English Premiership

Routine win for Wolves piles pressure on Cardiff

2019-03-02 23:25
Wolves FC (File)

Wolverhampton - Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez scored first-half goals in a routine 2-0 win for Wolverhampton Wanderers against relegation-threatened Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The hosts reached a club Premier League points record, sitting seventh on 43 points as they continue to chase Europe, having lost just four times in their last 19 games in all competitions, and reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals in the process.

Cardiff have now conceded 10 goals in the last three games and also lost Sol Bamba to injury.

Neil Warnock's side remain two points from safety, after a third straight defeat, with Aron Gunnarsson wasting their best chances.

A slick 16th-minute move carved the Bluebirds apart as Jota, Morgan Gibbs-White and Jimenez popped the ball about in midfield. Gibbs-White eventually slipped in Jimenez and he squared for Jota to sweep pass the exposed Neil Etheridge from 12 yards.

Then, two minutes later, Jota returned the favour. Jimenez caught Bamba in possession to race down the left and cross for Jota at the far post. The forward's control earned him space and he knocked the ball back for Jimenez to score from six yards.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy started for Wolves, 1 021 days since his last Premier League appearance for Norwich.

 

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