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Wolves 2-1 Everton | Match Report By Sam Quine

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Everton’s losing streak extended to three in a row after slumping to a 2-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux.

Wolves thought they took the lead through the in form Hwang after the striker was found well by his partner Jimenez who was afforded far too much space by the Everton midfield. Hwang was just offside however so the game remained even.

Everton were all over the place in the early exchanges with no player getting tight to their man and a glaring issue of keeping hold of possession. Wolves players were given time to turn and measure their passes far too often.

It was the hosts who took the lead after some cowardly Everton defending from a corner saw Max Kilman rise highest to head home. Zonal marking yet again led to the Toffees downfall.

The home team doubled their lead just past the half an hour mark after an awful backpass from Godfrey released Jimenez who couldn’t believe his luck as he simply lifted the ball over Pickford.

The first Everton chance fell to Demarai Gray who was all alone in the opposition box bit shanked his shot well wide which summarised the Blues first half performance.

Another wonderful Everton opportunity was presented to Holgate after a good ball into the box from a free kick but the defender blazed his shot well over.

Everton started the second half with more impetus which was brought on by the introduction of the more proactive Delph into the midfield. The shape of the team improved with the defence looking a lot more organised.

Jose Sa nearly made a blunder after some good pressure from Richarlison saw the Brazilian intercept a pass from the keeper but he couldn’t capitalise on the mistake.

The Toffees did pull one back after the ball fell kindly into the path of Iwobi who smashed in a half volley to half the deficit and possibly inspire a comeback.

The game should’ve been put to bed for the home team after Trincao wriggled himself free from the challenge of Godfrey but then dragged his effort well wide of the target.

Everton nearly found their equaliser after Gordon headed well from a corner but Sa was equal to it keeping his team in the lead.

Fans will be disappointed with the result but more so the first half performance as it was a gutless display especially in midfield which something that fans could see happening as soon as the lineup was announced.

Everton are missing key players like Calvert-Lewin, Doucoure and Mina which will affect any team after losing their spine. Despite this, the Blues are in a poor run of form and questions are arising about player effort as well as tactical issues such as Zonal Marking.

Player Ratings:
Jordan Pickford – 7/10
Ben Godfrey – 4/10
Michael Keane – 5/10
Mason Holgate – 4/10
Seamus Coleman – 6/10
Allan – 5/10
Jean Phillipe Gbamin – 4/10
Demarai Gray – 5/10
Andros Townsend – 6.5/10
Alex Iwobi – 7/10
Richarlison – 6/10

Fabian Delph: 7/10
Anthony Gordon: 6/10
Salomon Rondon: N/A