David Nugent's winner strengthened Leicester City's promotion hopes as Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered a fifth defeat in seven league games.

Anthony Knockaert put the hosts ahead after running unchallenged before hitting his eighth goal of the season.

Wolves looked set for a hard-earned point when Bakary Sako levelled with an excellent finish from 20 yards.

Five alive for Leicester

This was Leicester City's fifth successive league win, a sequence they also achieved earlier this season. The last time they won six league games in a row was in 1992-93

But Leicester secured victory thanks to Nugent's finish from just outside the area after sloppy Wolves defending.

Nigel Pearson's side move three points clear of third-placed Hull City and seven points behind leaders Cardiff City having played one game more.

In contrast, Wolves are just five points above the relegation zone and without a win since Dean Saunders took charge earlier this month.

The worry for Saunders will be the way his side conceded so easily.

Knockaert opened the scoring in the 24th minute, the Frenchman rifling into the roof of the net after being allowed to run unchallenged into the area.

Wolves levelled through the goal of the night from Sako as the 24-year-old unleashed an unstoppable 51st minute effort.

Nugent's winner came 17 minutes from time, the former Portsmouth striker again allowed to run unchallenged before hitting the target.

Wolves were denied an equaliser when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hit the post in stoppage time.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"I will be the first to admit we have played better. But credit to Wolves, who played with a lot of spirit and made life difficult for us with five in midfield.

"So it was nice to win a tight game like this with two bits of quality. The irony is that we scored our goals on the counter-attack and in the second half we really had to grind it out.

"It was a calculated risk to play Knockaert because he had had an ankle injury. But he worked very hard for the side in both directions. I was very pleased with his contribution."

Wolves manager Dean Saunders:

"I thought we played well but missed our chances. We had at least 10 clear cut chances and then got done twice on the counter attack.

"For the first goal we backed off and let the lad get into the six-yard box. It was not the best defending but when you lose as many games as we have done you lose belief.

"I think we became over confident and we should have stopped Nugent right where he picked up the ball on the half way line."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 De Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 M Keane
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 07 Marshall (Dyer - 69' )
  • 10 King
  • 24 Knockaert (Vardy - 76' )
  • 35 Nugent (Waghorn - 90' )
  • 39 Wood

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 11 Dyer
  • 17 Gallagher
  • 19 Wellens
  • 09 Vardy
  • 14 Waghorn
  • 29 Futacs

Wolverhampton

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 11 Ward
  • 16 Berra
  • 25 Batth
  • 32 Foley Booked
  • 08 Henry (Edwards - 81' )
  • 10 Sako
  • 24 O'Hara
  • 28 Doumbia (Davis - 82' )
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake
  • 15 Sigurdarson (Peszko - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 34 Margreitter
  • 04 Edwards
  • 07 Peszko
  • 26 Davis
  • 29 Doyle
  • 35 Cassidy
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 21,677

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

5 5

Corners

4 9

Fouls

4 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +0:42 Substitution

Substitution Martyn Waghorn on for David Nugent.

90:00 +0:42

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and strikes the post.

89:54

Effort on goal by Bakary Sako from 25 yards. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Andy King manages to make a clearance.

88:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako.

83:32

Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Drinkwater.

81:44

Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

81:44 Substitution

Substitution David Davis comes on in place of Tongo Doumbia.

81:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Bakary Sako.

80:22 Substitution

Substitution Karl Henry goes off and David Edwards comes on.

75:34

Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution Slawomir Peszko comes on in place of Bjorn Sigurdarson.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Vardy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

75:34 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Kevin Foley for unsporting behaviour.

75:31

Foul by Kevin Foley on Michael Keane, free kick awarded.

72:29

Danny Drinkwater provided the assist for the goal.

72:29 Goal scored

Goal! - David Nugent - Leicester 2 - 1 Wolves David Nugent grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 2-1 Wolverhampton.

72:17

Centre by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by Wes Morgan.

68:34

Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

68:34 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Dyer comes on in place of Ben Marshall.

68:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Wes Morgan.

64:32

Bakary Sako takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Keane. Bakary Sako takes a short corner.

63:31

Bakary Sako takes a short corner. The ball is delivered by Karl Henry, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.

61:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bakary Sako, Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Wes Morgan. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

57:38

Shot on goal by Bakary Sako from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

55:17

The ball is delivered by Ritchie De Laet, Carl Ikeme makes a comfortable save.

53:21

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

52:21

Ritchie De Laet sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Wood misses to the left of the goal.

50:55

Assist on the goal came from Tongo Doumbia.

50:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Bakary Sako - Leicester 1 - 1 Wolves Bakary Sako finds the net with a fantastic goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Wolverhampton.

48:43

Stephen Ward fouled by Chris Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Ward takes the free kick.

47:30

The ball is sent over by Anthony Knockaert, save made by Carl Ikeme.

46:04

Ben Marshall delivers the ball. Anthony Knockaert takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Bjorn Sigurdarson.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:03

Shot from deep inside the area by Ben Marshall clears the crossbar.

44:01

Tongo Doumbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

42:35

The ball is crossed by Danny Drinkwater, Effort from inside the area by David Nugent misses to the left of the goal.

42:02

Bakary Sako delivers the ball, Andy King manages to make a clearance.

40:13

Foul by David Nugent on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.

38:45

Ben Marshall produces a cross, save by Carl Ikeme.

34:19

Ben Marshall challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick. Effort on goal by Karl Henry from long range goes over the bar.

32:23

Bakary Sako takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Keane.

29:22

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Keane. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

27:18

Bakary Sako takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Danny Batth misses to the right of the target.

25:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Andy King. Ben Marshall crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel. The assistant referee signals for offside against Wes Morgan. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.

24:36

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Comfortable save by Kasper Schmeichel.

23:10

Assist on the goal came from Kasper Schmeichel.

23:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Knockaert - Leicester 1 - 0 Wolves A goal is scored by Anthony Knockaert from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-0 Wolverhampton.

22:59

A cross is delivered by Stephen Ward, clearance made by Wes Morgan.

20:23

Ben Marshall takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a save.

20:04

Foul by Karl Henry on Andy King, free kick awarded. Andy King takes the free kick.

19:08

David Nugent produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Carl Ikeme.

18:12

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Knockaert, save by Carl Ikeme.

16:49

Effort on goal by Chris Wood from long range goes over the crossbar.

14:13

Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako from the left by-line to the near post, Andy King manages to make a clearance. Karl Henry crosses the ball, save by Kasper Schmeichel. Effort from the edge of the box by Bakary Sako goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:31

Paul Konchesky crosses the ball.

11:56

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Drinkwater. Direct free kick taken by Michael Keane.

9:39

Ben Marshall takes a corner.

8:35

Anthony Knockaert has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

7:44

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line, clearance by Stephen Ward.

6:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Bjorn Sigurdarson. Bakary Sako crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

5:13

Effort on goal by Anthony Knockaert from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

3:58

Outswinging corner taken by Bakary Sako from the left by-line, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.

3:13

David Nugent has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

2:13

Anthony Knockaert takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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