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Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Jonny earns a point for Wolves after Lascelles opener

Jonny scores Wolves' equaliser against Newcastle
Jonny's equaliser was just his second Premier League goal for Wolves and first since September 2018

A close-range finish from Jonny ensured Wolves fought back to earn a battling point against Newcastle at St James' Park.

Spaniard Jonny volleyed home from six yards after goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had fumbled Matt Doherty's cross into his path to cap a much-improved second-half display from Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles scored the opener with a powerful near-post header from Federico Fernandez's cross to light up what had been a largely dour first half.

Newcastle ended the game with 10 men when midfielder Sean Longstaff was sent off late on for a high challenge on Ruben Neves.

Doherty very nearly secured all three points for Wolves in stoppage time, but his header across goal from Raul Jimenez's cross flashed just wide.

Resilient Wolves maintain upward momentum

Three successive defeats in September raised doubts about Wolves' ability to balance the demands of domestic and European football, as well as build on their impressive campaign last year.

But this result makes it eight games unbeaten in all competitions, suggesting they are more than adept at coping with the extra matches in their fixture list.

If anything, they have shown an extra resilience, with 13 of their last 14 Premier League goals scored in the second half of matches, including Jonny's leveller at St James' Park.

Wolves boss Nuno once again freshened up his side, making five changes to the team that came from behind to win against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League Thursday.

One of those changes was enforced, with defender Willy Boly suffering a fractured ankle in training on Saturday.

A formation change at half-time proved the spark for that victory in Slovakia and Nuno very nearly repeated the trick here.

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Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Nuno 'happy' with draw

The Portuguese switched from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 at the break, with Adama Traore pushed forward into the front line behind Doherty, who was replaced in the back three by Leander Dendoncker.

It proved to be the catalyst for a vastly improved second-half performance, with the duo creating a chance for Diogo Jota within minutes of the restart.

Jota then created an opportunity himself when his mazy run and shot was only fumbled by Dubravka before the ball was scrambled clear.

Moments later, Wolves were level when Doherty's cross was fumbled by Dubravka straight into the path of Jonny, who volleyed home from close range for just his second goal in a Wolves shirt.

That goal galvanised the visitors and they pinned Newcastle back in the closing stages of the game.

The Midlands club may be frustrated they did not come away with more than just a deserved point.

After stoppage-time goals in games against Burnley and Crystal Palace earlier this season, Wolves very nearly grabbed a third when Doherty went close.

Newcastle let down by lack of firepower

No Premier League ground had seen fewer goals than the four St James' Park had witnessed going into this weekend, with just two of those for the Magpies, highlighting the challenge Steve Bruce faces.

He possesses a robust backline, with Lascelles, Fernandez DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark impressing here. But the former Aston Villa boss now needs to work out how to sharpen his attack without losing any of that defensive solidity.

Club-record signing Joelinton, who has scored just once this season, rarely threatened. Though he often found himself isolated as the Magpies defence dropped ever deeper as the game wore on.

They did manage nine shots on goal during the first period, their most in the opening half of a Premier League game since April.

But goalkeeper Rui Patricio was rarely troubled by any of them apart from a Miguel Almiron shot into the side netting from Matty Longstaff's early ball over the top.

With their forward line miss-firing Newcastle need to rely on goals from elsewhere, and so it proved for the opening goal.

Argentine defender Fernandez, making his first Premier League start of the season, stayed forward after a set-piece and put in a dangerous cross from the right that was powered home at the near post by Lascelles for his first goal since January 2018.

Bruce will be pleased with the way his side clung on for a point, particularly after Sean Longstaff was deservedly dismissed after catching Neves' knee with a studs-up challenge with 10 minutes left, but they could have easily lost this game during a frantic finale.

Bruce has to somehow get his strikers scoring on a regular basis if Newcastle are to lift themselves away from near the bottom of the table.

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Wolves)

Adama Traore crosses the ball playing for Wolves against Newcastle
Traore was the inspiration behind Wolves' second-half comeback, particularly through his link-up play with Doherty down the right

'They were feeding off scraps' - what they said

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I was delighted the way we played in the first half and needed more of it in the second but for some reason we didn't play in the second half. We needed to gain composure and a foothold in the game but we gave the ball away so many times and sat back too much.

"We forgot to take part in the second half. "We said we wanted to win the second half as well. Second half it was that horrible cliche of a game of two halves - if ever there was one."

On Sean Longstaff's red card: "I thought he was unlucky. I think he has played the ball and he isn't in control of his foot but where is his foot supposed to go? When players roll around like that afterwards I'm always a bit dubious."

On his side's scoring problems: "We've invested in strikers, in the second half they were feeding off scraps. We need to do better to give the players at the top end of the pitch chances."

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Newcastle 1-1 Wolves: Longstaff red card unlucky - Bruce

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, also to BBC Match of the Day: "We performed better in the second half. Newcastle were organised and we had problems but in the second half we were better and created so much. We combined well and I'm happy - the challenge is to do it in both halves."

On his side's busy schedule: "We are embracing the challenge. We have played 20 games, that is a lot of effort. There are no days off and so a lot of credit goes to the boys."

On losing Willy Boly this week through injury: "He's a big player and a big man and we will miss him, but it is something that can happen. He was doing a box in training and fell - it is sad that has happened."

Wolves continue scoring run - the stats

  • Newcastle haven't scored more than once in any of their last 10 Premier League games (six goals), their longest such run since April 2015 under John Carver (10 games).
  • Wolves have scored in each of their last nine Premier League games, their joint-longest scoring run in the competition.
  • Sean Longstaff is the 53rd different Newcastle player to pick up a red card in the Premier League, with only Everton (57) seeing more individual players sent off in the competition.
  • Steve Bruce has seen one of his players shown a red card on 53 occasions in the Premier League, with only Arsene Wenger having had more sent off in the competition (78).
  • Wolves have conceded four headed goals in the Premier League this season, the joint-most along with Norwich.
  • Each of Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles' six Premier League goals have been headers; only Dean Richards, Craig Short and Curtis Davies (all 7/7) have scored more goals in the competition with 100% of them coming via their head.
  • Lascelles' opener for Newcastle was his first Premier League goal in 634 days (Jan 2018 v Burnley), with Federico Fernandez assisting his first goal in the competition in 407 days (Sep 2018 v Arsenal).
  • Wolves wing-back Jonny scored his first away goal in top-flight football (Premier League and La Liga) in his 112th such game on the road.

What's next?

Newcastle travel to London Stadium to play West Ham on Saturday, 2 November (15:00 GMT).

Wolves are away at Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday (19:45), before taking on Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday (15:00).

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 18Fernandez
  • 6LascellesBooked at 66mins
  • 2ClarkBooked at 55mins
  • 15Willems
  • 24Almirón
  • 36S LongstaffBooked at 82mins
  • 43M LongstaffSubstituted forAtsuat 90'minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forGayleat 90'minutes
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forShelveyat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Gayle
  • 13Muto
  • 17Krafth
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 2Doherty
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 69mins
  • 37Traoré
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesBooked at 75mins
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro OttoSubstituted forVinagreat 84'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forNetoat 70'minutes
  • 9Jiménez

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
  • 56Ashley-Seal
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
46,019

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss with a cross.

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Dwight Gayle replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Matthew Longstaff.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

Attempt blocked. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

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

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jetro Willems.

Attempt blocked. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Joelinton.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.

Dismissal

Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) is shown the red card.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).

Attempt saved. Jetro Willems (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jetro Willems.

Foul by Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Jetro Willems (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.

Booking

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jetro Willems (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Diogo Jota.

Booking

Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sean Longstaff following a set piece situation.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Liverpool109102381528
2Man City107123292322
3Leicester106222581720
4Chelsea106222316720
5Arsenal104421514116
6Crystal Palace104331012-215
7Man Utd103431310313
8Sheff Utd1034398113
9Bournemouth103431313013
10West Ham103431214-213
11Tottenham103341615112
12Wolves102621313012
13Burnley103341415-112
14Brighton103341214-212
15Aston Villa103251516-111
16Everton103161016-610
17Newcastle10235615-99
18Southampton10226925-168
19Norwich102171124-137
20Watford10055521-165
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