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VAR denies Wolves' bid to close on top-four spot

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Boly's header was the fourth goal Wolves have had disallowed by VAR this season. Only Sheffield United (five) have had moreWolves missed out on the chance to close the gap on the top four as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City amid more VAR controversy. Just before half-time, Wily Boly looked to have opened the scoring for the hosts after a short corner routine but his close-range header was ruled out with Pedro Neto judged to be offside in build-up.Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury was sent-off 14 minutes from the end of normal time after collecting two bookings in the second half.
But in a game full of incident and goalscoring chances, the main talking point was Boly's disallowed effort. Only Sheffield United, with five, have had more goals ruled out by VAR decisions in the Premier League this term than Nuno Espirito Santo's side and the decision was greeted with derision by the home supporters who chanted 'What a load of rubbish' and 'Is it football anymore[/img]
Strikers draw blanks
While the early parts of this game suggested the sides could emulate the seven-goal thrillers that have marked their last two Premier League meetings at Molineux, that hope fizzled away largely due to poor finishing. Raul Jimenez was chief culprit for the hosts, heading three excellent opportunities either over or wide of the Leicester goal and slashing woefully at a left-foot shot that drifted wide of Kasper Schmeichel's and remained in play.When Wolves did hit the target, Schmeichel was there to deny them, brilliantly stretching out his left leg to prevent Diogo Jota from scoring and blocking Adama Traore's stinging stoppage-time shot at point-blank range. Jamie Vardy fared no better for the visitors. After the hour mark the Premier League's leading marksman had touched the ball just seven times on his 200th Premier League appearance for the Foxes. And the 33-year-old's evening did not get any better as he failed to register a single shot, meaning he has now gone six Premier League games without a goal - his longest run without a top-flight goal since he went seven games between December 2016 and February 2017.
Winter break woes?
While Brendan Rodgers gave his squad seven days off after their 2-2 draw with Chelsea on 1 February and Wolves took their players on a warm-weather training trip to Spain, at times the purpose of those breaks - to recharge - did not look to have worked.Both sets of players appeared to run out of ideas and legs at times on a spongy Molineux surface. Nine of the 11 Foxes players to start the game had made over 20 Premier League starts this term but, while Brendan Rodger's consistency of selection has helped them to third in the table, they struggled to find their previous spark. Wolves, who playing their 42nd game of the season, started with eight players who have started 20 Premier League games or more.The Foxes have now taken five points from the last available 15, while Wolves have managed six in the same period.
Man of the match - Jonny (Wolves)
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Jonny made the most tackles of any player (six)
'I thought we deserved a point' - what they said
Wolves manager Nuno Espirto Santo to BBC Match of the Day: "It is not about frustration but realising what we did in the game and now analyse to say 'we could (have won)'. "Leicester had possession in the first half but did not create, we scored in the first half and dominated a very good team. The boys created many chances but it requires more work from us to complete the actions."Raul Jimenez was there, (it will happen for him) in the next game. The work rate he did was amazing. He did not put it inside the net but his it is amazing how he works and creates for the team. We go again on Thursday and hope things will happen."I saw a lot of energy from the players and this is what I am happy about, we are ready for the tough cycle."Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I thought we deserved a point. They are always a threat on the counter. It was impressive for us to keep a clean sheet with 10 men."We probably could've been quicker around the attack - the build-up play was good - but away from home you expect to come under pressure and it ends up being a very good point and keeping the gap to 14 points between us."On the VAR decisions: "I think his big toe was offside! It's unfortunate. We're disappointed to give the corner away. We've had a number that have gone for and against and you just have to keep the team calm."I didn't think it was a red card for us, so it's unfortunate."
Firing blanks - the stats
Wolves have drawn consecutive league games without scoring for the first time since April 2010, when they drew 0-0 against Stoke and Fulham.
Two of Leicester's three goalless draws in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers have come against Wolves.
Since returning to the Premier League in 2014-15, Leicester have received 19 red cards - the joint-most of any team in that time (level with Everton and Watford).
Only Aston Villa (6) have seen their opponents receive more red cards in Premier League games this season than Wolves (5).
Since joining Leicester, Jamie Vardy has played more league games against Wolves without scoring than any other side (6).
Vardy became only the second Leicester player to make 200 Premier League appearances for the club, after Muzzy Izzet (222). Aged 33 years and 34 days, Vardy is the oldest Englishman to reach 200 appearances in the competition since Alan Stubbs (35y 323d) in August 2007.
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Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Wolves
11Rui Patricio
15Boly
16Coady
27Saiss
2Doherty
32DendonckerBooked at 55mins[/i]
8NevesBooked at 45mins[/i]Substituted forJoao Moutinhoat 81'minutes
19Castro Otto
7NetoSubstituted forTraoreat 64'minutes
18JotaSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 78'minutes
9Jimenez
Substitutes
10Castelo Podence
17Gibbs-White
21Ruddy
28Joao Moutinho
37Traore
49Kilman
59Buur
Leicester
1Schmeichel
21Ricardo Pereira
6Evans
4Soyuncu
3ChilwellBooked at 88mins[/i]
20ChoudhuryBooked at 76mins[/i]
17PerezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 68'minutes
8TielemansSubstituted forPraetat 75'minutes
10MaddisonBooked at 36mins[/i]
15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+4'minutes
9Vardy
Substitutes
2Justin
5Morgan
7Gray
11Albrighton
12Ward
14Iheanacho
26Praet
Referee:Mike DeanAttendance:31,682
Match Stats
Home TeamWolvesAway TeamLeicesterPossessionHome41%Away59%ShotsHome15Away9Shots on TargetHome3Away3CornersHome7Away0FoulsHome13Away10
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Posted at
Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+6' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Leicester City 0.Posted at 90'+5' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Caglar Soyuncu.Posted at 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traore.Posted at 90'+4' Attempt saved. Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joao Moutinho.
Substitution
Posted at 90'+4' Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.Posted at 90'+3' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Willy Boly tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.Posted at 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Dennis Praet (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans with a headed pass.Posted at 90'+2' Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Daniel Podence (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 90' Attempt missed. Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joao Moutinho with a cross following a corner.Posted at 90' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.
Booking
Posted at 88' Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 88' Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).Posted at 88' Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 85' Attempt missed. Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joao Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.Posted at 82' Foul by Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City).Posted at 82' Adama Traore (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution
Posted at 81' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joao Moutinho replaces Ruben Neves.Posted at 81' Attempt missed. Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adama Traore with a cross.
Substitution
Posted at 78' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Diogo Jota.
Dismissal
Posted at 76' Second yellow card to Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) for a bad foul.Posted at 76' Foul by Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City).Posted at 76' Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces Youri Tielemans.Posted at 74' Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 74' Foul by Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 72' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.Posted at 70' Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 70' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Caglar Soyuncu.
Substitution
Posted at 68' Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Perez.Posted at 66' Attempt blocked. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira with a cross.Posted at 65' Hand ball by Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Substitution
Posted at 64' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traore replaces Pedro Neto.Posted at 62' Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 62' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 61' Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).Posted at 61' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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