Everton continued a theme of woeful performances against seemingly inferior sides, drawing with Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 at Goodison Park Saturday in their Premier League home opener. The Toffees are now 0-1-1 on the season.
For the second straight week, Everton outshot the opponent and completely dominated the possession, but couldn’t manage to pull off a victory. On aggregate for the first two matches, the Blues have held possession 65% of the time and outshot the opponent 35-17 only to be outscored 2-1.
On Saturday, Tim Cahill netted the first goal of the season for Everton, scoring a deflected Mikel Arteta free kick from outside the box in the 43rd minute. It appeared as if Arteta had earned a penalty prior, but the spot was placed just inches outside the box.
Once again, it appeared as if the Toffees could control the ball all they wanted, only to fail in their link-ups in the final attacking third.
Wolves tied up the match in the 75th minute to shock the Merseyside crowd.
Adlene Guedioura, who came in as a sub, gave John Heitinga a hard challenge around midfield to win the ball and released Kevin Doyle, who served it up to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the tying goal.
Everton will now prepare for Carling Cup play this Wednesday against Huddersfield Town with Premiership play resuming a week from Sunday at Aston Villa.
(Ed. Note – Due to an inability to watch Saturday’s game, it would feel wrong to write a “What We Learned” piece on a game I didn’t get the chance to see. That, and you know, it was thoroughly depressing.)