Time running out for 'amateurish' Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Everton 3
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If Wolves are to emerge from the wreckage of this relegation battle with their Premier League status intact then they will have certainly done it their way.

Too good for Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. Yet trounced by Blackburn, Newcastle and Everton. Back-to-back defeats have resulted in them sliding to 19th and relegation now looms larger than ever.

"That was as disappointing a performance as I've seen from us here all season," said their captain, Karl Henry. "At times I think we were amateurish. We were all over the place."

Just 21 minutes had passed before Everton seized the advantage when Leon Osman's cross to the near post was met by Jermaine Beckford for his ninth goal of the campaign.

Any Wolves promise was being undermined by some desperate defending and after Wayne Hennessey had twice made first-class saves he was beaten again. Beckford laid off to Phil Neville on the edge of the area and a first goal in three years was arrowed into the top-left corner.

In all likelihood the game was already game over but Diniyar Bilyaletdinov made certain when he unleashed a vicious shot beyond Hennessey.

Games are running out for Wolves.

Scorers: Everton Beckford 21, Neville 39, Bilyaletdinov 45.

Substitutes: Wolves Kightly 5 (Ebanks-Blake, h/t), Milijas (Guedioura, 76), Hammill (Fletcher, 82). Everton Anichebe (Gueye, 64), Vellios (Beckford, 73), Forshaw (Bilyaletdinov, 82).

Booked: Everton Bilyaletdinov.

Man of the match Neville Match rating 9/10.

Possession Wolves 53% Everton 47%.

Shots on target Wolves 7 Everton 6.

Referee P Dowd (Staffordshire). Att 28,352.