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EPL: West Ham miss chance of going 2nd after losing at Wolves

by OtownGist

Wolves a third straight home win in the league

Raul Jimenez says he “knew from the first moment” he would recover from a “difficult part of his life” after scoring the only goal in Wolves’ win over West Ham on Saturday.

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Striker Jimenez, who spent eight months on the sidelines after fracturing his skull in a league game at Arsenal last season, swept Daniel Podence’s cut-back into the corner from the edge of the box to lift Bruno Lage’s side up to sixth in the table – and end the Hammers’ four-game winning run in the Premier League.

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“I knew I’d be back, and I’m here,” said the 30-year-old. “I’m enjoying what I’m doing with the team and the club. I’m really happy to be back.”

Wolves dominated proceedings after a slow start and created numerous opportunities to take a first-half lead – the best of which fell to Jimenez, who dragged a tame effort wide with only West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to beat.

Kurt Zouma had the ball in the net for the Hammers, but the centre-back’s header was disallowed for a foul on Romain Saiss.

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Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen blazed over in the second half as the visitors sought a route back into the game, but David Moyes will be bitterly disappointed with his team’s below-par performance.

Max Kilman should have ended West Ham’s hopes of salvaging a point when he fired Rayan Ait-Nouri’s free-kick delivery over the crossbar with three minutes remaining.

“We knew we were beaten in the last match [at Crystal Palace], so this was a good opportunity today to bounce back,” added Jimenez.

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“We’re fighting as a team and as a family. This is how we have to keep going.”

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