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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton. Premier League.


Wolverhampton Wanderers 3

  • R Jiménez (47th minute pen)
  • L Dendoncker (46th minute)
  • D Jota (74th minute)

Everton 0

    Wolves 3-0 Everton: Hosts maintain push for Europe

    Report and free highlights as Wolves get back to winning ways with comfortable victory over Everton

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    Wolves hit three to boost Euro hopes

    Wolves brushed aside Everton 3-0 at Molineux on Sunday with new boy Daniel Podence shining on his first Premier League start for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

    ​​​​​​The Portuguese, who joined the club from Olympiakos in January, was brought down for a penalty which Raul Jimenez converted for his 25th goal in all competitions this season just before the break.

    Leander Dendoncker celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal with team-mate Raul Jimenez
    Image: Dendoncker (right) celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal with Jimenez

    From then on it was all Wolves as first Leander Dendoncker glanced home a second a minute into the second period, before substitute Diogo Jota wrapped up the scoring after being set up by a wonder pass from Ruben Neves.

    Wolves remain in contention for a place in next season's Europa League after moving up to sixth, three points behind Manchester United - who play on Monday night - while the visitors stay 11th.

    Afterwards, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti told Sky Sports: "It was a really frustrating day and performance. The spirit of the team was unacceptable."

    Player ratings

    Wolves: Rui Patricio (6); Boly (6), Coady (6), Saiss (6); Doherty (7), Ruben Neves (8), Dendoncker (7), Jonny (6); Neton (7), Jimenez (8), Podence (9)

    Subs: Jota (7), Traore (7)

    Everton: Pickford (5); Baines (6), Mina (6), Keane (5), Digne (7); Walcott (5), Davies (6), Sigurdsson (5), Gordon (6); Calvert-Lewin (6), Richarlison (6)

    Subs: Coleman (6), Branthwaite (6), Iwobi (6), Kean (6), Bernard (6)

    Man of the match: Daniel Podence

    How Wolves maintained their push for Europe

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti opted for a change in formation, utilising three at the back with Lucas Digne and the returning Theo Walcott as full backs.

    But it made little effect in a first half dominated by the hosts.

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    Wolves' Ruben Neves runs with the ball as Tom Davies of Everton looks on
    Image: Wolves' Neves runs with the ball as Tom Davies of Everton looks on (right)

    After two straight Premier League defeats, Wolves head coach Nuno decided to freshen his line-up up by introducing Podence for his first league start, and the Portuguese repaid his compatriot's faith with an all-action display.

    The forward was involved in the first half's pivotal moment when his quick feet on the right edge of the box lured Digne into a rash tackle from behind.

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    Wolves made three changes from their loss to Sheffield United with Adama Traore only fit enough for the bench, while there was a first league start for Daniel Podence and Joao Moutinho also dropped to the bench with Leander Dendoncker starting in midfield.

    Everton also made three changes from the 1-1 draw against Southampton with Leighton Baines drafted in for just his fourth start of the season, while Theo Walcott made is first appearance since the restart and Gylfi Sigurdsson replaced the injured Andre Gomes.

    The reliable Jimenez kept his cool to dink home his sixth successful penalty in first-half stoppage time to maintain his 100 per cent record from the spot as Wolves deservedly lead at the break. Even though Ancelotti made changes for the second half, they had little impact on the flow of play.

    One of the players introduced at the interval, young Jarrad Branthwaite, immediately gave away a free-kick near the right touchline, from which Dendoncker cleverly glanced home into the far corner after Pedro Neto's inviting delivery towards the penalty spot.

    Wolves' Pedro Neto battles for possession with Everton's Mason Holgate
    Image: Wolves' Pedro Neto battles for possession with Everton's Leighton Baines (right)

    Those twin strikes either side of half-time knocked the wind out of Everton and thereafter it was just a question of how many more Wolves would score and it should have been more than just Jota's 74th-minute effort, drilled home after a sensational 60-yard pass from the impressive Neves.

    Opta stats - Spot-on Jimenez keeps Wolves in touch

    • Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez has scored with all six of the penalties he has taken in the Premier League; only Yaya Touré (11), Dimitar Berbatov (9), Jan Mølby (7) and Rickie Lambert (7) have a better 100% ratio in the competition
    • Everton have only kept one clean sheet in their last 17 away games in the Premier League, conceding at least two goals in 10 of these fixtures
    • When facing sides starting the day in the top half, Everton have won just three of their last 32 Premier League away games (D10 L19)

    What the managers said...

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    Nuno Espirito Santo speaks to Sky Sports following Wolves' 3-0 win over Everton.

    Nuno: "You are in pain (after a defeat) but you stand up the next morning and you have to go again. That is the game. We had a lot of actions today and didn't concede too many chances, it's always about trying to upgrade and raise the standards.

    "It was not our main objective (keeping in touch with the top four), there were things we should improve. It's not about that, it's about trying to create and raise standards so we become a better team. Our finishes were not so good, look at the chances we had. Adama is not going to have an easier one."

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    Carlo Ancelotti agrees with his captain Seamus Coleman that the attitude of the team wasn't acceptable in their 3-0 defeat against Wolves.

    Ancelotti: "It was a really frustrating day and performance. The spirit of the team was unacceptable. There are some excuses but I don't want to have excuses, the performance was not acceptable. I spoke to the players and we have to prepare and work differently and have a different attitude.

    "I don't want to talk individually about every single player. I said to them this attitude is not acceptable for me and we have to change immediately. I want to see a different spirit.

    "If I have to be honest, in some games the spirit was really good. Liverpool, Norwich, Leicester. It's difficult to accept for this reason because this team has a fighting spirit."

    Man of the Match - Daniel Podence

    All eyes were naturally on Podence after Nuno gave the forward his first-ever start in the Premier League on Sunday lunch time and boy did the new man impress at Molineux.

    The 24-year-old had his team's first shot of the game, a low effort that Jordan Pickford did well to keep out, before some neat control saw him brought down for the penalty from which the hosts open the scoring in first-half stoppage time.

    "I've been so impressed with Podence, he is so exciting and the best player on the pitch, making things happen and always looking to get on the ball," was Jamie Redknapp's verdict on the Portuguese at the break.

    And the player continued to impress in the second half to suggest there will be plenty more appearances to come in a Wolves shirt, with one particular bit of mesmerising skill on the right byline almost resulting in a first goal after a horrible Pickford fumble.

    What's next?

    Wolves travel to Burnley on Wednesday (6pm) and then host Crystal Palace four days later (Monday July 20, kick-off 8.15pm), before concluding their season with a visit to Chelsea (Sunday July 26, kick-off 4pm).

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    Meanwhile, Everton entertain struggling Aston Villa on Thursday, live on Sky Sports (6pm), before facing a tough-looking trip to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday July 20 (kick-off 6pm) and then they bring their campaign to a finish with a home clash against relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday July 26.

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