Watford vs Wolves report: Wolves match report
Two tough and well-hardened teams battled each other and Wolverhampton Wanderers walked out as 2-1 winners. It was a battle from the minute go, with both Wolves and Watford fighting for that seventh place spot.
The away side walked into the game one point ahead of Watford but in the end, it didn’t make a difference. However, the game was far from easy to call. While Watford had more possession, passes, passing accuracy and yellow cards, Wolves fought to win everything else.
They won more duels, more corners, had more shots and shots on target and won more tackles. It was end-to-end football, with two teams battling in every area of the field.
Ruben Neves had the best chance of the first 20 odd minutes but his long-range shot was saved with some degree of comfort by Ben Foster.
Deulofeu had the next best chance a few minutes later, with the Spaniard cutting inside for a clear shot on goal before slipping and watching his shot fly well above the goal.
Things deteriorated after that, with both sides struggling to effectively pass the ball around before a superb cross from Leander Dendoncker flew in.
Raul Jimenez met it with a well-connected header but to the dismay of Wolves fans, it was cleared off the line by Etienne Capoue. Goal-line technology showed that the former Tottenham man just cleared it off the line, showing just how close the game was.
Eventually, Wolves started dominating the game and started getting the ball out to both Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez more. It eventually paid dividends and after some wonderful work from Ruben Neves, the ball fell to Jota.
The Portuguese winger made no mistake and delivered a brilliant cross towards his strike partner and Jimenez buried it for the opening goal.
The second half had more of the same but a defensive error from Ryan Bennett played the ball straight into Gerard Deulofeu’s path. The Spaniard’s shot hit Rui Patricio but Andre Gray made no mistake from the rebound, smashing it into the net for the equaliser.
The game became tight and even more hard-fought after that with chances at a premium. Watford, for all their creative talent, struggled to create too much in the game with Roberto Pereyra and Deulofeu getting the best opportunities to change the scoreline.
But both missed their shots, which proved to be a big mistake. Wolves eventually got the ball back and laid it off to one of their best players on the day, Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese midfielder had a lot of space out on the right wing and took his time before delivering an inch-perfect pass towards Diogo Jota. The 22-year-old also made no mistake scoring the killer goal.
He had just one choice after Ben Foster opted to come out to catch the ball, missing it in the process, and Jota slotted it with ease.
It proved to be the proverbial nail in Watford’s coffin as the Hornets failed to do more and the game finished at 2-1 to Wolves. This gives the away side a big advantage and a four-point lead over Watford in the race for the final Europa League spot.
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