Wolves 0-2 Watford: Capoue and Pereyra secure win for visitors
Wolves 0-2 Watford: Quick-fire strikes in the first-half from Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra help visitors to away win as they move up to seventh
- Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra scored within 58 seconds of each other for Watford in the first-half
- The first-half strikes proved enough to hand the Hornets a hard-fought fifth victory of the season at Molineux
- Watford jump above their hosts, going up to seventh in the Premier League table, while Wolves slip to eighth
The Wolves manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, this week said that he has a plot of land on the highest hill in Guimaraes that he visits to admire the view.
He has enjoyed a raised platform with his team, too, this season. But the lofty position in the Premier League is far less secure than his patch in Portugal.
Watford arrived at Molineux without a win since September 2 and having picked up only one point in four games. They left with a thoroughly deserved victory that punctured the buoyancy around Wolves.
Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue shows his delight after opening the scoring for the visitors at Molineux on Saturday
Just 38 seconds after the opener, Roberto Pereyra curled home from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass to double Watford’s lead
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Wolves 3-4-3: Patricio 6; Bennett 6, Coady 6, Boly 5.5; Doherty 6.5 (Traore 72’ 5.5), Moutinho 6, Neves 6, Jonny 5 (Vinagre 46’ 6); Costa 7, Jimenez 5 (Cavaleiro 60’ 6.5), Jota 5
Booked: Neves, Jota, Bennett
Subs not used: Ruddy, Saiss, Hause, Bonatini
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo 6.5
Watford 4-2-3-1: Foster 7; Femenia 7, Mariappa 7, Cathcart 7, Masina 7; Doucoure 7.5, Capoue 8; Deulofeu 7.5 (Gray 69’ 6.5), Hughes 7.5, Pereyra 7.5; Success 7.5 (Prodl 75’ Wilmot 88’)
Subs not used: Gomes, Sema, Quina, Navarro
Manager: Javi Gracia 8
Ref: Lee Mason 5
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There was just 58 seconds between Watford’s first and second goal, with Roberto Pereyra scoring from a tight angle.
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Shorn of Troy Deeney through injury, Javi Gracia’s side adapted and delivered an excellent performance, winning through two goals scored within a minute.
Wolves produced their worst display of the campaign so far, to leave Nuno a few questions to answer.
He hinted complacency had been a factor for his side, which was unchanged for a ninth successive match. ‘I think the week will dictate the decisions that we have to make for the next game at Brighton,’ he said.
‘That minute with the goals, we must look at carefully. Two mistakes, two goals. We were very, very bad in the first half.’
Wolves had been so assured defensively in recent weeks — conceding only once in five Premier League matches — but they were in disarray here.
Ruben Neves set the tone with a couple of uncharacteristic loose passes, giving the visitors confidence to attack with purpose, and in the 20th minute they capped a fine move with a fabulous goal.
The visitors took the lead after 20 minutes when Capoue hammered home a fierce strike from the edge of the box
Isaac Success was handed a start up front for the Hornets with Andre Gray dropped and Troy Deeney ruled out of the match
The away fans celebrate Pereyra’s fourth goal of the season as Watford assert their control just 20 minutes into the match
Roberto Pereyra fed Abdoulaye Doucoure, who teed up Etienne Capoue and the Frenchman’s strike from nearly 25 yards whistled into the back of the net.
The low shot wasn’t that far from Rui Patricio but had travelled through Conor Coady’s legs to leave the Wolves goalkeeper unsighted.
The goal unsettled Wolves and 58 seconds later Watford forwards swarmed down the left and Doucoure slipped Pereyra clear, played onside by Ryan Bennett. Pereyra’s finish from the angle was inspired, a deft flick with the outside of his boot to curl the ball over Patricio.
It was an unfamiliar position for Nuno and he tried to affect change by replacing Otto with Ruben Vinagre at the break.
The result sees Wolves switch places with their visitors in the table – the home side are now eighth after the 2-0 defeat
Javi Gracia has led Watford to an impressive five wins from their opening nine games in the Premier League this season
Watford midfielder Will Hughes rises above two Wolves counterparts to win the ball in the air as the hosts struggle for form
Watford coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks bemused as his side struggle to find a way past a dominant Watford side
Wolves fans attempt to get their side going despite the early goals, but the home side could not overturn the deficity
Wolves woke up and began to pin Watford back. Diogo Jota spurned a good opening and on the hour Willy Boly had his backheel saved by Ben Foster.
Neves produced a tremendous last-ditch tackle to prevent a certain counter-attack goal by Doucoure before Wolves tried again. Vinagre found Ivan Cavaleiro unmarked, but his header drifted over. Helder Costa had a good chance, too, but hammered his shot high.
Nuno looked up the blue sky and scrunched his face. Life’s tough at the top.
Rui Patricio has to be alert to prevent Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from adding to the scoreline on Saturday
Diogo Jota sums up the frustration felt by the hosts after he is shown a yellow card during the second half of the match
Having come off the bench with 20 minutes left, winger Adam Traore tries his best to provide inspiration for Wolves
Watford keeper Ben Foster celebrates at the final whistle after a clean sheet and an impressive three points for his side
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