Wolverhampton Wanderers talisman Raul Jimenez has praised Max Kilman for his great start to the season and claimed the centre back’s goal against Everton was a reward for all his “hard work”.

Kilman opened the scoring against the Toffees in the 28th minute with a bullet header from a Rayan Ait Nouri corner.

It was the 24-year-old’s first goal for the club in what was an impressive performance in front of England manager Gareth Southgate.

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Jimenez doubled Bruno Lage side’s lead when he latched onto a sloppy undercooked back pass from Ben Godfrey, before producing a delicate dinked finish over the onrushing Jordan Pickford.

That strike was the Mexican’s 50th goal in old gold and his first at Molineux since returning from injury.

Jimenez full of praise for Kilman

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Kilman has been ever present under Lage this season and continues to go from strength-to-strength, and after his telling contribution against Rafael Benitez’s Everton, Jimenez spoke in glowing terms about his team mate.

 

Speaking to the club’s official website, Wolves’ number nine said: “He has been doing great this season and since he was promoted to the first-team.

“He has been working really hard, now this is the reward for all his hard work, and he’s showing what he’s capable of.

“We all know what he can do and are really happy for him to score his first goal.”

With a trip to a buoyant Crystal Palace side to come on Saturday, Kilman will be looking to kick on from his first goal at the club and ensure Wolves go into the November international break with five wins from their last six games.

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