Wolverhampton Wanderers took a major step towards Premier League safety with a 2-0 victory against Brentford, thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Hwang Hee-chan. The win puts Wolves seven points clear of the relegation zone, giving them a much-needed cushion in the battle for survival.
The match saw Costa net his first Premier League goal since May 2017, as he poked home a bouncing ball in the penalty area, sending the Molineux crowd into ecstasy. Wolves, who once looked destined for the drop, now have their Premier League fate firmly in their hands under the guidance of new boss Julen Lopetegui.
Wolves thought they had a chance to double their lead when Toti Gomes went down in the box under a challenge from Brentford goalkeeper David Raya. However, neither the on-field referee nor the video assistant deemed it a penalty, much to the chagrin of the home fans.
Undeterred, Wolves continued to push for a second goal, and Hwang Hee-chan delivered midway through the second half. The South Korean international tapped home from close range, securing all three points for the hosts and extending their recent run of good form.
While the result was a disappointment for Brentford, whose season seems to be losing momentum, it was a crucial victory for Wolves. They now sit seven points clear of the relegation zone, with their Premier League future looking much more secure as the season draws to a close.
Man of the Match: Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton Wanderers)