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Jimenez: I knew vital second goal would arrive

Raul Jimenez believed he would score the vital second goal to help Wolves to victory over Aston Villa after watching chances go begging throughout the match.

The Mexican, who came close to scoring several times throughout the Remembrance Sunday contest at Molineux, was delighted to have netted his fifth goal in six games to double his side’s lead and guide Wolves into the top half of the Premier League table.

On a vital second goal

“We needed it! We tried throughout the whole match to score more goals to finish the game, but at the end it was difficult for us, but we know anything can happen.

“Throughout the whole match we did good things, we had the ball, and I think it’s a well-deserved win.

“Sometimes you think it’s not going to happen; when you have the ball in the area and you don’t score it makes you think ‘this is when I have to score’. But I kept trying the whole game and I knew that one of those balls in the area, I’m going to score.

“I’m very happy to help the team to have the three points.”

On timing of Neves’ opener

“We’ve been working for the whole week to get those types of goals – it’s just training in the middle of the week and now we’ve put it to practice and it was a fantastic goal.

“Everyone made the movements at the time when we were supposed to do it, and it’s a fantastic goal they we deserved.”

On performing in both Premier League and Europa League

“It’s been difficult this season because we are in a lot of matches; we were in the qualifiers of the Europa League now we were playing three different tournaments in this last period, but we knew that this is what we want.

“We want to play, we want to be in the Europa League, we want to be fighting in the Premier League, so this is how big teams and big players do it, and we have chances to be like that.”

On being back in the top half of the table

“It’s very important for us to be up there. We’ve had a bit of a slow beginning – a lot of drawn matches – but now we’re making good football, making important things on the pitch and in the last couple of matches we have done very, very well.

“Now we have a break, but we need to continue like this when we return to the team as we know that we have to keep doing the same to be fighting in the league.”

On five goals in six matches

“I’m very happy. It’s been a very good moment for me, but without my team mates this is not possible.

“I have to be grateful for them because without them, I would not have moments like this. Every one of us are very important within the team, how we play, and we all feel good.”

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