Wolves 4 Leicester City 3: Jota hat-trick drama piles pressure on Puel

Diogo Jota's hat-trick gave Wolves a remarkable 4-3 win over Leicester City in a topsy-turvy Molineux encounter.

Wolves punished an abject start from their visitors, with Jota and Ryan Bennett making it 2-0 inside 12 minutes.

Kasper Schmeichel saved from Jota and Raul Jimenez to limit the damage and Demarai Gray's solo effort hauled Leicester back into it early in the second half.

Harvey Barnes' deflected 51st-minute attempt gave Conor Coady the unfortunate distinction of picking up a second own goal in the space of six days.

Morgan thought he had grabbed a point three minutes from time but, having been caught out by Ruben Neves' brilliant pass for Jota's 64th-minute second, he saw the Portugal midfielder release Raul Jimenez to tee up the winner and spark bedlam.

Leicester's complete failure to close down Neves resulted in Schmeichel making a fabulous save from the Portugal midfielder's 25-yarder but their early lethargy was soon punished.

Gray clumsily gave away possession and Jota caught Danny Simpson napping to convert Joao Moutinho's brilliant cross from the right.

To compound the Foxes' early woes, Harry Maguire jarred his knee and – still seemingly feeling the effects – Bennett rose above the England centre-back to power home Moutinho's corner.

Within two minutes of the restart the deficit was halved as Jamie Vardy got the better of Bennett to feed Gray, who skipped past Romain Saiss' lunging challenge and finished clinically.

Patricio pushed a firm strike from Barnes over as his backline wobbled but could do nothing as the returning loanee's shot flew in off Coady.

Following a close shave in the 61st-minute, Neves brilliantly undid Morgan for Jota to fire in via Schmeichel's legs.

Morgan looked to have salvaged a torrid outing on the end of James Maddison's free-kick – the substitute having missed a glorious 82nd-minute chance from close range.

But under-fire Foxes boss Puel was left crestfallen on the touchline as opposite number Nuno Espirito Santo charged on to the field to join in with Jota's celebrations and was sent off for his involvement.

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