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Lopetegui got his substitutions spot on for Wolves against Everton

Wolves fans are on a high today following a brilliant 2-1 victory over Everton in the Premier League yesterday that saw Rayan Ait-Nouri grab the winner deep into injury-time.

It was Julen Lopetegui’s first Premier League game in charge at Goodison Park.

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Having beaten Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, the Spaniard was keen to follow that up.

It was actually not a particularly good performance from Wolves.

It was a display littered with poor passes, and the game itself became quite broken up in the second-half.

But Wanderers managed to find a way to win, coming from behind which is absolutely huge from a mentality standpoint.

And Lopetegui deserves major credit for the substitutions he made yesterday.

In the second-half, he replaced Joe Hodge, Hugo Bueno and Hwang Hee-chan with Matheus Nunes, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Adama Traore.

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Goncalo Guedes would enter the picture a little later, replacing an injured Daniel Podence.

And then finally, Toti Gomes came on for Joao Moutinho, which was a move that perhaps signalled Lopetegui was ready to see the game out for a point.

But that particular sub might have been what helped Wolves to steal the points.

Because Wolves were able to hit Everton on the counter in the dying moments.

Nunes, Traore and Ait-Nouri combined, with the Frenchman’s controlled finished prompting bedlam in the away end.

Julen Lopetegui showed his tactical prowess with substitutions against Everton

It was very refreshing to see a Wolves manager making in-game changes that had a positive impact.

One of the big criticisms of Bruno Lage was of his in-game management.

There were many times where the Portuguese left it too late to change things up, and then the changes he did make were wrong.

Although it was not a good Wolves performance, Lopetegui got everything spot on yesterday in terms of his changes.

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Three of his subs combined for the winning goal. And the introduction of Toti, while it felt a bit negative, was actually inspired as it invited Everton to attack, allowing Wolves the chance to counter. Toti also made some brilliant defensive plays.

Without doubt, it was a very encouraging first Premier League game for Lopetegui.