Last night the wolves were left cursing VAR when referee Mike Dean was forced to discard Willy Boly’s header a minute before the break because Pedro Neto was ruled out of his heel.
The team of Nuno Espirito Santo was also denied by the technology in the goalless draw of the opening day in Leicester, when Leandro Dendoncker’s effort was rejected, and even after Hamza Choudhury’s red card arrived late, they could not find a I walk past the side of Brendan Rodgers.
The pre-game news focused less on the Wolves leaving Adama Traoré on the bench after his dislocated shoulder and more on the two-year ban on the Champions League by Manchester City. If the fifth place can really win a place in the top table of European football, then Leicester can not only feel even more confident in qualifying, but the Wolves can begin to dream of joining them. They knew that a home victory would take them sixth and to a point in Sheffield United.
Nuno Espírito Santo, bringing Pedro Neto for Traoré and Leandro Dendoncker for Joao Moutinho, had put his own ambitions on the table on the eve of the game. Without conversations about a new contract with 16 months of validity of his current agreement, he had talked about how the Wolves have become “their obsession” while informing the world of their potential availability. Any further progress in the Premier League or the Europa League and surely the hierarchy of the Wolves will want to link their main man to a longer-term agreement.
These are exciting times in the Midlands and, despite Leicester’s relatively poor form, they had a return to second place in their sights when Youri Tielemans took a hurried save from Rui Patricio with an early deflected shot.
The wolves, as is their custom, were happy to grant possession and attack the counter initially. When Neto ran to the right and, on the second attempt, slipped a pass towards Raúl Jiménez, Diogo Jota came running from deep down to shoot low and hard just to have Kasper Schmeichel save with his legs for a corner kick.
However, Leicester also likes a quick early pitch and in the next attack, Jamie Vardy’s skilful touch freed Tielemans who ran half of the field directly to the goal before Ruben Neves’ regular follow-up denied him a shot. to goal.
The teams were so evenly matched, exchanging free headlines when Willy Boly and Dendoncker approached before Patricio gratefully grabbed Caglar Soyuncu’s effort, before Wolves began to take control. Then, the game exploded when – shock, horror – VAR denied Wolves by the slightest margin again.
The cries of “It’s not football anymore” rang around Molineux when Mike Dean was kicked out of the field halfway after the referee followed Stockley Park’s instructions that Neto was offside.
Wolves number 7 exchanged a short corner routine with Jota and crossed to the far post where Matt Doherty returned to the finish line for Boly to nod home. The teams were back and ready for the kick-off before the dreaded signs appeared on the scoreboard.
It was a painful time for the faithful of Molineux. They were not only remembering Boly’s unknown handball when Dendoncker’s goal was voided in Leicester on the first day of the season, but also big and tight matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City in the last matches.
The atmosphere in Molineux intensified a bit when Wolves fans expressed their injustice. Memories of the unlikely open 4-3 of last season here were forgotten when Leicester defended boldly and, once Traoré entered, more deeply.
The Wolves’ end caught Ben Chilwell when the West Midlanders threatened to take over, although it was rare to see clear targets. Then, Hamza Choudhury was expelled for his second reserve offense at 14 minutes of time signaling the invitation to go bankrupt.