Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers will not have much to look back on with any fondness about this season - but they will still go down in the history books as record breakers.

Joleon Lescott's late equaliser was not enough to breathe new life into Wolves' now-failed promotion bid, but it was enough to earn his side a club record 20th draw of the season.

Fourteen of those 20 draws have come in the 19 games since Glenn Hoddle took over, ten of which have ended 1-1.

Although the positivethinking Hoddle has regularly made a case for claiming that his side have deserved more than just a point, he could have few complaints last night.

A second-half strike from Alan Maybury, a mid-season signing from Heart of Midlothian, looked to have dented Hoddle's proud record of having suffered just one league defeat in four months.

But, as has happened almost as often as their propensity for drawing matches, Wolves at least showed their fighting qualities by maintaining their happy knack of coming up with a late goal.

Yet Hoddle still claimed his side had been worthy of all three points. "I could put a tape on," said Hoddle, "time and again it's the same story, we've had lots of possession for an away team and played well enough to have won the game but have ended up drawing."

Understandably, with Leicester all but free from relegation danger and Wolves now out of promotion contention, it was a pretty tedious affair.

Top scorer Kenny Miller did twice threaten with headers before the break, but the first flew over from Paul Ince's free kick and the second screwed tamely wide from a Lee Naylor cross.

And it was the home side who came closest to scoring, chiefly when Wolves old boy David Connolly appeared unfortunate to have a closerange effort disallowed for offside.

Wolves keeper Michael Oakes, the villain at Leeds on Saturday, also made a smart save with his legs from Connolly, as well as turning a Gareth Williams shot round the post.

Thankfully, it was enlivened a touch after the break by a late challenge from on-loan defender Patrick McCarthy on Miller.

It was probably no worse than some of the questionable tackles Miller himself has weighed in with in recent games, but it was enough for Villa's incensed team mate Naylor to steam in for a confrontation which resulted in a booking for the Leicester man.

Naylor himself was then perhaps lucky not to be punished just a minute later for a challenge on Connolly which had the home fans screaming for a penalty. And Leicester's other Wolves old boy Joey Gudjonsson was then unlucky to see his goalbound volley canon wide off Ince.

Leicester certainly looked the likelier side to score all night - but they had to wait until 17 minutes from time to make the breakthrough.

Released down the left by a neat ball from Gudjonsson, Republic of Ireland defender Maybury took on Rob Edwards down the left, cut inside the Wolves right back and saw his shooting opportunity.

He drilled home a low right-foot shot from the edge of the box which just squeezed inside Oakes' left upright to earn Maybury his first goal for the club.

Hoddle responded to that blow by bringing on Leon Clarke and playing with three up front, and it suddenly looked like reaping dividends for the first time all night.

Miller's speculative cross almost dropped in before Naylor's persistence down the left set up Clarke for a header which was blocked at close range, as was Miller's followup shot.

Naylor then sent over a corner which was only half cleared by the Leicester defence and, when the ball fell kindly for Lescott on the volley, the Wolves defender smashed it high into the net.

Scorers: Maybury (73) 1-0; Lescott (87) 1-1.

LEICESTER (4-4-2): Walker; McCarthy, Dublin, Dabizas, Maybury; Gillespie, Gudjonsson (Wilcox, 90), Williams, Hughes; De Vries, Connolly (Nalis, 86). Subs: Hirschfeld (gk), Heath, Moore.

WOLVES (4-4-2): Oakes; Edwards, Craddock, Lescott, Naylor; Seol (Clarke, 79), Olofinjana, Ince, Kennedy (Cameron, 79); Cort, Miller. Subs: Jones (gk), Bischoff, Ricketts,

Referee: Eddie Evans (Gtr Manchester). Bookings: Leicester - McCarthy (foul); Wolves - Miller (foul).

Attendance: 22,950.

Wolves man of the match: Lee Naylor - always a threat going forward down the left. Has clearly grown in confidence since the arrival of Glenn Hoddle.