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Dyche had tinkered, bringing in Michael Keane as a 3rd centre-back to reflect Wolves’ set-up. “We’ve got results with that system, or a version of it in the past,” he reasoned.

Yet for Wolves’ first and final strikes, Everton’s defence introduced second possibilities. Kilman’s tap-in (his first objective for greater than two years) got here from a recycled nook, whereas Dawson’s adopted a failed clearance. The Wolves defender regarded equal elements stunned and delighted on the area he was given to show Cunha’s cross previous Jordan Pickford.

Sandwiched between that got here the prettiest of Wolves’ efforts. Pablo Sarabia noticed, after which discovered, Hwang Hee Chan’s diagonal run. Keane adopted however was chasing shadows, as have been each James Tarkowski and Nathan Patterson who failed to trace Cunha’s central actions. Hwang supplied him a easy end.

“They are focus goals,” mentioned Dyche. “Usually, you lose focus when you’re fatigued. I think there is definitely an element of that.”

As for Everton going ahead, whereas Dwight McNeil struck the publish after Wolves’ third, they didn’t register a shot on course. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s final netted greater than 800 minutes in the past, and so they missed top-scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure badly.

Fortunately, fixtures are fewer and additional between come January. But Everton’s listing of upcoming opponents is daunting: Aston Villa, Tottenham and Manchester City are three of their subsequent 4.

Doucoure ought to return, though Dele Ali’s comeback is topic to delay. Dyche confirmed he’s being assessed for an unspecified harm however declined to elaborate.

Too good to go down? Probably. But it’s not essentially a given, with Luton and Sheffield United each displaying they’re up for a relegation struggle.

For Wolves, the image is markedly totally different. Their victory was devoted to absent teammate Mario Lemina.

Following their objectives, shirts sporting Lemina’s identify and quantity have been held aloft. Lemina has been Wolves’ midfield heartbeat this season however was lacking following his father’s demise on Friday.

“Thoughts are with him,” mentioned O’Neil of Lemina. “He’s incredibly important to the team on the pitch and to what we are as a group.”

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