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Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary, 26/12/2022

FT
1 - 2
EVE
WOL
Y. Mina (7)
Daniel Podence (22)
R. Aït Nouri (90+5)
Goodison Park

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
The win moves Wolves off the bottom of the table and into 18th place, one point behind Everton in 17th. They will host Manchester United on December 31 in their next match, while Everton travel to Manchester City on the same day.
Everton took an early lead in the first half after Mina headed home from McNeil's corner. The hosts seemed fairly comfortable in the game but were caught out by a Wolves set-piece routine in the 22nd minute. Neves and Podence took a short corner before the latter made a darting run into the six-yard box. Moutinho saw the run from the edge of the box and played the perfect pass for the winger to equalise. Gordon and Costa both had good chances to give their respective sides the lead, but Pickford and Sa pulled off good saves to keep the score at 1-1 going into the break. Everton came close to taking the lead through Iwobi and Cannon in the second half, but they could not find the back of the net. The game seemed to be heading for a draw, but Traore found Ait-Nouri in the box in the 95th minute and the defender secured a 2-1 win for Wolves.
90' + 7' FULL TIME: EVERTON 1-2 WOLVES
R. Aït Nouri
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' + 5' Ait-Nouri is shown a yellow card for taking his shirt off during his goal celebration.
R. Aït Nouri
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' + 5' GOALL!! 2-1 WOLVES! AIT-NOURI! Ait-Nouri scores a late winner for Wolves! Traore uses his pace to break into the box and he has three players to aim for. He finds Ait-Nouri, who takes a touch before firing past Pickford!
90' + 3' Iwobi loses the ball and Neves tries to find Guedes with a lofted pass in behind. His pass is not good enough and Everton once again come on the attack.
90' + 1' Tarkowski wins the header from Gray's cross but he cannot guide the ball on target for the hosts.
90' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
Diego Costa
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
90' Costa shows his frustation at the referee after he is shown a yellow card for a sliding challenge.
88' Wolves are slowly retreating closer to their own goal as they look to soak up the pressure and hit Everton on the counter-attack.
86' Ait-Nouri's cross is headed out towards Neves. The midfielder tries to score on the half-volley but completely fluffs his lines.
84' OFF THE LINE! Everton come close to taking the lead but Cannon's shot is cleared off the line by Neves!
A. Doucouré
I. Gueye
Everton
83' Doucoure comes on for Gueye as Everton's final substitute.
T. Cannon
N. Maupay
Everton
83' Cannon replaces Maupay in the Everton attack for the final few minutes.
82' CLOSE! Gray goes for goal with the free-kick and his effort goes over the wall but just wide of the left post.
Toti
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
81' Toti is shown a yellow card after Maupay draws a foul in a dangerous position.
Rúben Neves
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
79' Neves receives a yellow card after a late sliding challenge on Mykolenko.
Toti
João Moutinho
Wolverhampton Wanderers
78' Toti comes on for Moutinho as Wolves' fifth and final substitute of the game.
B. Godfrey
Y. Mina
Everton
76' Godfrey comes onto the pitch for goalscorer Mina, who seems to have a problem with his right hamstring.
75' Everton fans in the stadium are very frustrated with the way their team is playing right now. It is very negative and the players are taking almost no risks when attacking.
Gonçalo Guedes
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
73' Guedes replaces the injured Podence in attack for Wolves.
72' Podence is walking off the pitch as he can no longer continue in this match.
70' Podence is down and receiving treatment from the physios for a calf problem.
68' Gordon goes on a brilliant run as he beats both Ait-Nouri and Podence to get into the box. He is eventually crowded out and Wolves get the ball out of danger.
66' Traore is heavily involved with the Wolves attacking play at the moment and is causing problems for Mykolenko on the right wing.
M. Kilman
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
64' Kilman goes into the referee's book for a high challenge on Gueye.
63' The substitutions for both sides have increased the tempo of this game and making the match more end-to-end as both teams need a winner.
Daniel Podence
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
61' Podence receives a yellow card after a reckless challenge on Gueye.
Adama Traoré
Hwang Hee-Chan
Wolverhampton Wanderers
60' Traore comes on for Hwang to add more pace to the Wolves attack.
Matheus Nunes
J. Hodge
Wolverhampton Wanderers
59' Nunes replaces Hodge in the Wolves midfield.
R. Aït Nouri
Hugo Bueno
Wolverhampton Wanderers
59' Ait-Nouri comes onto the pitch for Bueno at left back.
58' Wolves are continuing to press high up the pitch but they are doing it with less intent now as the players slowly tire out.
D. Gray
D. McNeil
Everton
56' Gray replaces McNeil on the left wing for Everton.
55' SAVE! Bueno forces Pickford into a good save after the defender's first-time effort from the left side of the box.
53' Wolves have committed 11 fouls in this match so far, higher than their season average of 10.6 in the Premier League.
51' Gordon tries his luck with a free-kick from close to 30 yards out. He tries to find the top left corner but cannot keep his effort underneath the bar.
50' Gordon wins the ball back in the attacking third and Iwobi plays in Maupay. The striker tries to find Gueye with a pass but mistimes it and Wolves regain the ball.
48' CHANCE! Iwobi is quickest to react to Tarkowski's flick on, but he heads the ball straight at Sa from six yards out.
47' Gordon puts in a dangerous cross into the box, but Collins manages to slide the ball behind for a corner.
46' Costa gets the second half underway for Wolves!
Despite having far more possession, Everton have only managed to create one more chance than Wolves with the away side also having more touches in the opposition box. The Toffees' attacking trio have had the fewest touches in the team so far, something which will have to change if they want to get the win in this game.
Everton took an early lead in the half after Mina headed home from McNeil's corner. Everton seemed fairly comfortable in the game but were caught out by a Wolves set-piece routine in the 22nd minute. Neves and Podence took a short corner before the latter made a darting run into the six-yard box. Moutinho saw the run from the edge of the box and played the perfect pass for the winger to equalise. Gordon and Costa both had good chances to give their respective sides the lead, but Pickford and Sa pulled off good saves to keep the score at 1-1 going into the break.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: EVERTON 1-1 WOLVES
45' There will be a minimum of one additional minute.
44' The battle in the midfield is very physical in this game. Neves and Iwobi go at each other this time round as both sides look get a late goal in the half.
42' Maupay capitalises on a mistake from Collins at the back, but his shot is straight at Sa.
40' Everton are trying to increase the pressure on the Wolves goal to try and take the lead before half-time. They are finding it difficult with Maupay not having much of a presence in this game yet.
N. Patterson
Yellow Card
Everton
38' Patterson receives the first booking of the game after kicking out at Podence near the halfway line.
36' Wolves try another set-piece routine, this time from a free-kick, but they fail to get the ball into a dangerous area and Iwobi clears the danger.
34' WHAT A SAVE! Gordon takes a touch with his right foot before shooting low with his left in the box, but Sa makes a great save to keep the shot out!
32' HUGE MISS! Costa has a great chance to put Wolves ahead but he cannot generate enough power on his diving header to trouble Pickford.
30' CHANCE! Maupay is through on goal after a blunder from Hodge. The striker is too slow and Semedo catches up with him before Sa clears the ball away.
28' Podence is picking the ball up in good areas for Wolves but is not progressing forward when receiving it. Wolves are being too cautious at the moment.
26' The tempo of the match is slowing down slightly as both sides look to play safe when in possession.
24' Mykolenko beats Hwang on the left wing and sends in a cross, but his pass it too powerful and goes over everyone in the box.
Daniel Podence
Goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers
22' GOALL!! 1-1 WOLVES! PODENCE! Podence equalises for Wolves after a well-worked set-piece routine! Podence takes a short corner to Neves, who chips the ball into Moutinho on the edge of the box. The midfielder spots the run of his winger and picks him out perfectly for the equaliser!
João Moutinho
Assist
Wolverhampton Wanderers
22' Moutinho receives the ball on the edge of the box and plays a lofted pass into the path of Podence, who finishes first-time past Pickford to level the game.
19' All six of Everton defender Mina’s Premier League goals have been scored in the first half. The only other player with as many goals in the Premier League without ever scoring in the second half is Eirik Bakke (eight).
17' Wolves are pressing very aggressively when they do not have the ball. Moutinho fouls McNeil near the centre circle but they are causing Everton a few problems with their press.
15' Everton are defending well in the middle and are forcing Wolves into wider positions when they attack. They then smother any chance of a cross coming into the box.
13' Wolves are starting to get a foothold in this game but are struggling to make their way into the opposition box.
11' The goal has given Everton a lot more comfort when in possession. They are moving the ball around confidently and with accuracy.
9' Mina is on the floor as a small scuffle breaks out with Costa at the heart of it. The referee breaks it up and tells the players to calm down.
D. McNeil
Assist
Everton
7' McNeil takes a corner from the right side and swings it into the near post. Mina is too strong for Bueno and beats him to the ball, giving Everton an early lead.
Y. Mina
Goal
Everton
7' GOALL!!! 1-0 EVERTON! MINA! Mina heads Everton into the lead! Gray takes an in-swinging corner for the hosts and Mina bodies Bueno to the ground before glancing the ball past Sa.
5' Wolves are doing well to put Everton under pressure when they play out from the back. The visitors are winning the ball high up the pitch but failing to convert their possession into a goal scoring opportunity.
3' Everton are starting this game on the front foot and enjoying an early spell on the ball. Wolves are trying to the home side high up the pitch.
1' Maupay gets the game underway for Everton!
The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
Iwobi – who leads the way for chances created (27), through balls (seven) and assists (five) at Everton this season – has scored more Premier League goals against Wolves (three) than any other opponent. The Nigerian has netted in three of his last four in the competition against them.
Lampard makes six changes from Everton’s last friendly fixture. Pickford comes back into the side following his time with England at the World Cup while McNeil is preferred to Gray. Lopetegui makes just one change from Wolves’ EFL Cup win as Hwang comes into the starting 11 for Guedes.
SUBS: Connor Ronan, Matheus Nunes, Matija Sarkic, Raul Jimenez, Goncalo Guedes, Adama Traore, Rayan Ait-Nouri, Toti Gomes, Dexter Lembikisa.
WOLVES (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Nelson Semedo, Nathan Collins, Maximilian Kiman, Hugo Bueno; Joseph Hodge, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho; Daniel Podence, Diego Costa, Hwang Hee-chan.
SUBS: Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies, Asmir Begovic, Demarai Gray, Thomas Cannon, Mason Holgate, Ben Godfrey, Seamus Coleman, Ruben Vinagre.
EVERTON (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Nathan Patterson, Yerry Mina, James Tarkowski, Vitaliy Mykolenko; Alex Iwobi, Idrissa Gueye, Amadou Onana; Anthony Gordon, Neal Maupay, Dwight McNeil.
Julen Lopetegui takes charge of his first Premier League game as he looks to take Wolves off the bottom of the league table. He did win his first competitive game as manager after Wolves knocked Gillingham out of the EFL Cup thanks to late goals from Raul Jimenez and Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Everton come into this game in 17th place, just a point above the relegation zone. Frank Lampard’s side are winless in their last four competitive fixtures, but beat Celtic and WS Wanderers in friendly matches during the World Cup break. Anthony Gordon scored a hat-trick against the latter as the Toffees won 5-1.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League fixture between Everton and Wolves.