• Date: Sat 27 March 2010
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Ref: Jones, M
  • Attendance: 28,995

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Everton

Team Lineups

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
George Elokobi
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Michael Mancienne (Adlene Guedioura, 70)
Kevin Foley
Karl Henry
David Jones
Matt Jarvis (Stephen Ward, S, 90)
Kevin Doyle (Chris Iwelumo, 90)


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Phil Neville
Tim Cahill
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman (Dan Gosling, 83)
Jack Rodwell (Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 88)
Louis Saha (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 76)

Match Report
Everton's late push for a place in Europe was stalled by a battling Wolves side who edged another point closer to Premier League survival following a determined display in a goalless draw at Molineux. But Everton will know they should have picked up all three points as they were dominant in terms of possession and chances created but could not find a way to crack a resolute Wolves defence. Having taken seven points from three successive away games, Wolves were determined not to let that good run end in front of their own fans as they took another giant step closer to ensuring their Premier League status for a second season. Everton were equally in-form, having gone into the game on the back of three wins from their previous matches. But some poor finishing, goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and the crossbar cost them the chance too record back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. The tone was set after just five minutes when Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha combined to set up Leon Osman, who saw his close-range shot turned away by Hahnemann. Osman then fired wide when well placed before Hahnemann saved from Saha. USA international Hahnemann was by far the busier of the two keepers and he again denied Osman following good work by John Heitinga and Leighton Baines, before the woodwork came to the rescue of Wolves in the 37th minute. A long ball up field by Sylvain Distin picked out Saha, who had managed to escape the attentions of Christophe Berra. The former Manchester United striker let fly from 20 yards and beat Hahnemann only to see his shot crash off the top of the bar. Saha should then really have finally made Everton's pressure pay off in the 53rd minute when he was picked out by a cross from Osman. The French marksman was only six yards from goal but headed over under pressure from Jody Craddock. Baines then saw a free-kick deflected wide and Tim Cahill was just off target with a header before Everton's wastefulness in front of goal threatened to come back and haunt them. Wolves created one real chance of note in the game and that fell to right-back Ronald Zubar in the 75th minute. Zubar, who had been on target in the midweek win at West Ham, powered into the area after exchanging passes with Kevin Doyle before unleashing a fierce drive that whistled just wide of Tim Howard's far post. Everton's frustration was then summed up in stoppage time when Dan Gosling was left with just Hahnemann to beat from four yards only to come off second best in his tussle with the former Reading keeper.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Wolves 0 Everton 0: An entertaining affair, but neither side could break the deadlock. It could prove a valuable point for Wolves in their fight for survival. For Everton it may see their European quest stall, but it's another point and clean sheet.


Half chance for Everton. Pienaar finds Cahill who flicks an effort goalwards over his head, but Craddock gets back to clear off the line.


Pienaar goes for goal, but his effort is straight at Hahnemann.


Wolves substitution: In a double change Jarvis departs to be replaced by Stephen Ward.


Wolves substitution: Iwelumo replaces Doyle.


Dan Gosling has stayed down after that challenge from Hahnemann and requires treatment.


There will be a minimum of three added minutes for either side to break the deadlock.


Lovely header down by Cahill almost finds Gosling ready to tap home, but Hahnemann dives down to make a great save and deny the visitors.


Everton substitution: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replaces Rodwell in David Moyes' final change of the afternoon.


Elokobi crosses from the corner of the area and gets a deflection to earn a corner. The corner forces a mad scramble inside the Everton area, before it squirms to Doyle who fires over.


Jarvis is bundled over by Neville and Wolves earn themselves a free-kick inside the Everton half.


Everton substitution: Gosling comes on to replace Leon Osman.


Overhead kick from Adlene Guedioura, but he fires wide of the target. What a spectacular effort that would have been.


Jones gets robbed of possession allowing Everton to break. They find Pienaar 16 yards out, but his effort on the volley if tame and it's an easy save for Hahnemann.


Jarvis charges down the left wing. He is blocked off by Rodwell and the referee gives Wolves a free-kick just inside the Everton half.


Neville launches a throw-in into the penalty area. It ends up at the feet of Pienaar who shoots and earns a deflection off of Berra.


Osman tries his luck from the edge of the area, but it's well off target and Wolves have a goal-kick.


Everton substitution: Yakubu enters the fray in place of Saha.


Great effort from Zubar. He turned and made space for the shot, before firing left-footed across goal and it goes just wide.


Half chance for Wolves. Jones nudgets the ball across goal to Foley. He hits it first-time but it goes over the bar.


PIenaar loops a cross goalwars, but he doesn't get his foot around it and it flies out of play for a goal-kick.


Wolves substitution: Adlene Guedioura comes on in place of Michael Mancienne.


The ball is played into the Wolves penalty area and Baines gets a toe to it, but can't direct it on target.

Yellow Card

Wolves come forward but Pienaar clips Henry from behind to break up the attack and he receives a yellow card.


Saha pulls Berra over in an attempt to get to the ball and the referee just wants a brief word with the Everton striker.


Pienaar gets sandwiched between Foley and Zubar and Everton earn a free-kick away on the left. Baines whips it into the penalty area, but it goes out for a goal-kick.


Cahill pulls the ball back for Heitinga to shot, but his side-foot effort from the edge of the area lacks any power to trouble Hahnemann and the Wolves keeper makes an easy save.


Pinball in the Everton area, but no Wolves player can get any clean contact on it to guide the ball goalwards and it ends with Howard claiming and throwing up towards Saha on the half-way line.


Everton are just threatening to get on top again in this game.


The corner comes in and Cahill gets his head to it, but can only guide it wide of the far post and out for a goal-kick.


Baines steps up to take the free-kick but his effort from the edge of the area clips the top of the wall and goes over for a corner.


Craddock gets up ahead of Cahill to head clear and the referee awards Everton a free-kick. It looks a cheap free-kick for the visitors.


The ball is flicked on into the Everton area by Berra. Jarvis gets on the end of it but he fires over.


Osman turns into the penalty area. He crosses towards Saha, but the Frenchman heads over from 6 yards under pressure from Craddock.


It's been a bit of a scruffy start to this second half. Everton have started with the same fluency they did in the first half.


Corner for Everton which Baines takes, but the referee spots a foul and Wolves are awarded a free-kick inside their own penalty area.


Elokobi slices a clearance off the outside of his boot and it goes out for a throw-in to Everton on the right, level with the edge of the penalty area.

Yellow Card

The referee pulls the free-kick back as Jones has taken it ahead of the whistle and he earns a yellow card for his troubles.


Wolves win a free-kick on the right corner of the area for a foul on Zubar by Baines. Jones whips the ball into the penalty area straight to Howard.


Rodwell tries to make space for a shot, but he somewhat kicks the ground and the ball bobbles through tamely to Hahnemann.

Second half

Everton get the second half underway.

Half time

Wolves 0 Everton 0: Plenty of half chances at either end but still goalless. Everton started by far the stronger of the two sides, but the homes side have grown into the game and have had a few openings of their own.


Distin brings down Doyle and after going to ground several times in this half, finally the Irishman earns a free-kick. The referee just wants a quick word with Distin.


There will be a minimum of one minute added time at the end of the half.


The corner goes to the far post. Zubar heads it back across goal. Neville half clears and Craddock fires it over from 12 yards.


Wolves break straight to the other end and Jarvis fires goalwards. It deflects off of Distin and Wolves have a corner in the final minute of the half.


Half chance for Cahill as the ball bounces about in the Wolves penalty area. He fires the ball straight over the bar and appeals for a corner, but a goal-kick is awarded.


Jarvis goes down under a challenge from Heitinga. The crowd are baying for a free-kick, but nothing is given and Everton look to break.


Another goal-kick for Everton being taken by Jagielka.


Rodwell bursts into the area and crosses. Berra heads clear, but it hits the back of Mancienne and ends up falling to Cahill who fires well off target from the edge of the area.


Clever play from Wolves down the right and they earn themselves a throw-in down in the corner of the pitch.


Fine effort from Saha. He chested the ball down and turned well. The shot beats Hahnemann but cannons clear off the crossbar.


Osman tries to the play the ball through the centre for the run of Cahill, but the ball catches the heel of Cahill as he tries to get beyond the last man and Wolves manage to clear.


Jagielka takes the goal-kick for Howard and you have to wonder if that thigh strain is still troubling the Everton keeper.


Long free-kick forward from the half-way line aims for Berra, but it's too firm and Jagielka ducks out of it and the ball goes for a goal-kick.


Heitinga drives to the edge of the Wolves box. He plays it wide for Osman to cross, but it's easily cleared by the Wolves defence.


Baines takes a free-kick from mid-way inside the Wolves half. It finds Heitinga at the far post, but he doesn't get a great contact on it and Wolves clear. The ball comes out again to Baines, but he fires straight at Hahnemann.


The game has just settled to a less frantic pace in the past couple of minutes.


Corner to Everton which Baines takes in-swinging, but it's a really easy catch for Hahnemann under no pressure.


Jarvis is brought down 10 yards inside the Everton half. Elokobi launches the free-kick towards the edge of the area, which Berra heads on. Everton clear and a free-kick is given against the home side for a shove on an Everton defender.


Dangerous cross by Rodwell, but Craddock clears under pressure from Saha.


Throw-in into the Wolves penalty area from Phil Neville, but it's cleared by Mancienne.


Foley gets to the by-line and crosses, but there's no on in the centre and it goes away to the far side. They get the ball back in the box again, but it's cleared as far as Elokobi, who has another try.


Lovely run from Zubar beyond Osman down the right and he wins the corner for Wolves.


Foley finds Jones on the corner of the area. He tries to work space for a cross, but he's forced backwards and eventually the attack breaks down. It's been a better couple of minutes from the homes side though.


Doyle and Jones exchange pasess on the edge of the area, but Everton defend well, closing the ball quickly and they manage to prevent the shot coming in.


Rodwell plays the ball into Osman. He shoots early from the edge of the area, but Mancienne gets a block on the ball and it loops into the waiting arms of Hahnemann.


This has been a really good start for the visiting side. They've created a number of half chances already and are enjoying the lion's share of the possession.


Osman finds space to cross on the left. It looks like Baines is going to get chance to shoot, but Craddock comes across well and gets a block in.


Jarvis runs at the Everton defence. He tries to get a cross into the box, but it cannons off an Everton defender and goes clear.


This is starting to become a bit easy for Everton. This time it's another chance for Saha to shoot inside the area. Hahnemann parries the first effort but gathers at the second attempt.


Another chance for Osman. Craddock heads clear only as far as Osman. His first touch wasn't great and then he fires wide.


Decent cross by Baines, sweeping across the edge of the 6-yard box. It looks to be a really dangerous ball and Elokobi does well to clear.


Challenge by Distin on Doyle. It looks like the ball goes out for a Wolves corner but the referee's assistant awards a goal-kick to Everton.


Great chance for Everton. Pienaar exchanges passes with Saha. He plays it across the face of the six-yard box. Osman gets to it and side foots at goal, but Hahnemann does well to save. Osman really should score from there.


Saha plays a ball across goal, but no Everton forwards can get to it and Wolves clear.


It's been a pretty scrappy start from both sides. Neither have been really able to stamp any early authority on this game.


Foley delivers a ball into the penalty area. Jarvis just gets nick on the ball, but he can't guide it goalwards. He probably should go for it with his right but he's tried to flick it with his left.


The referee blows his whistle and the game is underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Wolves are looking to equal their best run of the season by making it three unbeaten today. However, that may be reliant upon them keeping a clean sheet as they have the poorest scoring record in the division.

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Everton boast the best league form of 2010, however they have not won at Molineux since 1982, losing on the two occasions they've come here since.

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Wolves' 3-1 win at West Ham last time out means that they start the day in 15th, seven points clear of the drop zone.

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Having lost only two of the last 17 games, Everton are now only six points behind Liverpool in 6th and European football could still be a possibility.

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Everton come into the match fresh off the back of their midweek victory at Man City, whilst Wolves also won impressively at West Ham to ease their relegation concerns.

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Tim Howard passes a late fitness test and starts for the visitors, having recovered from a thigh strain.

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Everton team line-up: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Rodwell, Heitinga, Cahill, Pienaar, Saha

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Wolves team line-up: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Mancienne, Henry, David Jones, Jarvis, Doyle