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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Miguel Almiron scores as Magpies end losing run

Miguel Almiron scores
Miguel Almiron scored Newcastle's 500th away goal in the Premier League

Steve Bruce says his Newcastle side overcame the worst injury crisis he has seen in 40 years to draw at Wolves and end their three-game Premier League losing run.

Miguel Almiron's third goal in six games ensured a share of the spoils for Newcastle, who remain 13th in the table.

But with Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle suffering first-half injuries, it was the manner of his side's performance that Bruce admired most.

"With the problems we've got we deserved something. I don't think there's a club out there which has 12 or 13 players missing," Bruce said.

"They ran a million miles and their resilience was there for everyone to see. We lacked a bit of quality in the top end of the pitch but I couldn't fault their effort and endeavour. I thought it was going to be a repeat of when we lost four players in 12 minutes against Leicester.

"Joe [Joelinton] had the courage to carry on [with a groin problem] when we were down to the bare bones. It's ridiculous, I've never known anything like it in 40 years."

While Wolves move up to seventh in the table, they produced an unusually flat performance at Molineux in their 37th game of the campaign.

Leander Dendoncker's equaliser from Joao Moutinho's corner should have laid the platform for them to take advantage of Newcastle's problems.

But instead they struggled to convert possession into meaningful scoring chances.

"I'm not frustrated. I think we didn't play well enough to win," said head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

"We didn't move the ball fast enough. Fast circulation of the ball allows you to open spaces, but that was one of the issues today."

Wolves lack cutting edge

While Wolves largely had control of the ball, this was the fourth consecutive game in all competitions in which Nuno's side have struggled to find a cutting edge.

Since their victory over Manchester City on 27 December, they have failed to muster more than four shots on target in any game.

Wolves have also now conceded first in an unrivalled 15 league games this season, including the past six in a row.

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Nuno calls for Wolves to be more clinical in front of goal

And while they huffed and puffed, particularly in the closing stages, a victory against Newcastle would have flattered the hosts, despite their recovery from another sluggish start.

Adama Traore was the sole bright spark, supplying all of Wolves' best moments in open play.

According to media reports, Traore was sounded out over pursuing a career in the NFL while at Barcelona.

And at times he appeared like an American Football running back, barging through, evading and accelerating clear of Newcastle defenders.

His right-wing cross provided Mexican forward Raul Jimenez with a first-half opportunity to equal Steven Fletcher's club record of 22 Premier League goals and he supplied Pedro Neto with a similar headed chance 14 minutes from the end, but Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka saved superbly from both players.

Newcastle's walking wounded show their spirit

At his press briefing on Friday, Bruce provided updates on the fitness of 14 players.

And while six of those he namechecked were fit to play in the Midlands, early injuries to Dummett and Gayle undermined Newcastle's bright start to the game.

Dummett, returning after missing four matches, went off injured in the 13th minute and although Newcastle reorganised, Wolves equalised with a goal that will surely perplex Bruce. Moutinho's corner cleared several players before dropping into Dendoncker's path.

After that, however, the Magpies manager could have no such complaints and was clearly satisfied with his team's endeavour, fight and football intelligence at the final whistle.

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Bruce frustrated by Newcastle injury crisis

While Dubravka twice rescued Newcastle, there were also solid performances from the likes of Ciaran Clark and Sean and Matty Longstaff.

Matty Longatsff, at 19 the younger of the two brothers, epitomised his team's approach in the closing stages, allowing Raul Jimenez to clatter into him to relieve pressure that had been building on the visitors.

Man of the match - Martin Dubravka (Newcastle)

Martin Dubravka
Dubravka made two crucial saves to ensure Newcastle claimed a point

Worldwide Wolves - the stats

  • Wolves have recovered 15 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season - more than any other side in the competition.
  • Seven of the 10 Premier League meetings between Wolves and Newcastle have finished level (one Wolves win, two Newcastle) - the joint-highest percentage of meetings ending in a draw (70%) of any Premier League fixture to be played on 10 or more occasions (level with Stoke City v Wigan Athletic).
  • Wolves have conceded the first goal in 15 of their 22 Premier League matches this season, at least two more than any other side in the division in 2019-20.
  • Each of Wolves' last 50 Premier League goals have been scored by non-English players (excluding own goals), only the sixth occasion of a side having 50+ consecutive non-English scorers in the competition, and the first since Stoke in December 2016 (59).
  • Newcastle forward Almiron has scored in back-to-back games in all competitions for Newcastle; he had only scored in one of his first 30 appearances for the club before this.
  • Almiron has scored with both of his past two shots on target in the Premier League; he hadn't scored with any of his first 15 attempts on target in the competition prior to this.

What's next?

Newcastle host Rochdale in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday, 14 January (19:45 GMT). They turn their attention back to the Premier League on Saturday, 18 January when they face Chelsea (17:30 GMT).

Wolves travel to Manchester United for their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday, 15 January (19:45 GMT). They are next in action in the Premier League on Saturday, 18 January when they visit Southampton (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Jiménez
  • 7NetoSubstituted forVinagreat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bennett
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
  • 56Ashley-Seal
  • 59Buur

Newcastle

  • 1Dubravka
  • 14Hayden
  • 18Fernández
  • 2Clark
  • 3DummettSubstituted forLejeuneat 13'minutes
  • 15Willems
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forCarrollat 79'minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 43M LongstaffBooked at 87mins
  • 24AlmirónBooked at 65mins
  • 12GayleSubstituted forAtsuat 28'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 7Carroll
  • 11Ritchie
  • 20Lejeune
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
  • 49Watts
  • 50Allan
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
31,570

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Andy Carroll (Newcastle United).

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

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Carroll (Newcastle United).

Booking

Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Pedro Neto.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Florian Lejeune (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Newcastle United. Jetro Willems tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Joelinton.

Attempt saved. Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jetro Willems (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sean Longstaff.

Booking

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United).

Foul by Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Romain Saïss.

Attempt blocked. Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jetro Willems.

Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leicester22143547212645
3Man City21142556243244
4Chelsea22123739291039
5Man Utd2297636251134
6Sheff Utd228862421332
7Wolves2271053128331
8Tottenham228683631530
9Crystal Palace227872024-429
10Arsenal2261062931-228
11Everton2284102532-728
12Southampton2284102739-1228
13Newcastle2275102134-1326
14Brighton2266102530-524
15Burnley2273122437-1324
16West Ham2164112533-822
17Aston Villa2163122737-1021
18Bournemouth2155112032-1220
19Watford2147101734-1719
20Norwich2235142245-2314
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