Iheanacho scores as Foxes climb out of relegation zone with win over Wolves
Dean Smith picks up first win since joining Leicester City
Kelechi Iheanacho was on the scoresheet for the second week running as Leicester City battled to a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers to move out of the relegation zone. The Foxes came from behind to win for the first time since February in Dean Smith’s first home game in charge.
After losing to Manchester City in his first match as Leicester City manager, Smith decided to start all three of his registered strikers against Wolves, with Jamie Vardy, Patson Daka and Iheanacho all starting.
The visitors drew first blood in the game through Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha in the 13th minute. The former Atletico Madrid man was the recipient of a gift after Youri Tielemans lost the ball to Mario Lemina, who passed to Cunha to score.
Leicester City were handed a way back into the game when Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa brought down Vardy in the box, conceding a penalty. Iheanacho stepped up and sent the Portuguese goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to draw his side level in the 37th minute. It was his fifth league goal of the season and his 55th for the club.
The Foxes scored the winner in the 75th minute after their full-backs combined to great effect. Viktor Kristiansen played a cutback to the penalty spot for the arriving Timothy Castagne to sweep home his effort and give his side the lead.
Leicester City held on for three vital points, putting an end to their nine-game winless run in the league. The win lifts them to 17th, outside the relegation zone on goal difference. The Foxes face a huge relegation battle with six games left in the season.