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Everton 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolves won at Everton for the first time since 1979

Everton boss Marco Silva said he understood the reaction of the crowd after his team were booed off Goodison Park following an impressive Wolves victory.

Andre Gomes cancelled out Ruben Neves' opener from the penalty spot before goals by Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker cemented Wolves' seventh-placed spot in the Premier League.

Everton have won just three of their past 12 league games and their latest defeat was greeted with boos from the stands.

"I understand they expect to see a good afternoon and a good game," said Silva, who has been in charge since May 2018.

"They want us to achieve the position in the table and I can imagine they are not happy. We must keep fighting to improve."

The game was stopped for around three minutes in the second half because of a black cat on the pitch.

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What now for Everton?

There were seven additional minutes at the finish, partly due to the time it took to for the cat to come off the pitch, and thousands of Everton fans had already left Goodison Park by the time referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle.

This was Everton's fourth defeat in seven league and cup games in 2019 - and their 10th in the Premier League this season.

Knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall last week and unable to string together a positive run of results in the top tier, the season is already threatening to peter out with 13 matches left.

Everton were edgy and anxious, a team lacking in confidence, against Wolves.

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Silva's side got off to an awful start when Leighton Baines conceded an early penalty after fouling Matt Doherty before the Toffees captain went off injured before half-time.

Although Gomes equalised with a lovely finish - his first for the club since joining on loan from Barcelona in August - Wolves' second goal was a disaster for Everton.

The Toffees have conceded goals from set-pieces all season and when Michael Keane gave away a needless free-kick, Joao Moutinho found an unmarked Jimenez to head home.

It got worse, Leander Dendoncker sealing a thoroughly deserved three points for Wolves with a volley.

Everton are already enduring the longest trophy-free period in the club's history. They now face a mediocre mid-table finish unless Silva can sort his team out quickly.

Everton v Wolves
Play was held up for a few minutes by a cat on the pitch

Are Wolves 'best of the rest'?

The season just gets better and better for impressive Wolves.

Last season's second-tier champions can add Everton to the number teams they have beaten away from home - a list which includes West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Tottenham.

This was as good a performance as Nuno Espirito Santo's side have produced since winning promotion.

Wolves were sharp, clinical and full of creativity on Merseyside as they scored three or more goals in three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980.

Premier League table

They require two more points to reach 40 - but Wolves' ambitions stretch way beyond just staying up.

The Black Country club are seven points behind sixth-placed Manchester United with around one-third of the campaign left.

Man of the match - Diogo Jota (Wolves)

Everton v Wolves
There were some excellent standout performances for Wolves - Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves among them. Diogo Jota was excellent too and Everton's defence struggled to get to grips with the Portugese forward

'We are not looking at the table' - what the managers said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo:

"We are proud of the work we did. We were better in the first half and in the second half both teams were organised.

"It requires a lot of shape and being compact but when we achieved the third goal the game was done for us.

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'Proud' Nuno on winning at Everton & the pitch-invading cat

"There is a long way to go and we can improve. We are not looking at the table until we go again."

Everton's poor run against teams above them - the stats

  • Everton have won just one of their nine Premier League games this season against teams starting the day higher than them in the table - losing the last five in a row.
  • Wolves have won 11 Premier League games this season - their joint-highest tally in a single Premier League campaign.
  • Everton's Andre Gomes scored his first Premier League goal in what was his 17th appearance in the competition.
  • Wolves' Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Wolves player this season (nine goals, five assists).

What's next?

It doesn't get any easier for Everton. Manchester City visit Goodison Park on Wednesday in the Premier League (19:45 GMT), while Wolves are in action on Tuesday when they entertain League One Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 73'minutes
  • 4KeaneBooked at 44mins
  • 5ZoumaBooked at 16mins
  • 3BainesSubstituted forKennyat 37'minutes
  • 8André Gomes
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forLookmanat 60'minutes
  • 26DaviesBooked at 76mins
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 30Richarlison
  • 14Tosun

Substitutes

  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Schneiderlin
  • 20Bernard
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 31Lookman
  • 43Kenny

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16CoadyBooked at 56mins
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forSaïssat 49'minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forTraoréat 89'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 37Traoré
  • 47John
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
39,380

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3.

Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Davies.

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison.

Hand ball by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Foul by André Gomes (Everton).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny.

Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richarlison.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota.

Booking

Tom Davies (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Cenk Tosun (Everton).

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Seamus Coleman.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

André Gomes (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

André Gomes (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Everton).

Goal!

Goal! Everton 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 3. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Ademola Lookman replaces Theo Walcott.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool24194155144161
2Tottenham25190651242757
3Man City24182463194456
4Chelsea25155545232250
5Arsenal24145550331747
6Man Utd24136548351345
7Wolves2511593332138
8Watford259793334-134
9Everton2596103636033
10Bournemouth25103123744-733
11Leicester2495103030032
12West Ham2494113037-731
13Brighton2576122736-927
14Crystal Palace2575132633-726
15Newcastle2566132133-1224
16Southampton2559112742-1524
17Burnley2566132646-2024
18Cardiff2564152246-2422
19Fulham2545162555-3017
20Huddersfield2525181346-3311
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