Wolves thump Southampton 3 – 1. Jimenez scored his first goal since November from the spot, after Rayan Ait-Nouri was brought down by Jan Bednarek. Coady headed in from close range for his second goal of the season after Fraser Forster’s positional error.
Adama Traore scored his first goal of the season in injury time to end Southampton’s late challenge and earn Wolves’ third win in four Premier League games. The home side looked comfortable after Raul Jimenez and captain Conor Coady put them in control.
James Ward-Prowse’s stunning free-kick set up a tense finale at Molineux, before Traore made sure of the points with a calm finish late on.
Victory for Wolves has moved them back into eighth in the table, while Saints are seven points behind in 12th place. Resilient Wolves get the job done
Life under Bruno Lage began slowly for Wolves, who lost their opening three games of the season without scoring a goal.
Since then, the Portuguese has built a side with solid defensive foundations, capable of matching anyone in the division.
Only league leaders Manchester City have conceded fewer goals this season, and Southampton failed to make an early breakthrough despite exerting early pressure.
The visitors were denied by an inspired Jose Sa, who made two terrific saves in the first half to keep out a Romain Perraud strike and a Mohammed Salisu header from close range.
At the other end, Wolves did not look clinical but were handed the chance to take the lead when Bednarek was deemed to have brought down Ait-Nouri by the video assistant referee (VAR).
Jimenez rolled in the subsequent spot kick before Coady was the beneficiary when Max Kilman’s header came back off the post for the centre-back to head in from close range.
While Sa was impressive in the Wolves goal, he was denied a ninth clean sheet of the season when Ward-Prowse scored a thumping trademark strike – his fourth goal in five games.
Rejuvenated, Saints pushed on for a late equaliser and Perraud headed against the post, before Wolves reclaimed possession and hit on the counter through second-half substitute Traore.
The Spaniard, who been the subject of speculation linking him with a January move to Tottenham, had missed a chance minutes earlier but made no mistake when he latched onto a through ball before running clear and finding the far corner.
On another day, Saints could have had a healthy lead, but Nathan Tella’s skied effort from inside the six yard box highlighted their lack of cutting edge in attack.
Source – BBC News