By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

29th Dec, 2022 | 8:40pm

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Everton fans weren’t responsible for the late Wolves winner as somebody should have been fouled to prevent the break, says Kevin Campbell.

The Goodison Park crowd was audibly frustrated as the ball was passed around the defence with the game in the 94th minute and the scores level at 1-1 on Boxing Day, before James Tarkowski eventually played a long ball up to Nathan Patterson.

After Wolves took possession and broke down the other end for Rayan Ait-Nouri to score there had been some suggestions that the fan reaction had pushed the Toffees into a rash decision, but Sky Sports pundit Campbell rejected the idea that anyone was to blame for playing the ball forward in that way, instead taking issue with how the break was allowed to advance.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “Look, sometimes you pass around the back to try and get the right ball going forward.

“And they got the match-up that they wanted because because they tend to hit Patterson, but it just didn’t work out.

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“But the problem is even when you’re going for it you’ve still got to have that mindset that no matter what happens if it pops out they’re not going to break on us, someone’s going to have to get fouled somewhere.

“You have to stop the game, break it up. But they didn’t. Wolves just went forward and scored the winner.

“You can’t blame the fans for that. You can’t blame the players. It is just one of those things that catch up with you sometimes.

“It better not happen again.”

In a game where Everton could feasibly been out of sight long before second half stoppage time there should have been no surprise that fans were frustrated with the ball being played around on the halfway line.

But Tarkowski’s ball successfully found Patterson, so it was hardly a wild punt, and whether that move was successful or not it shouldn’t have ended up in Jordan Pickford’s net.

The team will presumably be wiser for the experience but players and fans alike were justified in looking for a winner in the first place.