Jiménez is on target for Wolves, as both sides miss chances, in a thrilling EPL encounter at Molineux.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hitman Raúl Jiménez scored a superb second-half goal to earn a 1-0 home win over West Ham United, in a highly entertaining English Premier League (EPL) match-up on Saturday.
Visiting goalkeeper, Łukasz Fabiański had no chance with Jiménez’s first-time shot, after an accurate pass from Daniel Podense in the 58th minute.
Jarrod Bowen came close to scoring the opener for West Ham, when he nodded narrowly wide in the 10th minute before the forward messed up a lobbed finish in the 33rd and Fabiański tipped over a fierce João Moutinho drive a minute later.
Fabiański twice denied the impressive Podense shortly after the break, clawing out his low drive from the edge of the area, before saving a sublime effort from the attacker, as Wolves pushed the Hammers back with some fine passing.
The visiting keeper was powerless when Podense pulled the ball back from the right and Jiménez provided a strike which swerved away from the Pole, to delight the home fans.
West Ham, whose four-game winning league run was broken, piled men forward in the closing stages, but only had Bowen’s shot over the bar to show for their pressure, as Wolves remained defensively resolute.
Bruno Lage, who took over from Portuguese compatriot Nuno Espírito Santo during the summer break, appeared delighted, but also called on his players to keep up the good work.
“What I want now is points, points, points,” Lage told the BBC. “It was another good performance in the first half. We controlled the game from the beginning. When you play against a team like West Ham, you need to be careful.
“All the players did everything we planned so I’m very happy. I said a few minutes before the game that what I want today is very simple – give the same feeling to the fans that you give to me.”
Wolves now move up to 6th in the EPL table, on 19 points. The Hammers slip one place to 4th and remain on 23 points.