Everton has finally lived up to their hopes of playing European football next season as Richarlison’s head gave the Tofi the victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of their fans at Goodison Park.
After a goalless draw in the first half, Richarlison headed home from the start of the second half.
The Brazilian midfielder was the most dangerous player at home. Forcing a good save from John Ruddy in the first half before firing at close range.
Adam Traore came close to scoring goals for the Wolves. But Jordan Pickford significantly reduced his powerful drive in the first half.
The Everton goalkeeper also did well to save Morgan Gibbs-White‘s volley as the visitors got better in the opening 45 minutes.
But that was as close as the Wolves got as Everton replaced Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison as they came close to adding points.
The win ensures the Toffees end a disappointing home campaign at the top. And mean, they go into the final round of Premier League games this weekend with a chance to finish in the top-seven.
They are currently eighth, level on points with Tottenham and three behind West Ham.
Fans return boosts Everton.
Everton struggled on the ground this season with their defeat to Sheffield United. Last week, at Goodison Park without Carlo Ancelotti’s manager saying, he felt ashamed as his side lost their ninth home record of the season.
The absence of fans has undoubtedly played a significant role. It is not surprising that Everton’s performance on their pitch this season.
A 1-0 win against Chelsea and a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in December came before the eyes of Everton fans.
There were 6,500 Tofi viewers back at the Wolves tour stations. And their return inevitably gave the home team that extra spark that had been missing.
There are times when the usual bad habits have passed. Especially in the first phase as they often lack quality in the last third.
But there was a precise determination to work hard in front of their fans.
After leading for three minutes in the second half, the home team dug in to remove the Wolves’ fight back.
And defense suggestions which could be a significant achievement in the European football defense race.
It will not be easy, as Everton faces defending champions Manchester City on the final day this Sunday.
But will head to the Etihad Stadium with a more substantial chance than many fans could have expected. After the disappointing defeat of the Blades.
“The response was positive,” Ancelotti said.
“We’re in a war. It’s not predicted, but we’re still in a war. Maybe we’ll have an adamant game of the season but being in a war is important.”
By bringing back the fans and their positive impact, Ancelotti joked: “Knowing this. We don’t need to sign new players when fans are on the field next season.
“They have made a difference in the history of the club, and our fans do make a difference. And next season, they will make a difference. It was great to see them, completely different.”
Wolves wrap up the season to forget.
While Everton has generally been poor at home, they are on the road to where the Wolves have found their difficulty this season.
They have won just one of their 13 Premier League games ahead of a trip to Everton. A significant reason for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to make it to the top 10 for the first time. Since being promoted to the top flight in the year 2018.
While Pickford made an outstanding amount of money to deny Traore, the Wolves were disappointed with the attack, especially with their pieces.
They had 11 corners in the first half against Everton but could not use them as much as they failed to score. In the first 30 Premier League games of the season, the best in the league.
Injuries have played their part in the disappointing Wolves campaign. But even if they will be heading for a more advanced drive in the future.
“It’s been an outstanding performance,” said Wolves manager Nuno. “The first half was very good. The goal changed the game.
“The first half was very good. We ruled; there was control and violence. It’s excellent.
“Evil was focused and focused on the set-piece that has changed the entire game.”