Everton vs Wolves Player Ratings: José Sá Inspires a Heroic Win!

  • Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic stole the spotlight with an 87th-minute goal, handing Wolves a thrilling 1-0 victory over Everton and their first win of the season.
  • The game saw a stark contrast between halves, with Everton dominating the first and Wolves coming alive in the second, highlighted by Fabio Silva’s disallowed goal and missed chances.
  • Despite Everton’s efforts, including a denied goal and a superb save by Wolves’ keeper Jose Sa, Kalajdzic’s late heroics sealed the deal, leaving the home team frustrated in a match filled with ups and downs.
Everton vs Wolves Player Ratings: José Sá Inspires a Heroic Win!
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Everton Player Ratings

Jordan Pickford 6/10: An easy day at work for the English goalkeeper. Had trouble getting his long balls over the field to the right spot.

Nathan Patterson 6.5/10: Defensively, an okay performance for the right back. Often went high up the pitch but wasn’t really effective with his deliveries.

James Tarkowski 7/10: The Everton captain was leading from the front. Made crucial tackles, interceptions, and clearances to keep the Wolves away.

Jarrad Branthwaite 7/10: Along with Tarkowski, Branthwaite did his job well to deny the Wolves. He was also an aerial threat offensively.

Ashley Young 7/10: Ashley Young was an important cog in the wheel for Everton, he caused trouble for his counterparts, Semedo and Dawson with his speed.

Idrissa Gueye 7/10: Idrissa contributed to his team both in terms of attack and defense. He got the ball for his team and opened up space with his passes and dribbles.

James Garner 7.5/10: The English midfield was a key player with his passes. Created a couple of great chances but didn’t lead to a goal.

Abdoulaye Doucouré 7/10: Everton dominated the midfield thanks to this man. Picked his passes precisely and fought hard to get possession back for his team. Also, had a goal disallowed.

Amadou Onana 8/10: Undoubtedly the best player for the Blues in this game. He did it all: dribbled past his opponents, created great chances, and recovered the ball for his team.

Lewis Dobbin 6/10: Unimpressive, which is probably why he was taken off at the 66th minute.

Arnaut Danjuma 6/10: Straight-up disappointment. There were plenty of chances created for him but couldn’t deliver, not even once.


Youssef Cheemiti 6/10: Wasn’t really impactful.

Thomas Cannon: N/A

Michael Keane: N/A

Wolves Player Ratings

José Sá 9/10: Clearly saved the Wolves from a disappointing loss. He became a wall for his team and made tremendous saves to deny heroic attempts from the Blues.

Nélson Semedo 6.5/10: Couldn’t hold off Everton’s attack that well Struggled against the pressure from the Everton midfield.

Craig Dawson 7/10: Although the Blues slipped through, he made a valiant effort to keep Everton’s attackers at bay.

Max Kilman 7.5/10: Just like Dawson, he struggled at times but eventually managed to keep Everton away. Contributed to his attack with his passes and also created a great chance.

Hugo Bueno 6/10: Crumbled against the sharpness of the Everton midfield.

Pedro Neto 8/10: A key player for the Wolves attack. Kept tearing through the Everton defense and eventually found an assist in the 87th minute.

João Gomes 6.5/10: Covered a lot of ground for the Wolves but wasn’t really impactful.

Mario Lemina 7/10: Played well with the ball, made some great passes, and made some attempts at the goal, but couldn’t score.

Hee-Chan Hwang 6/10: Disappointing performance from the Korean. Subbed off at half time.

Matheus Cunha 6/10: Nothing went anything right for the attacker. Poor performance, taken off the field at the 85th minute.

Fábio Silva 6.5/10: Poor game for the lad. A really unimpressive performance. Scored a goal but was disallowed. Taken off at the 85th minute.


Saša Kalajdžić 8/10: Came out on the pitch and scored the winning goal within two minutes. Super sub.

Toti Gomes 6/10: Played 12 minutes, didn’t contribute much.

Pablo Sarabia 7/10: A decent game as a sub.

Rayan Aït Nouri 6/10: Replaced Hee-Chan Hwan but wasn’t an upgrade.

Everton Vs Wolves Match Summary and Highlights

In a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park, Wolves secured their first victory of the season with a dramatic 1-0 win over Everton. The hero of the day was Austrian striker Sasa Kalajdzic, who came off the bench and netted an 87th-minute winner, sending the Wolves’ traveling supporters into jubilation.

The first half belonged to Everton, with James Tarkowski missing a golden opportunity to give the hosts the lead. However, the game took a different turn in the second half, as the Wolves came alive. Fabio Silva had a goal disallowed for offside and squandered a glorious chance.

Everton, not to be outdone, threatened with Abdoulaye Doucoure forcing a fantastic save from Wolves’ keeper Jose Sa. Doucoure also had a goal disallowed late in the game.

But the day ultimately belonged to Wolves and Kalajdzic, who capitalized on Pedro Neto’s precise cross to secure all three points for Gary O’Neil’s side.

The match was a rollercoaster of missed opportunities and heart-stopping moments, with both teams pushing hard for victory. In the end, it was Kalajdzic’s first goal for Wolves that settled the contest and left Everton ruing their missed chances.

Man of the Match

The Wolves goalkeeper José Sá was incredible at the post. Denied the Everton players multiple times. His heroic efforts kept the hope alive for the Wolves which was capitalized by Saša Kalajdžić at the dying minutes.

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