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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:45 6th May 2012

A Goal-less Finish At Molineux

Wolves 0

Everton 0

Molineux bid farewell to Premier League football with a goal-less draw against in form Everton. Chances for either side were few and far between as Terry Connor's men drew for the third time in four games.

With Kevin Foley and Matt Jarvis were both ruled out through injury, in came Ronald Zubar and Stephen Hunt.

Everton kicked-off attacking the North Bank end but the first threat came from Wolves with Tony Hibbert clearing Kevin Doyle's cross as Steven Fletcher ran in unchallenged on the blind side.

Marouane Fellaini headed a Hibbert cross down to Tim Cahill but the Australian striker failed to get enough power behind his hot allowing Dorus De Vries to save.

In the 14th minute Nikica Jelavic ran onto a long through ball and looked on to open the scoring until Richard Stearman got back in a nick of time to block.

Then Hunt headed a Zubar cross back into the heart of the area, but Tim Howard intercepted. A Hunt corner had the Everton defence struggling to clear their lines and in a crowded six-yard box Doyle could only poke the ball wide of the post.

James McFadden was wide with an angled drive after Jelavic's pass found him on the right of the home goal before penalty appeals for the visitors, after Michael Kightly challenged Leon Osman on the edge of the box, were ignored by the referee.

Stephen Ward was penalised for a tackle on Jelavic some 25-yards out, but McFadden's free-kick sailed high over the bar.

Steven Pienaar's curled shot was easily dealt with by De Vries and when play switched to the other end, Christophe Berra headed over after Hunt had lifted a free-kick into the box.

There was a chance for Pienaar who was in the clear after Stearman had slipped. But the defender regained his feet and got back in time to challenge the Everton man as he shot and the ball ballooned high over the bar.

After 28 minutes Jelavic did find the net but the linesman had already raised his flag before the Croatian tucked the ball away. It looked to be a very close call.

Fellaini's header from McFadden's centre was deflected behind off Zubar before a flowing Wolves move, in which Doyle released Zubar on the right, ended when Hunt shot over after Fletcher had nodded back the French defender's cross.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Everton 0

Two minutes after the restart, Fletcher headed a Hunt free-kick back across the face of goal and Stearman, from a tight angle, overhit the ball as he tried to work it back into the middle of the goalmouth.

Fellaini headed high and wide after a Hibbert centre before a change to the home defence saw Berra limping off with a calf injury to be replaced by George Elokobi who was back from his loan spell with Nottingham Forest.

De Vries parried a Jelavic free-kick after Karl Henry had been pulled up for a foul on Pienaar before both teams made changes - Sylvan Ebanks-Blake coming on for Fletcher and, for the visitors, Denis Stracqualursi for McFadden.

And, after Kightly had dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box, Magaye Gueye took the place of Cahill and Anthony Forde replaced Kightly.

There was a chance for Jelavic as he raced onto Fellaini's headed flick but he fired well wide of the far post.

Stracqualursi netted from close range with a quarter of an hour remaining but, once again, Everton joy was tempered by the offside flag.

The last worthwhile chance of the game fell to Ebanks-Blake but he was wide with a shot on the run from 22-yards.

Wolves: De Vries, Zubar, Ward, Edwards, Berra (Elokobi 54), Stearman, Kightly (Forde 71), Henry (capt), Fletcher (Ebanks-Blake 61), Doyle, Hunt.

Unused subs: Ikeme, R. Johnson, Milijaš, Jonsson.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka (capt), Jelavic, McFadden (Stracqualursi 59), Distin, Cahill, Osman (Gueye 68), Pienaar, Fellaini.

Unused subs: Mucha, Barkley, Coleman, Duddy, Baxter.

Referee: L. Mason.

Attendance: 25,466.

    Data provided by Press Association

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