Bournemouth boss Gary O’Neil told his players about their long-awaited and vital win. wolves Saturday wasn’t enough to earn a day off.

Cherries beat Molineux 1-0 for their first win in eight Premier League games.

The win raised hopes of relegation relief, but with a trip to champions Manchester City next week followed by matches against leaders Arsenal and Liverpool, there will be no slackening.

O’Neil said, “They liked it. They asked for Monday off. I said no. You have to win more than one game to get a day off, guys.

But they enjoyed the win as they worked hard over the last few weeks. I tell them you will come.

“They have a real belief that we can cause problems for the group, the teams. I’m happy for them but there’s a big game next week. Let’s just shrug it off and get ready to hit the road again.”

Marcus Tavernier, who took his first start since November after surviving a hamstring injury, scored the only goal for Molineux by directing him diagonally from Dominic Solanke’s hip in the 49th minute.

Wolves dominated the first half and reacted positively to being behind, but they struggled to create definite chances and Bournemouth defended valiantly to score points.

“The boys will fight,” O’Neil said. “They’re an incredible group and I’ve been saying that since the day I started.

“Sometimes a jump or thin margins will make it not look as clear as it should, but the kids will fight no matter what.

But it’s important not to get too caught up in wins and not get carried away when you concede a goal in the last minute, because that can happen. We managed to make sure he wasn’t here.”

The Wolves had hoped to turn the corner in their last two games after their wins against Liverpool and Southampton, but coach Julen Lopetegui admits the defeat has definitively left them in the relegation table.

The former Real Madrid and Spain coach said: “We were at the bottom when I got here and now we are in the middle of the fight.

“It’s not enough. We need 40 points, we need a lot of points. We know it’s very difficult to score points in this league.

“You can win any match and lose to any team. This is football at Premier League level. We have to win and keep working for the next game.”