Three goals down by half time, torn ragged in defence by Les Ferdinand and appearing to have their recent improvement shredded to tatters, Wolves staged an amazing second-half recovery at Molineux yesterday in a game of almost farcical defensive mismanagement.
Wolves' manager Dave Jones, summed up events: "The crowd booed them off at half-time and I booed them into the dressing-room. But this was the comeback of all comebacks at this club."
In contrast, Leicester's manager Mickey Adams was furious. "Maybe I've got to question what I'm saying and doing at half-time - the players are obviously not listening."
Both clubs had been trying to silence the prophets of doom. Wolves had gained the greater self-respect, and a modicum of confidence, after a goalless draw away to Fulham raised them off the foot of the table and above Leicester. Yesterday they climbed to 15th.
Lacking the tenacity of Paul Ince in midfield and looking desperately uncertain defensively, Wolves began yesterday's game giving no impression that they could continue their recovery. Although Henri Camara had roasted Matt Elliott for pace in the early moments only to blast his shot into the hands of Ian Walker, within 15 minutes they were two down as punishment for failing to keep a hold on Ferdinand.
Both goals came from corners. Both were taken by Muzzy Izzet and both were shamefully allowed to drop into an area left vacant for Ferdinand. In the 12th minute Izzet's outswinger was powerfully headed in from 10 yards, and three minutes later Ferdinand used those stout neck muscles to beat Michael Oakes from a similar distance.
After 35 minutes Wolves were seemingly beyond redemption. Keith Gillespie had worked solidly to form the basis of a promising attack. James Scowcroft got the ball under control from the cross. He played it on to Ferdinand who sent it square back across the penalty area for Riccardo Scimeca to drive a fine, low drive inside the far post.
In spite of the score there was a suspicion that if put under pressure the Leicester defence would be vulnerable. So it proved shortly after half time when Nathan Blake fired in a low cross and Colin Cameron, unmarked, side-footed past Ian Walker.
Suddenly Wolves were flooding forward and in the 58th minute were within site of getting on terms. A centre from substitute Shaun Newton found Gillespie under pressure from Jody Craddock and inexplicably put up his hand in the area to offer a penalty that Cameron hammered in.
By then, Ferdinand was spent and Wolves rampant. The improbable became possible. A long cross from Denis Irwin dropped to Alex Rae whose header lifted beyond an unnerved Walker. Leicester's defence were trembling.
In an extraordinary culmination six minutes from the finish, a Wolves free kick was sent into the goalmouth and headed on by the inspiring Irwin, who headed the half-clearance downwards and Camara flicked in the winner - and his first goal for the club. Astonishing.
Cameron 52, pen 58, Rae 68, Camara 84
Leicester City 3
Ferdinand 12, 15, Scimeca 35
Half-time: 0-3 Attendance: 28,578Reuse content