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Jimenez hits wonderful winner as Lage addresses Traore omission

Your morning Wolverhampton Wanderers headlines after Raul Jimenez hits a poignant winning goal against Southampton.

Lage’s brilliant reason why he loved Jimenez’s winner

Bruno Lage is thrilled Raul Jimenez has finally got off the mark in the Premier League so he can finally focus on what the Mexican does best.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach has been inundated with questions about his number nine throughout the season after his remarkable return to the field following a fractured skull.

Lage has been asked about Jimenez’s struggles in front of goal in the opening weeks of the season, and also the striker’s decision to remove his protective headband in the final stages of last week’s defeat to Brentford.

But Jimenez’s winning strike against Southampton means Lage can finally talk about his talisman’s goals.

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Southampton boss issues sporting Jimenez verdict

Sporting Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl took time to pay tribute to match-winner Raul Jimenez following his side’s defeat to Wolves.

The Mexican broke the deadlock with a wonderful strike after 61 minutes at St Mary’s.

It was his first goal since returning to action after recovering from the fractured skull he suffered in a game at Arsenal last November.

The goal – and what it meant – is one of the Premier League’s good news stories of the season so far, and even beaten boss Hasenhuttl couldn’t help feeling pleased for the popular striker.

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Wolves fans hail hero Jimenez

Raul Jimenez produced a moment of magic to claim his first goal since suffering a career-threatening head injury and earn Wolves a 1-0 victory at Southampton.

The Mexican striker ended a 336-day wait to hit the net after jinking through Saints’ defence in the 61st minute.

It proved to be the only goal of the game as Bruno Lage’s side bounced back from the defeat to Brentford and Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham.

Jimenez feared he would never play again in the aftermath of the fractured skull he suffered at Emirates almost 10 months ago and only returned to the field at the start of this campaign.

The goal – and the three points – has been gleefully received by Wolves fans.

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Jose Sa 8

Sa made three important saves at the beginning of the second half, including a very impressive double stop from Elyounoussi and Adams.

The Portuguese shot-stopper continues to prove himself as an adequate replacement for Rui Patricio between the sticks.

Max Kilman 7.5

After a sluggish showing against Brentford last weekend, Kilman was back to his best today. The likes of Armstrong and Redmond tried to isolate Kilman out wide, but he coped with everything Saints threw at him.

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Lineker and pundits rave about Jimenez

Raul Jimenez’s goal was greeted with joy by pundits, with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeting: “Great to see Raul Jimenez back on the scoresheet after his horrific injury.”

Another former striker, Don Goodman, on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports, said: “Look what it means to those travelling Wolves supporters, not just because their team have taken the lead but who has delivered it?

“They have been waiting, they have be praying for this moment. He has no right to score from there, he’s all on his own, outstanding strength, balance, skill and finish. What a goal that is.”

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Lage explains decision not to start Traore

Traore’s omission from the starting lineup comes as a surprise with the Spanish international impressing so far this season despite failing to find the net.

“It’s not just about Traore on the bench, it’s more players on the bench,” Lage told Sky Sports when questioned about the decision before the game.

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