Blaise Bourgeois

Raul Jiménez: Ruben Neves’ goal came from the training ground

Wolves striker Raul Jiménez claimed that Ruben Neves’ opening goal came straight from the training ground as the Portugal international’s strike propelled Wolves to a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

After it appeared he would whip his free-kick into the box, João Moutinho found Neves just outside the top of the box, who provided a finish from the top-drawer.

(Cut to 2:35 for the goal)

In a post-match interview, Jiménez said that much of training during the last week was dedicated to finding such a goal.

“We’ve been working for the whole week to get those types of goals – it’s just training in the middle of the week and now we’ve put it to practice and it was a fantastic goal,” said Jiménez.

“Everyone made the movements at the time when we were supposed to do it, and it’s a fantastic goal we deserved.”

Raúl Jiménez would then double the Wolves lead in the 84th minute to virtually seal all three points to put himself on 13 goals in all competitions this season – second amongst all Premier League players (Raheem Sterling, 14).

Jiménez claimed he had a feeling that his goal would eventually come.

“I kept trying the whole game and I knew from one of those balls in the area, I was going to score,” he added.

“I’m very happy to help the team to have the three points.

“We needed it! We tried throughout the whole match to score more goals to finish the game. At the end, it was difficult for us, but we know anything can happen.


“Throughout the whole match we did good things, we had the ball, and I think it’s a well-deserved win.

“Sometimes you think it’s not going to happen; when you have the ball in the area and you don’t score it makes you think ‘this is when I have to score’.”

Wolves will have two weeks to prepare for their match against Bournemouth, who are also on 16 points.