Wolves vs Newcastle player ratings: Points shared after late goals brighten dull game

Karl Matchett
Wolves celebrate their goal against Newcastle (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wolves celebrate their goal against Newcastle (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers thought they had left it late to beat Newcastle United, but the Magpies found an even later goal to force a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

The first half was largely devoid of clear chances, with a few set-pieces and cut-backs the only real moments for either side to create an opening, but Raul Jimenez and Callum Wilson both spurned half-sights of goal.

After the break it was more of the same, with little inspiration or ingenuity on show from either team.

A couple of half-hearted penalty appeals were turned down and it looked like Wolves had won it late on when Raul Jimenez struck from outside the box - only for Jacob Murphy to curl home a low, injury-time equaliser from a free-kick.

Here are the player ratings from the game at Molineux on Sunday.

Raul Jimenez celebrates his goalPOOL/AFP via Getty Images
Raul Jimenez celebrates his goalPOOL/AFP via Getty Images

Wolves

Rui Patricio - 5. Took a few high balls comfortably and largely had one of his easiest games of the season…until conceding in the 89th minute.

Willy Boly - 7. Comfortable on the ball, utterly untested at the back.

Conor Coady - 6. Did what he needed to do the few times Newcastle went long through the centre, though gave away the free-kick for the equaliser.

Max Kilman - 6. Beaten by Wilson once but recovered well to make a tackle and wasn’t tested much afterwards.

Nelson Semedo - 5. Fine on the overlap, little in the way of good delivery into the area.

Ruben Neves - 7. One of the few on the pitch capable of changing the pace or direction of the game.

Leander Dendoncker - 6. Won possession back a few times, unimaginative on the ball.

Roman Saiss - 5. A couple of early runs and crosses but little else from left wing-back.

Daniel Podence - 6. Teed up a couple of shots for his team-mates but couldn’t affect the game often enough.

Raul Jimenez - 6. Neat link-up play but well off-target with a couple of first-half shots and faded out of the game, until his late strike to put Wolves ahead.

Pedro Neto - 6. A livewire with his dribbling but the final pass or shot was usually wayward.

Newcastle forward Allan Saint-MaximinPOOL/AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle forward Allan Saint-MaximinPOOL/AFP via Getty Images

Newcastle

Karl Darlow - 6. Did well with aerials and a couple of routine saves but might be disappointed to not save Jimenez’s strike.

Fabian Schar - 7. Repelled the balls into the box with regularity. Good concentration throughout.

Federico Fernandez - 6. Similar to Schar with clearances, but on the deck he was beaten a few times by Neto or Podence.

Jamaal Lascelles - 7. All three centre-backs were competent and consistent with their aerial wins and doing the basics well.

Jacob Murphy - 7. Did some good defensive work in an unfamiliar role, but not really able to show his attacking talent - until the late equalising free-kick.

Ryan Fraser - 5. Strange role for him, essentially a central midfielder when defending. Struggled to get close to Neves and co.

Jeff Hendrick - 5. Lots of running and work rate but he’s not a holding midfielder.

Miguel Almiron - 6. One of the few who looked to instigate a counter-attacking threat for his team but very little quality in the final third.

Jamal Lewis - 5. Not really used as an outlet and bypassed by Adama several times after he came on.

Allan Saint-Maximin - 4. Never got involved, gave the ball away easily when in a few promising positions.

Callum Wilson - 5. Got in behind the defence with one good run but delayed his shot. Not much in the way of link play.

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