Willy Boly struck late into injury time to cancel out Isaac Hayden’s opener as the points were shared at Molineux.

A tepid first half

Wolves struggled to make inroads in the opening stages of the game despite dominating possession. Newcastle’s back five were resolute in defence

A slick Wolves move released Raul Jimenez but a fantastic tackle by Christian Atsu prevented the forward from getting his shot off.

Jimenez had another chance, this time found by wing-back Matt Doherty, but skied his shot.

Newcastle’s centre-halves created problems for themselves on multiple occasions. Wolves’ forwards squandered a three-on-two just before the half-hour mark after Fabian Schar gave the ball away in midfield. Ruben Neves fired over from range in the follow-up.

Jonny went close following a corner

Martin Dubravka’s fantastic save kept Jimenez’s deflected shot out and the scores level. The Slovakian stopper followed this up with a strong save to deny Jonny Otto’s long-range effort.

Matt Ritchie was booked for dissent before Salomon Rondon’s shot was deflected wide in the half’s final action.

Newcastle take the lead in a frantic opening to the second half

Wolves’ renewed impetus was clearly visible after the break. A delightful interchange between Doherty and Jimenez won a corner. Doherty went close from the set piece while under pressure to rush his header.

A coming together saw both Diogo Jota and Schar have their names taken as the game came to life.

The visitors went ahead early in the second half after Isaac Hayden’s effort was parried into the net by Rui Patricio. The goalkeeper committed too early after Hayden was played in by Schar.

Wolves search for an equaliser saw Jota test Dubravka twice in quick succession. A double change followed, with Leander Dendoncker and Jota replaced by Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro.

The visitors responded by bringing on record signing Miguel Almirón for his debut as Atsu made way.

A final change for Wolves saw Adama Traore come on for Doherty, but the home side lacked cutting edge as the final whistle loom.

Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was a frustrated figure on the touchline

Jimenez squandered another chance to add to his nine league goals this season by blazing a header high and wide.

Mohamed Diame replaced goalscorer Hayden to a standing ovation from the away fans, whilst Wolves continued to pile on the pressure as their corner count reached double figures.

Late equaliser extends Wolves’ grip on seventh place

From the ashes, Wolves snatched a late equaliser courtesy of the head of  Willy Boly. A devastating error by Dubravka – who had been assured up to that point – saw Boly nod the ball in from point-blank.

The goalkeeper opted to try and catch from Traore’s cross when a punch would have been the better option, much to manager Rafael Benitiez’s rage at the full-time whistle.

The result means that Wolves extend their lead over eighth-placed Watford to two points. At the bottom of the table, Newcastle overtake Cardiff City but find themselves only one point above the relegation zone.


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