Theo Walcott acquired on the scoresheet as soon as once more for Southampton – albeit almost 15 years after he final netted for the membership the place he began his profession.
It was one of many best targets of his life because the unmarked ahead tapped in Che Adams’ low cross from the best from six yards out, however Saints might solely handle a 1-1 draw at Wolves.
The house facet hit again later within the second half as Pedro Neto reacted quickest on the rebound after Raul Jimenez’s shot got here again off the submit.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy got here to Southampton’s rescue a lot of occasions by denying efforts from Neto, Daniel Podence, Nelson Semedo and Leander Dendoncker.
Walcott might have opened the scoring within the first half however his effort was saved by Rui Patricio, whereas the England worldwide missed an opportunity to double Saints’ benefit.
However he made no mistake after the break as Walcott added to his Southampton aim tally for the primary time since January 2006 and his first in a league match since scoring the winner in a 1-Zero win over Luton in December 2005.
Maybe he wouldn’t have scored had Wolves not performed a again 4 and had Conor Coady been on the pitch. The Wolves defender missed the conflict which ended an ever-present run within the workforce stretching again to greater than two years.
Coady’s absence got here regardless of testing detrimental for coronavirus after being compelled to withdraw from the England squad with the sickness, a lot to the fury of Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Earlier than the match, he instructed Sky Sports activities: “He examined detrimental, he already had the virus, perhaps he’s already immune…however he can’t be with us.
“Many issues don’t make sense. It’s not a great second for anyone.”
This season actually hasn’t made sense Nuno!