Wolves secured a resounding 4-1 victory over a struggling Brentford side, extending the Bees' winless streak to four consecutive Premier League defeats. Hwang Hee-chan played a pivotal role, scoring twice in a remarkable match at the Gtech Community Stadium. The win lifted Wolves to 11th place, while Brentford, missing 10 players due to suspension or injury, find themselves just four points above the relegation zone in 14th.
The game witnessed an astonishing burst of action in the first half, with three goals in a four-minute span. Mario Lemina opened the scoring for Wolves, heading in a delivery from Pablo Sarabia. Hwang capitalized on a defensive error to double the lead 12 seconds after play resumed. Brentford responded quickly as Yoane Wissa found the net, but Hwang extended Wolves' lead to 3-1 with his second goal, showcasing skillful finishing after a powerful header from Toti Gomes.
Despite Brentford creating numerous chances, defensive lapses allowed Wolves to maintain control. Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, a first-half substitute for Hwang, compounded Brentford's misery with a late goal, sealing the 4-1 victory for Wolves. Gary O'Neil, Wolves' manager, praised his team's clinical performance, acknowledging Brentford's aggression but highlighting Wolves' ability to capitalize on opportunities.
Brentford's struggles continued, with manager Thomas Frank expressing frustration over mistakes that proved costly. The defeat marked their sixth loss in seven games, and the absence of key players, including Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, posed challenges in the attacking third. Frank conceded that his team made too many errors but acknowledged Wolves' quality in their clinical finishing.
Wolves, resurgent under O'Neil, showcased their potency in front of goal, with Hwang's contribution pivotal. While managing Hwang's absence due to the Asia Cup will be a challenge, the return of Pedro Neto from injury offers a positive outlook for Wolves as they aim to secure European qualification.