Raul Jiménez is the man in charge of Wolves' demolition of sluggish Watford.


Wolves broke a three-match losing streak with a comfortable win over Watford, exactly as they had done in September, on a night when they equaled their greatest Premier League win to maintain their position among the chasers, four points behind fifth place.



On a night that Ben Foster will certainly want to forget, Rben Neves' magnificent chip five minutes from time allowed Wolves to match their 4-0 win over Blackpool in 2011 on a night that Watford's fine run on the road came to an abrupt halt. The former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper, who celebrated Watford's FA Cup semi-final win over these opponents three years ago with a tweet mentioning Wo1ve5 in memory of the Baggies' 5-1 win at Molineux in Mick McCarthy's final game here in 2012, was harangued by Wolves fans all evening and gave away the ball for Daniel Podence to make it 3-0 in the 21st minute.



Wolves had won 2-0 at Vicarage Road after losing their first three games under Bruno Lage at the start of the season, and had gone on to generate top-six form before a recent trio of defeats. Ral Jiménez opened the scoring before Cucho Hernández put one past his own keeper, but the goal of the night came late on when Neves advanced into the penalty area as if he was going to blast his shot only to dink it over Foster's head into the top corner after taking one touch to steady himself after receiving Chiquinho's header back. It was a wonderful moment, the icing on the cake, from a 24-year-old who his manager believes has the potential to get to the top of his field.



"I think he missed his opportunity to shoot when he came inside," Lage remarked. "It's critical for Rben." He understands what I want from him and what I want for his career. He should be at the pinnacle of his profession. So the objective now is to put together another strong effort against Everton. We're practising how we'll play tonight. It's not about the outcome; it's about how we play, which I feel leads to goals and points." Watford are still in the relegation zone, with just one win in 17 games and three points below 17th-placed Everton after three games. Within the first quarter of the game, their record as defensive misers on the road since Roy Hodgson took over was shattered as Wolves rediscovered their attacking flair.



Watford was left "staring down the barrel of a pistol" after three goals in eight minutes, according to their boss, who blamed the goals on individual errors.

After Hwang Hee-chan sprinted on to Podence's touch into the left side of the penalty box to cross short and low to his strike partner, Jiménez opened the score with a nice right-foot trap and left-foot finish. Wolves looked considerably more dangerous with the Mexican striker back down the middle, as well as Jonny, making his first start in a year, and Rayan At-Nouri advancing down the flanks at every opportunity.



When Jonny cut inside down the right wing and crossed left-footed to the opposing wing-back, Hernández diverted At-retreat Nouri's into his own goal. Watford had hoped to match their Premier League club record of three consecutive clean sheets away from home, but their defensive confidence had been broken. Foster, in particular, was receiving abuse from the home crowd, and when the former England goalkeeper shanked his attempted clearance under pressure from Jiménez after a bobbling back pass, Podence calmly gathered the ball 25 yards out and floated it into the empty net.



Wolves fans were ecstatic. One of their more polite inquiries was, "Foster, Foster, what's the score?" The second half devolved into a sort of pantomime. Lage was quicker to reply to the South Bank's demand for a wave than Foster, who miskicked Podence again, this time from 60 yards out. Foster backpedalled in time to take the catch as the Wolves' No. 10 attempted for the lob from the center circle.



Hodgson acknowledged Foster's bad performance but did not condemn him. "He'd be the first to put his hand up," his West Brom manager stated. "With his performances and the way he is, he has been tremendously crucial in every manner." You are either a hero or a zero as a keeper.

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