2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Andre Gray (49')
  • Raúl Jiménez (41')
  • Diogo Jota (77')

Wolves avenge FA Cup heartbreak with 2-1 win at Watford

Foster howler gifts Wolves 3 points (1:35)

Diogo Jota capitalised on Ben Foster's error to secure a 2-1 win for Wolves at Watford and move his side up to seventh. (1:35)

Wolverhampton Wanderers got some revenge for a stinging FA Cup semifinal defeat by Watford as they beat them 2-1 in a lively Premier League clash on Saturday.

They also stayed in contention for a Europa League berth, seventh in the table on 54 points from 36 games, four ahead of closest challengers Everton and Watford.

Having thrown away a two-goal lead in their 3-2 Cup defeat by the Hornets at Wembley, Wolves enjoyed better fortunes this time after goals by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota gave them the win at Vicarage Road.

Visiting coach Nuno Espirito Santo singled out the scorers.

"Jota and Jimenez have been working really hard," the Portuguese manager told the BBC. "I truly believe the more time they spend together the more good things will happen.

"It feels good because the boys worked hard against a very tough and difficult opponent.

"Maybe I'm the only one in the country that knows that seventh position doesn't guarantee anything. It's not about finishing as high as possible, but it's about finishing as well as possible."

Wolves are at home to relegated Fulham before they visit title-chasing Liverpool in their final game, hoping that results in other competitions go their way in order to snatch a Europa League spot.

Jimenez had a close-range effort cleared off the line before he fired the visitors into a 41st-minute lead with a close-range header at the far post, after livewire Jota had delivered a superb cross from the left.

An awful back-pass by Ryan Bennett gifted Watford a 49th-minute equaliser as Andre Gray scored his fifth goal in the last seven home games when he rounded goalkeeper Rui Patricio and slotted home from 13 metres.

Another howler, by Watford keeper Ben Foster, settled the contest barely a minute after Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho's deflected piledriver from 25 metres sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

Foster was left stranded after misjudging a lofted long ball from the halfway line by Ruben Neves and Jota steered it into an empty net with a fine first-time shot in the 77th minute.

English Premier League Standings

1 Liverpool 29 +45 82
2 Manchester City 28 +37 57
3 Leicester City 29 +30 53
4 Chelsea 29 +12 48
5 Manchester United 29 +14 45
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 +7 43
7 Sheffield United 28 +5 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +7 41
9 Arsenal 28 +4 40
10 Burnley 29 -6 39
11 Crystal Palace 29 -6 39
12 Everton 29 -9 37
13 Newcastle United 29 -16 35
14 Southampton 29 -17 34
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -8 29
16 West Ham United 29 -15 27
17 Watford 29 -17 27
18 AFC Bournemouth 29 -18 27
19 Aston Villa 28 -22 25
20 Norwich City 29 -27 21