Raúl Jiménez leads Wolves rout of Watford botched | premier league


Wolves ended their three-game losing streak with a comfortable win over Watford, as they did in September, on a night when they equaled their biggest ever Premier League win to cement their place among the chasing pack , four points from fifth place.

Rúben Neves’ sumptuous chip five minutes from time helped Wolves equal their 4-0 win over Blackpool in 2011 on a night Ben Foster will probably want to forget as Watford’s good run on the road s is abruptly stopped.

The former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper, who celebrated Watford’s FA Cup semi-final victory over these opponents three years ago with a tweet mentioning Wo1ve5 in remembrance of the Baggies’ 5-1 win at Molineux in Mick McCarthy’s last game here in 2012, was harangued all evening by Wolves fans and fed the ball to Daniel Podence to make it 3-0 in the 21st minute.

Wolves had won 2-0 at Vicarage Road after losing their first three games under Bruno Lage at the start of the season, continuing to finish in the top six before a recent trio of setbacks foreshadowed that improved performance.

Raúl Jiménez opened the scoring before Cucho Hernández got past his own keeper, but the goal of the night came late when Neves, after taking a throw-in to steady himself after receiving Chiquinho’s header, advanced into the penalty area as if going to explode his shot only for the dink over Foster’s head in the top corner. It was a sublime moment, the icing on the cherry, from a 24-year-old who, according to his manager, can reach the top of his profession.

“I think he missed his chance to shoot when he came in,” Lage said. “It’s so important for Rúben. He knows what I want from him and what I want for his career. It should be top of the line. So now the challenge is to come up with another good performance against Everton. We train like we play tonight. It’s not the result that counts, it’s the way we play because I believe that gives us goals and points.

Watford remain in the middle of the relegation zone, with a win from 17 games, three points from 17th-placed Everton, having played three more games. Their record of defensive misers on the road since Roy Hodgson took over was in tatters in the first quarter of the game as Wolves regained their attacking swagger.

Three goals in an eight-minute flurry left Watford “staring down the barrel of a gun”, according to their manager, who blamed the goals on individual errors.

Jiménez, recalled to the starting lineup after missing the last two losses, opened the scoring with a nice right-footed trap and left-footed finish after Hwang Hee-chan broke into Podence’s contact in the side left from the penalty area to cross short. and down to his punching partner.

Ruben Neves (right) celebrates after scoring Wolves’ fourth goal against Watford. Photography: Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves/Getty Images

Wolves looked much more dynamic with the Mexican striker back in the middle, and with Jonny, on his first start in a year, and Rayan Aït-Nouri advancing down the flanks at every opportunity. When Jonny cut inside the right wing and crossed with a left foot to the back of the opposite wing, Aït-Nouri’s withdrawal was deflected towards his own goal by Hernández.

Watford were looking to equal their top-flight club record of three consecutive clean sheets away from home, but their defensive confidence has clearly been shattered. Foster, in particular, was receiving bricks from the home fans and when the former England goalkeeper, under pressure from Jiménez following a back pass, kicked in his clearance attempt, Podence calmly collected the ball from 25 yards and threw it into the empty net. How Wolves fans celebrated. “Foster, Foster, what’s the score?” was one of their more polite questions.

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The second half turned into a kind of pantomime. Lage was quicker to respond to calls from the South Bank for a wave than Foster who sent another missed kick to Podence, this time from 60 yards out. The Wolves No.10 still went for the lob from the center circle, Foster backpedaling in time to take the hold.

Hodgson agreed that Foster had a bad game but did not castigate him. “He would be the first to raise his hand,” his manager told West Brom. “He was vitally important in every way, with his performances and his way of being. As a goalkeeper, you are a hero or a zero. He was a hero many times, that was the reverse of the medal. If you want to remain anonymous, place yourself in midfield.


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