Toffees heighten Wolves woe
Everton maintained their late season push for a European spot as three first-half goals secured a 3-0 win and increased Wolves' Barclays Premier League relegation fears at Molineux.
Goals from Jermaine Beckford, skipper Phil Neville - his first for three years - and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov effectively ended the game as a contest before the interval.
Everton have now taken 14 points from a six-game unbeaten run to keep alive their hopes of breaking into the top six despite a lengthy injury list.
It was against the run of play when Beckford put them ahead after 21 minutes. John Heitinga found Leon Osman in space out on the right and his cross picked out Beckford, who got in between Christophe Berra and Richard Stearman and in front of Wayne Hennessey to nod home.
Beckford came close to doubling Everton's lead after 31 minutes.
Osman easily shook off the challenge of Berra on the right flank and his cross found the unmarked Beckford. His downward header contained plenty of power but Hennessey was able to adjust and parry the shot away to his left.
A dipping attempt from Jamie O'Hara was deflected just wide and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake had a shot blocked from close range following a Matt Jarvis centre.
But after 38 minutes Neville doubled Everton's lead. Hennessey, at full stretch, managed to keep out a misdirected header by George Elokobi from Leighton Baines' corner. The ball landed at the feet of Neville on the edge of the Wolves box and his rising shot flew into the roof of the net.
On the stroke of half-time Bilyaletdinov made it 3-0. The ball broke to him just inside the Wolves half and his 25-yard drive flew past the despairing dive of Hennessey.
Bilyaletdinov should have made it 4-0 but shot over from close range after Elokobi mis-kicked.