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Stat Attack: All you need to know about Wolves 1-0 Southampton
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Sean Wilson
Daniel Podence was Wolves' hero in their victory over Southampton
Daniel Podence was Wolves' hero in their victory over Southampton

Daniel Podence's first-half goal saw Wolves pick up their first Premier League win of the season as they beat Southampton 1-0 at Molineux. 

Podence broke the deadlock for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, dinking delicately over the sliding Gavin Bazunu after Matheus Nunes had fizzed a low ball across the face of goal. 

Che Adams spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores in the 62nd minute, inadvertently handling the ball over the line from close range when faced with an empty net. 

The Saints pushed in vain for another chance to equalise but Wolves held out for an important victory.

Saints head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl expressed frustration at Adams' inability to convert the chance he was presented with.

He said: "We had good chances to take something. That we don’t score today is normally not possible. Che [Adams] knows it. He’s frustrated because it must be a goal. 

"It’s 20 minutes to go and if we equalise, I would like to see what happens then. We created some good moments in the first half but should have scored [in the second]. 

"Wolves are waiting for these moments on the counter-attack. They have speed and quality up front. It is what it is."

Home boss Bruno Lage, meanwhile, insisted that his team need to build on their victory.

He said: "It’s important for us but the most important is what we are doing in each moment. 

"Players are arriving, we don’t have time to train and have to put them straight into the games. We try our best to have our best strategy and they’re performing well. 

"We scored one goal and after that we were very brave in the way we defended. We’re very happy. I told the players it’s one win, we have to build on it. We need to practice. The team that finished pre-season and the team we have now are so different. 

"I had a feeling when the fans started singing at the start about 'Bruno Lage ball'. I told the players we have to go outside and give everything. 

"The big attitude and the big energy comes from the fans. That’s why I was there at the end of the game to take all the support from them."

Southampton were unable to score despite the quality of the chances they created
Southampton were unable to score despite the quality of the chances they created

Did you know?

Wolves ended a run of 12 Premier League games without a win (five draws, seven defeats), winning for the first time in the league since April 2022, when they beat Aston Villa 2-1.

Southampton have lost four of their last five Premier League away games (one win), with Saints enjoying just one victory in their last 10 on the road in the top flight (three draws, six defeats).

Wolves have won five of their last six Premier League games against Southampton (one draw), including each of the last four in a row. They’d only won four of their previous 19 against Saints in the top flight before this (five draws, 10 defeats).

Southampton have just two victories to their name in their last 12 top-flight games (two draws, eight defeats), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of those games (25 goals conceded in total).

Podence has netted two goals in his six Premier League appearances this season, already matching his total top-flight haul from last season (two in 26 games).


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