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Match Analysis: Leicester City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sports Mole analyses Leicester City's narrow Championship win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Second-placed Leicester City hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the King Power Stadium looking to close the gap on leaders Cardiff City.

Leicester deservedly went in front through Anthony Knockaert's individual effort and went into the break ahead.

Wolves responded well after the break and levelled with a superb strike from Bakary Sako, but Leicester went back in front through David Nugent and managed to hold on.

Here, Sports Mole analyses the result to see if the points went the correct way.

Match statistics:

Leicester:
Shots 12
On target 5
Possession 50%
Corners 4
Fouls 4

Wolves:
Shots 10
On target 5
Possession 50%
Corners 9
Fouls 8

Was the result fair?

It has to be a no. Leicester deserved to be ahead at half time but Wolves were by far the better side after the break. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had probably the two best chances of the match in the closing stages and Wolves will count themselves very unlucky to not get a point from this one.

Leicester's performance

Not good enough to push for an automatic promotion spot. Obviously they got the win, but playing like that more often than not would end in a different result. The defence was solid for the most part, but there was not enough cutting edge in attack. Knockaert aside, there were not enough chances for a high-flying side against a struggler.

Wolves's performance

They deserved better. In the first half they were not at the races but turned their performance around in the second period. After the fantastic leveller from Sako the better of the chances fell to Wolves, but they could not match their urgency with the deserved goals. With some improvement at the back they should move clear of danger.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Bakary Sako: Based only on the first half this would have gone for Knockaert, but Sako almost single-handedly carried the Wolves attack. His goal was a fantastic strike, but aside from that he set up a glorious chance for a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equaliser and was a threat all game long on the left or right flank.

Biggest gaffe

Unfortunately for the striker, this has to go to Ebanks-Blake. In stoppage time he took a cross superbly on his right foot before somehow putting the chance wide with his left. A few inches were the difference between no points and one for Wolves.

Referee performance

Robert Madley was okay in letting the game flow as much as possible, but he could have given Leicester a first-half penalty for a Sako push on Knockaert and Karl Henry was lucky to stay on the pitch for a poor lunge. Those decisions turned out not to affect the result, fortunately for the referee.

What next?

Leicester: Leicester travel to bottom side Peterborough United looking for their sixth straight Championship win.

Wolves: Wolves have a chance to end their winless run of seven games with a home tie against Leeds United.

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Leicester City's David Nugent score his sides second goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 31, 2013
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