Wolves vs Brentford Highlights
Watch Wolves vs Brentford Highlights, as Wolves beat brentford in the premier league meetings as Julen’s side clears relegation zone.
Diego Costa scored his first goal for Wolves in a 2-0 win against Brentford as the hosts put daylight between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone.
The former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker – a surprise arrival at Molineux in September – opened his account in fine fashion, firing home after a fortuitous ball landed to him off Christian Norgaard’s outstretched foot (27).
It was his first Premier League goal since May 2017, when he scored for Chelsea against Middlesbrough. Indeed, the gap of five years and 342 days is the biggest between goals in the competition since Grant Hanley scored for Norwich in November 2021 (nine years and 324 days after his previous goal).
“He has a big heart,” Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui said of Costa. “He is a very competitive player, in the bad moments he continued working because he has his spirit. You can’t buy this spirit. That’s why he’s made the career he’s had. We are happy for him, he has to continue working.
“He has made a very good match and when he came here, he came with the intention to help the team, the club and the coach.
“He deserves that goal, he is working hard to have his chance. He came here in a bad moment [for Wolves] and he has always put in his best. I hope he is going to continue.”
It was a deserved goal for Wolves, who are finding their form at the right time of the season, and Hee-Chan Hwang (69) doubled the hosts’ lead when he poked home in the second half.
Brentford’s season is in danger of ending with a whimper, and they managed just three shots on target at Molineux. They have now lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since January/February 2022. They remain in ninth on 43 points, six away from Brighton in seventh place.
Julen Lopetegui on postmatch interview
“Always, we are happy with a win. We need it because we need a lot of wins to achieve our aim. Today was a very difficult match.
“We have done a good match, we suffered in the moments we had to suffer. We deserve in the end to win against a very good team and we have three points more.
“It’s about the commitment to show the opponent that you want more than them… we have made a very big effort with the ball and without the ball.
“To play against Brentford, it’s not easy. They put you under a lot of mental stress because their set-pieces are very special thing. We have done a good match against them. We are happy but we have to continue.”
On taking his team for a meal after their clean sheet: “Very pleased to invite my players to have a meal. It’s a good investment for me, for sure!”
Thomas frank on postmatch interview
“It was definitely one that could have gone either way. I think it was a completely even first half, I think we have the bigger chances first half to be able to score. Second half, we did well until the second goal.
“Overall, our performance is probably at least even, but better than the away win we had at West Ham and Southampton. Today, we just didn’t score the first goal and we conceded two goals with two ricochets. It’s a little about the margin of the game.
“A good enough performance to get points and a very even game where they got the better of a few key moments.
“The players worked unbelievably hard, so much effort. I’m really pleased with that, but we lost a little bit of structure, a little bit of the coolness.
“This is the Premier League and we’re maybe having a tiny blip in results, not in performances… we need to stay focused and continue.”