Michael Keane headed his third league goal of the season as Everton overcame problems with their strikeforce to claim a win that lifts them into the top four. Alex Iwobi shot the visitors an early lead before Rúben Neves drew Wolves level in a contest in which the home side’s absences ultimately proved the more costly.

Injuries forced both managers to get inventive. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin missing because of thigh trouble and Richarlison judged to be fit enough only for a place on the bench, Carlo Ancelotti decided to start without a specialist striker. Gylfi Sigurdsson and James Rodríguez served as a pair of false nines while Cenk Tosun was left among the substitutes despite scoring his first club goal of the season in last weekend’s narrow FA Cup win over Rotherham.

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