Former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle has expressed his delight for Raul Jimenez after the striker scored his first league goal of the season today.
It was all-the-more special, with it being the Mexican’s first goal since suffering a fractured skull last November.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, at 16:05, Hoddle said: “Every fan out there would have wanted him to score, and it was emotional, even for us in the studio. And it will give him so much confidence.”
It was the only goal in Wolves’ 1-0 victory over Southampton today.
Hoddle praises Wolves tactic
In describing his reaction to Jimenez’s goal, Hoddle spoke about a tactical weakness from the Saints that Wolves were able to exploit.
It led to a more direct approach to Wolves, with goalkeeper Jose Sa starting their attacks with his rangy drop-kicks.
Hoddle said: “Sa kept getting the ball and was looking to release Jimenez, because Southampton kept leaving themselves two-on-two.
“It was good goalkeeping, but look at the gap (in midfield) Southampton had left. They must have had a word at half-time – and from there, it’s got everything, Jimenez’s goal.”
If the pundit was right and it was a ploy utilised by Sa, then it was certainly an effective one. In the first half, Wolves only had one shot on target.
They looked far more dangerous on the counter attack in the second half, Jimenez was also in confident mood, despite not scoring in the league for ten months.
It led to a complete display from the striker, who secured the man of the match award. Hoddle and others will surely hope that he builds on this excellent performance.