Raউলl Jimenez scored his first goal since returning from a fragile skull as the Wolves beat Southampton 1-0, leaving the Saints unbeaten in the Premier League.
There was pressure on both sides to face St. Mary. Southampton have drawn their last four matches and the Ulvers are also battling to win under new manager Bruno Ledge.
A quiet first half began with a promise when Nelson Semedo shut down after 45 seconds, but there was little to choose between the two sides until the hour mark.
Jimenez played every minute of the 2021/22 campaign since returning from a serious injury in November 2020, but has yet to rediscover his scoring touch. However, seeing a great goal and great movement by Jose Sa, Jimenez decided to play with confidence () 1).
“Beware, Jimenez is back!”, He said Sky Sports’ Don Goodman co-commented.
But again, Southampton got their chance – registering 18 shots in five of the Wolves – but could not find the net to play in the third consecutive Premier League, leaving them without a win this season. The Saints dropped to 16th, and the Wolves climbed to 13th by six points.
How the wolf saw the saints
The wolves in St. Mary’s made a quick start and tested Alex McCarthy in a minute. After winning the ball, Jimenez fed Semedo to his right and the wing back entered the area before saving a penalty from the goalkeeper.
Southampton soon began to see better in offensive play, but this season were often, unable to create too many clear chances. Half an hour later Che Adams had a weak shot that was easily collected by Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Southampton: McCarthy (6), Livramento (7), Salisu (5), Bednarek (6), Walker-Peters (6), Romeu (6), Illinoisi (7), Ward-Prous (7), Adams (6), Redmond (7), Armstrong (7).
Subs used: Djenepo (6), Broja (5), Long (n / a).
Wolves: Sa (), Killman (), Cody (), Sais (), Semedo (), Merkel (), Dendankar (), Moutinho (), Hwang (5), Jimenez (), Podens (6).
Subs used: Traore (7), Hoever (n / a), Neves (n / a).
Man of the Match: Raul Jimenez.
Shortly before the break, Southampton had a goal offside. Nathan Redmond miraculously controlled a Mohammed Elyunusi pass before hitting the insects at home, but the flag was raised correctly.
Adam Armstrong then sent a terrific drive into the goal after some bad play by Sa, but the stopper turned out to be a good save.
Sau made two surprise stops early in the second half, the first denying the impressive Valentino Livramento before putting Elliott’s effort out of bounds. Adams tried to return home from the second, but the offside flag was raised again.
- Mohammed Salisu replaced injured Jack Stephens in a forced change for Southampton after a draw with Man City last weekend.
- The Wolves have made three changes since losing to Brentford last weekend. Ruben Neves, Adama Troy and Francisco are on the bench, Daniel Podens, Leander Dendankar and Hee-chan Huang শুরু starting their first Premier League আস are coming to the XI.
Exactly one hour later, the wolf finally brought success. Sa’s long goal kick kicked out Jimenez, who easily pushed back John Bednarek, and the Southampton center-back couldn’t stop him from entering the area for a confident finish to McCarthy’s past.
Jimenez could have added a second in six minutes of extra time, leaving Oriel Romeu behind before facing McCarthy, but the goalkeeper made a good stop at a post near him.
Like most of the game, Southampton searched for an equalizer in the last half hour, but couldn’t find a way to overtake the Wolves as the spectators won their second season in the Premier League.
The best match – Raul Jimenez
Sky Sports’ Don Goodman:
“I could have chosen any one of the Wolves defenders, but a moment of magic gives the Wolves a valuable three points. Welcome Raul Jimenez, he’s dreaming of that moment.”
What managers say
Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhutl: “It was a very tight game, with no big chances on either side. The difference was they had a moment where you saw value from Raul.
“Defending was a little rude, but it’s hard to win games when you don’t score goals and that’s a bit of a problem for us. .
“I thought we had a better chance before they scored. We had a lot of situations – we didn’t have a 100 percent chance of scoring, but there were shots around the box – but there was always a leg in the middle or the goalkeeper made a save or whatever.
“A few inches [are missing] All the time. If you want to score goals in the Premier League, you have to do something special and at the moment, we are a little easier to read. We have interesting situations, but not the last pass or the last shot or the last coating is not good enough. Then you get blocked and this is our biggest problem right now.
“We need to win, we need to score again and I think we know how to score goals but at the moment it doesn’t work in the league and that’s what we need to change fast.”
Wolf Manager Bruno Tail: “It was great to win three points and they went straight to our fans because we started the game very well in two ways – the opportunity created with Semedo and the support from our fans.
“The way they’re supporting, we feel it from day one so three points go straight to them.
“We have come to play against a strong opponent, it is very difficult to get points from here. We have seen what they have done against Man City and Newcastle so it is very difficult to play against them.
“We have Daniel [Podence] And Huang got more balls in the game and I think we did it, especially in the first half, not to play the way they want to play at home.
“After we scored, the game changed and they came back with everything. They had two or three chances, then we would have a chance to score one more goal. We defended well, we defended our goalkeeper and with all the work we deserved points.
“I knew confidence would come [with Jimenez] And I’ll be here to support him because I’ve seen his work from day one. Fans, the board, I as a manager, we want goals for him but other parts as well.
“The work he does for the team is very important so I am very happy with him because he is working hard for the moment.
“Results and confidence bring work and points. I told the players that these three points are because you believe in our work. We need to believe in the way we work and the game because we and things will change. The points will come just like today.”
- The Wolves have won three consecutive away games in all competitions without admitting for the first time after scoring four runs between October and December.
- Southampton have failed to win their first six league matches in a season for the first time since 200-10-10 in League One and have won the Premier League for the first time since 1998-99.
- Since returning to the Premier League in 2011-11, the Wolves have been goalless in half of their five matches – two more than any other club at the time.
- Southampton defender Valentino Livramento became the first 1-year-old to play for Blackburn Rovers in the first six Premier League games of the season since Phil Jones in 2010-11.
Southampton are back in the Premier League on Saturday, with Chelsea touring; Kick-off at 3 p.m. The Wolves also play on the same day, welcoming Newcastle to Molinex.