Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-Chan was the hero of the night as he celebrated after scoring his side’s third goal in their thrilling 4-1 victory over Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium. The Premier League match took place on December 27, 2023.
Wolves dominated the game, leaving the hosts in a precarious position near the relegation zone after suffering their fourth consecutive loss. Goals from Mario Lemina, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, and a brilliant brace from Hwang-Hee Chan piled on the misery for Brentford.
Although Thomas Frank’s side showed attacking prowess, their sloppy defending proved to be their downfall. The match came alive in a pulsating three minutes and two seconds early in the first half.
Wolves wasted no time in adding to Frank’s woes when Lemina headed home at the back post from Pablo Sarabia’s precise delivery in the 13th minute. Just 15 seconds later, Brentford’s own mistake allowed Hwang to capitalize on Nathan Collins’ poor backpass, rounding Mark Flekken to make it 2-0.
However, after a dominant opening 15 minutes, Wolves switched off, allowing Yoane Wissa to bring Brentford back into the contest with a first-time half-volley assisted by Neal Maupay. Only a sharp save from Jose Sa prevented the hosts from equalizing two minutes later.
Hwang was the standout player for Wolves in the first half, but unfortunately, he took a nasty knock. Nevertheless, he sealed his impressive performance with a second goal. While the defending left much to be desired, Hwang’s finish was sublime as he chipped the defender and calmly slotted home his 10th league goal of the season.
Former Wolves player Collins had a night to forget as another misjudged pass deep in the Brentford half led to Matheus Cunha intercepting and setting up Bellegarde for an easy chance, which he duly converted.
Brentford will have an opportunity for revenge when Wolves return to the Gtech in the third round of the FA Cup. However, before that, they face a tough trip to Selhurst Park in an attempt to halt their run of six defeats in seven matches.
On the other hand, Wolves will be hosting a resurgent Everton side next, who have shown great resilience despite their 10-point deduction.