Bruno Lage emphasizes that Wolves have never crossed over to ask to postpone Southampton play

Bruno Lage insisted that Wolves never considered asking to postpone their match against Southampton and will always seek to play.

aul Jimenez’s penalty and goals in the second half from Conor Coady and Adama Traore won a 3-1 victory over Molineux.

James Ward-Prowse’s beautiful late free kick made it 2-1 and Romain Perraud struck the bar just before Traore finished the injury time of the victory.

Wolves missed Ruben Neves with Covid, while Romain Saiss is on international duty and Hee-Chan Hwang, Willy Boly, Marcal, Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Jonny are injured.

Lage made a debut for defender Toti Gomes after recalling him from Grasshoppers, picked up two goalkeepers on the bench and gave a late debut to 19-year-old Luke Cundle with three other boys who did not use substitutes.

And after Arsenal’s request to postpone Sunday’s derby with Tottenham was controversially granted by the Premier League, Lage insisted he always wants to play.

“The most important thing is to complain about nothing and find solutions,” he said. “In two or three weeks we’ll play more games with the FA Cup. If you have more games, it’s harder to play.

“If you have players, you have to keep playing. We have a lot of academy kids to play with.

“I want to play and we are at a good time. I do not think about that (postponed). I have put the children with us on training a few times.

“We had to prepare for the game in the best possible way. I have prepared a lot of things this week. It was a difficult week and I feel very tired.”

Wolves now sit eighth after victory and maintain their pressure on Europe by taking control after 36 minutes.

Jan Bednarek took down Rayan Ait-Nouri and, although referee Michael Salisbury was initially given a corner, he was persuaded to check the monitor and eventually awarded a penalty.

The VAR delay meant it took four minutes from the offense until Jimenez scored his fourth goal of the season.

But the goal could grow Wolves and they doubled their lead after 59 minutes.

Ait-Nouri’s free kick found Max Kilman and his header bounced off the post for Coady to nod in the rebound. It was the defender’s first goal at Molineux for six years.

Wolves seemed comfortable, but Ward-Prowse pulled back a goal with six minutes left when he made a brilliant 30-yard free-kick past Sa.

Perraud was able to make it 2-2 in the last minute of normal time, but his header hit the bottom of the bar and Traore made him pay.

Ait-Nouri slipped the substitute through and he rolled past Fraser Forster for his first goal since May.

“I do not know if the better team won, but certainly the happier team. We had the decisive moments in the game against us,” said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

“Every time they (the referees) (the monitor) check, they definitely change their minds, otherwise they would not tell him to go there. The referee did fantastic work, he had a very difficult match under control.

“We added the second, maybe Fraser does not have to come out, but then the free kick of Prowsey is world class, I have seen a lot of good, but this is the best of him.

“We had chances to come back, Romain knows he has to score but it did not happen, Lyanco got an elbow in his face and we waited so maybe we were too naive (expected a whistle) and they scored a third goal . ”

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