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O'Neil hails in-form Hwang after ninth goal of season against Clarets
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Hee Chan Hwang has scored nine goals this season
Hee Chan Hwang has scored nine goals this season

Gary O'Neil was full of praise for Hee Chan Hwang after his ninth goal of the season saw Wolves edge out Burnley.

The South Korea international's composed first-half finish earned a 1-0 victory at Molineux, bursting the Clarets' bubble following their 5-0 win over Sheffield United last Saturday.

While the visitors remain second-bottom of the Premier League, Wolves moved 11 points clear of the relegation zone with the narrow but important win.

Manager O'Neil, 40, said: "The numbers are incredibly impressive. Everything about him is impressive. 

"Will he continue at this rate for the rest of the season? I hope so. If the team can keep performing.

"When the ball falls to him in the penalty area I have a really good feeling he will be in the right area.

"It's no fluke he has as many goals as he has, he's bought in fully to what we're trying to do. 

"He arrives in good areas time and time again, keeps going and eight [league] goals is a really impressive return.

"It was a massive win for us. They are a good side, maybe it's disrespectful to say 'job done' because they won the Championship by a long way last season, were the sixth or seventh biggest spenders in the summer. 

"They have every right to be competitive, I'm really pleased as it's a big win."

Vincent Kompany's men suffered their 12th defeat from 15 games this season in the West Midlands, failing to back up what they hoped was a significant win over the Blades.

Vincent Kompany's Burnley are two points adrift of safety
Vincent Kompany's Burnley are two points adrift of safety

Assessing the game, the Belgian coach said: "It's decided in moments, we had ours, didn't take them and in one of the few chances we conceded, we concede a goal.

"I looked at it quickly but we'll have to do an analysis. If something went wrong it wasn't just decided by this one moment. We can look at ourselves and say we should have scored.

"We have been in games for quite some time now, we have to believe this will give us the results.

"We play against teams with quality. We have to stay in positions where we can get results and today was close. This is where we need to step it up."


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