Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 West Ham United: Raul Jimenez goal ends Hammers’ winning run

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanders, goal against West Ham
Raul Jimenez’s third goal of the season earned Wolves a third straight home win in the league

Raul Jimenez scored the only goal as Wolves ended West Ham’s four-game winning run in the Premier League with a deserved victory at Molineux.

Jimenez swept Daniel Podence’s low cut-back into the corner from the edge of the box to lift Bruno Lage’s side up to sixth in the table.

Wolves dominated proceedings after a slow start and created numerous opportunities to take a first-half lead – the best of which fell to Jimenez, who dragged a tame effort wide with only West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to beat.

Kurt Zouma had the ball in the net for the Hammers, but the centre-back’s header was disallowed for a foul on Romain Saiss.

Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen blazed over in the second half as the visitors sought a route back into the game, but David Moyes will be bitterly disappointed with his team’s below-par performance.

Max Kilman should have ended West Ham’s hopes of salvaging a point when he fired Rayan Ait-Nouri’s free-kick delivery over the crossbar with three minutes remaining.

Wolves too strong for toothless Hammers

Their recent 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace notwithstanding, Wolves have been improving steadily under Lage since losing their opening three league games of the campaign.

Indeed, only leaders Chelsea and in-form Arsenal have picked up more points than Lage’s team since they were beaten by Manchester United at Molineux at the end of August.

They were content to soak up the Hammers’ pressure early on but grew into the game as the first half went on. Ruben Neves tested Fabianski from distance before Nelson Semedo shot wide of the near post from Ait-Nouri’s cross.

Jimenez should have put the hosts into the lead moments later after latching onto an exquisite Neves pass, but failed to hit the target after attempting to dink the ball over the onrushing Fabianski.

The pattern of play continued early in the second half, with the lively Podence forcing the Hammers’ goalkeeper into two terrific saves – one from a low shot towards the far corner and another from a looping strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Jimenez eventually got the goal the hosts’ enterprising play deserved as Wolves recorded three successive top-flight victories for the first time since 1980.

It all started so well for West Ham, who were crisp in possession in the early stages and tested Jose Sa through Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek.

They faded as the game wore on, though, managing just one further shot on target – from captain Declan Rice in the second half.

A fifth successive victory would have equalled the club’s top-flight record, but it was not to be.