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Season 2018-19
Wolverhampton Wanderers (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Monday 11th February 2019, 8.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 Molineux

Conditions: Galling

Admission: £30

Programme: £3.50 for a 120 page tome that was more of a feat of engineering than publishing.

Wolves

Newcastle United

1 - 1

 

Teams

Goals

Half time: Wolves 0 Magpies 0 

56 mins Some neat passing ended with Schar finding Isaac Hayden in the box. He had time and space to fire the ball at goal, beating Rui Patricio at his near post, the 'keeper probably disappointed to only push the shot into the net in front of the Stan Cullis Stand aka the North Bank.

Hayden celebrated with colleagues in front of the travelling fans, who collectively took a moment to realise that the ball had snuck inside the post before the leaping about began in earnest
1-0

90+5 mins Following a scramble out by the right hand corner flag, former smoggy Adama Traore looped a cross to the back post for Willy Boly to headed past Martin Dubravka and into the net from point blank range.

TV replays of the incident highlighted that Miguel Almiron was impeded out by the corner flag and Boly held down the Magpies goalkeeper before leaping himself.
The custodian probably should have tried to punch the ball away rather than collect, but that wouldn't have mattered if the officials had done their job.
1-1

Full time: Wolves 1 Magpies 1

We Said

 

Rafa Benitez:

"In another country, maybe you can give a foul (on Martin Dubravka) in England - no chance.

"I think itís a foul. But, if itís not a foul, weíve played 94 minutes & 50 seconds. 

"Under the laws of the game, Iím not sure how long you add on for a sub, but I donít think itís that long. To keep playing and playing... itís frustrating.

"
We had to be strong defending the cross. These kinds of balls you can do better, just punch it and finish. We had the three points and it was really disappointing to concede the way we did.

"Hopefully, this point will be really important. But, I will say again that itís a pity when you have done so well, to get to the end and lose two points. The performance of the team was still quite good.

"The disappointment is clear for everyone.

"Martin
(Dubravka) was talking about more protection, Jamaal (Lascelles) was saying Martin could deal with the cross in another way. It was another bad way to concede.

ďYou have to be really disappointed with the way we conceded in both games against this team. 

"In the first game there was an elbow in the face of my player, a penalty not given, then it was really disappointing to concede in this way against a good team.

In England, they donít understand the rules Ė you can say whatever you want to say.

"It was maybe a foul before too. You can say many things like the 94 minutes, but it will not change what happened.

"Like the first game, we couldnít say too much and it didnít change what happened.

"It doesnít change anything, like the first game didnít change anything when we had a player with a broken nose.

"The first game we had a player with a broken nose, we conceded in the last minute and we should have had a penalty and there should have been a red card, but nobody said anything.

"The situation is to protect the goalkeeper, so you're supposed to protect the keeper. We have been here for years, and it's very difficult to explain that.

"I'm disappointed, and I was happy with the performance of the team.

"I'm happy with a lot of things and happy with the way we played. We played against a good team, we have one more point and itís a pity. I knew we could cope quite well.

"The team, as a team, put in the effort. They have some players with the quality and it was a good display.

ďWe go to Spain now, try to train well and be together for the new players for the new team mates.Ē

On Almiron's debut:

"We needed fresh legs, we needed some energy - and he was giving us that. I think itís important for him to understand what we are trying do and put in effort like he did today."

They Said

 

Nuno Espirito Santo commented:

"It came late, but the performance deserved goals. 

"We created situations but the final touch was not there. It is something we must improve and be more clinical. Credit to Newcastle they were so organised. Last minute shows the character of the team.

"I didn't see the images yet. I will answer this question in the press conference of course. I don't judge the work of the referees because it is so hard. The referees are so well prepared and must decide in a second.

"We should have done better, but the effort in the last minute and the way they believed shows character. But we require a lot of improvement."

  

Stats


Miguel Almiron became the 231st player to represent Newcastle in the Premier League - and the second born in Paraguay, following on from Diego Gavilan. 

This was United's fourth Premier League visit to Molineux and we remain unbeaten there in that competition, winning one and drawing the other three. Our last visit was exactly two years ago to the day, Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the only goal of the game in the Championship.

Isaac Hayden scored the fourth goal of his SJP career and the second in the Premier League - his first coming in a 2-2 draw at Southampton back in October 2017.

Mags @ Molineux - last 10:

2018/19 Drew 1-1 Hayden
2016/17 Won 1-0 Mitrovic
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ba, Gutierrez
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Shearer
2002/03 Lost 2-3 Jenas, Shearer(pen) (FAC)
2002/03 Won 2-0 LuaLua 2 (FR)
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Lost 2-6 Quinn, G.Peacock
1990/91 Lost 1-2 Clark

NUFC after 26 games - selected PL seasons:

2008/09 28 points, 14th, goal difference -9
2015/16 24 points, 18th, goal difference -22
2017/18 25 points, 16th, goal difference -12
2018/19 25 points, 16th, goal difference -12

 
 

Waffle

 

Having conceded a Wolves winner in the fourth minute of added time at Gallowgate last December, Newcastle shipped an even later goal at Molineux on Monday to deny them a priceless three points.

Ahead when Isaac Hayden beat Rui Patricio at his near post in the 56th minute, United looked to have held on for the victory when the allotted four extra minutes passed with their lead intact.

However, referee Graham Scott rightly played on - in part due to United making a replacement after the 90th minute - and when home substitute Adama Traore looped a cross to the back post, Willy Boly headed past Martin Dubravka from point blank range.

The protests on the field were muted, but Rafa Benitez was inevitably raging after full time - and replays of the incident highlighted that debutant Miguel Almiron was impeded out by the corner flag and Boly held down the Magpies goalkeeper before leaping himself.

Questions have to be asked over the lack of a flag for the Almiron incident from the linesman who was in close proximity, while the positioning of the referee well away from play also didn't help.

Decisions - or the lack of them - do little to dispel the persecution complex of toon fans, and the double twist here was that referee Scott was only too eager to blow his whistle when we last saw him, awarding a penalty at Anfield on Boxing Day after Mo Salah brushed up against Paul Dummett.

And Wolves goalscorer Boly of course evaded censure at Gallowgate in December when rearranging Ayoze Perez's face with his elbow - journalists going on the record after that to claim that the match officials apologised to Rafa Benitez for not acting properly.

Clad in their all-blue change kit and fielding the same line-up that lost by a single goal to Spurs, the visitors cancelled out the threat of an out-of-sorts home side in the opening 45 minutes with relative ease and soon shushed the home crowd.

When Fabian Schar's forward ball reached Hayden in the Wolves box and he beat the 'keeper with , the opportunity of a third away win of the campaign looked to have presented itself - albeit with over 30 minutes of normal time left to repel a side who had been in decent goalscoring form.

There was a first sighting of record buy Almiron, who replaced Christian Atsu and took up a similar role to the Ghanaian in support of Salomon Rondon. The Paraguayan showed some neat touches and searing pace in his introduction to the Premier League, also setting up Ayoze Perez to fire over the crossbar in a rare forward raid when 1-0 up.

Countless corners were repelled by a Magpies side for whom Sean Longstaff once again put in a monumental shift that belied his age and top-flight experience. His crucial intervention was enough to deter Matt Doherty from close range and when Raul Jimenez headed wide in front of goal late on, it appeared to be our night. 

Of course this club never do anything the easy way and although we remain undefeated on this ground in the Premier League, frustrations familiar from visits to Cardiff, Old Trafford, Vicarage Road and Wembley Stadium this season were evident once again at full time.

The point took Newcastle up one place into sixteenth, level with Cardiff City but ahead of the Bluebirds thanks to a vastly better goal difference.

Rafa and his squad will now travel to Spain for a training camp, before they face Huddersfield Town and Burnley at SJP in a pivotal four day period towards the end of the month. 

They do so in exactly the same position as a year ago, with increased selection options presenting themselves as the injury list begins to clear and something approaching optimism that they're on the right track despite tonight's disappointment.

Their destiny remains firmly in their own hands, but things would be a damn sight easier if they didn't keep letting points slip through their fingers....

Biffa


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