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Diego Costa scores first Wolves goal in win over Brentford

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Diego Costa scored his first goal for Wolves in a 2-0 win against Brentford as the hosts put daylight between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone.

The former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker a surprise arrival at Molineux in September opened his account in fine fashion, firing home after a fortuitous ball landed to him off Christian Norgaard’s outstretched foot

It was a deserved goal for Wolves, who are finding their form at the right time of the season, and Hee-Chan Hwang doubled the hosts’ lead when he poked home in the second half.

The result was much-needed for Wolves, with manager Julen Lopetegui saying before the game that his side were in a relegation fight. However, he may feel differently now they are seven points clear of the bottom three thanks to back-to-back league wins.

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Brentford’s season is in danger of ending with a whimper, and they managed just three shots on target at Molineux. They have now lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since January/February 2022. They remain in ninth on 43 points, six away from Brighton in seventh place.

Wolves began strongly, with David Raya making a string of saves. Inside three minutes, the Brentford goalkeeper kept out a Mario Lemina shot from range. He then stopped Matheus Cunha from cutting the ball back at the near post, as well as a Costa effort.

Raya was eventually beaten in the 27th minute by the striker. Costa began the break himself, driving down the pitch before playing in Toti on the left wing. His cut-back into the area pinged off Norgaard’s toe before landing to Costa, who swept home past the goalkeeper.

Wolves made one change after their 1-0 win against Chelsea last weekend. Pablo Sarabia came in for Daniel Podence.

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