Raul Jimenez goal helps Wolves beat Burnley

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    Raul Jimenez had five shots on goal before opening the scoring with his sixth

    Burnley’s search for their first Premier League win of the season goes on as Wolves claimed a deserved victory at Molineux to continue their strong start to the campaign.

    After the hosts dominated large periods of the first half, Raul Jimenez deservedly opened the scoring for the home side on the hour mark as he turned in Matt Doherty’s cross.

    The Clarets rarely threatened, with the only real chances they created falling to Johan Berg Gudmundsson late on.

    Defeat for the Sean Dyche’s side means they have equalled a club-record run of four consecutive Premier League losses.

    Neither team was able to impose themselves in the opening 20 minutes, with the only save of note being Joe Hart’s smart intervention to keep out Helder Costa’s dangerous cross.

    But from then on it was all Wolves and only a combination of Hart and James Tarkowski kept the home side at bay after 30 minutes when Jimenez, Jonny Otto and Doherty all went close.

    Jimenez also missed a good chance early in the second half when he blasted over with only defender Charlie Taylor to beat, but he made amends shortly after when he opened the scoring.

    Victory for Wolves means they climb to ninth, meanwhile Burnley remain in 19th with just one point from their first five games.

    Dominant Wolves deserve more

    In his pre-match news conference, Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo called for his players to “maintain the standards” set in their 1-0 victory over West Ham prior to the international break, and he was not disappointed.

    Last season’s Championship winners were by far the brighter team throughout, putting Burnley under sustained periods of heavy pressure either side of the break.

    They really should have gone ahead on the half-hour mark when first Hart superbly saved to deny Jimenez, before Tarkowski was there to clear the Mexico striker’s second effort off the line.

    Just moments later, Tarkowski was again alert to clear Otto’s effort after Hart had palmed clear a low cross, and the former England keeper was then quickly out to smother Doherty’s sliding effort from close range.

    And after Jimenez finally found the net midway through the second half, the home side only got stronger largely due to the introduction of Adama Traore after 66 minutes, his pace causing a tiring Burnley backline problems.

    The Spanish forward tested Hart himself before laying on three good chances for fellow second-half substitute, Leo Bonatini, who was unable to convert.

    Victory for Wolves means their impressive home record under Santo continues; his side have only been beaten twice at Molineux in his 29 games in charge.

    View the original article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45462680


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