Two goals in the first half from Max Kilman and Raul Jimenez were enough to guide the Wolves to a 2-1 victory over Everton on Monday night.
The Wolves absolutely dominated the first half, with both Ruben Neves and Francisco Trincao making smart saves from Jordan Pickford early, and they even had the ball in the net after 15 minutes through Hwang Hee-chan, whose effort was rightly ruled out. for offside by VAR.
The well-deserved lead eventually came through Kilman, who rose at the top from a corner to the head just before half an hour.
It was 2-0 just minutes later when a shocking pass from Ben Godfrey sent Jimenez through on goal, and the Mexican made a great attempt to double Wolves’ advantage on the way into the break.
Everton were better after the break and found a way back into the match through Alex Iwobi’s low shot, which was too powerful for Jose Sa as it nestled into the net to create an exciting final 25 minutes.
Seconds later, Trincao weaved himself into the box and missed an absolute sitter, who cut next to it from ten yards when he really should have scored.
Rafa Benitez’s men pressed for a draw and came close through Anthony Gordon, whose late header provided an excellent save from Sa, but in the end they had left themselves with too much work to do and had to settle for defeat.
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Jose Sa (GK) – 6/10 – Generally quite calm but lucky not to pay for a miserable pass into Richarlison’s road. Should probably have admitted but compensated for that with a huge save for denying Gordon late.
Max Kilman (CB) – 8/10 – Stepped high to score his first goal for the club and kept Everton’s forwards quiet with real ease.
Conor Coady (CB) – 7/10 – Made an excellent block to save Sa and almost injured himself during the process.
Romain Saiss (CB) – 6/10 – Lucky not to be penalized for a terrible piece of the ball that gave Gray a good chance. Otherwise quite quiet.
Ait-Nouri impressed in attack / Catherine Ivill / GettyImages
Nelson Semedo (RM) – 6/10 – Impressed by his energy. Did not impress with a series of outstanding passes. A mixed bag.
Ruben Neves (CM) – 8/10 – Stung Pickfords gloves early but then focused on dominating the midfield. Drove procedures with ease.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – 8/10 – Seemed to have so much time on the ball and controlled the game perfectly. His partnership with Neves was excellent.
Rayan Ait-Nouri (LM) – 8/10 – Looked really good going forward and ended up in many dangerous situations.
What an end! ?
Raul Jimenez intervenes on Ben Godfrey’s hit back pass and makes it 2-0 to the Wolves shortly after Max Kilman gave them the lead! ?
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Francisco Trincao (RW) – 7/10 – Terrorized Godfrey with his movement and impressed with the ball at his feet. Should definitely have scored.
Raul Jimenez (ST) – 7/10 – Enjoyed being in focus for Wolves attack and took his goal – his first at Molineux since October 2020 – with real class.
Hwang Hee-chan (LW) – 7/10 – Buzzed around the Wolves front line and was almost impossible to mark.
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Daniel Podence (LW) – 6/10 – Had some nice runs but did not do much with the ball.
Leander Dendoncker (CM) – N / A – Saw two minutes at the end.
Fabio Silva (ST) – N / A – To waste time.
Godfrey had a shaky game / Catherine Ivill / GettyImages
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 6/10 – Should probably have done better with Kilman’s nod but did generally well. Stopped this from being embarrassing early.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 4/10 – Screamed a lot at the surroundings but probably just because he was angry at his own performance. Could not get close to Ait-Nouri and seemed to be missing a meter (or two) of pace.
Mason Holgate (CB) – 3/10 – Half responsible for Godfrey’s mistake for the second goal by not knowing how to help his teammate out. Looked like a rabbit in the headlights trying to stop Wolves and was a few inches away from letting in a penalty.
Michael Keane (CB) – 4/10 – Tried to play many sketchy passes that got his teammates in trouble, including for Godfrey’s poor pass.
Ben Godfrey (LB) – 4/10 – Will be blamed for Jimenez’s goal but simply made the most obvious mistake in a long line of Everton mistakes.
Gbamin Liver / Matthew Ashton – AMA / GettyImages
Allan (DM) – 6/10 – Deserves praise for having made an unreal shift. Had to cosplay as three or four midfielders to try and keep Wolves at bay. Did not always get it right but was the only one who really tried for most of the game.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin (DM) – 3/10 – Raised at the break after another 45 minutes and looked good in pace. That damage has really taken its toll.
Andros Townsend (RM) – 6/10 – Actually spent most of his time as a central midfielder when Everton figured out how to stop the attack. Looked a little clumsy at times but did his job well.
Demarai Gray (AM) – 4/10 – His hot start to life at Everton is over. Everything he tried went wrong. Sliced Everton’s best chance in the first half.
Alex Iwobi (LM) – 5/10 – Did absolutely nothing before his goal but took it well when the opportunity arose.
Richarlison was sometimes isolated / Naomi Baker / GettyImages
Richarlison (ST) – 5/10 – Added a decent shift but looked a bit off pace. Asked to be a hold-up striker and obviously can not really do it.
Delph made a noticeable impact / Naomi Baker / GettyImages
Fabian Delph (CM) – 6/10 – Added more calm and control to Everton’s midfield. Helped to even things out.
Anthony Gordon (LW) – 6/10 – Looked dangerous in his short time on the field.
Salomon Rondon (ST) – N / A – And then hey Maria.
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