There was never a single moment when it felt like this game wasn’t slipping through our grasp.
Wolves simply lacked poise and control in all the key moments – two things that are usually in such good supply.
Erratic in midfield and open at the back, Everton didn’t have to do a fat lot for any of their three goals, which is the facet of this performance that will most disappoint the boss.
The Coady / Patricio brain fart for the gimme opener was systematic of what was to come as the a creaking back three declared itself open for business.
Boly was continually dragged out of position, culminating in both the second goal and his silly late dismissal.
In-between Richarlison also got the run on him for the winning goal making it an afternoon to forget for the big defender.
Vinagre did little to help down the left and for all his promise moving forward we’re weaker defensively for his inclusion.
On the opposite side, Traore single-handedly conjured the first equaliser and was always the most likely to route to goal from open play, but again you wonder how much we lose in terms of shape and solidity when his starting position is 10 yards further up the pitch than Doherty’s usual hangout?
Couple these things with Moutinho’s omission and perhaps we shouldn’t be all that surprised that nobody could get a foot on the ball?
I just feel that in a quest for attacking thrust we mustn’t abandon the basic principles of shape and organisation that have brought us almost continual success.
In amongst the chaos, Patrick Cutrone was busy and unfortunate to see two powerfully struck goal-bound efforts blocked in a frantic first half.
He fizzled out in the second period and if we’re entirely honest, so did Wolves.
The increasing reliance on Bennett’s long throw was evident with a serious lack of invention elsewhere.
Still, when that route one tactic allowed Jimenez to put his head in where it hurts for the equaliser, I hoped we’d finally lock things down.
Not to be though as Wolves again allowed the ball to ping pong around midfield before being hoisted in for the final dagger.
Everton deserved the win and we have Rui Patricio to thank for keeping us out of the bottom three late on with two fantastic saves to preserve the goal difference.
With two weeks to reflect on the balance of the side, I just hope win, draw or lose to Chelsea, it’s the type of Wolves performance we’ve come to expect.
Because this certainly was not.