Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves registered a second straight Premier League victory as they saw off a poor Burnley side at Molineux on Sunday afternoon.
A lone second-half strike from Raul Jimenez was all that settled the sides in the end, as Burnley failed to win for the fifth consecutive match this season.
The scoreline of 1-0 was far from reflective of how the match went, as Wolves were dominant from start to finish.
Newly promoted side Wolves created chance after chance as Burnley struggled to get out, often suffocated by the press of Santo’s side.
The first half started with Wolves in the ascendancy and it was surprising that they did not take the lead.
Joe Hart, who has revived his career somewhat after a forgettable two years at Torino and West Ham, was the star of Burnley’s dismal show.
In fact, the ex-England number one answered every question that Wolves threw at him, with the aid of his back four who constantly put their bodies on the line to clear.
If you watched the game not knowing anything about these sides, you would be shocked to hear that Burnley finished 7th last season in the Premier League, whilst Wolves were playing in the second flight.
The game almost felt like a cup tie, with Burnley clinging on for dear life. Time after time, Hart would make a terrific save or a defender would clear off the line.
Pinball was the best word to describe the ball, as Wolves cannoned the Burnley goal.
Hart, who has started every Burnley game this season, had his best performance since his Manchester City days under Manuel Pellegrini in the 13/14 title winning season.
Sadly for Wolves, however, they could not penetrate and score a goal, so entered the half time break level.
After a bit more of prodding, Wolves did find the breakthrough.
Matt Doherty, who was a constant source of attacking threat, pulled back a low cross to striker Raul Jimenez who nicely finished from around the penalty spot, leaving the heroic Hart with no chance.
Molineux was sent into delirium, expectant of more points after seeing their side get a steady point against champions City followed by a super victory against West Ham.
From here, there was only one winner. Wolves continued to create a plethora of chances, but failed to add to the score.
As the game went on, pessimists may have thought that Burnley would nick something with a goal against the run of play. Gudmundson had a few attempts from set pieces, but goalkeeper Rui Patricio stood tall in the Wolves goal.
Santo’s side ended the match with 30 attempts, second only to Manchester City’s haul against Huddersfield on match-day two.
Adama Traore and Leo Bonatini had chances to double the score, but Hart and co answered all questions again.
Wolves were wasteful, but they won’t care, as the three points is all that matters.
Verdict: I was super impressed with Wolves, who were worthy winners. Burnley looked a shadow of their previous selves of last season, as they were poor defensively, allowing Wolves a lot of space down the flanks. Ruben Neves dictated the play yet again, as his side look well on for the -pre-season predictions of a mid table finish. Next week, Santo’s men travel to Old Trafford to play Mourinho’s United – it will be tough, but after today’s performance, who knows?