Southampton 0-1 Wolves: Jimenez downs the Saints

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Southampton 0-1 Wolves: Jimenez downs the Saints

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez scored his first goal of the season to help his side beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s.

The striker ended his 336-day wait for a goal at St Mary’s against the Saints.

His goal came as he got the better of Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu before he calmly placed his shot past Alex McCarthy.

Jimenez feared he would never play again in the aftermath of his horrific head injury at the Emirates Stadium almost 10 months ago and only returned to the field at the start of this campaign.

His milestone strike was a rare piece of quality during a largely forgettable affair – the 250th top-flight fixture staged at St Mary’s – and secured Wolves only a second success of the campaign under new boss Bruno Lage.

Defeat for leaves them eight games without a win dating back to last season and three successive outings without finding the net.

Following a tricky run of fixtures, the hosts came into the contest on the back of four consecutive draws, including last weekend’s creditable point at champions Manchester City.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl made one enforced change as Salisu replaced the injured Jack Stephens, while Hwang Hee-chan – the only Wolves player to have registered a top-flight goal this term ahead of kick-off – was among three players recalled by the away side.

Despite their struggles in front of goal, Wolves could have been ahead after just 47 seconds.

Rampaging wing-back Nelson Semedo was given a clear sight of goal after being slipped in by Jimenez on the right but his stinging drive was pushed away by McCarthy.

The lively start swiftly fizzled out, with both sides sloppily exchanging possession and struggling to create during a dismal first 45 minutes.

Nathan Redmond thought he had opened the scoring five minutes before the break but his neat turn and finish via the underside of the crossbar was swiftly ruled out, moments before Wolves keeper Jose Sa atoned for a poor clearance by comfortably denying Adam Armstrong.

Portuguese stopper Sa was forced into more serious action early in the second period as Southampton stepped up a gear.

The summer signing from Greek club Olympiacos used his legs to repel a low effort from Valentino Livramento following good work from Armstrong before pushing away a Mohamed Elyounoussi effort.

Jimenez’s solo strike then turned proceedings in Wolves’ favour.

The former Benfica forward rolled back the clock by brushing off Bednarek wide on the left before charging towards the box, bamboozling both of Southampton’s centre-backs and coolly side-footing home.

Hasenhuttl responded by throwing on attacking trio Moussa Djenepo, Armando Broja and Shane Long from the bench.

With the home crowd growing restless, Saints poured bodies forward in the closing stages and were given six minutes of added time to chase a leveller.

But the afternoon belonged to Jimenez, who was denied a second by McCarthy deep into the additional period before soaking up the acclaim from his club’s jubilant fans.

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Dortmund CEO bemoans lack of ‘consideration’ for Sancho at Man Utd

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Dortmund CEO bemoans lack of ‘consideration’ for Sancho at Man Utd

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has suggested that it “hurts [his] soul” seeing Jadon Sancho find life difficult at Manchester United.

The winger came close to joining Man United last year, but they could not agree a fee with Dortmund.

Sancho continued to impress for the German outfit last term as he grabbed eight goals and eleven assists from his 26 Bundesliga outings.

The Englishman finally secured his move to this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side paid an initial fee of around £73m to bring him to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has struggled so far this season, though. He has failed to register a goal or an assist for the Red Devils from his seven appearances across all competitions.

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Dortmund CEO Watzke has been speaking about Sancho’s start at Man Utd (as reported by ). He says it “hurts his soul” that he is given “little consideration”:

“I love Jadon. When you see him playing you get tears in your eyes. It hurts my soul that he is given so little consideration.

“I think his problem is that he’s not set in the English national team.”

“This squad, when it’s depleted, still isn’t up there with the best in the Premier League.

“Wan-Bissaka, he’s the best defender in the Premier League in a one vs one situation, but his distribution with the ball, with the ball at his feet he wouldn’t get a game in League Two. When I watch him play, he never looks comfortable with the ball at his feet.

“I don’t feel confident at all, I don’t think he does either. Defensively he’s absolutely outstanding. Harry Maguire the ball back to David De Gea yesterday, he makes mistakes, he made one at Newcastle too.

“They’ve got big problems do Manchester United, I know they’ve started the season well but I think yesterday the cracks started to appear.”

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