Southampton vs. Wolves saw Raul Jimenez, who returned his goals in the Premier League as the Mexico star was the hero.
The Saints dominated large phases of the game but couldn’t create clear chances, and Jimenez made her pay in the second half when he got free and quietly ended to drive the Wolves fans crazy.
It was Jimenez’s first goal in the Premier League since October 2020 and the first to since he suffered a fractured skull last November.
The win was the Wolves’ second win of the season to take six points, while Southampton is six points to start the season and four points to stay.
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1. Raul Jimenez is back: After returning from a terrible head injury last November, he has played pretty well this season, but this was the moment he yearned for. This was Raul Jimenez’s first Premier League goal since last October and it was a moment he will enjoy. It was a classic Jimenez too as he walked through, turning Jan Bednarek upside down and having the serenity to finish. Wolves are a very solid team and when Jimenez is back at his best they will push for a top 10 finish. He’s back.
2. The Saints lack the edge: They looked much better on the defensive this season, which was their main goal, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team has yet to win. That’s because they don’t look too dangerous going forward and greatly lack the clinical advantage that Danny Ings offered. Southampton have some winnable home games ahead of them but this was a game they would have marked a win. They’re a decent team with some talented young players, but this Saints squad doesn’t have a ruthless advantage. That will be the big concern for Hasenhüttl.
3. Jose Sa stands upright: He made some very good saves and the Portuguese goalkeeper has settled in well in England. Sa made a couple of nice blocks of shots in the box, quickly stormed off his line and although there were a few shaky moments on the ball for the Wolves, they fought their way through.
A few sloppy passes from both teams let the game in Sink a bit of chaos.
Che Adams was played in a good position but his tame attempt was easily saved as Wolves consolidated after a slow start.
Saints thought they had the lead just before half-time Taken when Nathan controlled Redmond brilliantly and crossed the finish line, but he was clearly offside. Jose Sa was then put into possession, but Adam Armstrong’s successor was straight to Sa when the Wolves goalkeeper got away with one.
The second half was similar to the first as Saints had a lot of possession but tried hard to create clear chances.
Adam Armstrong did a good job of finding Livramento and he controlled well and took a shot on goal that Jose Sa blocked well.
Mohamed Elyounoussi had blocked a shot from Sa well , while he also prevented Adams from ricocheting.
Wolves then had a few chances as Jimenez was involved, and soon he gave the away team the lead.
Jimenez grabbed a long ball, pulled past Jan Bednarek, dashed inside and kept the 1-0 lead. It was Jimenez’s first goal in the Premier League since his terrible head injury last November and an emotional moment for the Mexico star.
Southampton pushed for an equalizer late when Shane Long’s shot was blocked while Jimenez was in stoppage time was parried by Alex McCarthy when he tried to double the lead of the Wolves.
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