Wolves 1 Burnley 0: Nuno's new boys continue strong start

Wolves were utterly dominant against Burnley and Raul Jimenez's strike proved the difference at Molineux.

Published : Sep 16, 2018 20:28 IST

Raul Jimenez celebrates his goal for Wolves against Burnley
Raul Jimenez celebrates his goal for Wolves against Burnley

Raul Jimenez celebrates his goal for Wolves against Burnley

Raul Jimenez scored the winner as Wolves moved into the top half of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Burnley.

Wolves have made an impressive start on their return to the top flight, losing just once and holding champion Manchester City to a draw, and they were on top throughout at Molineux on Sunday.

The host wasted numerous chances to take the lead and found Joe Hart in excellent form in the Burnley goal.

However, Jimenez converted a neat move to break the deadlock in the 61st minute and that proved enough to make it eight points from five, while Burnley remains without a win.

Hart was to the fore as a largely dreary first half burst into life on the half-hour mark, the England goalkeeper producing an excellent reaction save to deny Jimenez.

Jimenez saw his follow-up header half cleared, before Jonny and Matt Doherty were denied in quick succession as Wolves piled the pressure on.

Willy Boly fired over the crossbar on the volley after Sam Vokes' clearing header only went as far as the edge of the area.

Burnley was almost architect of its own downfall after the restart as a Phil Bardsley error sent Diogo Jota in down the left, but his square pass for Jimenez was poor and the Mexican lashed over.

A long-range Ruben Neves effort forced Hart to turn round the post, but the Burnley goal was finally and deservedly breached when Helder Costa played in Doherty and he laid off for Jimenez to sweep in off the post.

Substitute Matej Vydra struck a volley across the face of goal in what was Burnley's best chance but Hart was soon required again to deny substitute Adama Traore, while Doherty and Leo Bonatini saw multiple opportunities go begging as Wolves somehow failed to add gloss to the scoreline.

What it means : Burnley wall breached as Wolves' quality tells

Wolves were utterly dominant and the only disappointment for Nuno will be that they did not win by more. The funds made available to him in the transfer window were much greater than Burnley boss Sean Dyche had at his disposal and the gap in quality was evident. In their first season back in the top flight, Wolves already appear a level above Burnley, which has an air of stagnation about it after last season's seventh-place finish.

Pat on the back: Raul gets Molineux roaring

The game was in need of a spark after a drab opening half hour and it was Jimenez who provided it when he drew heroics from Hart. Wolves' lone striker was a constant menace and the decisive goal was no more than he deserved.

Boot up the backside: Bardsley blunders invite pressure

The majority of Wolves' joy came down the left flank and Phil Bardsley's disappointing performance at right-back was the primary reason why. Bardsley was very fortunate that his second-half blunder was not punished and Clarets fans may be left wondering how Dyche can justify his selection over Matthew Lowton.

What's next:

Nuno takes on compatriot Jose Mourinho as Wolves visit Manchester United next Saturday, while Burnley welcomes former boss Eddie Howe and in-form Bournemouth to Turf Moor as its search for a first league win goes on.

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