Despite Bruno Lage’s Wolverhampton Wanderers side extending their impressive recent run to just one defeat over their last nine Premier League fixtures against Burnley, the 0-0 draw on Wednesday evening will undoubtedly feel like two points dropped rather than one gained for the 45-year-old Wolves boss.
Indeed, his team enjoyed 65% of possession, had 16 shots at goal compared to Burnley’s six, hit the woodwork once and completed 268 more passes than Sean Dyche’s side in a dominant performance at Molineux.
However, as is perhaps to be expected after a goalless draw, Wolves’ centre-forward, Raul Jimenez, was one of the Old Gold’s quieter players over the course of the 90 minutes, with the 30-year-old enduring something of an evening to forget against the Clarets.
Despite appearing to have found a bit of form in the run-up to Wednesday’s fixture, scoring two goals over his last four Premier League appearances, Jimenez had no such luck against a resolute Burnley defence, with the Mexico international well and truly being left to feed off scraps.
Indeed, over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch, the £17m-rated striker managed no shots on target, completed just 17 of his 28 attempted passes and failed with four of his six attempted dribbles.
The player who Nuno Santo dubbed a “special” talent also gave away possession of the ball a whopping 22 times, won just three of his 19 duels – a failure rate of 84% – and conceded two fouls.
Jimenez was also unfortunate to be ignored by Adama Traore during a first-half counter-attack, with the Spaniard opting to go it alone and smashing the underside of the crossbar rather than squaring to the unmarked Mexican, with Tim Spiers commenting on this particular incident:
“Do not believe this. Traore on the break, meep meeping away, two on one but he ignores Jimenez to his left, goes alone, kerplunks a [thunderous drive] and it smashes off the underside of the crossbar and bounces clear. How’s yer luck.”
However, while the £100k-per-week striker may well not have had the best of service against Burnley, the fact remains that his personal metrics were also very disappointing, with the 30-year-old’s SofaScore match rating of 6.4 – no player from either side received a lower rating – proving that the forward let Lage down on Wednesday evening.