There was, albeit briefly, some enjoyment. For two minutes in the second half, there were cheers and laughter as a stray black cat scuttled from one end of Goodison Park’s pitch to the other before disappearing into the shadows.
Black cats, however, are supposed to bring good luck with them but, on this occasion, there was nothing for Everton. The only thing the locals felt at the final whistle was that familiar sinking feeling, having seen their team torn asunder.
Wolves had recorded their first win at this stadium since September 1979 and there was nothing flattering about the size of their victory. Nuno Espirto Santo’s side consolidated seventh place with a fluent display, one that was aided and abetted by some horrible Everton defending.
Leander Dendoncker showed good composure inside the box to make it three midway through the second half
The ball bounced up to Dendoncker and the Wolves midfielder blasted the ball into the roof of the net on the volley
Dendoncker (pictured) and Raul Jimenez piled the pressure on Marco Silva as Wolves dominate Everton at Goodison Park
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Baines, Davies, Andre Gomes, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.
Subs: McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Kenny.
Goals: Gomes 27
Wolverhampton XI: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Jonny, Jimenez, Jota.
Subs: Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Gibbs-White, John Ruddy, Saiss,Traore, John.
Goals: Neves (pen) 7, Jimenez 45+1, Dendoncker 66
Referee: Lee Mason
Raul Jimenez connected with Joao Moutinho's free-kick to send a bullet header into the net to restore the away side's lead. CLICK HERE to see more from Sportsmail's MATCH ZONE.
Through Ruben Neves, Raul Jiminez and Leander Dendoncker, Wolves scored three to render Andre Gomes’ sparkling strike irrelevant and not for a moment did they give the impression they would leave with anything other than three points.
The more you watch Nuno’s team, the more they leave a positive impression and you would not think they only six months out of the Championship. They are polished and progressive and will be a fixture in this division for a long time to come.
There was little chance of them coming to Merseyside and hoping to pinch something and the intent was clear from the first whistle; within seven minutes, Wolves had the lead but the manner in which Everton conceded did little for Silva’s state of mind.
When Matt Doherty got the wrong side of Leighton Baines, the danger rose as the veteran full-back got in a tangle. He tumbled over, taking Doherty with him, and Lee Mason swiftly pointed to the spot. Neves dispatched the penalty with aplomb, sending Jordan Pickford the wrong way.
What promised to be a difficult afternoon for Everton suddenly became a significantly greater challenge and the silence of the home supporters amplified their tensions; there was, clearly, apprehension that Wolves might quickly take the contest away from them.
Raul Jimenez connected with Joao Moutinho's free-kick to send a bullet header into the net to restore the away side's lead
The goal for the Wolves forward came just moments before the half-time interval - a perfect time for the away