Wolves 2 Everton 2: Raul Jimenez nets late equaliser to cancel out Richarlison’s double at Molineux

But you will never convince new Everton boss Marco Silva his 10-men weren’t robbed of three points at Molineux!

Wolves’ Mexican world cup striker Jimenez earned Nuno Esperito Santo’s Wolves a hard-earned point, soaring to glance home Ruben Neves’ wicked cross 10 minutes from the end of a pulsating affair.

In the past, the WWE fan has pulled on a Mexican fighting mask, made famous by his hero Sin Cara, to celebrate scoring.

However the threat of an instant booking persuaded Jimenez that might not be the wisest move.

Meanwhile Silva will feel the biggest SIN of the day was a controversial red card for skipper Phil Jagielka who left Everton with a mountain to climb after he was sent packing five minutes before half time.

At that time Everton were a goal ahead and looking good value for their lead.

However Jagielka took a heavy touch and as the ball spun away from him he threw himself into a sliding tackle which sent Diogo Jota sprawling.

In my opinion the Everton defender played the ball and his studs were not raised in a dangerous manner.

But my opinion doesn’t count and ref Craig Pawson thought otherwise as he stunned Jags, brandishing the red card to end his evening’s work.

To rub salt in the defender’s wounds Jagielka hadn’t even made it down the tunnel when a roar went round Molineux to tell him his worst fears had come true.

From the resultant free kick Ruben Neves made a mug of Jordan Pickford as he whipped a right foot shot high into the top corner.

The England No.1 came off second best and Neves took the acclaim of his adoring Wolves support to underline why he is regarded as one of Europe’s top young talents.

Until then Everton had looked in control thanks to their £50million summer signing Richarlison.

While Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward appears to have the power to question Jose Mourinho’s judgement and take a red marker to his transfer targets, Everton backed Silva.

When he asked for £50m for Richarlison they could have pointed out the little Brazilian had failed to score in his last 25 games for Watford.

Today, he repaid Silva’s faith in him.

He opened the scoring after 17 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball in the six yard box after Cenk Tosun had headed against Willy Boly and the ball dropped kindly for Richarlison to bundle it home.

After the break the little Brazilian thought he had won the game for Everton when he ran on to a Tosun flick and curled the ball beyond Rui Patricio and in at the back post.

However Wolves were not to be denied on their big day and Jimenez grappled a point from Everton’s grasp with his late header.

In the end a draw was probably a fair result as neither side deserved to lose.

There were fireworks, flames and flags to welcome Wolves back to the Premier League after an absence of six years.

Or if you are an impatient Wolves fan who has been ticking every day off your calendar – a whopping 2,281 days since your team last graced the top flight.

Actually in this instance ‘graced,’ might be stretching it a little – disgraced might be closer to the painful truth.

Back in 2012 Mick McCarthy was hounded out after Wolves’ bitter Black Country rivals West Brom came to Molineux and promptly spanked Mick’s men 5-1.

McCarthy’s assistant Terry Connor replaced his old gaffer to the surprise of many – not least himself.

However after 13 matches without a win, all Connor earned was a place in the record books as the only Wolverhampton boss in history who never won a match!

However enough of those dark days. Wolves are unrecognisable from the pitiful side who ran up the white flag six years ago.

Yesterday every home fan had been handed a gold and black flag bearing the message: “The Pack is Back,” and the atmosphere inside Molineux at 5.30 when ref Craig Pawson signalled the return of Premier football was more like a Champions’ League night than a domestic game.

It was good to have them back!

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