With a 4-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux with to goals from Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, and Jamie Vardy, Leicester moves out of the relegation zone. Wolves are still in last place only on goal differential.
After beating pitiful Wolves 4-0 at Molineux, Leicester moved off the bottom of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone.
The Foxes took the lead right away thanks to Youri Tielemans’ spectacular goal, and Brendan Rodgers’ team was on their way to their first away victory of the Premier League season when Harvey Barnes added a second shortly after.
There was still time for Jamie Vardy to score his first goal of the season after coming off the bench after James Maddison’s goal made it three. Surprisingly, Leicester only attempted four attempts over the opening 85 minutes. Wolfsburg had 21 without a goal.
Bruno Lage’s dismissal was caused by the issue, and acting head coach Steve Davis appears helpless to address it. If he is unable to, it might cost Wolves their place in the Premier League. They fall to 19th place. Leicester is now ranked 16th.
Leicester’s oddly effective victory
Wolves had 13 of the game’s 15 shots at the end of the first half after enjoying a strong start to the contest. The fact that Leicester scored with each of those made a difference. After a free kick was headed out to him, Tielemans’ strike came as a complete surprise.
Although the Belgian had the technique to make a decent contact, Jose Sa’s arrowing shot into the top corner of the Wolves net was the difference maker. Given their recent form, the home team’s confidence is brittle, and that one incident at Molineux completely changed the atmosphere.
The second goal was the result of some of Leicester’s greatest play of the game, a rapid one-two between Barnes and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall that took advantage of a slip by Jonny Otto to breach the Wolves defence. A side that has not scored two goals in a game all season is two up.
Wolves made an effort in the second half despite appearing completely helpless in front of goal. Leicester was happy to play off the other team’s defence. When they did get a shot, Maddison beat Sa low to his left from just inside the penalty box, scoring the third goal.
A goal for Vardy, the seasoned favourite who has yet to score this year, would be all that Leicester needed to make things perfect. Soon after he was introduced, he scored, turning Timothy Castagne’s close-range pass home to make it four.
The perception that Leicester is a club over its recent struggles and capable of edging further away from the danger zone will be enhanced by a third straight clean sheet. The issues for the Wolves get worse now that Davis has been named interim head coach through the new year.
Davis: It’s time for major figures.
“I don’t think we did a great job of defending when it mattered. We weren’t able to do much about the opening goal. The other three goals we gave up came from counterattacks. Today was perhaps the day with the most shots that we have had in a while. But we didn’t quite strike the appropriate balance. Both boxes are used to win games. It’s possible to have five chances and score four goals, like they did, or to have 21 chances and not score. Because they enjoy playing with the ball, I observed a lot of possession, but I noticed few tackles or second balls. A time for large characters is now.
Davis understood the frustration of the fans. He said, “It’s frustrating, isn’t it. “It’s terrible to lose 4-0 at home. I feel terrible for them. I can sense it. But we will remain united, and that is what we must do.
Additionally, he acknowledged Wolves’ relegation struggle. We appear to be engaged in combat. Although it is really early in the season, something must alter. This cannot be said following the World Cup. We must escape the bottom three to inspire the supporters.
Rodgers: We did a great job.
“It was a very good win for us; nonetheless, we started slowly and passed too poorly. However, I believe what we have observed is the team’s tenacity and [willingness to] stand up and be counted. Since Youri’s first goal, we played superbly. Outstanding performance in a game under pressure, I’m overjoyed. Each of our four goals was a superb play, and we shown genuine quality at times. Our fourth shutout in five games is where it all begins. Fundamentally, you must be strong in defence.
“It’s been a hardship. It’s a very honest bunch that had a rough start. However, we are improving our defence, displaying resiliency, and when we have the ball, we are capable.
Stats of Leicester’s victory
• After 11 Premier League games, Leicester became the first away team to win this match at Molineux.
• Wolves have dropped five out of their previous six Premier League games, scoring no goals on four of those occasions. Wolves have the poorest goal scoring start to a Premier League season with the fewest goals scored in the top flight thus far this campaign.
• After dropping their first five games, Leicester has now won their first away Premier League match of the year. This was their first league away clean sheet since a 2-0 victory at Burnley in March. • Harvey Barnes has scored in consecutive Premier League games for Leicester for the first time since February 2021. Harry Kane (36) is the only Englishman with more goals and assists than James Maddison (28) of Leicester since the start of last season. • Youri Tielemans’ initial goal was Leicester’s seventh goal from beyond the box in the Premier League this season, the most of any team. Barnes’ tally of four goals in his first 10 league games this season is his best start to a top-flight campaign. In actuality, the Foxes have already matched their total from the previous term.
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