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Watford 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Hwang Hee-chan scores on debut as Wolves win

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Hwang Hee-chan
Hwang Hee-chan scored 20 minutes after coming off the bench

Hwang Hee-chan scored on his debut as Wolves got their first Premier League goals of the season in a victory over Watford.

Bruno Lage's side had lost their opening three games 1-0 and after 69 shots without scoring, it took Francisco Sierralta heading into his own net from Marcal's cross to give Wolves the advantage.

Hwang then came off the bench and stabbed home the rebound from close range after Marcal's shot had been blocked on the line.

Watford's club-record 10-game winning home run in the league - which helped them win promotion from the Championship - comes to an end.

Nelson Semedo had Wolves' best chances before the goal but shot straight at keeper Bachmann from Francisco Trincao's through ball - and then slotted wide from Raul Jimenez's backheel.

Jimenez - who has not scored since fracturing his skull in November - headed just wide from Joao Moutinho's free-kick.

Watford - who have not scored since the opening day - had opportunities, with Moussa Sissoko's effort well saved, but they faded after the break.

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Wolves had the third highest number of shots in the league after three games and were unfortunate not to have any points to show for games against Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester United.

But they finally broke through against Watford as they edged the first half and dominated the second.

Hwang could be the man who helps them become more prolific after scoring only 20 minutes into his career in English football. The 25-year-old South Korea forward, on loan from RB Leipzig, was lively when he came on.

He was in the right place when Marcal's shot was blocked and after Bachmann almost saved the ball on the line, Hwang hammered it into the net again to make sure.

Wolves need goal support with Mexico's Jimenez not back to his best after his long-term injury.

Adama Traore was bright as always on the wing, playing on the left in the first half and the right in the second.

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But it took a player from the opposition to end their drought, in Sierralta - who was only allowed to play at late notice following a deal with Chilean FA.

Lage's substitutions paid off through with Daniel Podence putting in the cross that led to Hwang's goal.

With another promoted side Brentford coming up next, the Molineux team will be hoping to start a climb up the table.

Player of the match

Hwang Hee-ChanHwang Hee-Chan

with an average of 8.59

Watford

  1. Squad number23Player nameSarr
    Average rating

    5.49

  2. Squad number19Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    5.17

  3. Squad number25Player nameDennis
    Average rating

    5.00

  4. Squad number2Player nameNgakia
    Average rating

    4.99

  5. Squad number3Player nameRose
    Average rating

    4.95

  6. Squad number33Player nameKucka
    Average rating

    4.94

  7. Squad number29Player nameCucho Hernández
    Average rating

    4.91

  8. Squad number26Player nameBachmann
    Average rating

    4.89

  9. Squad number31Player nameSierralta
    Average rating

    4.86

  10. Squad number7Player nameKing
    Average rating

    4.82

  11. Squad number5Player nameTroost-Ekong
    Average rating

    4.74

  12. Squad number4Player nameEtebo
    Average rating

    4.62

  13. Squad number12Player nameSema
    Average rating

    4.39

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan
    Average rating

    8.59

  2. Squad number37Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    8.05

  3. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence
    Average rating

    8.01

  4. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    7.80

  5. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    7.75

  6. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    7.63

  7. Squad number11Player nameTrincão
    Average rating

    7.60

  8. Squad number23Player nameKilman
    Average rating

    7.60

  9. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    7.59

  10. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    7.53

  11. Squad number5Player nameMarçal
    Average rating

    7.49

  12. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá
    Average rating

    7.44

  13. Squad number27Player nameSaïss
    Average rating

    7.31

Line-ups

Watford

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2Ngakia
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 31Sierralta
  • 3RoseBooked at 67mins
  • 4EteboBooked at 13minsSubstituted forSemaat 77'minutes
  • 23Sarr
  • 19Sissoko
  • 33Kucka
  • 25DennisBooked at 69mins
  • 7KingSubstituted forHernándezat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Louza
  • 8Cleverley
  • 11Masina
  • 12Sema
  • 15Cathcart
  • 18Tufan
  • 27Kabasele
  • 29Hernández
  • 35Elliot

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 23KilmanBooked at 90mins
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 5MarçalBooked at 67mins
  • 11Machado TrincãoSubstituted forHwang Hee-Chanat 63'minutes
  • 9JiménezBooked at 90mins
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forPodenceat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 10Podence
  • 14Mosquera
  • 15Boly
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 26Hwang Hee-Chan
  • 32Dendoncker
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
20,019

Match Stats

Home TeamWatfordAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  3. Booking

    Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Ismaila Sarr (Watford).

  6. Booking

    Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Neves tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Juraj Kucka (Watford).

  10. Post update

    Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Dennis (Watford).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Juraj Kucka (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Watford 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marçal (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Podence.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Adama Traoré.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Watford. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Ismaila Sarr is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juraj Kucka (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Danny Rose (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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