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[OPINION] Raul Jimenez Is A Good Example Of Why People Should Always Get Back On Their Feet

Raul Jimenez's removal of his protective headband for the final stages of last week's match against Brentford was as obvious a statement as any that he was no longer suffering from the consequences of his horrific injury, both psychologically and physically. His return as a goal-scoring threat was confirmed against Southampton. Jimenez scored his first goal since returning from a horrific broken skull injury that endangered his future last season with a spectacular second-half solo effort.

Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Southampton by jumping up in font of the fans.

The Mexican striker tortured and taunted Southampton's two centre-backs Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu before tucking in and racing away to celebrate in front of the away supporters at St Mary's for the second time. It was a moment reminiscent of Jimenez's pre-injury prime, such as when he scored twice here to lead his team to a stunning second-half comeback triumph from a 2-0 deficit 18 months ago.

Raúl Jiménez tucks away his goal for Wolves in their victory over Southampton at St Mary’s

The air in Southampton seems to bring out the best in Wolves' No.9. ‘I knew the goal was coming, I was battling for it, striving for it, and the entire squad deserved it,' he added. It was fantastic.' 'It's essential for him,' said Wolves manager Bruno Lage. Raul scored a spectacular goal. You can see the same Raul [as previously] in the way he scored the goal. Not only was Jimenez's winner a tremendously meaningful goal for him, but it was also a hugely significant goal for Wolves.This was only their second league win under new manager Bruno Lage, yet it was enough to take them over Southampton, who squandered a promising opportunity to improve their season's start.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl might have reflected on a reasonable start to the season if they had added a first Premier League win to their four draws, which included games against three of last season's top six, and a defeat. Instead, his team will continue to wait for their first three points of 2021/22, and the pressure will mount in the absence of a league victory, as he said before the game.

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