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Leicester thrash Wolves to climb off bottom

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Leicester have scored four Premier League goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season - more than any other team

Ruthless Leicester picked up their first away Premier League win of the season as they beat Wolves to move off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone.

Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead with a stunning 22-yard strike, which flew past Jose Sa and went in off the post.

Wolves had nine shots in the opening 17 minutes, but fell 2-0 behind when Harvey Barnes linked up with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and slotted past Sa.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, still searching for his first goal since joining Wolves on a free transfer in September, had numerous chances but could not beat visiting keeper Danny Ward, who tipped one shot over and saved a header. Costa also saw other attempts blocked or deflected away.

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Daniel Podence was another to be denied by a brilliant Ward stop, while Ruben Neves fired a free-kick just wide at the start of the second half.

By the time Leicester scored their third – James Maddison again pressing his claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad with a lovely low strike from 18 yards out – Wolves had created, and missed, 20 opportunities.

That Maddison goal came from only Leicester’s third attempt of the match and they scored with their fourth too, Jamie Vardy scoring as they finally won away from home in the league after five successive defeats.

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers

The win takes Leicester up from 20th to 16th, while Wolves drop a place to 19th and are only above bottom side Nottingham Forest on goal difference.

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During the second half the home fans at Molineux showed their anger towards technical director Scott Sellars, with chants of “We want Sellars out” and “Scott Sellars, get out of the club”.

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These are tough times for Wolves, who reached the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020, but sacked manager Bruno Lage earlier this month.

Their attempts to secure a replacement have not gone well. Former Spain manager Julen Lopetegui and ex-Watford manager Rob Edwards have been interviewed, while former boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who took them into Europe, was linked with a return. And on Thursday, QPR boss Michael Beale rejected them, preferring instead to stay with the Championship leaders.

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi then said lifelong Wolves fan Steve Davis would continue to be interim head coach “until 2023” and his side made a bright start in his fourth game in charge, but once again they could not convert their chances.

Costa, Nunes, Hugo Bueno and Podence had shots saved or blocked and Joao Moutinho and Max Kilman narrowly missed the target.

Wolves now have only scored five times in 12 games – the lowest in the division.

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In contrast Leicester scored four excellent goals from five shots. Only a late miss from substitute Marc Albrighton meant they failed to end the match with a 100% conversion record, although manager Brendan Rodgers will still be delighted with a much needed three points.

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