3 Things we learned as Leicester brushed aside Wolves

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates with Youri Tielemans (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates with Youri Tielemans (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images) /
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Brendan Rogers, manager of Leicester City (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images) /

Quality beats quantity

If any aspiring coach or football analyst needed an example to perfectly demonstrate how important efficiency in chance creation and quality of chances created were, then they should be directed to this fixture. At the time of City’s fourth goal, Wolves had taken 21 shots at Danny Ward’s net, while the visitors tested the home goalkeeper exactly four times.

Vardy’s maiden netting for the campaign was comfortably the best chance either side mustered throughout the 90, and the hosts, for all their efforts rarely had Foxes hearts in mouths at the prospect of conceding. Yes, Youri Tielemans’ wonder strike came at a time where Wolves were on top, but thereafter there was only one side in control.

Brendan Rodgers has always been keen on ball retention, and with that comes being averse to taking risks in possession. Goals have never been the issue for his side this season, with the attacking options he has available, so it’s no wonder he’s confident enough to implement a style where efficiency in front of goal is paramount to achieving results.

Wolves are in serious trouble

It’s not uncommon knowledge that the Molineux men have been in a serious state of decline since the turn of the year. This time twelve months ago, there was genuine speculation that Bruno Lage’s men might have made a challenge for the Europa League spots, if not the Champions League.

But even then, it was clear that their form and league position was at odds with the stacks of data that suggested they ought to have been much further down the league. Jose Sa was wildly over performing, making many more saves than anybody had expected.

This time around, it’s fair to say they’ve been slightly unlucky, in that their marquee signing, Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an ACL injury on debut, leaving them without a striker after loaning out youngster Fabio Silva. Diego Costa was hastily rushed in through the emergency door, but is yet to net, and if it wasn’t for their goalkeeper saving penalties against Fulham and Nottingham Forest, Wolves could be five adrift at the bottom of the table.

This could be a negative turning point for the West Midlands side, who this week announced that caretaker boss Steve Davis was staying in post until 2023, a snap reaction to the news that Queens Park Rangers manager Mick Beale decided to turn them down. As the third and fourth City goals rounded off proceedings, the atmosphere turned nasty, with home fans leaving in their droves and others shouting about the board.