A home game against Brighton offered Wolves the perfect opportunity to keep pace with those looking to clinch a Champions League spot for next season.
After all, the Seagulls had conceded 40 goals in 28 Premier League games prior to the weekend, and were hovering just above the relegation zone.
Instead, what looked like it could potentially be a routine victory for the hosts, ended up being a draw, and damaging 0-0 draw. And one man who looked well short of his usual standards, was Raul Jimenez.
The Mexico international has been a revelation once again this season, striking the back of the net 22 times across all competitions. But sadly for both him and Wolves, his shooting boots were not on against Brighton, and his disappointing display overall proved to be the death knell for his side’s chances of victory.
As per Sofascore, his 6.6 match rating was the joint-worst of any Wolves player on the pitch, and when looking at his underlying numbers, it is easy to see why. Out of the four total attempts he had on goal, three of them were off target, whilst he also missed one big chance too.
And his lack of luck in front of goal perhaps affected his confidence when it came to other areas of his game. As per Whoscored, the 28-year-old has averaged 0.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 2.2 aerial duels won per game in the top-flight. But this defensive work-rate and physical approach was not on display against Brighton.
He made no tackles or interceptions whatsoever, losing ten of his 17 total duels (including losing half in the air). He was also far too easily bullied, conceding possession a staggering 24 times over the course of the game – by far the most of any Wolves player.
His usually tigerish self deserted him, and it would have left Nuno flummoxed as to why. Wolves had the perfect chance to get all three points, but failed to do so because the man who they have relied upon all season to get them their goals, let them down so much. The Molineux side’s boss will hope that it was just a bad day at the office, and nothing more.