Wolves 1-1 Burnley: Raul Jimenez scores controversial stoppage time penalty as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men salvage third draw in succession
- Wolves scored a last minute penalty to rescue a draw against Burnley
- Ashley Barnes opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a fierce low strike
- Wolves seemed to lack energy three days after their Europa League win at Torino
- Nick Pope held onto Ruben Neves’ late strike as Wolves mounted late pressure
- The hosts were handed a 95th-minute spot kick after Jimenez was brought down
- The Mexican picked himself up to convert from 12 yards at Molineux
The workload and travel involved in the early rounds of European football might well now have status as a curse as Wolves needed the help of VAR to secure their third Premier League draw of the season against Burnley.
Burnley, for sure, suffered last season as their journeys in the Europa League qualifiers took them to Aberdeen, Turkey and Greece.
The result was Sean Dyche’s men had to wait until late September to record their first win in the Premier League – a 4-0 win over Bournemouth.
Raul Jimenez celebrates after scoring a last minute penalty to earn a draw
The Mexican striker sends Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope the wrong way from 12 yards
WOLVES (3-5-2): Patricio 7, Bennett 6, Coady 6, Boly 6, Doherty 6 (Traore 76 ) 6, Neves 6, Moutinho 5 (Dendoncker 59) 6, Gibbs-White 6 (Neto 67) 6, Jonny 7, Jota 6, Jimenez 7
Subs not used: Ruddy, Vallejo, Cutrone, Vinagre,
Goals: Jimenez (90+5) (PEN)
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Pope 6, Lowton 6, Tarkowski 7, Mee 7, Pieters 6, Gudmundsson 6 (Lennon 66) 6, Cork 6.5, Westwood 6, McNeil 6.5 (Hendrick 87) 5, Barnes6.5 (Rodriguez 78) 5, Wood 6
Subs not used: Hart, Taylor, Rodriguez, Vydra, Long
Goals: Barnes (13)
Referee: Craig Pawson
Season at a glance
Dyche is not the kind of character to look for excuses. He didn’t as a player and he has refused to do so as a manager. But it was surely more than a co-incidence that elimination from Europe erased one major distraction.
Now Wolves – under the shrewd guidance of their talented manager Nuno Espirito Santo – have tried to embrace Europe without any adverse effect on Premier League form.
It has worked to an extent.
Ashley Barnes (left) celebrates the opening goal at Molineux with team-mate Dwight McNeil
Draws at much improved Leicester and at home to Manchester United have already been recorded. And although they started today in the bottom three, there is no real hint of second season syndrome at Molineux.
Until the first 45 minutes in the searing heat of the West Midlands this afternoon when maybe the efforts of a 3-2 win in Italy against Torino appeared to catch up with them.
Their keep-ball approach was certainty more suited to the sweltering heat which did not seem to be a great ally to Burnley’s more direct methods. But it was Dyche’s men who settled first and, more importantly, scored first.
Barnes finds the bottom corner of the net from close range on 13 minutes
Wolves are a momentum team. But today – certainly in the first 45 minutes – they looked disjointed, unable to build up the head of steam that had Manchester United on the rack for periods last Monday.
Burnley refused to let Wolves establish a pattern. And when they broke, it was with menace. Ashley Barnes gave notice of his mood with a shot that flashed just wide after ten minutes. Three minutes later, no reprieve for Wolves.
In Dwight McNeil, Burnley possess a young player of immense potential.
Rui Patricio and Ryan Bennett scramble the ball clear with Chris Wood looking to pounce
As the ball bounced loose he headed it to Barnes and Rui Patricio was left with no chance.
Four minutes later, Ben Mee came close to adding to Wolves’ misery with a header from a McNeil cross that hit the bar, rebounded against Ryan Bennett and into the arms of Patricio.
A drinks breake gave Santo the chance to regroup and they did finish the half strongly. But Burnley defended with discipline and defended well. Dyche was as animated as ever dressed in shirt and tie in the 20-plus temperatures. But you get the impression that he would be in the same garb if it was minus-20.
Burnley defender James Tarkowski makes a sliding tackle on Diogo Jota in the first half
Santo relied on the impact of his half-time tem talk for a response from Wolves rather than turn to his bench.
It was Burnley who came closest however as Barnes connected with a cross to the near post from Joey Gudmundsson but the ball went wide.
On came Leander Dendoncker to add muscle to the Wolves midfield but Burnley were still making life difficult – pressing and closing in defiance of the heat.
Wolves right-back Jonny Otto rises above Matthew Lowton to head towards goal
With some 15 minutes left, Santo turned to his go-to man Adama Traore. Talented but unpredictable but Wolves needed a savior.
Wolves certainly perked up and Raul Jimenez sent over a low, dangerous cross into the Burnley six-yard box – but no-one was there to benefit.Nick Pope was eventually called into action with a smart stop after Mee had deflected a Jonny cross goalwards.
But there was no escape in the fourth minute of added time, two minutes after he had hit the post, Raul Jimenez – after he as tackled by Erik Pieters – won a penalty verified by VAR and which he converted.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson looks dejected after being taken off the field due to injury
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