Wolves captain Conor Coady has paid tribute to ‘sensational’ J-force strike duo Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota after their part in the 2-1 win against Manchester United – and claimed goalkeeper Rui Patricio is ‘world class’.
Jimenez assisted in the own-goal winner which trickled in off Chris Smalling while Jota’s equaliser was his eighth goal of the season. All of Jota’s strikes have come since the pair first linked up as a two for the 2-1 win against Chelsea on December 5.
Since December 5, they have been involved in 16 goals and 10 assists out of the 27 goals Wolves have scored in the Premier League.
Jota has been involved in 11 goals in his last 14 League appearances, scoring seven, with four assists, while he has had a hand in nine goals in his last seven League games at Molineux, scoring six and three assists.
Jimenez has been directly involved in 19 League goals this season, with 12 goals and seven assists, which is five more than any Wolves player has registered in a season in the competition.
“They’re incredible footballers,” said Coady. “It’s not just their goals and assists, it’s the way they hold the ball up. Jimenez is a big lad but the strength Jota has got to hold people off, to spin people, to keep them away from the ball and his ball control is absolutely sensational.
“To watch them in full flow, it’s a real pleasure, and we’re lucky to have them at this club.
“Our first goal was outstanding. I know it was following a mistake from their boy, but Jota finished it brilliantly and I thought it was a great goal. It was important we bounced back and we did that.”
Wolves endured a difficult start and were indebted to Patricio for denying Romelu Lukaku’s early header from point-blank range on the line.
“When you’ve got a world class keeper in goal, he makes saves like that,” said Coady.
“Rui has been fantastic for us all season and he showed again why he is so good.
“It was a difficult start – they’re a fantastic team and they’re going to cause you problems. They have got world class players and we needed to make sure we stuck together.”