Eurosport

Football news - Wolves rescue late point after Dubravka howler

Wolves rescue late point after Dubravka howler

11/02/2019 at 18:52Updated 11/02/2019 at 23:30

Molineux, Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (Boly 90+5') Newcastle United 1 (Hayden 56')

A dramatic equaliser from Willy Boly broke Newcastle’s hearts as Wolverhampton earned a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Newcastle United started with record signing Miguel Almiron on the bench, as they looked to move away from the bottom four.

Wolves are chasing European football, but began 12 points behind Chelsea in sixth, so the result made no difference to their standing.

They had the best of a goalless first half, with Raul Jimenez and then Jonny bringing good saves out of Martin Dubravka.

In the second half, Newcastle moved ahead through Isaac Hayden, who finished off a smart move by the away side.

They looked to have all three points until Willy Boly was on hand to seize on a cross that dropped through Dubravka’s hands at the back post.

TALKING POINT Can Newcastle push on to survival?

They have the chance to add plenty of points in the coming games as rivals struggle with their form. The addition of Almiron seems a smart move, but their biggest advantage is coach Rafael Benitez, whose tactical focus can make the difference in each game.

MAN OF THE MATCH Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United)

Just 21, Longstaff has emerged in midfield for Newcastle United as not just a promising player, but a reliable one. Sitting in front of the defence, he was on hand to break up play and give his side a chance when they were being dominated in the first half, and helped them almost hang on in the second.

PLAYER RATINGS

  • Wolves: Patricio 6, Boly 7, Coady 6, Bennett 7, Otto 6, Doherty 6, Neves 6, Dendoncker 6, Moutinho 6, Diogo 6, Raul 7..subs: Cavaleiro 6, Costa 6, Adama 6
  • Newcastle United: Dubravka 5, Yedlin 6, Schar 7, Lascelles 6, Lejeune 6, Ritchie 6, Hayden 7, Longstaff 7, Atsu 5, Perez 6, Rondon 6..subs: Manquillo 6, Diame 6, Almiron 7

KEY EVENTS

  • 35’ - DUBRAVKA SAVE - Jimenez drags out left to claim a long ball. He darts to the touchline, jinks away from goal to make the angle, and his low shot skids off Schar and forces Dubravka to dive to his left, palming it away.
  • 41’ - JONNY SHOT - Corner for Wolves on the right wing. Moutinho takes, but Ritchie clears easily at the near post. The ball eventually comes to Jonny on the edge of the box, and he angles in a low drive through a goal that Dubravka does well to keep hold of.
  • 45’ - RONDON CHANCE - A mistake from Wolves allows Perez to seize on the ball in space, and he finds Rondon, who stands up Coady in the box, and drives a rising shot off the defender to win a corner.
  • 56’ - GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Newcastle United. Hayden scores - Against the run of play for the whole match, Hayden fires past Patricio at the near post after being teed up by Schar.
  • 59’ - DENDONCKER HEADER - Dubravka is keeping Newcastle in with a shout of three points, saving well from a Dendoncker header.
  • 90+5’ - GOAL! Wolves 1-1 Newcastle. Boly scores - Moutinho takes a corner, Dubravka misses it, but the ball runs to Jimenez. It goes to Traore who claims a foul and the ref ignores it, so Newcastle clear. Coady sends it long for Jimenez who has a shot blocked, and there's another clearance. Boly finds Cavaleiro, whose cross goes to Traore, and the shot is blocked again. A cross from Traore is then hoofed in the box to the back post, and Boly looms over the 'keeper, who drops the ball, to nod in for a dramatic equaliser!

KEY STATS

  • No side has scored more 90+ minute goals in the Premier League this season than Wolves (5 - level with Manchester United and Cardiff)
  • 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 Schär 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 Almirón became the eighth Paraguayan to make his debut in the Premier League and the first since West Ham’s Fabián Balbuena in August 2018.
  • Willy Boly has scored two goals in his last five league games for Wolves, as many as he managed in his previous 45 for the club.
0
0