With Neville, Gibo, and Bainesy still injured, the only change Everton made to the starting line up from the Stoke game was McFadden for Anichebe. A decision which was greeted by 'what the fuck!' by most of the travelling Everton fans. The feeling was Barkley, Coleman, Baxter or even the ineffective Gueye would have been a better option.
After a slow start Everton got into their stride with some crisp passing and plenty of possession. Tim Cahill had Everton's first chance when Marouane Fellaini headed on, but he shot straight at their keeper. Nikica Jelavic had his first shot on goal after about 15 minutes when he got onto the end of a long pass by Jags, but his goal ward shot was blocked. Everton were in full control by now. Osman, Pienaar and Fellaini had plenty of the ball. It seemed it was just a matter of time before Everton scored.
After 20 minutes Ossie cut into the penalty are and was clearly clipped from behind by Kightly, but referee Mason, standing just yards away waved play on. It was at this moment I thought it may not be our day. Everton continued to dominate and the riot was nearly on when the ball fell lovely for Hibbo to crack, but his fine shot was blocked. It looked as though it was flying in as well.
It was still one way traffic, Wolves had not had a shot on target in the first half, but Everton still couldn't find the killer strike. De Vries easily held Steven Pienaar's curler. Then the South African was straight through on goal, but blasted the ball way over the bar.
Then Peanuts redeemed himself with a lovely ball through to Jela. This fella did what every blue shirt had failed to do. He found the net. But it was all in vain as offside was given. It looked very tight.
Tony Hibbert, who was joining in the attacks more often, crossed but Fellaini headed over the bar when he should have buried it.
Wolves 0 EVERTON 0
The second half seemed to go the same way as the first. Wolves had a go for the first few minutes, but Everton gained control produced plenty of chances, but still couldn't score. Jelavic hit a free kick from about 25 yards out, but De Vries saved diving to his left.
Fellaini headed down for Jela to pounce, but the ball seemed to get stuck under his feet and consequently the Croatian screwed his shot wide.
Moyesy brought on Denis for McFadden. Lets hope that's the last we see of Faddy. With so many youngsters waiting in line, surly we don't need him. Stracqualursi was straight into action, but his goal ward shot was blocked. Jelavic was still trying to get a goal, shot wide after getting into a good position.
Jelavic turned provider when he crossed from the left for Fellaini who only seemed to get a slight touch on the ball, it flew to the far post where Stracqualursi bundled it in the net at the far post. Yet again it was ruled out for offside. Not Denis but Fellaini.
That was the end of the goal action. Everton brought on Gueye for Cahill, but nobody noticed. Pienaar and Osman continued to have plenty of possession, but the final ball was poor. Fellaini and Jelavic continued to shoot wide and be caught offside.
The game came to a frustrating end. The Wolves fans were happy to get their first point for yonks and were giving it 'Ole' every time one of their players passed to another near the end. Everton must have had about 20 odd shots, but never scored. Phil Jagielka was outstanding at the back for The Toffees, Tony Hibbert did well and seemed to be enjoying getting forward. But the Blue Kipper Star man was Nikica Jelavic. He never scored, but never stopped trying. His work rate is fantastic and his link up play was exceptional. It's easy to be MOM when you score lots of goals, but today he showed he has the hunger in an end of season game. We have a superb player on our hands.