Clash of the Day | Everton prove they're Euro challengers

          Clash of the Day | Everton prove they're Euro challengers

          2021/01/12 23:18
          Connor Andrews

          In a clash between two of the Premier League's emerging forces Wolves welcomed Everton to Molineux with a chance for Everton to state their case as top-six challengers, and possibly even more, while Wolves were given the opportunity to arrest a slide and show they're still in for European football

          The Action: Billed as a meeting of two up and coming sides, but with contrasting fortunes this season, the quality of players on the pitch was showcased within minutes when a gorgeous James Rodriguez cross-field ball was pulled back first time by assist machine Lucas Digne, with Alex Iwobi running on and tucking the ball home perfectly.

          Wolves hit back soon after when in the 14th minute Rayan Aït-Nouri sped into the Everton box conjuring up another superb pull-back for the game's second first-time finish, this time with Ruben Neves showing he's back in full form by claiming the game's equaliser.

          Wolves displayed some superb moments of quality with 18-year-old Fabio Silva showing some nice touches and movement, but couldn't make his chances count, and it was similar for the improving Neves who nearly replicated his 2017/18 goal of the season, juggling and volleying the ball from distance just past Jordan Pickford's goal frame.

          And a game high on skill was settled by the most classic of goals, with Michael Keane rising highest to thump home an Andre Gomes cross from a cleared corner, taking the three points with just over 10 minutes to play.

          The Big Picture: Wolves will be encouraged by the performance of Fabio Silva deputising for Raul Jimenez, but the goals still aren't coming for a team that's down in 14th and has a half of a transfer window left to solve the issue. For Everton, things are looking rosy again, moving up into the top four with a third win in four, and another good strong team performance.

          Memorable Moment: Everton's sixth-minute opener was beautifully put together and displayed all of the good things about Carlo Ancelotti's side with Rodriguez, Digne and Iwobi all executing their parts of the move to perfection.

          Man of the Match: Despite looking uncomfortable playing out of position on the left wing ahead of Ben Godfrey who occupied his left back spot, Digne's quality was the difference for Everton as it has been so often since his arrival.

          xG: Wolves (1.25) 1-2 (0.28) Everton

          Stat of the Day: Since his arrival from Barcelona in 2018, only Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have more Premier League assists by defenders than Lucas Digne.

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