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Hwang scores again as Wolves edge past Burnley

5 Dec 2023
Hwang, Wolves

South Korean nets eighth goal of the season as Gary O'Neil's side beat Clarets 1-0 at Molineux

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Hwang Hee-chan's first-half strike proved the difference at Molineux as Wolves beat Burnley 1-0.

The South Korean scored his eighth league goal of the season, with Gary O'Neil's side now unbeaten in their last five Premier League home matches.

How the match unfolded

Following an even start, Daniel Bentley, starting in place of the injured Jose Sa, produced a terrific double save to deny Jay Rodriguez and Josh Brownhill in the 38th minute.

Those saves proved crucial as Burnley, who lost Luca Koleosho to injury, fell behind three minutes before the break.

Sander Berge lost possession in his own half and Matheus Cunha was able to play a simple pass in the box to Hwang, who showed great composure before slotting into the bottom corner. 

Wolves went closest to scoring in the second half, but Pablo Sarabia’s free-kick and Cunha’s effort from distance were both comfortably saved by James Trafford, while no one was able to connect with Craig Dawson's pass that flashed across goal.

Burnley failed to register a shot on target in the second half and have now lost eight of their nine away matches this season - the worst record of any side in the competition.

Wolves move up to 12th with 18 points, while Burnley remain 19th on seven points.

The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
15 Brentford BRE 27 -11 26
16 Everton EVE 27 -8 25
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 27 -15 24
18 Luton LUT 26 -17 20
19 Burnley BUR 27 -35 13
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 26 -44 13
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Did you know?

Wolves have lost just two of their last 12 Premier League games at Molineux, winning seven and drawing three.

Burnley, with seven points, are only the eighth side in Premier League history to accrue seven or fewer points from the first 15 games of a campaign, with all previous seven relegated at the end of the season.

Only Erling Haaland (14) Mohamed Salah (10) and Son Heung-min (9) have scored more goals in the Premier League this season than Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan (8).

Matheus Cunha has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last four appearances (2 goals, 2 assists), just one fewer than he managed in his 28 games in the competition before that (4 goals, 1 assist).

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