- Wolves made it three wins in a row after thrashing a lackluster Everton side 3-0 at home on Saturday evening
- Following the dominant performance against Everton, Wolves now lie 11th on the Premier League standings
On Saturday, Wolves made it three wins in a row after thrashing a lackluster Everton side 3-0 during the Wolves vs Everton fixture. Skipper Max Kilman opened the scoring for manager Gary O’Neil’s side in the first half before Matheus Cunha and Craig Dawson ensured the job was done in the second period. The in-form forward Hee-Chan Hwang didn’t score for Wolves but he did manage to get an assist.
Following the dominant performance against Everton, Wolves now lie 11th on the Premier League standings. It’s just amazing how Gary O’Neil has done a good job with Wolves, from being close to the bottom three to now just three points shy of a European spot.
Wolves players celebrated their goals by holding up Mario Lemina’s shirt, with the midfielder having travelled to France to be with his family. Lemina is currently at a difficult period of his life after losing his father.
Speaking after Saturday’s victory at Molineux Stadium, Wolves boss Gary O’Neil spoke about the performance of his team and also paid tribute to Lemina.
“My favourite performance so far, I think. As close to complete as we have had, especially after three games in six days. Thoughts soon turned to Lemina, however. It gives a sense of reality. We are all here smiling but knowing that Mario is going through a real tough time. As soon as we came in, he was first in our thoughts.” Gary O’Neil said in the press conference, as per Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, Everton continue to struggle after initially showing a promising performance by recording four wins in a row. Sean Dyche’s side has lost three consecutive times and now seat just one point above the relegation zone. However, we can’t ignore the fact that they would be higher on the table if they hadn’t been deducted ten points after being found to have breached profitability and sustainability rules (PSR) relating to losses.
Wolves Vs Everton
Whereas Wolves were aiming to record three consecutive wins in a row in nearly a decade, Everton’s plan was to return to winning ways. Gary O’Neil made two changes, starting with Tommy Doyle in place of Lemina and Craig Dawson taking the place of Santi Bueno at the back.
On the other hand, Sean Dyche handed a start to Michael Keane, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin returned to the starting line-up in place of Beto.
The first pair of chances during the Wolves vs Everton game both fell to Hwaang Hee-chan, who couldn’t shoot on time. Nevertheless, the visitors were the first to score. Max Kilman forced the ball into Everton’s post after Jordan Pickford had initially stopped Craig Dawson’s effort from going in.
This was the skipper’s second goal for Wolves since joining the club. Remarkably, his first goal was also against Everton at Molineux back in November 2021.
Following Sean Dyche’s halftime talk, you could see Everton’s energy after the restart. However, they missed Abdoulaye Doucoure’s creativity and attacking drive on this game. The Merseyside are yet to win a match since Doucoure was injured.
Things got worse for Everton in the 53rd minute when Hwaang’s perfect cut back into the box found Cunha, who tapped in at the far post. The hosts added another goal barely eight minutes later through Dawson, who stretched to deflect Cunha’s ball in.
Dwight McNeil did hit the post with a long-range strike from what was perhaps Everton’s best attacking play. It was all Wolves from there until the referee blew his whistle for full time. This was Everton’s first win in their last game of a calendar year since 2018 when they beat Tottenham Hotspur.