Buoyant Wolves create little bit of history
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO is proud of the way his Wolves players have bounced back from a difficult run of results to create a piece of club history yesterday, winning three straight top-flight matches for the first time in almost 40 years.
Following successes against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wolves have recorded a trio of consecutive victories in the top division. Prior to the run, Nuno’s side had endured a miserable six-game winless streak which included five defeats.
“I am very proud for the boys,” said the Wolves head coach. “They achieve it with hard work before and hard work today and I am happy for the fans, too, as we achieve something together that is very special in the most difficult competition in the world, so we have to be very proud.
“I truly believe you have to take things as they come, win or lose, and keep believing in how you want to do things and how you want to play. They were difficult moments, but we came through.”
Wolves’ day was dampened by a shoulder injury sustained by Diogo Jota, who incurred the problem late in the first half and did not emerge after half-time. He was replaced by Helder Costa.
An early goal from Raul Jimenez and a late strike by substitute Ivan Cavaleiro inflicted a sixth defeat in seven Premier League games on Bournemouth, who struggled to create chances.
Cherries boss, Eddie Howe, said: “We had a lot of the ball, but bar Josh King’s early chance, we didn’t really have a clinical chance. You don’t like losing and the players have done so well historically when we have been out of form and that will hopefully be the case again.”
SALOMON RONDON’S 55th-minute strike secured Newcastle their first victory in four matches at a rain-sodden John Smith’s Stadium. Rondon finished off a Newcastle break having been teed up by Javier Manquillo.
Rafael Benitez’s men celebrated a win for only the fourth time this season, the day after it emerged they had cancelled their Christmas party.
They are six points clear of the relegation zone, in which David Wagner’s 18th-placed Huddersfield remain two adrift of safety.
The hosts made a fairly lively start to the contest, doing most of the attacking for the remainder of the first half, during which the stadium floodlights dimmed briefly on two occasions.