Wolves vs Leicester City: Daniel Podence strike seals win for Bruno Lage's men

The win sees Bruno Lage's men remain seventh in the Premier League but they're only 6 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Wolves players celebrating a goal in a file photo [Twitter: @premierleague]
By Shayne Dias | Feb 21, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

A Daniel Podence second-half strike saw Wolves register a crucial 2-1 Premier League win vs a struggling Leicester City on Sunday (February 20).

Ruben Neves gave the home side the lead in the seventh minute. However, on the stroke of half time, Leicester were level courtesy of Ademola Lookman.

But Podence would strike 20 minutes into the second half to ensure Bruno Lage’s men took all three points.

The win means Wolves are currently seventh in the Premier League table. However, they are only 6 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United – and have two games in hand.

The race for the European spots is quite tight, but Wolves have form on their side; no team has won more Premier League games in 2022.

And the mood among the home fans was clearly bouyant. After the match, they blasted out songs about following Wolves in Europe again.

The same, however, cannot be said about the Foxes. Leicester City are clearly struggling to maintain their lofty standards of the past two seasons.

Under Brendan Rodgers, they have managed successive fifth-place finishes and won the FA Cup too. That is no mean feat given Leicester don’t quite have the spending power of the bigger clubs.

But it also appears that both the club and Rodgers are at something of a crossroads. And form needs to improve sooner rather than later.

How Wolves won out vs Leicester City

The troubling part for Rodgers and Leicester is that the performance on the day was not so bad. They went behind early courtesy of a sixth minute screamer from Neves.

The Portuguese midfielder rarely does tap-ins, so him scoring from distance was of little surprise. Yet Leicester grew into the game as the half wore on; their only flaw being their clear nervousness around set-piece situations.

Yet Wolves were not perfect. The home team were guilty of sitting too deep on occasion and this invited Leicester forward; and their equaliser was well deserved.

Youri Tielamans played Marc Albrighton through, whose accurate low cross was converted by Lookman. And they continued to dominate proceedings when against the run of play, Wolves scored again.

A quick counter-attack led to Leander Dendoncker squaring the ball to Podence, whose low shot evaded Kasper Schmeichel. One VAR check later and Wolves could celebrate.

The manner of the eventual defeat was not lost on Rodgers. “Sometimes after you lose there is disappointment or frustration but I am very enthused,” the Leicester manager said.

“I have seen us starting to return to our levels of play and creativity. It is just disappointing, they had two shots from outside the box and it’s two goals.”