Wolves 2-1 Everton: Raul Jimenez scores as hosts add to Toffees' troubles

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Jimenez's first goal at Molineux for more than a decade after a long-term injury was Jimenez's.

Bruno Lage's team finished seventh in the Premier League after Max Kilman's Wolves goal and Raul Jimenez’s 50th. Everton was relegated to their third consecutive defeat.

The opening period of this entertaining contest was dominated by wolves. Kilman's far-post header, Jimenez's lovely clipped finish and the comfortable half-time cushion were enough to give them a comfortable cushion.

Rafael Benitez's visitors returned to the hotel much more relaxed than they were before.

Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit by half and Jose Sa made a spectacular save to deny substitute Anthony Gordon in four minutes.

Wolves were able to keep their injury-time equalizer at Leeds nine days earlier to bring their point total to 13 from five matches.

Everton's second-half improvement was little consolation for a team still stuck in mid-table with the same number lost games as wins.

Jimenez has his spark back

Bruno Lage praises the Wolves' performance in victory over Everton

Jimenez has had to take some time to get back to his best after suffering a fractured skull last season at Arsenal.

However, the Mexican was a significant threat to Everton.

Hwang Heechan's surging run ended with Hwang Heechan kicking home a goal that was ruled out of play by VAR. Hwang Heechan also capitalized on a Ben Godfrey backpass to split Mason Holgate from Jordan Pickford.

Jimenez coolly chipped Pickford the ball, having already made two great saves to deny Ruben Nves and Francisco Trincao while the game was still goalless.

Pickford was watching England boss Gareth Southgate as he beat him when Kilman steered a header over goal and into the corner.

This was the first professional goal for the ex-england futsal international and his celebration reflected the career path that led him to Wolves through less glamorous locations like Marlow and Maidenhead.

Mid-table toffees

Everton was due a few goals in the second period - Benitez

However, Everton did not lose any chances during an awful first period. Some of their chances were very good. They were often made by mistakes of their opponents.

Romain Saiss's sliced clearance allowed Demarai Gray to clear but the former Leicester man was unable to keep his shot wide. Holgate appeared to be taken aback when the Wolves defense allowed him a free kick to reach him at his far post, where he scooped it over.

The tepid display of their side was not appreciated by the travelling support, who had just lost consecutive home games and conceded four goals against Watford in the final 12 mins. They made their feelings known when the half-time whistle blew.

Visitors noticed a marked improvement after Fabian Delph's introduction and, without doubt, some wise words from their manager.

Richarlison would have scored an Everton goal if Sa's poor pass from his six-yard area had Richarlison not blocked Richarlison.

Godfrey fired from the edge of this area, and Coady was still in the way. The block was redirected to Iwobi who took a shot and smashed it home.

Everton continued to press but when Sa denied Gordon, they couldn't make another chance. Benitez was left wondering how to stop a slide that started when they were seven points ahead tonight's opponents.

The Wolves next game will be at Crystal Palace on Saturday (15:00 GMT). Tottenham will be next up for Everton (14:00)

"We are making changes that will make the future better"

Bruno Lage, Wolves boss, said to BBC Sport that it was "very good", three points, and particularly what we did during the first half - the manner we played and goals scored. It was very good.

These kinds of things are possible. We had plenty of time to prepare for the game. We learned how to find the right space, and they were able to do the same when they played 4-4-2.

"I don’t care if we score in the first or second half, I want the team understand the game of the opponent."

Rafael Benitez, Everton's boss, said to BBC Sport that "when you lose games, you have to be disappointed." Although we didn't perform well in the first half, we did much better in the second. We have to improve and hope for better in the next game.

"We were too concerned about making mistakes, but in the second part we saw the character that we have. We must learn from it and not waste a minute.

"I believe the second half was a good one. We still had opportunities, even though we played poorly in the first half.

"With players out, we are possibly pushing players who don't really have the availability like Delph back now. I think we are making positive changes that will benefit the future.

Jimnez Ral Jimnez was the player of the match with an average 8.70 Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers

Everton Everton Everton Wolverhampton Wanderers Average Rating 8.70 Squad Number 23 Player Name Kilman Average Rating 7.94 Squad Number 16 Player Name At-Nouri Average Rating 7.92 Squad Number 17 Player Name Jos S Average ranking 7.29 Squad No. 14 Player named Townsend Average ratings 4.42 Squad No. 17 Player player name Dendoncker Player rating 5.39 Squad No. 17 Player number Player number Nlson Semedo Average rate 7.35 Squad No. 11 Player number Jos S Player rating 7.37 Squad No. 25 Player number 22 Average rating of 3.41 Squad No.33 Player number 33 Average rating 3.41 Player number 33 Average rating 2.96


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Wolves Formation 3-4-2-1 1 Malheiro de S 23 Kilman 16 Coady 27 Sass 22 Nlson Semedo 8 Neves 28 Joo Moutinho 3 At-Nouri 11 Machado Trinco 26 Hwang Hee-Chan 9 Jimnez 1 Malheiro de S

23 Kilman

16 Coady

27 Sass

22 Nlson Semedo

8 Neves

28 Joo Moutinho

3 At-Nouri booked at 90mins

11 Machado Trinco Substituted at 79' Minutes for Podence

26 Hwang Shee-Chan substituted for Fbio Silva at 90+4' minutes

9 Jimnez Substituted for Dendoncker at 90' minutes Substitutes 2 Hoever

10 Podence

15 Boly

17 Fbio Silva

21 Ruddy

32 Dendoncker

37 Traor

39 Cundle

48 Storer Everton Formation

23 Coleman booked at 90mins

5 Keane

4 Holgate

22 Godfrey

14 Townsend

Substitute 25 Gbamin for Delph in 45' minutes

6 Allan

Gordon Substituted by 17 Iwobi at 78' minutes

7 Richarlison

Substitutes for Rondn in 11 Gray at 90'minutes Substitutes for Kenny

8 Delph

15 Begovic

20 Tosun

24 Gordon

26 Davies

31 Lonergan

33 Rondn

64 Welch Referee: Martin Atkinson Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 1. Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 1. Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fbio Silva replaces Hwang Hee-Chan. The yellow card is given to Rayan At-Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers), for booking Rayan. The yellow card is issued to Samus Coleman (Everton). Post update Foul by Hwang Hee-Chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Post update Ben Godfrey, Everton, wins a free kick at the defensive end. Everton Substitution Substitution Demarai Gray is now replaced by Salomn Rondn. Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker replaces Ral Jimnez. Post update Hwang HeeChan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), wins a free kick during the defensive halves. Post update Foul by Demarai Grey (Everton). Maximilian Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), wins a free kick during the defensive half. Foul by Richarlison, Everton. Post update: Attempt saved. Anthony Gordon (Everton), header from the right side the six yard box is saved at the bottom left corner Andros Townsend assisted with a cross. Everton, Post update Corner Conor Coady conceded. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Samus Coleman (Everton), right footed shot from right side box is blocked Richarlison assists. Rben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), wins a free kick in defensive half. Foul by Richarlison, Everton. Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Daniel Podence replaces Trinco. Substitution Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi is replaced by Anthony Gordon. Page 1 of 5 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward