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Wolves 4-3 Leicester: Jota stars in Molineux classic

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Jan 2019

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Many, many years ago Wolverhampton Wanderers came from 3-0 down to defeat Leicester City 4-3, in what is still widely considered to be one of the best Premier League matches of all time. Now, just over 15 years later, they’ve provided us with a sequel that somehow managed to exceed all expectations as Wolves defeated Leicester to jump above them in the Premier League table.

Electric start

Wolves knew coming into this game that they were starting to build a bit of a reputation for themselves as a team who did well against the top six, but did poorly against the rest of the division. Following their two defeats to the Foxes from earlier on in the campaign it appeared as if they weren’t ready to fall victim to that stereotype again, with Diogo Jota poking home at the back post to give them an early advantage. Ryan Bennett soon made it two within a quarter of an hour, setting up what would prove to be a chaotic end to end encounter.

Wolves held the two goal advantage until the half time whistle blew, and then when they came out for the second 45 minutes, they just seemed to collapse with Demarai Gray and a Conor Coady own goal drawing Leicester level. Alas, the visitors seemed to lose their focus even after dragging themselves back into things, with a magnificent Ruben Neves ball being finished off confidently by Diogo Jota once again.

Game of the season?

We weren’t done with the twists and turns though as Wes Morgan, who had been ridiculed for his poor play throughout the course of the game, rose above a series of Wolves defenders to nod in the equaliser. It seemed as if things would end all square but then, with 30 seconds remaining, Neves found Jimenez with a delightful ball before the forward squared it to Jota who completed his hat trick and sent Wolves fans into a frenzy.

Wolves will now turn their attention towards an FA Cup fourth round tie against Shrewsbury next weekend, whereas Leicester face two incredibly tough back to back games against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Match Report

Wolves: Patricio (6), Saiss (6.5), Coady (5.5), Bennett (7), Vinagre (6.5), Moutinho (8), Neves (8.5), Dendoncker (7), Jonny (6), Jimenez (8), Jota (9), Gibbs-White (6), Doherty (6.5)

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Simpson (6), Morgan (6.5), Maguire (6), Chilwell (7), Mendy (6), Ndidi (6.5), Pereira (7.5), Gray (8), Barnes (6.5), Vardy (7.5), Evans (7), Maddison (7), Iheanacho (6)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Goals: Jota x3, Bennett :: Gray, Coady OG, Morgan

Yellow Cards: Bennett, Jonny, Jota, Mendy, Ndidi, Pereira

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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