Diogo Jota completed a hat-trick in injury time to snatch a thrilling victory for Wolves, who punished a dire Leicester defensive display to increase the pressure on Foxes boss Claude Puel.
A dramatic climax at Molineux produced scenes of stark contrast – with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo being sent to the stands for racing to celebrate the winner with his players, as Puel put his hands over his face to show the strain of defeat.
Leicester attempted to play offside in the final added minute and Jota was left unmarked to turn in a Raul Jimenez cross, moving his side to eighth in the Premier League table, a place above their opponents.
The Portuguese forward had opened the scoring by prodding home at the back post, with Ryan Bennett heading a second to prompt chants of “sacked in the morning” being aimed at Puel.
Clearly angry in the opening 45 minutes, the Leicester boss saw his side hit back within six minutes of the restart – first through Demarai Gray’s solo run and finish, and then a Conor Coady own goal.
But after digging themselves out of trouble, Leicester’s defence was again undone by a Ruben Neves long ball for Jota to power in his second, only for Wes Morgan to head a late equaliser which appeared to have earned them a point that had seemed so unlikely for much of the game.
Wolves, who beat Leicester 4-3 the last time this fixture was played in the top flight at Molineux in 2003, had other ideas and, in a chaotic finish, Jota won it with Leicester again a mess at the back.
Questions for Puel and Leicester
Puel is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post but his side came into the fixture with three wins from their past five league games.
Criticism from the Foxes fanbase suggests a dislike of a pragmatic style of play but his side were simply charitable on Saturday, with the Frenchman describing the display as “naive”.
While Wolves were intense in their play early on, each time they came forward they seemed to have the visitors chasing shadows, with Morgan exposed at times and Danny Simpson punished as Jota stole in to prod the opener from six yards.
Leicester had been competitive in the opening 45 minutes – Jamie Vardy almost turning home after robbing Rui Patricio, while Gray tested the Wolves keeper.
But they have conceded the opening goal in a league-high 15 games this season – a habit of making life difficult for themselves that may have been behind Puel angrily screaming instructions on the sideline.
Whatever he said at half-time worked, though, and perhaps shows he still holds influence in the dressing room because within six minutes his side were level when Harvey Barnes – making his first Premier League start – fired in off Coady.
Again though, a lack of pressure on Neves and the ease with which Jota ran clear to make it 3-2 summed up the constant lack of defensive instinct, though their spirit in again coming back through Morgan’s close-range header was a positive.
Harry Maguire had to leave the field because of injury , which is another headache for Puel – but he has bigger problems and will again face questions about his future and will probably sit on the team bus wondering how his side could be so slack time and again in this fixture.
More to follow.