Raul Jimenez insists he knew his match-winner over West Ham United was coming, as he scored in successive Molineux matches for the first time since returning from his life-threatening injury.
On the day the ‘Code Red’ documentary – made entirely in-house by Wolves – was released on BBC iPlayer, chronicling the Mexican’s injury and recovery during the previous 12 months, Jimenez continued to show why he’s the talisman for his side, scoring the only goal of the match to lift Wolves up to 6th and bring West Ham’s run of four consecutive top-flight wins to an end.
On ending the Irons’ winning run
“We are fighting as a team and as a family. It’s a big win against a good team, so this is how we want to keep going.
“We knew in the last match we were defeated, so it was a good opportunity today to bounce back and continue today like we want to play.”
On his match-winning goal
“I saw him, I open the ball to him, and then I knew that they run to their goal, so I stayed behind, and it was a goal as soon as I hit it.
“I knew it was coming because in the first-half I had one chance, when I was one-on-one. I should have scored. 100 per cent. It was good movement, a great pass, it was all correct in the play.
“I don’t want to say it was easy, but I should have scored that one. I knew at the half-time that I would have another chance, and I would score this one.
“I’m happy for the team, for me and for all the supporters.”
On enjoying being back on the pitch
“Yeah, 100 per cent. I’ve been playing all the games apart from against Aston Villa because of my travel to the national team, so I only played a few minutes.
“But even in my national team, I’ve been playing every minute and I’m really happy playing and it’s good to have a reason to have these good moments.”
On the Code Red documentary
“It was a difficult part of my part, last year. But I knew since the first moment that I would be back, and I’m here. I’m enjoying what I’m doing.
“My teammates, all the group, the team, the club, they made this happen, and I’m really happy to be back.”