Wolves sink Palace to overtake Spurs

English Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into sixth spot after defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday night.

With a top-six spot on the line, the hosts recalled Matt Doherty, Leander Dendoncker and Jonny Castro Otto with Patrick van Aanholt and captain Luka Milivojevic missing for the visitors.

Following Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday, Wolves needed to get over the line to have any chance of sealing a top-six spot with the campaign at the climax.

Mamadou Sakho was hauled off the field shortly before the midway point after encountering a hamstring injury and was replaced by Cheikhou Kouyate.

Palace pushed towards the breakthrough when Jeffrey Schlupp got goal-side of a ball from Wilfried Zaha before firing wide of the far post following a defensive error inside 27 minutes.

Wolves drew first blood when an inch-perfect ball from Joao Moutinho released Doherty to deliver a telling cross for Daniel Podence to head into an unguarded net on the stroke of haltime.

Wolves should’ve had a second when good initiative between Podence and Adama Traore forced Vicente Guaita to deny the latter with the follow-up hoofed by the goal-scorer on 58 minutes.

The home side found a second goal on 68 minutes when good piece of skill on the right from Traore led to a low cross for Otto, who turned swiftly to find the bottom corner.

Roy Hodgson’s side, who started positively, began surging forward again in the last few minutes but failed to get a look in as Wolves end their campaign at home with a win.

Sheffield United 0-1 Everton

Sheffield United’s top-six ambitions were dented after a 1-0 defeat to Everton on Monday evening.

Jarrad Branthwaite started for the first time on the side of the visitors with Djibril Sidibe also preferred at right-back as Sheffield remained unchanged from the defeat at Leicester City.

Jordan Pickford was given the evening’s first piece of work when he palmed a cross-cum shot following an inswinging delivery from Oli McBurnie around the post minutes from the start.

Everton struggled to get an opening towards the half-hour mark, with the high-line approach from the Blades making life difficult for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Theo Walcott and Richarlison.

An acrobatic save from Pickford five minutes to the break denied Chris Basham who aimed for the far corner with a cross-cum curler from the right.

Calvert-Lewin was given a golden chance to break the deadlock from a right-sided cross on 43 minutes, but headed against the post with Dean Henderson well beaten..

The Toffees had to wait a minute after halftime to go ahead as Richarlison leaped onto Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick to nod into the far corner of Henderson’s goal.

Calvert-Lewin was close to doubling their lead after bullying John Eagan off the ball to have a crack from point-blank range, but Pickford parried thanks to Jack O’Connell’s deflection 58 minutes in.

Sheffield tried staging a turnaround from the substitute’s bench before the final 20 minutes, with three straight changes in John Fleck, Billy Sharp and John Lundstram.

A topsy-turvy spell following the final minutes presented openings either side, but neither profited as the Toffees snap a four-match winless run while Sheffield fail to boost their European chances.

Real end LaLiga season with a point

Chelsea end Man Utd's FA Cup dream

Ruthless Barca run riot in final game

comments