Newcastle United and Wolves drew 1-1 at Molineux on Sunday, in a game which the Magpies will feel fortunate to have snatched a point.
Looking to bounce back from a shocking second half collapse against Manchester United last Saturday, Steve Bruce finally selected Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin together; the first time the pair have both started a league game this season.
With Shelvey dealing with a groin injury, Jeff Hendrick and the aforementioned Almiron found themselves in the centre of the pitch for Newcastle; a return to more a natural position for the Irishman and the Paraguayan.
The first half was a dull affair, as neither side made much of the few opportunities that fell to them. Newcastle’s best attempt came when a beautiful Almiron pass from one side of the pitch to the other found Saint-Maximin. Aiming to replicate his goal against Burnley and near-goal against Man Utd, the Frenchman drilled his shot straight into the palms of Rui Patricio. Arguably the high point of a rather disappointing game for the usually acclaimed winger.
After the break, Wolves turned up the pressure on their opponents, Daniel Podence was incisive in finding Raul Jimenez and Neto in the Newcastle box, but neither attacker could yet find the net with their efforts.
Karl Darlow, who thankfully passed a late fitness test following his leg injury last weekend, pulled off some impressive saves and looked to be continuing his fine form, as the game looked set to end in a 0-0 draw.
It took until the final 10 minutes of the fixture for there to finally be some signs of life, as a stunning effort from Jimenez (and frankly, a poor save from Darlow, who got his hands on the Mexican’s strike) put the home side ahead with a goal everyone saw coming.
But Newcastle United had an unlikely hero come to their rescue: Callum Wilson won a free kick on the edge of the box, which was spectacularly curled in by Jacob Murphy! Murphy, despite some strong showings in the Toon’s cup games this season, was positioned at right wing back by Bruce (ironically a rather left field choice). But a glorious set piece finally beat Patricio as Newcastle frankly stole a point at Molineux.
The draw moves Newcastle up to 14th place in the Premier League table, but with many teams around still yet to play their 6th game of the league, it’s unlikely Newcastle will still be there by the time they host Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton on the 1st of November.