Leicester City 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Vardy Penalty puts Foxes top
Jamie Vardy celebrating scoring the winner for Leicester City in their victory over Wolves on the 8th November 2020 (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images).

A first-half Jamie Vardy penalty was enough to see Leicester City rise to the top of the table after they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes were awarded a controversial spot-kick inside 15 minutes following an adjudged handball by Max Kilham which Vardy struck home.

However, the former England international saw a second penalty saved by the legs of Rui Patricio towards the end of the first half.

The visitors failed to create much in terms of clear cut chances, but they did put on the pressure in the second half and Ruben Neves nearly rescued a point for them but Kasper Schmeichel magnificently tipped the Portuguese's well-struck effort over the bar

Story of the game

The encounter started out evenly but on the quarter of an hour mark after going to the screen, referee Anthony Taylor awarded a spot-kick as Kilman was adjudged to have blocked a Dennis Praet cross from the right with his hand.

Vardy stepped up and sent Patricio the wrong way to earn his eighth goal of the season and his first career goal against the Wanderers.

Five minutes later Vardy was close to doubling his tally for the day but a Praet cross from the right just evaded the arriving forward inside the area.

The hosts then began to maintain control of the game but struggled to breakdown the organised shape of Wolves, with Christian Fuchs having to resort to a low driven shot from range just after the half an hour mark which arrowed narrowly wide of Patricio's right-hand post.

Seven minutes before the interval a second penalty was awarded when Ryan Ait Nouri challenged James Justin late inside the area.

Vardy took up the responsibility again but was unable to provide the same result as his spot-kick was kept out by the legs of Patricio.

Then the follow up ricocheted off the Englishmen but unfortunately for the Foxes, the ball looped just wide of the left-hand post.

After this moment, it seemed to spur and motivate Wolves to start putting pressure on the Leicester defence, but the home side remained resilient as Nuno Espirito Santo's side failed to test Schmeichel before the break.

A minute after the restart Youri Tielemans had a golden opportunity to grab a second goal for Leicester, but his header from half time substitute Marc Albrighton's cross was guided just wide of the mark.

On the 48th minute mark, the away side had their first sign of goal but Nelson Semedo's effort from Pedro Neto's layoff was sliced well over the crossbar.

Five minutes later Vardy had a speculative effort from the right that Patricio had to be switched on for and he did exactly that as he tipped the ball around the post.

A couple of minutes later Neto had a great chance to level up affairs when Daniel Podence fed him on the left-hand side of the area but his first-time effort was straight at Schmeichel. 

Just before the hour mark, James Maddison found Jonny Evans unmarked from a corner but his header had no direction on it as it sailed well over the crossbar.

In the 64th minute, Neto was awarded a free-kick inside the dee after being pulled back by Evans, but Neves failed to capitalise as his effort flew over the bar.

Three minutes later the Wanderers created their best opening of the game so far when Semedo's freekick from the right found Kilman free at the back post, but he could not keep his hooked effort down.

Then with 77 minutes played Schmeichel pulled off a world-class piece of goalkeeping as he managed to tip over a Neves effort from the edge of the area that was heading into the top right-hand corner.

A minute later Neves was involved in an another Wolves chance when his cross from deep found Leander Dendoncker at the back post but his poke goalwards dribbled a couple of yards wide of the right-hand post.

With eight minutes remaining substitute Harvey Barnes should have sealed the three points for Brendan Rodgers side when he was fed inside the box by Justin, but Kilman managed to get a touch on to the wingers shot to see it sail over the bar.

Despite letting this chance go begging the away side just quite did not do enough to salvage a draw as the Foxes managed to hold on to a precious three points.

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