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Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth: Jimenez boosts Wolves' European hopes

Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring against Bournemouth
Raul Jimenez has scored more goals in all competitions this season (24) than any other Premier League player

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said "it hurts deeply" after a 1-0 defeat at Wolves kept them in the Premier League relegation zone.

Raul Jimenez scored almost a carbon copy of his opener in Saturday's win at West Ham to claim his 15th league goal of the season and bolster Wolves' Champions League qualification hopes.

Bournemouth, who failed to produce a shot on target, remain without a point away from home in 2020 and stay behind 17th-placed West Ham on goal difference.

"We are well aware of where we are and the challenges we face in forgetting that position," said Howe.

"One result will change everything for us at this moment and that is what we have to try and commit to."

Adama Traore was recalled by Wolves after coming off the bench to play a part in both goals at West Ham and the Spanish winger again crossed for Mexico striker Jimenez to head home.

It was the 10th time they have combined for a league goal this season - more than any other pair in the top flight.

That was enough to keep Wolves level with fifth-placed Manchester United - 3-0 winners over Sheffield United on Wednesday - and move to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester City on Thursday.

Traore steals the show again

Having been man of the match on Saturday despite playing only 26 minutes, Traore was not a surprise inclusion for Wolves' 50th game of an arduous season.

Although the hosts took a while to get going, with neither side managing a shot on target in a disjointed first half, Traore ultimately stole the show.

The 24-year-old lit the game up by holding off one man in his own half before going on a blistering run past another three to earn a free-kick 25 yards out.

He also fired narrowly over from the edge of the box, while whipping in teasing crosses either side of the break.

But then he found his target, taking Matt Doherty's ball wide and getting down the right before standing up a cross for Jimenez to power into the roof of the net.

After Traore was replaced in the 73rd minute, substitute Pedro Neto burst forward and dragged a shot wide.

The clean sheet was Wolves' 10th in the league this season, and sixth in the past seven games.

Cherries with work to do

Bournemouth players looking dejected after losing at Wolves
Bournemouth have lost 10 of their past 11 away league matches, including all of their past seven

After resuming their season with a lacklustre home defeat by Crystal Palace, Bournemouth made a bright start, with the returning Philip Billing providing more attacking thrust than usual.

But the midfielder hobbled off early in the second half and the Cherries must find a solution to the absence of winger Ryan Fraser, one of their main attacking threats in recent years, who chose not to sign a short-term contract extension and will not be available after 30 June.

Despite chasing the game, the only shot Bournemouth managed in the second half was a late effort by Arnaut Groeneveld which curled well wide.

There is much work to be done at the back too as Jimenez leapt above Steve Cook and Jack Stacey to head home, meaning Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 league games.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves)

Adama Traore and Nathan Ake
Traore's passing accuracy was 92.3% and he delivered eight crosses from open play, twice as many as any other player

'We deserved to win' - what they said

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Bournemouth made us work hard for win - Nuno

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: "The first half, for both teams it was tough and both teams were not able to play. Defensive organisation was very tight and the space was not there.

"It was a poor first half in terms of football but in the second half we managed to create a couple of chances. We deserved to win. The boys worked very hard and another clean sheet is important for us.

"It's about building and creating solutions going forward. On Saturday we have such a tough game so now we have to prepare."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "It hurts deeply at the moment, the run we're on and the results we've had. There was very little goalmouth action from either team and we could easily have picked up a point.

"Our organisation was good, but we were more wasteful with the ball as the game went on and that disappoints us as we're better than that.

"It was a definite improvement from the Crystal Palace game in terms of intensity and defensive organisation. I can't fault the attitude and commitment of the players so hopefully that will change our fortunes quickly."

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Winless streak hurts deeply - Howe

Another Wolves clean sheet - the best stats

  • Wolves have kept four consecutive home clean sheets in the top flight for the first time since February 1980
  • Wolves' tally of 49 points is their best after 31 games of a Premier League season, beating the 1979-80 campaign (51 when adjusted to three points for a win)
  • Wolves have faced Bournemouth more often without losing in the Premier League (W3 D1) than any other opponent

What's next?

Wolves have a Midlands derby at Aston Villa on Saturday (12:30 BST) while Bournemouth are at home to Newcastle next Wednesday, 1 July (18:00).



  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 27mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 8NevesBooked at 41mins
  • 28João MoutinhoBooked at 87minsSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forDendonckerat 73'minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCastelo Podenceat 90'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forNetoat 62'minutes


  • 6Cavaco Jordão
  • 7Neto
  • 10Castelo Podence
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 49Kilman
  • 59Buur


  • 12Ramsdale
  • 17StaceySubstituted forKellyat 82'minutes
  • 3S CookBooked at 36mins
  • 5Aké
  • 15A Smith
  • 20BrooksBooked at 34minsSubstituted forH Wilsonat 66'minutes
  • 16L Cook
  • 8LermaSubstituted forSolankeat 66'minutes
  • 29BillingSubstituted forGoslingat 50'minutes
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forDanjuma Groeneveldat 66'minutes
  • 13C WilsonBooked at 39mins


  • 1Boruc
  • 4Gosling
  • 6Surman
  • 9Solanke
  • 14Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 21Rico
  • 22H Wilson
  • 26Kelly
  • 33Mepham
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBournemouth
Shots on Target

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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0.

Attempt missed. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss following a fast break.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Daniel Podence is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left.


Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.


Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Offside, Bournemouth. Lloyd Kelly tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).


João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Lloyd Kelly replaces Jack Stacey.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Attempt saved. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Dan Gosling.

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

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker replaces Adama Traoré.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld replaces Junior Stanislas.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Dominic Solanke replaces Jefferson Lerma.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Harry Wilson replaces David Brooks.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Steve Cook.


Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota.


Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 0. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.


Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Philip Billing.


As It Stood

2Man City30203776314563
5Man Utd311310848311749
8Sheff Utd31111193031-144
9Crystal Palace31119112836-842
17West Ham3176183554-1927
19Aston Villa3176183659-2327
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