August 25, 2019 / 6:42 PM / 3 months ago

Late Jimenez penalty earns Wolves a point against Burnley

WOLVERHAMPTON (Reuters) - A penalty from Mexican Raul Jimenez, in the seventh minute of added time, earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-1 draw at home to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - August 25, 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez scores their first goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Burnley had taken the lead in the 13th minute with a superb 20 metre strike from in-form Ashley Barnes, who has scored in all three games this season and now has four goals to his name.

The Clarets went close again when a header from Ben Mees struck the crossbar and Chris Wood could have doubled their lead but his effort was well saved by Rui Patricio.

Perhaps struggling with the impact of their Europa League qualifying efforts, Wolves were not at their sharpest but found the energy for a late surge.

Three minutes into added time, Jimenez struck the post with a scuffed shot on the turn in the box and it was the Mexican who earned the penalty when he went down under challenge from Burnley defender Erik Pieters.

Jimenez coolly converted the spot kick to frustrate Sean Dyche’s side and secure the third draw in three games for Wolves.

“I think (the penalty) is the right decision,” said Jimenez.

“When I get in possession he tried to kick the ball, then he kicked me. It came at a good moment for us.

“Maybe the point is good (fair) because we tried to score all game. They played only long balls, which was difficult for us. We have to keep going. Next week we have to get the three points,” he said.

Burnley boss Dyche felt his side deserved more.

“We deserved to win the game. I thought we were out of the box sharp, we mixed the play enough to cause them problems. They didn’t cause us too many problems,” he said.

“We’re looking a different animal to last season, which is important at this early stage. There’s a real good energy, some good quality and some good moments.

“They hit the post, to be fair, but I don’t think they had too much today. Defensively we were very strong,” added Dyche.

Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ian Chadband and Pritha Sarkaruki

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