Watford 1 Wolves 2.
Wolves exacted revenge on their FA Cup conquerors Watford by beating 2-1 them at Vicarage Road.
Strikers Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored the goals for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, sandwiching an equaliser from Wolverhampton-born forward Andre Gray.
In completing back to back wins this week, Wolves remained seventh in the race for a Europa League spot and extended the gap to eighth spot to four points with two games left. Wolves need one more win to become the first newly promoted side to finish in the top eight since Reading in 2005-06.
Jimenez’s strike was his 13th in the Premier League this season, meaning he has become the club’s outright record scorer in a season in the competition, overtaking Steven Fletcher’s 12 from 2011-12.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Nuno named an unchanged side from Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Arsenal which meant right wing back Matt Doherty made his 250th appearance for the club.
Nuno’s side attacked the goal away from their 2,100 travelling supporters but could not make the breakthrough, with Watford having the best of the early stages, and their two-goal tormentor in the semi-final Gerard Deulofeu, looking a danger again.
Wolves first threatened in the 20th minute when midfielder Ruben Neves took aim from 30 yards but his powerful drive was comfortable for former Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster, after Joao Moutinho’s swerving free kick was headed clear away from Willy Boly.
Deulofeu remained a threat however and he forced Rui Patricio to palm the ball behind after finding space on the right for a cross-shot.
Wolves fans thought they had the breakthrough just after the half-hour point. Jimenez’s shot was goalbound but Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure got back to make up the ground and hack away before it crossed the line. The chance came after what is becoming a trademark run from Jota, surging from his own half and darting right and left before finding Leander Dendoncker, who squared to the Mexican.
But then Wolves’ hearts were in their mouths as they survived a glaring miss from the hosts. Midfielder Will Hughes headed over the bar from four yards out after Roberto Pereyra crossed.
Wolves punished them in the best way possible by taking the lead four minutes from the break. Jimenez met Jota’s inviting cross with a powerful glancing header that bounced under the dive of Foster to put the visitors in front after Neves pounced on a loose ball.
Watford equalised four minutes into the second half. It came via a mistake from Ryan Bennett, who failed to spot Deulofeu lurking when he aimed a back pass to Patricio. Although the Portuguese keeper blocked his shot with his feet, Gray hammered home the loose ball.
Credit to Nuno’s men however, the refused to allow the leveller to affect their confidence and they continued to push forwards creating chances.
Jota headed over after Doherty crossed following some neat link-up play with Dendoncker. Jota was then on the receiving end of what looked like an elbow from Jose Holebas, but referee Simon Hooper chose to book the left back instead.
Wolves continued to probe and Moutinho was inches away with a drive which clipped Christian Kabasele before flying inches over the bar.
The attacking intentions of Nuno’s side were further rewarded in the 77th minute when the unmarked Jota latched on to a defence-splitting pass from Neves which caught Foster in no-man’s land before making no mistake with a volley from six yards out.
Watford: Foster, Holebas, Mariappa, Cathcart (Success 82), Femenia; Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes (Kabasele 74), Pereyra; Deulofeu, Gray.
Subs: Gomes, Janmaat, Masina, Sema, Chalobah.
Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jimenez (Cavaleiro 86), Jota (Gibbs-White 90).
Subs: Ruddy, Vinagre, Saiss, Costa, Traore.
Referee: Simon Hooper.