Heroic defending denies victory in Wolves, Leicester stalemate

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2021 3:51 - Steve Pearson

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Staunch rear-guard action from both sides ensured Wolves and Leicester had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Molineux.

There was little to choose between the sides in a first-half that promised much but delivered little.

Pedro Neto and Adama Traore grew into the contest and provided Wolves biggest threat, but the familiar lack of cutting edge in the final third continued to rear its ugly head for the hosts.

Leicester looked the likelier of the two sides to break the deadlock in the first-half.

James Maddison probed, but with Jamie Vardy only fit enough for a spot on the bench, the Foxes too flattered to deceive at the business end.

Ruben Neves tried his luck from distance soon after the break, but the Portuguese’s radar was off as his shot blazed over the bar.

Traore then showcased his lightning quick speed with another burst of speed that left James Justin in his wake. A fizzed low cross sought Neto at the far post, but Ricardo Pereira did well to scramble the ball to relative safety with a vital interception.

Vardy was introduced to the action in the hour mark as Brendan Rodgers shuffled his pack.

The clearest sight of goal came with 15 minutes remaining. But with the net seemingly gaping, Max Kilman pulled off a heroic last-ditch block to prevent Harvey Barnes from slotting into the bottom corner from inside the area.

It was Wolves turn to spurn a glorious opportunity next, with Fabio Silva seeing his low effort superbly tipped round the post by Kasper Schmeichel from close range.

Deep into injury time Leicester almost snatched a winner through Vardy.

Marc Albrighton whipped in a teasing delivery after a set piece broke down, but Vardy’s headed effort drifted narrowly wide to ensure both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

 

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