Paul Dickov

Classic Encounter: Wolves Win Extends 100 Per Cent Filbert Way Record

As Leicester City prepare for their 2019/20 opening weekend Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers, looks back on a classic clash with the West Midlands side.
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Wolves, managed by Nuno Espírito Santo, will be City's maiden visitors to King Power Stadium of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign on Sunday 11 August (2pm BST kick-off).

Following a nostalgic account of Leicester's five most recent clashes with the Molineux outfit, now casts an eye back to a significant clash with Wolves 17 years ago...

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Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Dickov sends Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray the wrong way from the spot.

Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Saturday 28 September, 2002
First Division (now Championship)
Walkers Stadium (now King Power Stadium)
Dickov pen 6'

A sixth-minute spot-kick from Paul Dickov fired Micky Adams' 10-man Leicester City to a sixth successive home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 28 September, 2002.

City approached the fixture following a patch of excellent form having won all five of their opening home matches at the newly-opened Walkers Stadium.

Following relegation from the Premier League the previous season, which coincided with their final campaign at Filbert Street, the Foxes were among the favourites for promotion.

However, off-field matters, including the threat of administration, meant the 2002/03 season was one which carried a significant degree of uncertainly for the Football Club.

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Muzzy Izzett
Muzzy Izzett

City had to dig deep for the three points when Izzet was dismissed in the 67th minute.

While Leicester did eventually fall into administration in October, the excellence of Adams' side on the pitch ensured a swift return to the top flight as First Division runners-up.

A key part of that achievement was their early season home form, typified by this hard-fought success over David Jones' Wolves outfit, who were also eventually promoted through the Play-Offs.

In the run-up to the encounter, Adams described it as City's 'most difficult one so far' and warned the Blue Army that 'table-watching is a dangerous pastime at this stage of the season'.

Any pre-match jitters were eased early on, however, as Lee Naylor felled Dickov in the penalty area, providing the Scottish forward with the opportunity to score one of his 17 league goals that term.

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Wolves free-kick
Wolves free-kick

Wolves were denied from a free-kick inside the penalty area on Filbert Way.

With the Foxes down to 10 men in the second half, following a second booking for Turkey midfielder and firm fans' favourite, Muzzy Izzet, Wolves did pose the home side more problems in the latter moments.

When an uncharacteristic mistake from England goalkeeper Ian Walker handed the visitors a free-kick on the edge of his six-yard box, a frenzied passage of play somehow resulted in City's cleansheet remaining intact.

A massed wall did its job after Paul Ince touched the ball back for Naylor to drive it at Walker's goal, but Leicester were able to scramble the ball away and maintain a challenge on early pacesetters Portsmouth.

In total, Leicester have won 38 of their 113 clashes with Wolves, dating back to 1906, drawing 32 and losing 43. The 114th encounter, meanwhile, on the 2019/20 opening weekend, is less than a week away.

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