Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth: Jimenez boosts Wolves’ European hopes

Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore have combined for 10 Premier League goals this season – a league high

Raul Jimenez scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season to bolster Wolves’ bid for Champions League qualification and deepen Bournemouth’s relegation concerns.

Winger Adama Traore was recalled after coming off the bench to play a part in both goals in Saturday’s win at West Ham.

And the Spanish winger produced an almost identical cross to that he delivered for Jimenez’s goal at the weekend, with the Mexican striker again heading in the opener.

It was the 10th time Traore and Jimenez have combined for a league goal this season – more than any other pair in the top flight.

That was enough to keep Wolves level with fifth-placed Manchester United – 3-0 winners over Sheffield United on Wednesday – and move to within two points of fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester City on Thursday.

Having failed to produce a shot on target at Molineux, Bournemouth remain without a point away from home in 2020 and inside the relegation zone, behind West Ham on goal difference.

Traore steals the show again

Having been man of the match on Saturday despite playing only 26 minutes, Traore was not a surprise inclusion for Wolves’ 50th game of an arduous season.

Although the hosts took a while to get going, with neither side managing a shot on target in a disjointed first half, Traore ultimately stole the show.

The 24-year-old lit the game up by holding off one man in his own half before going on a blistering run past another three to earn a free-kick 25 yards out.

He also fired narrowly over from the edge of the box, while whipping in teasing crosses either side of the break.

But then he found his target, taking Matt Doherty’s ball wide and getting down the right before standing up a cross for Jimenez to power into the roof of the net.

After Traore was replaced after 73 minutes, substitute Pedro Neto burst forward and dragged a shot wide.

More to follow.