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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United: Willy Boly header denies Newcastle

Willy Boly and Martin Dubravka
Boly has now scored two goals in his last five league games - as many as he managed in his previous 45 for Wolves

Wolves defender Willy Boly scored a dramatic late equaliser as Newcastle were denied a precious victory in their battle against relegation from the Premier League.

Rafael Benitez's visitors had appeared on course to move three points clear of the relegation zone courtesy of Isaac Hayden's earlier strike at Molineux.

But as the game drifted beyond the minimum four minutes allocated for added time, Boly climbed above Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to head in Adama Traore's lofted cross.

Newcastle's players and manager furiously appealed for a foul, with the former Porto defender appearing to have both arms on Dubravka. However, referee Graham Scott waved away their protests.

Benitez's side went in front when Hayden found the bottom-right corner after collecting a fine pass from Fabian Schar and wrong-footing home goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Wolves controlled proceedings in the first period and created several chances to score after the break, with Newcastle content to sit back and counter-attack.

When the hosts did break through, Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez were guilty of close-range misses.

The result leaves Newcastle one point above the bottom three in 16th place while Wolves remain seventh.

Final act denies Newcastle

Wolves may have controlled the tempo but Newcastle's defensive resilience appeared to be paying off.

With 10 men often deployed behind the ball, they restricted the hosts to just two shots on target in the first half, laying a platform for them to build on after the break.

As they grew in confidence, Matt Ritchie and Schar were afforded the space to launch attacks.

It was Schar's purposeful run that created their goal, the Swiss defender feigning to shoot and drawing Boly out of position. That allowed Hayden to receive the ball unmarked and fire home.

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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Benitez disappointed with late goal against Wolves

There were also some neat touches on show by Newcastle's record signing Miguel Almiron, who was introduced for the final 18 minutes.

Yet having resisted intense Wolves pressure in the closing stages, they were undone by the game's final act.

With Dubravka caught under a high cross, Boly climbed above him - briefly placing both arms on the Slovak - and bundled the ball over the line.

Misfiring Wolves

This is the second time this term that Wolves have scored late against Newcastle.

Matt Doherty's 94th-minute goal gave Nuno Espirito Santo's side all three points at St James' Park in December.

But despite having 22 shots on goal, this was a misfiring performance in comparison to their last three Premier League outings, which delivered 10 goals and consecutive victories.

Leading scorer Raul Jimenez, with nine goals this term, was particularly at fault, hitting the target with just one of this six shots.

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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Last minute equaliser shows Wolves strong character - Nuno

Diogo Jota and Doherty also spurned opportunities to score, the latter heading over from three yards out.

But Boly's determination at the back post in the dying seconds ensured Wolves' kept up their reputation for late goals.

No side has scored more goals after 90 minutes than Wolves this term, who moved level on five with Manchester United and Cardiff.

Man of the match - Sean Longstaff (Newcastle)

Sean Longstaff
Sean Longstaff underpinned Newcastle's defensive effort making more tackles (6) than any other player

'We had to be strong enough' - what they said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to BBC Sport: "It came late, but the performance deserved goals. We created situations but the final touch was not there. It is something we must improve and be more clinical. Credit to Newcastle they were so organised. Last minute shows the character of the team.

On whether Boly fouled on the keeper: "I didn't see the images yet. I will answer this question in the press conference of course. I don't judge the work of the referees because it is so hard. The referees are so well prepared and must decide in a second.

"We should have done better, but the effort in the last minute and the way they believed shows character. But we require a lot of improvement."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez to Sky Sports: "We had to be strong enough defending the cross.

"These kind of balls you can do a little bit better, punch the ball. That's it. It was not very clear watching the replay. It is something we have to defend better. We know it is England and people will come to the keeper.

"I was not happy with some decisions from the referee, but overall he was fine."

Wolves late show again - the stats

  • Newcastle have picked up seven points from their last four Premier League games (W2 D1 L1), one more than they managed in their previous nine fixtures in the competition (W1 D3 L5).
  • Newcastle's Isaac Hayden netted only his second Premier League goal and his first in 31 appearances, since scoring against Southampton in October 2017.
  • Only Cardiff, Everton and Southampton (all 12) have seen their Premier League games this season goalless at half-time more often than Newcastle (11).
  • Fabian Schar has been directly involved in three goals in his last four Premier League games for Newcastle (2 goals, 1 assist), as many as he managed in his previous 32 appearances in Europe's big five leagues.
  • Newcastle's Miguel Almiron became the eighth Paraguayan to make his debut in the Premier League and the first since West Ham's Fabian Balbuena in August 2018.

What's next?

Wolves travel to Bristol city in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday (13:00 GMT) before resuming Premier League duty at Bournemouth on Saturday, 23 February (15:00).

Newcastle host Huddersfield in the Premier League on 23 February (15:00).

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forTraoréat 81'minutes
  • 32DendonckerSubstituted forCavaleiroat 69'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18JotaBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHélder Costaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 5SchärBooked at 51mins
  • 6LascellesBooked at 68mins
  • 20Lejeune
  • 22Yedlin
  • 14HaydenSubstituted forDiaméat 86'minutes
  • 36Longstaff
  • 30AtsuSubstituted forAlmirónat 72'minutes
  • 11RitchieBooked at 44mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forManquilloat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Rondón

Substitutes

  • 10Diamé
  • 15Kenedy
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 24Almirón
  • 41Woodman
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
30,687

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Miguel Almirón with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Isaac Hayden.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Matt Doherty.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Miguel Almirón replaces Christian Atsu.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Florian Lejeune.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Leander Dendoncker.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota.

Booking

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Man City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham26200654252960
4Man Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield2625191448-3411
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