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Chris Iwelumo praises Raul Jimenez for his performance for Wolves against Everton

Chris Iwelumo believes Raul Jimenez was ‘excellent’ all-round for Wolves against Everton.

Bruno Lage oversaw a second straight win in the Premier League on Sunday to get Wanderers back on the straight and narrow.

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It was really important for Wolves to respond after the defeat to Crystal Palace.

And the team have now beaten Watford and Everton to go back above Tottenham Hotpsur in the table.

Wolves struggled a little in the first-half at Goodison Park.

But the players raised things in the second, with Conor Coady’s goal proving to be something of a catalyst.

There were no more goals to follow, but it was a fantastic performance from Wolves after the skipper’s header.

The football was free-flowing, and Everton barely threatened Jose Sa.

Ruben Neves has been getting a lot of praise and rightly so.

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But it was also a good day at the office for Raul Jimenez.

He was looking to continue his brilliant goalscoring record against the Toffees. He couldn’t find the net this time but his performance was really good, and former Molineux striker Iwelumo was pleased with the 30-year-old’s link-up play.

He said (via Wolves official): “Jimenez, that’s what a striker’s work is all about, holdup play, allow others to support, he always wanted it, his touch was on point, the physicality was excellent. I’m just disappointed his perfect record is gone.

“He’ll be disappointed with that, but all-round he was excellent.”

Both local media outlets the Express & Star and the Birmingham Mail were also impressed with Jimenez, giving the ex-Benfica man an 8/10 rating.

Raul Jimenez has responded well to being benched

Jimenez was indeed really good on Sunday.

He may not have scored as he usually does against the Toffees but, as Iwelumo says, his hold up play was really good and he often brought players around him into the game.

He does seem to have responded well to Lage putting him on the bench for the games against West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

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Maybe that was what he personally needed, having not been in particularly great form.

But he’s come back strong against Watford and Everton, and that’s really good news for Wolves if they are to keep their European football hopes alive.