Wolves found themselves two goals down at half-time courtesy of Jan Bednarek and Shane Long and it looked as if the poor start to 2020 would continue.

Some harsh words from Nuno Espirito Santo and a shift in formation proved vital, as goals from Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez saw Wolves complete the comeback and leave the South Coast with three points.

Nuno’s side now find themselves in fifth place, with just goal difference separating them with Manchester United.

Here are the three players who were crucial to the comeback:

Raul Jimenez

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Raul Jimenez has arguably been Wolves’ most important player so far this season. 

The Mexican’s two goals at St Mary’s takes his tally up to 10 for the season with six assists.

It was a difficult first-half for Wolves and Jimenez had the away side’s best chance of the half but couldn’t poke his effort on target from close range.

He came out after the interval a different player, slotting home his penalty coolly before composing himself brilliantly for Wolves’ winner.

Jimenez is not showing any sign of tiring despite a busy schedule and is currently in the form of his life. A valuable asset to the side.

Adama Traore

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What a season Traore is having for Wolves. Many complained about him having the pace and ability without a finishing product. So far this season, he has proved his doubters wrong.

Causing havoc down Southampton’s right, Traore finished the game with two assists and was pivotal in changing Wolves’ fortunes.

The Spaniard also completed eight dribbles throughout the game, almost three times as many as any other player on the pitch.

Traore seems to be playing with confidence and freedom and will hope to continue his good run of form.

Pedro Neto

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With Diogo Jota remaining on the sidelines, Wolves have turned to Neto.

Despite a poor first-half showing, Neto was the bright spark and created Wolves’ best chances.

The youngster has been cruelly treated by VAR in recent weeks, chalking off two goals in recent weeks. His luck changed early on in the second half as he began Wolves’ comeback with a neat finish into the bottom corner.

This was Neto’s best performance for Wolves so far and the 19 year-old has proved himself in his short time in gold and black.

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