Jamie Vardy scored one of two first-half penalties as Leicester City went top of the Premier League with a 1-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
(The African Stand) — Leicester City went top of the Premier League, if only for a few hours, after a highly contentious penalty by Jamie Vardy was enough to beat Wolves at King Power Stadium.
Vardy took his tally for the season to nine goals after sending Rui Patricio the wrong way, with Wolves’ players incensed the spot-kick was given after Max Kilman handled Dennis Praet’s cross.
Wolves claimed Kilman had no time to move his hand out of the way but referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot after consulting the pitchside monitor.
Portugal keeper Patricio saved a second Vardy penalty with his leg before half-time – Leicester’s eighth Premier League spot-kick of the season – after Rayan Ait-Nouri brought down James Justin.
Wolves threatened an equaliser after half-time, 19-year-old Wesley Fofana producing an excellent challenge to deny Pedro Neto a certain goal, Kilman fired over from close range, while Kasper Schmeichel made an outstanding flying save to keep out Ruben Neves.
Leicester replaces Tottenham, who beat West Brom earlier in the day to go top, at the summit, two points ahead of Liverpool who are playing Manchester City at 16:30 GMT.
Perfect week for Foxes
Leicester had to dig deep in the second half as Wolves came back strongly but Brendan Rodgers’ side head into the international break on the back of six straight wins.
Three of those have come in the past week, the Foxes hammering Leeds and, in Europe, Sporting Braga before Vardy scored for the fourth successive game to see off Wolves.
Having qualified for the Europa League group stages by finishing fifth last season, Rodgers’ side are handling the busy workload of Thursday-Sunday football with aplomb.
They were hungry chasing the ball and intelligent when they had possession.
Christian Fuchs went close with a low drilled attempt, Vardy forced Patricio to tip his ferocious attempt over, and substitute Harvey Barnes was denied a late goal by a deflection.
Schmeichel’s save to deny Neves was breathtaking.
Having turned 34 on Thursday, the Denmark keeper remains a key ingredient of this hard-working side and showed great agility to deny Wolves an equaliser.