Wolves omitted out on the chance to shut the gap on the head four as they were held to a goalless plan by 10-man Leicester City amid more VAR controversy.
Factual earlier to half-time, Willy Boly looked as if it would beget opened the scoring for the hosts after a transient corner routine nonetheless his shut-differ header became as soon as ruled out with Pedro Neto judged to be offside in invent-up.
Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury became as soon as despatched-off 14 minutes from the head of usual time after amassing two bookings in the 2nd half.
But in a recreation stout of incident and goalscoring chances, the key speaking point became as soon as Boly’s disallowed effort.
Easiest Sheffield United, with 5, beget had more targets ruled out by VAR selections in the Premier League this duration of time than Nuno Espirito Santo’s aspect and the dedication became as soon as greeted with derision by the home supporters who chanted ‘What a load of rubbish’ and ‘Is it soccer anymore?’.
The final consequence leaves Leicester third in the table, some extent in the aid of Manchester City.
On the opposite hand, Wolves circulation as much as seventh, three suggestions in the aid of Sheffield United in fifth, and neatly-placed to compete for a Champions League location next duration of time, ifCity’s ban from European membership competitions is upheldand England retains four clubs in the competitors.
Strikers plan blanks
While the early aspects of this recreation the truth is helpful the perimeters would possibly emulate the seven-purpose thrillers which beget marked their closing two Premier League meetings at Molineux, that hope fizzled away largely as a result of abominable finishing.
Raul Jimenez became as soon as chief perpetrator for the hosts, heading three splendid opportunities either over or extensive of the Leicester purpose and slashing woefully at a left-foot shot that drifted extensive of Kasper Schmeichel’s and remained in play.
When Wolves did hit the target, Schmeichel became as soon as there to teach them, brilliantly stretching out his left leg to end Diogo Jota from scoring and blocking off Adama Traore’s stinging stoppage-time shot at point-smooth differ.
Jamie Vardy fared no higher for the company. After the hour designate the Premier League’s main marksman had touched the ball right seven cases on his 200th Premier League appearance for the Foxes.
And the 33-365 days-mature’s evening didn’t get any higher as he didn’t register a single shot, meaning he has now long past six Premier League games with out a purpose – his longest stir with out a high-flight purpose since he went seven games between December 2016 and February 2017.
Cool climate ruin woes?
While Brendan Rodgers gave his squad seven days off after their 2-2 plan with Chelsea on 1 February and Wolves took their gamers on a warm-climate coaching trot back and forth to Spain, at cases the reason of those breaks – to recharge – didn’t inspect to beget worked.
Both sets of gamers perceived to stir out of tips and legs at cases on a spongy Molineux surface.
9 of the 11 Foxes gamers to begin the sport had made over 20 Premier League begins this duration of time nonetheless, whereas Brendan Rodger’s consistency of selection has helped them to third in the table, they struggled to search out their earlier spark.
Wolves, who taking part in their forty second recreation of the season, started with eight gamers who beget started 20 Premier League games or more.
The Foxes beget now taken 5 suggestions from the closing readily accessible 15, whereas Wolves beget managed six in the identical duration.
Man of the match – Jonny (Wolves)
‘I believed we deserved some extent’ – what they said
Wolves manager Nuno Espirto Santo to BBC Match of the Day:“It’s no longer about frustration nonetheless realising what we did in the sport and now analyse to command ‘we would possibly (beget gained)’.
“Leicester had possession in the first half nonetheless didn’t get hold of, we scored in the first half and dominated a very staunch team. The boys created many chances on the opposite hand it requires more work from us to entire the actions.
“Raul Jimenez became as soon as there, (this would possibly occur for him) in the following recreation. The work rate he did became as soon as unheard of. He didn’t place it all via the score nonetheless his it’s a ways unheard of how he works and creates for the team. We trot yet again on Thursday and hope issues will occur.
“I observed somewhat just a few energy from the gamers and that’s what I’m chuffed about, we’re ready for the appealing cycle.”
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to BBC Match of the Day:“I believed we deserved some extent. They are constantly a threat on the counter. It became as soon as spectacular for us to aid a elegant sheet with 10 men.
“We doubtlessly would possibly’ve been quicker around the assault – the invent-up play became as soon as staunch – nonetheless away from home you question to attain aid under rigidity and it ends up being a very staunch point and keeping the gap to 14 suggestions between us.”
On the VAR selections:“I mediate his gargantuan toe became as soon as offside! It be sorrowful. We’re upset to give the corner away. Now we beget had a host which beget long past for and against and you right beget to aid the team mute.
“I didn’t mediate it became as soon as a purple card for us, so or no longer it’s sorrowful.”
Firing blanks – the stats
- Wolves beget drawn consecutive league games without scoring for the first time since April 2010, as soon as they drew 0-0 against Stoke and Fulham.
- Two of Leicester’s three goalless draws in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers beget attain against Wolves.
- Since returning to the Premier League in 2014-15, Leicester beget obtained 19 purple playing cards – the joint-most of any team in that time (stage with Everton and Watford).
- Easiest Aston Villa (6) beget considered their opponents score more purple playing cards in Premier League games this season than Wolves (5).
- Since joining Leicester, Jamie Vardy has played more league games against Wolves without scoring than any other aspect (6).
- Vardy became finest the 2nd Leicester participant to make 200 Premier League appearances for the membership, after Muzzy Izzet (222). Ragged 33 years and 34 days, Vardy is the oldest Englishman to attain 200 appearances in the competitors since Alan Stubbs (35y 323d) in August 2007.
Wolves scuttle to Norwich next Sunday, 23 February (14:00 GMT), whereas Leicester host Manchester City on Saturday, 22 February (17:30 GMT) intellectual a salvage will send them above Pep Guardiola’s aspect into 2nd.