Watford’s dwindling Premier League hopes of survival suffered another blow as a fearsome opening in the 21st minute saw them comfortably beat Wolves.
The 4-0 defeat to Molineux leaves Watford with only one win in the last 16 matches in the Premier League, while Roy Hodgson’s side have 3 points of safety with 10 games remaining.
17th-placed Everton have a higher goal difference and have three games with Raul Jimenez’s early goal, Cucho Hernandez’s own goal and Daniel Podence’s effort that saw Wolves down with less than 1. /4 game – and a superb Ruben Neves penalty rounded out the commanding screen at the end.
Three consecutive defeats for the hosts is never the same as becoming four as they maintain their hopes of qualifying for the European Cup at the end of the season.
Hodgson tipped his hat off to the trio of goals scored by Arsenal against Watford on Sunday – but here he shook his head in disbelief.
While their fates seemed all but sealed, a trip to Molineux actually gave the Hornets a chance to get back into the fray, having won 12 points on their trip. them this semester compared to 7 points at home.
Wolves, too, have struggled in front of their fans, scoring just 10 goals in 13 home games until Watford close the curtain.
Jimenez had all the time he needed to control the pass from his attacking partner Hwang Hee-chan and moved from just 6m to open the scoring after 13 minutes of play.
Eight minutes later and the game was over Watford, Hernandez skillfully diverted from Rayan Ait-Nouri’s cross to own an own goal before goalkeeper Ben Foster hit the cross from a save and put the ball in Podence’s direction. , who made no mistakes from 25m.
Hodgson reacted by replacing Kiko Femenia with Christian Kabasele and that left the home side upside down as Joshua King passed up a good chance to give Watford a glimmer of hope.
Foster, with a full force of Wolves fans on the South Shore, once again found Podence with a misplaced save but this time the striker failed to hit the keeper from 40 yards out.
Nearly all opportunities came to the home team as substitutes Pedro Neto and Fabio Silva almost opened the gap.
Wolves will strike again in the closing stages, Neves deftly controlling the ball on the edge of the box before slamming an inch-perfect finish past Foster.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/premier-league/watford-woes-worsen-as-wolves-stroll-to-impressive-victory-41433699.html Watford’s dire condition worsens as Wolves go to impressive victory