Michael Keane’s late header ensured Everton returned to profitable methods within the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wolves on Tuesday evening.
The England defender headed in Andre Gomes’ cross 13 minutes from time to offer Carlo Ancelotti’s males all three factors at Molineux.
Ruben Neves cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s first league objective for 17 months because the groups traded early blows.
However Keane’s far submit header secured victory, though Neves hit the woodwork with a late free-kick, to depart Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect again within the European image.
Wolves have now gained simply as soon as in eight league video games since Raul Jimenez fractured his cranium on the finish of November and so they dropped to 14th.
Final season’s 3-Zero defeat at Molineux in July left the Toffees 11th and boss Ancelotti livid as he questioned their spirit and blasted an ‘unacceptable’ show.
This time the guests got here away again within the high 4 after a fifth win in six video games to underline their progress.
They had been robbed of 14-goal Dominic Calvert-Lewin with the striker out with a hamstring harm however Iwobi eased issues over his absence after simply six minutes.
James Rodriguez’s measured move discovered Lucas Digne and his cushioned volley was met by the onrushing and unmarked Iwobi to supply a first-time end from 16 yards into the underside nook.
It was the ahead’s first Premier League objective since he scored in opposition to Wolves in September 2019.
It additionally meant the hosts have now conceded first in 10 of their final 11 league video games however they trailed for simply eight minutes.
Tom Davies conceded a gentle nook which Yerry Mina solely half cleared and Rayan Ait-Nouri skipped down the left. His drilled cross was volleyed in by Neves for his second objective in two league video games.
Three minutes later solely a pointy Jordan Pickford cease denied Fabio Silva and Rui Patricio saved from Iwobi quickly after.
Iwobi ought to have executed higher and it was the ultimate likelihood of an entertaining first half, regardless of the sport failing to construct on the early drama.
Two well-matched groups struggled to search out the identical fluency after the break, although, though Leander Dendoncker headed over Joao Moutinho’s free-kick.
It got here after Abdoulaye Doucoure was booked for chopping down Pedro Neto and the midfielder will now miss the Toffees’ subsequent sport.
Wolves are but to search out the consistency which propelled them to Europe and, with out Jimenez, look unlikely to problem once more this season after one other light-weight show.
Neves was near a spectacular second when his 30-yard volley dipped simply vast with 20 minutes left however the hosts by no means prised Everton open.
Richarlison was launched to offer the guests some impetus nevertheless it was Keane who grabbed the winner with 13 minutes remaining.
Andre Gomes labored house on the left and his teasing cross was powered in on the far submit by the England defender.
Neves’ free-kick then clipped the bar with 5 minutes to go however Wolves couldn’t discover a leveller.