Wolves 2-0 Crystal palace Highlights
Watch Wolves 2-0 Crystal palace Highlights, as Joachim and Ruben goals for their club and get out of their wolves in the premier league at Molineux stadium.
As wolves are in the 13th position of the premier league table, Crystal palace is in the 12th position of the points table.
Ruben Neves’ right-wing corner ricocheted into the net off the legs of Palace defender Joachim Andersen early in the game and the Wolves captain sealed the win from the penalty spot in stoppage-time after Sam Johnstone’s foul on Pedro Neto.
The in-form away side pushed for an equaliser for long periods of the second half with Eberechi Eze twice going close as nerves jangled inside Molineux. But some desperate defending was enough for Wolves to cling on, the pressure lifted late on by the penalty.
The victory, a third in four games for the team that were bottom of the Premier League table at Christmas when Julen Lopetegui took charge, moves Wolves up one place to 13th. More significantly, it takes them nine points clear of the relegation zone.
The pressure had been on Wolves going into the game with Lopetegui urging the home crowd to help raise his players after they were beaten by Leicester on Saturday. Their chances may have been helped by the changes made by Roy Hodgson.
The Palace boss pointed to a packed schedule in making four changes to the team, handing rare starts to Will Hughes and Luka Milivojevic. Perhaps that impacted their fluency in the early stages because Wolves’ strong start put them in control from the outset.
The restored Hugo Bueno raided down the left throughout and it was from his cross that the lively Diego Costa forced the corner from which Wolves opened the scoring. Costa has scored only goal since arriving at the club but his presence has become a real asset.
Palace’s in-form players began to have an influence as the game wore on, Michael Olise probing and Eberechi Eze fizzing a shot towards goal. It was Albert Lokonga who had the best chance of the first half – his effort being kept out by the left hand of Jose Sa.
As Wolves retreated, tensions rose and Eze had further attempts from distance that had the home crowd anxious. But Johnstone’s poor touch in stoppage-time led to an over-the-top challenge on substitute Neto that could easily have seen the goalkeeper sent off.
Neves beat him from the spot anyway, sending supporters in the Sir Jack Hayward Stand behind the goal into relief-fuelled delirium. It has been a challenging season for both of these teams. Both can now surely look forward to giving it another go next time around.
Lopetegui on postmatch interview
“I think we have won the last matches because we have had a big energy from our fans in big moments when we have suffered,” said the Wolves boss. “That is why I think player number 12 is the fans and we are very happy.”
Hodgson on postmatch interview
Hodgson was satisfied with the performance of his Palace team even though the result did not go their way. “We had such a lot of ball in the second half and some of the football was good,” he said afterwards.
“Lots of corner kicks but they defended the crosses well. It was very hard, especially towards the end when they went to a back five, to get the space to score the equaliser I thought we were going to get and deserved.
“We give away a penalty and end up losing 2-0 but I don’t think that is a fair reflection of what happened.”