This is what we are talking about, this without a doubt Wolves’ best performance since Tottenham Hotspur away shortly before shutdown.
During the commentary all you heard about how poor Everton was, well yes they were poor but let’s give Wolves the credit they deserve.
In the early minutes of the game, you could tell the Wolves players were up to make up for the previous two defeats. They were crisp in their passing and they were winning nearly all the 50/50 balls, as a Wolves fan I actually got all excited about the starting line up.
From the last game in came Neto, Daniel Podence and Leander Dendoncker, out went Adama Traore, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota.
For weeks I’ve been bigging up Podence and he didn’t let me down, beating players, clever little flicks and unlucky not to score himself on two occasions.
With half time approaching fast, Podence used his trickery in the penalty box, and with the referee only feet away, Digne brought him down, Penalty.
With Mr Reliable about to take it, Raul Jiminez, the result was never in doubt, Jordan Pickford going one way and the ball dispatched into the opposite corner. 1-0 half time no more than Wolves display deserved.
Can’t remember Everton troubling us, during the whole game Rui Patricio did the bare minimum, a couple of routine saves and yet again dominating his area.
In football you can not beat scoring just before half time but even better is to double your lead in the first minute of the second half. Podence was fouled on the wide right just before the Everton penalty area, Neto took the free-kick sending over a delicious cross into the box, it went just over Jimenez’s head but the flight of the ball was perfect for Dendoncker to flick it into the back of the net with his head, 2-0.
Shortly after taking a worrying knock Neto was replaced by Jota who, in the 65th minute, was played through with a sweet pass from Neves but somehow Jota managed to fall over his own two feet and the chance was lost.
Luckily for Wolves, they weren’t made to pay for this costly miss because, in the 74th minute, Neves again made a brilliant tackle in the Wolves half, looked up, and launched one of his trademark passes, 40 yards or more giving Jota another free run on goal.
This time he redeemed himself from a tight angle beating, Pickford at his near post with a rasping shot, 3-0.
If I were an Everton fan or even an England fan, I’d be asking how my international goalkeeper got beaten at his near post. Is he really the best goalkeeper in England? I have my doubts.
Shortly before the goal, Podence was unlucky not to score his first goal for Wolves, something his performance richly deserved.
Yet again more comical goalkeeping from Pickford, a not very powerful shot by Podence managed to go through Pickford’s legs and he just managed to stop it behind him on the line.
Traore had come on to replace Podence and it was his turn next to provide the next comical moment. Jota was once again fed a perfect ball that set him free to run on to, after getting into the box he made the perfect pass to Traore unmarked free in the box with an empty goal to tap in to for number four.
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Somehow, he got it all wrong and blasted the ball against the crossbar, much to everyone’s bemusement.
The only sour note from me would be this game having been played in an empty stadium. The Molineux would have been rocking today, Podence would have received the standing ovation he deserved, he got man of the match but in my book, it was Neves for me, his passing was back to his beautiful best, he won countless tackles and broke up Everton play.