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Iwobi scores first premier league goal in 15 months

NEWSMAN – Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi ended his Premier League goal drought as Everton defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in their English Premier League encounter at Molineux on January 12, 2021.

The Nigeria international inspired his team to victory at the Molineux Stadium as Carlo Ancelotti’s team stepped up their bid for the Premier League diadem.

Six minutes into the game, James Rodriguez played a crossfield pass to Lucas Digne, before sending it back to Iwobi, who calmly fired beyond goalkeeper Rui Patricio from 20 yards.

With that strike, the former Arsenal man scored for the first time in 38 English elite division games. The last time he found the net was on September 1, 2019, when Everton laboured to a 3-2 win over Wolves at Goodison Park.

The hosts levelled matters through Ruben Neves in the 14th minute – Yerry Mina’s failure to clear Pedro Neto’s corner kick allowed Rayan Ait-Nouri to turn the ball back into the danger area, where the Portugal international volleyed past Jordan Pickford from close range.

Victory was sealed for the visitors in the 77th minute after Michael Keane powered home a brilliant header thanks to a cross from Andre Gomes.

Iwobi was in action from start to finish as his club now occupies the fourth position on the log, having garnered 32 points from 17 matches – four points adrift of leaders Manchester United.

Shortly after the game, the Super Eagle took to social media to revel in his side’s win against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side: “That three point feeling’s so sweet,” he tweeted.

Speaking after the game, manager Ancelotti praised his team’s flexibility in the away triumph.

“Great result. If you win here, you have to have a good performance. We played a good game, we were good defensively, we attacked well with good ideas on the flanks,” the Italian tactician told the media after the game.

“After that the game was in the balance, at the end we won thanks to Michael Keane, who scored a fantastic goal.

“We perform better away because at home we don’t have the support of our fans at the moment, which is really important. When we played with 2,000 of our supporters against Chelsea we won.”

Iwobi would be hoping to take his scoring form to Villa Park where Everton are guests of Aston Villa on Sunday.

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