Leicester hold on against Wolves despite Vardy’s straight red
Premier League new boys remains winless as Foxes’ James Maddison gets off the mark
Summer signing James Maddison scores Leicester’s second against Wolves. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side hit the woodwork on three occasions and wasted a couple of gilt-edged chances before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium.
An own goal from full-back Matt Doherty and a deflected effort from home debutant James Maddison were enough to secure the points for Leicester — who saw out the closing stages having lost Vardy following an ugly challenge on the unfortunate Doherty.
Wolves were lively from the start and had two marvellous chances to take the lead inside the opening four minutes.
Doherty should have done better moments later but could only turn Raul Jimenez’s cross tamely towards goal, allowing Ben Chilwell to clear off the line.
While the game settled down into an even contest, it was the visitors creating any chances of note — the lively Jimenez rattling Kasper Schmeichel’s post with a driven effort.
Unsurprisingly, it was a Wolves player who opened the scoring but unfortunately for Doherty, he put it into his own goal.
The goal turned the game in favour of Puel’s men and they doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
New recruit Ricardo Pereira cut in from the right and was fouled but, with referee Mike Dean allowing the advantage, Maddison collected the ball and bent home past Patricio with the aid of a deflection.
As with the first half, Wolves were the quickest out of the blocks, Ben Chilwell surviving a mix-up with Schmeichel before the Leicester goalkeeper did well to keep out Jimenez’s close-range shot.
Leicester’s task of seeing out the game was made more difficult as Vardy was given his marching orders with 66 minutes on the clock.
The England international, who signed a new contract at Leicester on transfer deadline day, lost possession and went in high on Doherty as he looked to make amends, leaving Dean no alternative but to dismiss the forward.
Jonny was the third Wolves player to hit the frame of the goal with an effort from an acute angle before Ruben Neves stung the palms of Schmeichel with a decent strike.
That was the closest the visitors came to reducing the deficit as the 10 men of Leicester saw out six minutes of stoppage time with little danger.