Jimenez confident to step up

Raul Jimenez was happy to take the responsibility and earn his side a valuable point with a pressure penalty against Burnley on Sunday.

The Mexican stood over the ball, with his side trailing 1-0 to the Clarets in injury time, but showed no sign of nerves, calmly slotting beyond Nick Pope to earn Wolves a point. The goal was Jimenez’s first in the Premier League this season, and his sixth in all competitions, but the most valuable of the lot, extending his side’s unbeaten start after a battling second-half performance at Molineux.

On handling the pressure

“When I got possession of the ball, he tried to kick the ball, but he kicked me. It was the right decision and a good moment for us to equalise in the game.

“It’s good for me to take that responsibility, with that kind of penalty kick. Last minute, last play of the match, I have taken penalties in finals, in other instances, so I have experience, I have to be calm and this afternoon I was, and it’s good for us to have a point.”

On the battle

“It was a tough game. When they scored something happened to us, but we knew that we have very good players to equalise the match.

“I hit the same post as last weekend, then at the end of the match the penalty, I think the referee was good. Then I had the calmness to take it, shoot and score.”

On his team’s character

“That’s something that last season characterised us. That’s something that we had to have in all matches, fight until the end, until the referee says it’s over.

“We’re never going to sit down, we are going to keep working to equalise or win the game.”

On looking ahead

“I think we have to work these three days, rest first of all, then start thinking that we have to win the next match. It’s a good opportunity for us be in the Europa League.

“We have to keep going forward to the next matches. Keep working, making it good. Next week we have to get the three points.

“We have a lot of games, but we have to adapt if we want to be in the Europa League, this is going to be all season, so we have to keep going and doing what we are doing now.”