cemented their place in the ’s top seven with a third successive top-flight win as once again conceded from a set-piece.

Ruben Neves fired the visitors ahead with a penalty after Leighton Baines had fouled .

equalised through Andre Gomes, the on-loan player, lashing past Rui Patricio before Wolves restored their lead from a free-kick.

Raul Jimenez headed home Joao Moutinho’s set-piece before Leander Dendoncker sealed a thoroughly deserved three points with a volley.

The game was stopped for around three minutes in the second half to remove a black cat from the pitch.

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What now for ?

There were seven additional minutes at the finish, partly due to the time it took to get the cat off the pitch, and thousands of fans had already left Goodison Park by the time referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle.

This was ’s sixth defeat in nine league and cup games – and their 10th in the this season.

Knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall last week and unable to string together a positive run of results in the top tier, the season is already threatening to peter out with 13 matches left.

They were edgy and anxious, a team lacking in confidence, against Wolves.

Marco Silva’s side got off to an awful start when Baines, who passed a late fitness test, conceded an early penalty before the captain limped off early.

Although Gomes equalised with a lovely finish, Wolves’ second goal was a disaster for – Michael Keane’s needless foul resulting in a free-kick which an unmarked Jimenez scored.

That was the 15th league and cup goal have conceded from a set-piece this season.

The Toffees are already enduring the longest trophy-free period in the club’s history.

They now face a mediocre mid-table finish unless Silva can sort his team out quickly.

Are Wolves the ‘best of the rest’?

The season just gets better and better for impressive Wolves.

Last season’s second-tier champions can add to the list of teams they have beaten away from home – a list which includes , , Newcastle and Tottenham.

This was as good a performance as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have produced since winning promotion.

Wolves were sharp, clinical and full of creativity on Merseyside as theyscored three or more goals in three consecutive top-flight matches for the first time since March 1980.

Neves sent the wrong way from the penalty spot for the first goal – only his second goal from inside the box form Wolves – while Jimenez could not believe his luck at ’s awful marking for the second.

Dendoncker, who is on loan from Anderlecht, dispatched a wonderful volley for the third as Wolves moved seven points behind sixth-placed .

At this rate, the Black Country club are looking like strong candidates to finish right behind the so-called big six clubs.

Man of the match – Diogo Jota (Wolves)

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’s poor run against teams above them – the stats

  • have won just one of their nine games this season against teams starting the day higher than them in the table – losing the last five in a row.
  • Wolves have won 11 games this season – their joint-highest tally in a single campaign.
  • ’s Andre Gomes scored his first goal in what was his 17th appearance in the competition.
  • Wolves’ Raul Jiminez has been directly involved in more goals than any other Wolves player this season (nine goals, five assists).

What’s next?

It doesn’t get any easier for . visit Goodison Park on Wednesday in the (19:45 GMT), while Wolves are in action on Tuesday when they entertain League One Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Line-ups

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 73′minutes
  • 4KeaneBooked at 44mins
  • 5ZoumaBooked at 16mins
  • 3BainesSubstituted forKennyat 37′minutes
  • 8André Gomes
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forLookmanat 60′minutes
  • 26DaviesBooked at 76mins
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 30Richarlison
  • 14Tosun

Substitutes

  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Schneiderlin
  • 20Bernard
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 31Lookman
  • 43Kenny

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16CoadyBooked at 56mins
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forSaïssat 49′minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forTraoréat 89′minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 37Traoré
  • 47John
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
39,380

Match Stats

Home TeamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Attempt missed. Romain Saïss () left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson () right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Davies.

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richarlison.

Foul by André Gomes ().

Attempt saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin () header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin () header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjoe Kenny.

Tom Davies () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson () right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richarlison.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tom Davies () is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Davies ().

Richarlison () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cenk Tosun ().

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane () right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, . Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Seamus Coleman.

Gylfi Sigurdsson () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Davies () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

André Gomes () wins a free kick on the left wing.

André Gomes () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match ().

Substitution

Substitution, . Ademola Lookman replaces Theo Walcott.

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