Following what has already been a pretty dramatic Premier League campaign, fans could’ve been forgiven for not really knowing what they were going to get from these two sides. They’ve both won plenty of games they were predicted to lose and lose games that seemed slam dunks for them, which is kind of the nature of the Premier League – especially with teams at this level. Both sides harbour realistic ambitions of finishing in the top half, but tonight, it was Wolverhampton Wanderers that were able to impress in an emphatic win over West Ham United.
Hard to call
Both sides came forward in their numbers during the first half, but were unable to break the deadlock. The Molineux faithful were more than willing to be patient, but for a while, it felt like another ‘same old, same old’ against a team they’d usually fancy themselves to beat. Wolves were attempting to push the ball out wide and work their way towards goal that way, whereas the Hammers were trying to push their way through the middle of the park.
The game was goalless heading into the second half, and then around half way through the second half, Romain Saiss scored the first goal of the game with a powerful effort from a set piece. Raul Jimenez, who is turning out to be one of the signings of the season, made it two from yet another corner which almost certainly would’ve frustrated the visiting fans in attendance.
Sealing the deal
Raul wound up scoring his second goal in just six minutes, before West Ham even knew what hit them. They were beaten and battered in the second 45 minutes with some Wolves fans even calling it the worst display they’d seen from a visiting team at Molineux this season. In the end, though, it was another ruthless display from Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, who will now have the belief within the squad that they could make a push for a Europa League spot to go alongside their FA Cup run.
Wolves will turn their attention towards a visit to Goodison Park in order to face Everton this weekend, meanwhile, West Ham will host Liverpool on Monday night.
Wolves: Patricio (7), Saiss (8.5), Coady (6.5), Bennett (6.5), Jonny (7.5), Moutinho (9), Neves (8), Dendoncker (7.5), Doherty (8), Jimenez (9.5), Jota (8.5), Gibbs-White (6), Cavaleiro (6), Vinagre (6)
West Ham: Fabianski (6.5), Zabaleta (6.5), Diop (6), Ogbonna (6), Masuaku (6.5), Snodgrass (6.5), Noble (6), Rice (6.5), Anderson (6), Antonio (5.5), Arnautovic (6), Carroll (6.5), Obiang (6), Hernandez (6)
Referee: David Coote
Goals: Saiss, Jimenez x2
Yellow Cards: Bennett, Saiss, Neves, Jimenez, Snodgrass
Red Cards: N/A
by Harry Kettle in Editorial,