Raúl Jiménez was the pack leader with Wolverhampton and commanded his team’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League restart. The ‘Lobo de Tepeji’ scored the goal with which his team kept the three units and dream of European positions.
The game had a lot of dynamics. The tactical order prevailed and West Ham were surprised by Wolves who were not intimidated by their position in the table. Jiménez was placed as the only forward and behind him, Daniel Podence and Hee-Chan Hwang were in charge of supplying him with balls.
However, Raúl played loose at times and jumped into midfield to open spaces, in addition to hitting the bands to pull marks and surprise with his flyers on the inside.
Bruno Lage, the home team’s strategist, commanded in the first half, although West Ham also had their opportunities, but Jose Sa was attentive under the three posts and did not let the Hambres appear on the scoreboard.
Jiménez’s first big time was after half an hour. The Mexican lost a heads up against Fabianski, as he wanted to make a vaseline that was diverted. In addition, West Ham scored a goal at the end of the first half, but the goal was canceled due to a previous foul.
For the complement, Podence was one of the most insistent on the attack. The Wolves player complicated Fabiansky on a couple of occasions and was the weapon down the right wing to create danger for his team.
But Jiménez was the player of the match, and it is that the ‘Lobo de Tepeji’ enabled Podence on the right wing after a pass from Semedo, and the Mexican was imprisoned towards the area, but, intelligently, he stopped before entering to the square and waited for the diagonal of his partner. With a placed shot, Raúl sent the ball to the corner to seal the three units.
Then West Ham tried to draw. Bruno Lage modified on the field and played on the counterattack. The Hammmers insisted with everything they had, but time did not reach them. They could even receive another goal, but Adama Traoré did not yield in time for Jiménez and his shot hit a defender.
In this way, the Wolves were left with the three units and, for now, occupy sixth place and are just one point behind European positions.