The full-time whistle goes, bringing an end to a fantastic performance from Wolves against Watford.
After those three quick-fire goals in the first half sent Bruno Lage’s side on their way, they controlled the second half throughout and added a fourth with Neves’ beautiful strike.
Watford was frankly woeful, and, on that evidence, Roy Hodgson has his work cut out if he’s to keep the Hornets in the Premier League.
WOLVES (3-4-2-1): Jose Sa;
Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss;
Jonny, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait-Nouri;
Daniel Podence, Hwang Hee-Chan; Raul Jimenez.
WOLVES SUBS: John Ruddy, Marcal, Pedro Neto, Francisco Trincao, Fabio Silva,
Chiquinho, Maximilian Kilman, Leander Dendoncker, Luke Cundle.
WATFORD (4-3-3): Ben Foster;
Kiko Femenia, Craig Cathcart, Samir, Hassane Kamara;
Moussa Sissoko, Imran Louza, Tom Cleverley;
Juan Hernandez, Emmanuel Dennis, Josh King.
WATFORD SUBS: Daniel Bachmann, Peter Etebo, Adam Masina, Ken Sema,
Christian Kabasele, Samuel Kalu, Francisco Sierralta, Juraj Kucka, Edo Kayembe.
Wolves open the scoring!!! Some great link-play between the Wolves’ front three sees Podence put Hwang into space on the left. He finds Jimenez in the six-yard box, and he prods the ball past the advancing Foster and into the back of the net! 1-0 to the hosts.
Own goal! Neves’ wide ball finds Jonny, who cuts into the box before dinking the ball to the back post. His opposite wing-back Ait-Nouri meets it, but his cross back in is deflected off Hernandez, and it beats Foster to make it 2-0 to Wolves! Awful defending from Watford, and Wolves are suddenly in cruise control.
Wolves have a third, and it’s a horror show from Foster! Attempting to beat the incoming Jimenez, the Watford keeper slips as he clears the ball, which goes straight to Podence, who strokes home into the empty net! Wolves are 3-0 up already, and it’s a long, long way back for the Hornets, whose defensive woes have been comically exposed here.
It’s a fourth for Wolves!!! Ait-Nouri crosses over the defence to find Chiquinho on the opposite byline. He finds Neves on the edge of the area, and the midfielder curls a delightful chip over Foster to make it 4-0!!! What a beautiful strike to put Wolves four in front.
So, what’s next for Wolves and Watford?
Wolves’ resounding victory doesn’t move them any higher in the table, but the performance certainly puts them back in contention for European places.
Meanwhile, Watford remains in a bleak 19th, and with only ten games left, now or never territory is fast approaching for the Hornets.
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