Raul Jimenez scored a penalty in the second half to earn Wolves a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Molineux on Saturday.
Danny Ings, who came into the clash having scored four goals in three matches in all competitions, punished Wolves for their poor defending by finding the bottom left corner with a right-footed shot in the 53rd minute.
Southampton’s advantage lasted only eight minutes as Wolves defender Matt Doherty was brought down in the penalty area with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) confirming the foul, and Jimenez ended his goal drought with a crisp finish.
Jimenez was ruled to have handled the ball before netting in the 31st minute and Patrick Cutrone was offside in the build up to the second disallowed goal.
A Wolves side brimming with confidence after their win against reigning champions Manchester City before the international break, it was no surprise to see Nuno Espirito Santo’s side register the game’s first attempt on goal. Responding at the other end, Ings forced Rui Patrício to keep a low drive away.
Ryan Bennett limped off with Jesus Vallejo taking his role on the right of the back three. And that enforced re-shuffle at the back saw the momentum swing to Southampton’s favour.
Ings wasted another golden opportunity as a set-piece fell into his path in the six-yard box but a Wolves player blocked his shot. But Wolves would be left cursing VAR at half-time with Jimenez seeing two goals chalked off.
In the early stages of the second half, Southampton pressed Wolves and the hosts’ defence creaked open. Vallejo’s looping clearance fell into the path of Hojbjerg in the middle of Wolves’ half. Hojberg nodded the ball hopefully forward with Ings snuffling and the striker scored after Coady failed to clear.
But Wolves soon fought back with substitute Matt Doherty making his mark. The wing-back sprinted into the box and tumbled to the ground after he was tripped by Hojbjerg. The referee pointed to the spot but the decision was sent upstairs to be clarified by VAR, who confirmed the spot-kick and Jimenez did the rest.
Later, Patricio pulled off a sublime one-handed stop to tip James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick away as Southampton piled on the pressure in the closing stages. But Wolves would hold on to secure a valuable point at home.
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