Raul Jimenez put Doherty through on 56 minutes and, despite the tight angle, the full-back was able to beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post. Matt Doherty struck the only goal as Wolves extended their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches with victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The home side began confidently in the first ever Premier League meeting between the two sides, but Wolves threatened on the counter. Rui Patricio produced an excellent double save as Wolves held onto the win, first stopping Max Meyer’s volley and then blocking Wilfried Zaha’s follow-up as the hosts chased a first home goal of the campaign.
Substitute Ivan Cavaleiro struck the bar late on as Wolves achieved their best run in the top flight since 1979, leaving Roy Hodgson’s side with just one win in their past seven league games.
Patient Wolves rewarded
Nuno Espirito Santo set a Premier League record by naming an unchanged starting XI for an eighth consecutive opening fixture as Wolves arrived at Selhurst Park as the in-form side. The visitors had to be patient to force a decisive breakthrough against Southampton last time out and it was a similar story in South London as the hosts began largely in control.
But Nuno’s men have remained committed to their expansive style of play – and once again that paid off as the adventurous Doherty unlocked the Palace defence with a great finish.
It’s no coincidence that eight of their nine league goals have come in the second half as the Molineux side demonstrated their ability to gradually wear down their opponents’ resistance.
And though their attacking players will continue to receive plaudits, the Wolves defence – and Patricio in particular on this occasion – were excellent, allowing their side to keep a fourth clean sheet in their past five league matches.
The victory means Wolves are now seventh on 15 points.
Source: BBC News