Everton extended their winning record at home to six with an enthralling 3-2 victory over one of their main contenders for best of the rest in Wolves. Kean, Iwobi and Delph all kept their places from the League Cup tie in the week for their first league starts for the Toffees.

The game got off to a great start for Everton when a mix-up between Wolves keeper Rui Patricio and centre-back Conor Coady allowed Richarlison to fizz a shot into the top corner of an empty net after just five minutes. Just four minutes later however, speedy Wolves winger Adama Traore breezed past Lucas Digne into the penalty area and his cut-back was eventually turned in by Roman Saiss for Wolves’ equalizer. Astonishingly, in a thrilling end-to-end opening quarter of an hour, Everton retook the lead just three minutes later when Sigurdsson’s exquisite cross was met with a commanding header from Iwobi, for the Nigerian’s second goal in two games.

Everton remained on top throughout the match but briefly lost their lead on 75 minutes when they failed to deal with a free-kick that was headed in by Mexican forward Raul Jimenez. But the Blues responded quickly again when, on 80 minutes, Richarlison scored a header of his own from a Digne cross, that gave Everton a 3-2 lead and sealed the three points.

Richarlison was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick a few minutes later when his curling strike was well saved by Patricio and Wolves’ miserable afternoon was rounded off by defender Willy Boly’s late sending-off for a second bookable offence.

1st September 2019 – Premier League

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