An early premier league kick-off involving Europa league bound Wolves and a struggling Everton side at the Molineux began with both sides paying tribute to former English player who also doubled as a member of the 1966 World Cup winning team and Leeds United legend, Jack Charlton who died at his Northumberland home in England. The game was played behind closed doors as the coronavirus continues to prevent fans from attending games in the stadium.
The Wolves team saw some changes made to their starting eleven as manager Nueno Espirito Santo retained the formation which saw them lose to Sheffield United in Bramall Lane in their last encounter among the changes made defensive midfielder Leo Dendoncker, Portuguese youngsters Pedro Neto, and Daniel Podence all made a return to the starting lineup.
For the Everton side a switch in formation saw the Merseyside Blues play in a 3-5-2 formation as opposed to a 4-4-2 which was used in their last match. Head Coach, Carlo Ancelotti made major changes to the starting eleven for the Everton side which saw former Swansea man Gylfi Sigurdsson, English men Theo Walcott and Leighton Baines all making a return to the starting eleven.
The first half of the match saw both sides create numerous opportunities but Wolves were quickest to open scoring in the second minute of extra time as Raul Jimenez handed them the lead from the 18 yard box courtesy of a wrong tackle by Lucas Digne on Daniel Podence, the goal saw the action for the first half come to an end.
The second half got underway with Everton making a substitution, Leighton Baines came off for English youngster Jarrad Branthwaite. In the 46th minute a cross from Pedro Neto found the head of Leo Dendoncker, who made no mistake in finding the back of the net to give Wolves a 2 – 0 advantage. Wolves dominated most of the second half possession as they looked to create more chances going forward.
A second and third substitution for Everton saw Theo Walcott being replaced by Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon coming off for Bernard. Wolves also made some changes with an injured Pedro Neto coming off for Diogo Jota. Referee Taylor Anthony was quick to show Everton’s Michael Keane a yellow card for an unhealthy challenge against Raul Jimenez and a free-kick was also awarded however the ball was cleared by Richarlison.
A counter attack from Wolves in the 65th minute saw Raul Jimenez fail to score after a 1 on 1 chance against Everton Keeper, Jordan Pickford. Wolves were not to be denied for a second time as they found the back of the net once again in the 74th minute courtesy of a long pass by Reuben Neves which found a waiting Diogo Jota who was quickest to react to the ball to close the scoring for the match.
The win sees Wolves go one point clear off Sheffield United into the sixth position and also raising their hopes of making it to the Europa League. Everton who have managed to win only three games in their last ten appearances now rest on the eleventh position on the league table with just three matches to the end of the season.Click here to leave a comment