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Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Jacob Murphy free-kick cancels out Raul Jimenez goal

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy scored his second Premier League goal, his last having come against Manchester City in January 2018

Nuno Espirito Santo wants his side to be "more clinical" after Newcastle's late equaliser denied Wolves a third consecutive win.

Jacob Murphy's 89th-minute free-kick rescued a point for Newcastle shortly after Wolves had taken the lead through Raul Jimenez.

Newcastle midfielder Murphy bent his low effort around the wall and just inside the post past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

It was just the second shot on target from the visitors.

"We were patient, we were a threat, we didn't concede many chances and it is a game that we should finish with a victory," said Nuno.

Jimenez had fired home with 10 minutes to go of what had been a lacklustre encounter that Wolves had dominated for long stretches.

Both sides managed just one shot on target in the first half, and while Wolves seemed the likelier to take three points they had to settle for a point that takes them into eighth.

"The mistake is that we need to be more clinical," Nuno added. "We had many chances but we did not test the goalkeeper too many times. We were the better team."

Newcastle remain in 14th after the fourth consecutive 1-1 result between the two clubs.

Karl Darlow saved Daniel Podence's shot in the sixth minute in what turned out to be Wolves' best chance of the first half, while Allan Saint-Maximin's effort pushed away by Patricio just before the break was Newcastle's first attempt on target.

Blocks by Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez to deny Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto typified a dogged display by the away side in the second half, and they battled back strongly after Jimenez's fine goal had seemed set to send them home empty-handed.

Wolves fail to land killer blow

Wolves lived up to the statistic that says they are the Premier League's slowest starters, failing to score in the first half for the 58th time - more than any other side in the top flight.

Podence forced Darlow into a save low to his left after six minutes, but after that the home side failed to make the most of having nearly two-thirds of the possession.

Wolves need to be more clinical - Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo's side showed was more urgency after the break, and even had vague hopes of a penalty shout for handball when Fernandez got in the way of Podence's effort, but replays showed the Newcastle defender could have done nothing to get the back of his arm out of the way.

Jimenez's excellent shot from just outside the area from a corner had enough power behind it to take it in off Darlow's left hand, giving Wolves' leading scorer his fourth of this campaign and what seemed to be the game's decisive moment.

But with their next three games all against sides near them in the table - versus Crystal Palace, Leicester and Southampton - Nuno will be keen for his team to finish off sides when they have the chance.

Gutsy Newcastle battle through

A heavy defeat to Manchester United last time out, combined with illness and injuries affecting his squad, saw Steve Bruce make four changes to his starting line-up.

Jonjo Shelvey's groin problem and an illness affecting Sean Longstaff resulted in a redrawn side with an attacking edge, and included Ryan Fraser making his first Premier League start since his transfer from Bournemouth.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce praises the performance of goalscorer Jacob Murphy

But for all their potential threat going forward, Newcastle worked hard without the ball for much of the match and Wolves' main threats came from shots a long way from goal.

Fraser and his former Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson lined up alongside each other for the first time this season, while Murphy, who spent last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, made his first Premier League start since December 2018.

The 25-year-old Murphy, named at wing-back, took his chance with a clever free-kick that just squeezed in to give Newcastle a point from a match that they were never quite out of despite spending so much of it on the back foot.

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce on BBC Sport: "We didn't have any natural midfield players who want to win the ball back today. We have to defend better than we have done of late, we have to be hard to beat.

"It was hard work but that's the Premier League. Almiron does the hard work, it's very hard for me to leave him out, he's a manager's delight. He ran himself to a standstill.

"We are trying to find a balance to the team, it won't happen overnight but we are trying to change the way we play."

The draw specialists - the stats you may have missed

  • 73% of the Premier League matches between Wolves and Newcastle have ended level (8/11); of Premier League ties to have been played at least 10 times, this is the highest percentage.
  • All 11 Premier League games between Wolves and Newcastle have seen both sides score a goal, making it the most played tie in the competition in which neither side have kept a clean sheet.
  • Wolves have won just one of their 11 games under Nuno Espirito Santo in which they have had at least 60% possession (D5 L5), with that win coming against a Manchester City team who played with 10 men for more than 75 minutes.
  • Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in 27 Premier League goals since the start of last season (21 goals & 6 assists - more than twice as many as any other Wolves player.
  • Each of Jimenez's last two Premier League goals have been scored from outside the box after each of his previous 32 goals in the competition had been scored from inside the penalty area.
  • Jacob Murphy scored Newcastle's first direct free-kick goal in the Premier League since a Jonjo Shelvey strike against West Ham in November 2019.

What's next?

Wolves are at home again in their next outing when they host Crystal Palace at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 30 October, while Newcastle are back at St James' Park when they play leaders Everton at 14:00 on Sunday, 1 November.

Player of the match

MurphyJacob Murphy

with an average of 6.93

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number9Player nameJiménez
    Average rating

    6.89

  2. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence
    Average rating

    6.09

  3. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto
    Average rating

    6.08

  4. Squad number16Player nameCoady
    Average rating

    6.03

  5. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    5.95

  6. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    5.89

  7. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
    Average rating

    5.87

  8. Squad number49Player nameKilman
    Average rating

    5.80

  9. Squad number15Player nameBoly
    Average rating

    5.74

  10. Squad number11Player nameRui Patrício
    Average rating

    5.51

  11. Squad number27Player nameSaïss
    Average rating

    5.48

  12. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    5.43

  13. Squad number5Player nameMarçal
    Average rating

    5.34

  14. Squad number37Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    5.32

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    6.93

  2. Squad number26Player nameDarlow
    Average rating

    6.32

  3. Squad number15Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    6.26

  4. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    6.22

  5. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    6.20

  6. Squad number13Player nameC Wilson
    Average rating

    6.01

  7. Squad number18Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    5.85

  8. Squad number6Player nameLascelles
    Average rating

    5.85

  9. Squad number5Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    5.73

  10. Squad number16Player nameHendrick
    Average rating

    5.72

  11. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    5.57

  12. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff
    Average rating

    5.25

  13. Squad number7Player nameCarroll
    Average rating

    5.21

  14. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    5.02

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 49Kilman
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 83'minutes
  • 27SaïssSubstituted forMarçal de Oliveiraat 68'minutes
  • 7Neto
  • 9Jiménez
  • 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forTraoréat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 5Marçal de Oliveira
  • 17Soares Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 37Traoré

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 23Murphy
  • 5Schär
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forCarrollat 88'minutes
  • 18Fernández
  • 15Lewis
  • 21FraserSubstituted forJoelintonat 78'minutes
  • 16Hendrick
  • 24AlmirónBooked at 40mins
  • 13C Wilson
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forS Longstaffat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Carroll
  • 9Joelinton
  • 14Hayden
  • 17Krafth
  • 19Manquillo
  • 29Gillespie
  • 36S Longstaff
Referee:
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marçal (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Newcastle United).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 1. Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Jamaal Lascelles.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho replaces Rúben Neves.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Newcastle United 0. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Sean Longstaff replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.

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