I used to see the opening game as an anomaly.
After all, what can you really learn about a team from one match?
However, last season’s curtain raiser against Middlesbrough showed that you can in fact learn plenty about a team over 90 minutes – the impressive win setting the tone for a title winning campaign.
Whether this entertaining draw will prove to be quite as informative come season’s end is anyone’s guess, but it did at least show we can hang with one of the Premier League’s ‘best of the rest’.
Everton are a talented team and showed no intention of indulging us on our return to the top flight, taking an early lead via that most familiar of achilles’ heels.
Set pieces were one of few issues experienced by Nuno’s team last season and it was disappointing to see us come unstuck from one so quickly into the game.
Thankfully, it did nothing to puncture the atmosphere inside a raucous Molineux and we soon imposed our trademark style of play on the game. Though clear cut chances were few and far between, the ball was almost exclusively at the feet of someone in old gold for much of the half.
It was enough to make you feel that a slice of luck was all it would take to change our fortunes, and that came courtesy of a reckless tackle on Diogo Jota that earned Phil Jagielka an early bath and Ruben Neves an opportunity to do something outrageous on telly once again.
Naturally, our star man obliged and levelled the score with a free kick every bit as good as his winner at Cardiff last season. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, you do wonder how much longer we’ll be able to enjoy seeing him in a Wolves shirt. He’s good enough to play at the very tramadolmain.com highest level.
Regardless, enjoy it we shall and Neves, aided by the wily Joao Moutinho, continued to dictate the tone of the game as we pushed on for a winner.
It seemed as if those efforts would all be in vein when Everton fired themselves back in front, their goal being courtesy of some impressive skill from marquee signing Richarlison.
Credit where credit’s due, the Toffees played for three points regardless of their numerical disadvantage but when their attempts for a third were foiled by Rui Patricio it began to feel as if the stars were aligning in our favour.
With the opposition retreating further and further into their half, Nuno rolled the dice and sent on Leo Bonatini to partner Jota and the impressive Raul Jiminez in attack.
The Brazilian’s clever movement gave Everton something different to think about after they had largely nullifying the threat of Jota and Costa, and balance was restored before long.
Jiminez capped off another good performance by heading home intelligently from a sumptuous cross delivered with aplomb by Neves.
It was the least we deserved and ensured a fair result for both teams, neither of which did quite enough to deservedly claim three points.
This was a good test of our mettle and offered a stark reminder that we’re coming up against far superior opposition this season.
Given the occasion, I thought we performed admirably but believe there’s plenty more to come from us in the weeks and months to come.
We’ve plenty to build on after this result and some exciting new signings to bed in, so perhaps next week will give us an opportunity to celebrate a little louder.
That’s how to kick off your first match back in the Premier League ?
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— BT Sport (@btsport) August 11, 2018