Sean Dyche was left awe-struck by a ‘sublime’ Raul Jimenez volley as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley played out a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Wednesday night, while speaking to the Clarets’ official website.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were far from their flowing best just three days after battering a Koeman-esque Everton side 3-0. But you can always rely on the magnificent Mexican to step up when required.
And Jimenez certainly stepped up in Lancashire, thrashing home a glorious strike that a peak-era Robin van Persie would have been proud off.
After Adama Traore had bludgeoned his way through the Burnley midfield, the £30 million striker readjusted brilliantly to fizz a picture perfect first-time strike into the corner of the hosts’ net.
The inspired Nick Pope had absolutely no chance – and that is saying something.
“They got a breakaway goal, although it’s a sublime finish from their lad,” said Dyche after the game, with Jimenez’s 26th goal in a stunning season still fresh in the mind.
It was Burnley’s never-say-die attitude which secured them a share of the spoils, however, with Chris Wood’s 96th minute penalty cancelling out a moment of stupendous quality from a former Atletico Madrid and Benfica ace.
Remarkably, Wood’s leveller was the hosts’ first shot on target in the entire came, and it came just seconds after the New Zealand international missed an open goal from a matter of yards.
“We reacted, as we do and after Woody missed one of the chances of the season, he showed real strength of character to go and put the penalty home,” a beaming Dyche adds after a result which has almost secured a top-half finish for the perennial overachievers.