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Premier League

  • 6 May 2012
  • • 18:30
  • • Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 25466

Wolves 0-0 Everton: Jelavic effort controversially ruled out as Toffees stay seventh

Wolves 0-0 Everton: Jelavic effort controversially ruled out as Toffees stay seventh

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Croatia striker sees first half strike wrongly disallowed in what was otherwise an uneventful end to Wolves' Premier League home campaign

Everton were denied a deserved away win at Molineux as a Nikica Jelavic first half strike was wrongly ruled out by the assistant referee in what was otherwise an uneventful 0-0 draw with Wolves.

The Toffees dominated throughout and were right to feel aggrieved by the disallowed goal - Jelavic being released by Steven Pienaar and finishing well past Dorus De Vries. Wolves struggled to create any real openings but Richard Stearman should have done better with a close range effort in the opening minutes of the second half.

Wolves manager Terry Connor made two changes from the side that fought back to earn a point against Swansea, with Kevin Foley and Matt Jarvis making way for Ronald Zubar and Stephen Hunt.

Everton made just one change to the side that drew with Stoke, James McFadden was named in the starting line-up in place of the injured Victor Anichebe for his second start since he rejoined the club in November.

With little riding on the outcome, the game started at a very slow pace and chances were few and far between as neither side really took control of the game. The visitors had the better of the possession but created very little in the final third of the pitch.

Tim Cahill had the first opportunity in the fifth minute. The Australian getting the ball from a Marouane Fellaini flick on but his shot lacked power and failed to test De Vries, despite being in an unmarked position at the back post.

McFadden had the game’s second opening after a long ball out of defence was flicked on by Fellaini to Jelavic. The Croat touched the ball into the path of the Scot but he pulled his right-footed shot well wide of goal.

Wolves’ first sight of goal came in the 26th minute from a set piece following a foul by John Heitinga on Kevin Doyle. Stephen Hunt took the free kick and found Christophe Berra at the back post, the defender rose above Sylvain Distin but was unable to keep his header down.

Two minutes later the deadlock should have been broken but the assistant referee’s flag ruled out a perfectly good strike from Jelavic. The Croat was released behind the Wolves defence by Steven Pienaar and the striker calmly fired past De Vries in the Wolves goal, however the strike was ruled out for offside despite both Ronald Zubar and Stearman playing the striker onside.

Two minutes after the break Wolves should have scored but the opportunity fell to Stearman when the home side really needed a striker on the end of it. A free kick from Hunt found Fletcher unmarked on the right of the penalty area, he fired a header across goal towards gangling centre half at the back post but his attempt cleared the danger rather than test Tim Howard.

Moments later Everton also missed a gilt edged opportunity from inside the Wolves penalty area, Hibbert found himself in plenty of room on the right hand side and delivered a perfect cross onto the head of Fellaini but the Belgian headed over.

In the 72nd minute Jelavic was presented with his best chance of the game as a header out of defence beat all the Wolves players and released the Croat. He raced towards goal but dragged his shot wide of De Vries’ far post from the edge of the penalty area.

Two minutes later the Toffees had the ball in the net only for the assistant referee’s flag to rule out substitute Denis Stracqualursi’s scrambled effort. Jelavic broke through the Wolves defence on the left and clipped a cross into the middle where an offside Fellaini missed the ball but substitute Stracqualursi scrambled the ball into the back of the net, only for the flag to deny him due to Fellaini's earlier involvement.