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