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Norwich 1-2 Wolves: Raul Jimenez scores late winner at Carrow Road

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Raul Jimenez
Jimenez's goal was his first in the Premier League since 23rd November

Raul Jimenez scored his 16th goal of the season as Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at Norwich, who are now six points from safety in the Premier League.

The Canaries dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Todd Cantwell fired home from the middle of the box after pouncing on a loose ball.

But Wolves hit back after the break when Romain Saiss headed powerfully home.

Jimenez then snatched victory for the visitors when he fired in after Tim Krul had denied Matt Doherty.

It was a disappointing result for Norwich, who could have been out of sight in the first half after Teemu Pukki was twice denied when one on one with keeper Rui Patricio, while Alex Tettey hit the post.

The Canaries remain in 19th place but Southampton's win against Aston Villa means the Saints move up to 17th, six points clear of Norwich.

Meanwhile, victory for Wolves moves them up to sixth and gets them back to winning ways after their 11-match unbeaten run was ended by Tottenham last week.

First-half fight not enough for struggling Canaries

Todd Cantwell
Todd Cantwell has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (five goals and two assists)

Home form is likely to be key to Norwich's hopes of staying in the Premier League and it is something that needs to drastically improve if they are to survive for a second season in the top flight.

This defeat means they are now without a win in front of their own fans since their impressive 3-2 victory against champions Manchester City on 14 September.

Despite that worrying run, there were positives to take from this performance as they dominated a surprisingly subdued Wolves side for well over an hour.

This display, coupled with the one in their 1-1 draw with second-placed Leicester last weekend, should give concerned home fans some comfort, but having let slip a lead for a second game in a row, Daniel Farke's side need to start improving their ability to close out matches.

Wolves leave it late again

Wolves are once again on course for a season in which they surpass expectations and are looking capable of bettering their seventh-place finish last term.

However, while they did not get the result their performance warranted against Tottenham last time out, this was a game they were fortunate to win, with Patricio called upon to make several excellent saves in the first half to restrict Norwich to a one-goal lead at the break.

But under Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves are team that fight until the very end of games, and they made the most of their limited chances to turn another potential defeat into victory.

This is the 11th time in the Premier League this season they have conceded the first goal - the joint-most alongside Arsenal - but on eight of those occasions they have fought back to get a result and that was the case once again.

Man of the match - Rui Patricio (Wolves)

Rui Patricio of Wolves makes a save against Norwich
Rui Patricio made several important saves in the first half to keep the deficit at one goal and give Wolves the platform to go on and win the game

'Small details the difference' - what they said

Sometimes football is unfair - Daniel Farke

Norwich boss Daniel Farke, speaking to BBC Sport: "We were 1-0 up, played fantastic, we had two or three one on ones and hit the inside of the post. No-one could complain if we were 4-0 up at half-time. It feels like the most unfair sport in the world but you have to accept it.

"The small details were the difference today. I can't accuse my players too much. They played fantastic today. They were able to use two of their few chances - but we could not use our 10 or 12 chances.

"They are not machines. Even your best striker who is in red hot form missing chances. It is not a day to punish players.

"It is a tough setback and we will be disappointed, but we go again."

We learnt from mistakes in second half - Nuno Espirito Santo

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had a very poor first half. We didn't block with the vertical balls that broke our lines, but I am happy we gave a very good second half.

"When you see you are making mistakes and try and learn from them, that is what the players did. The players recovered a lot of balls in Norwich's half and didn't let them play. We did that and took control of the game, we scored and managed the win very well.

"We had to find new solutions to block Norwich. They are a very good team but I think we were better in the second half because we learned from our mistakes. It is part of us. We are relentless and go to the end. Every game is very important. Every game is a cup final, a final you have to compete in."

Clean sheet eludes Norwich again - the stats

  • Wolves have beaten Norwich away from home in the top flight for only the second time, and the first since February 1980.
  • Norwich have failed to keep a clean sheet in 13 Premier League home games, their longest such run in the competition.
  • Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 12 goals (seven goals and five assists) for Wolves in the Premier League this season, double that of any team-mate.
  • Since the beginning of last season, Wolves' Joao Moutinho has assisted eight league goals from corner situations, at least two more than any other player
  • Emiliano Buendia created nine chances in this match, seven of which came in the first half. The last Norwich player to create as many in a league game was Nathan Redmond, who set up nine chances in a Championship match against Birmingham in September 2014.

What next?

Norwich travel to Aston Villa on 26 December (15:00 GMT), while Wolves host Manchester City on 27 December (19:45).

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 5HanleyBooked at 90mins
  • 3ByramBooked at 53mins
  • 27TetteySubstituted forHernándezat 87'minutes
  • 19TrybullSubstituted forVrancicat 86'minutes
  • 17Buendía
  • 23McLean
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forSrbenyat 86'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 8Vrancic
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Lewis
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 21Fährmann
  • 24Amadou
  • 32Srbeny

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 57mins
  • 2DohertyBooked at 90mins
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoBooked at 70mins
  • 19Castro OttoBooked at 33mins
  • 37Traoré
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCutroneat 90+4'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forNetoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 5Bennett
  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
27,053

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Patrick Cutrone.

  4. Booking

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Onel Hernández (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez.

  8. Booking

    Grant Hanley (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Onel Hernández replaces Alexander Tettey.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Todd Cantwell.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Tom Trybull.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sam Byram.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Max Aarons.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

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