicester will soon be back in action and coming up against Leeds in their next game, taking place on Tuesday.
- Winning a game, fantastic, great to watch
- Dean Smith making bold moves and playing four attacking options from start
- Jamie Vardy again important, fantastic, he is not too old at 36, Sherringham played at this level at 40
- Caglar Soyuncu, what a performance
- Kelechi Iheanacho scoring in crucial situation, loved it
- Bouba Soumare, we all can see what he can bring to the team if used correctly
- Daniel Iversen experiencing his first win in Premier League
- Not much, but more clearences and no nonsense in the back to avoid setting midifelders in difficult situations
- Playing more forward and longer passing, with pacy players, this must be stressed, to be more direct
Player Ratings: Iversen 7, Castagne 7, Kristiansen 6, Soyuncu 9, Faes 6, Soumare 8, Tielemans 5, Daka 5, Vardy 6, Iheanacho 7, Tetê 6 Subs: Dewsbury-Hall 5, Praet, Mendy, Ndidi,
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Caglar Soyuncu
Match Stats (H/A)
- Possession: 42 / 58
- Corners: 1 / 7
- Shots on target: 8 / 3
- Fouls: 17 / 16