Date: Sunday 25th October 2020, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports
1 - 1
Half time: Wolves 0 Magpies 0
A free-kick from the Wolves left was played into the box and headed clear
by Callum Wilson, but only to the edge of
the box where a waiting Raul
controlled the ball and volleyed it goalwards.
The Mexican striker's powerful shot wasn't
quite in the top right hand corner of Karl Darlow's goal, but he attempted
unsuccessfully to stop the effort with his left hand as he dived right.
Jeff Hendrick's ball
forward to Wilson saw Conor Coady nudge him in the back and Lee Mason award
a free-kick on the right edge of the box, at the South End of the ground.
Jacob Murphy, Fabian Schar and Miguel Almiron all clustered over the
kick, the latter shaping to swing it over left-footed but making a decoy run
and leaving it for Murphy.
He proceeded to curl a
perfect effort around the right edge of the badly-placed wall and low inside
the post, Rui Patricio scrambling to his left in a futile attempt to keep it out. 1-1
Full time: Wolves 1 Magpies 1
"It would have been a bit unfair if we
had lost it and there wasn't much in it.
"When you come to play against Wolves, they do have really good
possession of the ball but certainly the way the midfield players
tried to adapt to make sure it was difficult for them and that's
what it had to be.
"We're delighted to come here and take a point in difficult
"I'm pleased for Jacob (Murphy) in particular, who has
been knocking on the door since pre-season really and I'm delighted
"I saw him taking free kicks on Thursday and when it comes off the
training ground and goes in, fair play to him.
"He's hit it and got around the wall - whether he's blaming the
goalkeeper, I'll let Nuno go to work with that - but it was a good
"Jacob is last on the training pitch and practises these sorts of
things so when he has the confidence to step up and push a few out
of the road and take it, I'm delighted. To go and play this year
like he has done and in that wing-back role too, I'm absolutely
delighted for him.
"We're a bit disappointed (with the goal) because we
gave away a cheap foul and we didn't have anybody on the edge of the
box quick enough. I'll have a look at it again and see what we can
"Overall, and the response to losing last week, there was a
resilience about them which had to be admired.
"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."
Goalscorer Jacob Murphy:
"I was a bit nervous going into the game. My brother gave me
reassuring words before kick off. I have worked hard in training and
took my chance.
"Last night, in the hotel, I did a bit of research on the goalie. I
knew anything hard and low would catch him out. I looked around at the side
of the wall and saw the little gap there and I thought, 'Yeah, hit it
He (Callum Wilson) held everything up for us and got us up there when
we need it. He gave us a chance to get back in the game.
"It was frustrating and we played a lot of attacking players. We wanted to
get up the field more. Wolves are a good team but we came away with a
"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
"The mistake is that we need to be more clinical. We had many
chances but we did not test the goalkeeper too many times. We were
the better team.
"In the first half, we started very well. We had mobility and had
enormous situations as a result of having good possession.
"As the half went by, we slowed down a little bit, but Newcastle
didn't create too many problems.
"We were well organised, and in the second half we started
better. We were in the game without problems until we scored the
goal, which I thought was well-deserved.
"In the end, we should've managed the game better.
"I have to see. but the ball cannot go around that side of the
wall. Clearly not. If it goes over the wall, then we have to deal with it. But on the
side of the wall, the shot cannot go in.
"Our aim is always to try to play well for 90 minutes. There's
a lot of things we can improve. We need to be sharper in our
combinations and improve with our final delivery but defensively we
"There are positives and negatives like all games. We need greater
mobility but we'll get there. The boys are working hard."
This was the
fourth successive 1-1 draw between these two sides, all of which
have come in the Premier League. Unlike the previous three though, this
time Newcastle didn't take the lead.
Newcastle are now unbeaten on their last
seven visits to Molineux and have
never lost there in the Premier League. Their last top-flight
reverse there was in November 1977.
No team has yet managed to keep a clean sheet in the 11 PL games played
between these sides.
The 99th competitive meeting of these two sides in league and
cup fixtures brought about the 27th draw, with Wolves recording 40
wins to our 32.
Having already got off the mark for the season in the League Cup,
Jacob Murphy doubled his PL goal tally for Newcastle. His
previous strike in that competition had come away to Manchester City in
This was his first PL start since Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw at
Everton back in December 2018.
The Magpies have avoided defeat in their opening three away league games
for the first time since the 2011/12 season and only the second time
in their PL history (1995/96 the other one).
Unlike last season here, when both sides wore their usual home kits,
United were obliged to wear white shorts with their black and white
The Ashley era - NUFC after
six PL games:
2007/08: 11 points, 5th
2008/09: 4 points, 19th
2010/11: 7 points, 10th
2011/12: 12 points, 4th
2012/13: 9 points, 9th
2013/14: 7 points, 16th
2014/15: 3 points, 19th
2015/16: 2 points, 19th
2017/18: 9 points, 9th
2018/19: 2 points, 18th
2019/20: 5 points, 17th
2020/21: 8 points, 14th
Mags @ Molineux - last 10:
2020/21 Drew 1-1 Murphy (PL)
2019/20 Drew 1-1 Almiron (PL)
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Hayden (PL)
2016/17 Won 1-0 Mitrovic (Ch)
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ba, Gutierrez (PL)
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll (PL)
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Shearer (PL)
2002/03 Lost 2-3 Jenas, Shearer(pen) (FAC)
2002/03 Won 2-0 LuaLua 2 (FR)
1992/93 Lost 0-1 (Ch)
Jacob Murphy's 89th minute free kick ensured that Newcastle left Molineux with a point on Sunday night - and remain unbeaten there in
all six of their Premier League visits.
The black and whites had fought a mostly rearguard action against a
Wolves side who looked to have claimed victory when Raul Jimenez
fired an 80th minute shot beyond Karl Darlow from outside the box.
However a rare upfield excursion saw Callum Wilson draw a foul from
Conor Coady and win a free kick on the right side of the area.
Miguel Almiron, Fabian Schar and Murphy all stood over it and it was
the latter who whipped a right-footed effort around the wall,
between Rui Patricio and his post.
That was enough to retain our unbeaten PL away record this season -
after the 2-0 win at West Ham and an even later equaliser in
a 1-1 draw at Spurs.
Murphy was one of four changes to the starting lineup in last
weekend's 1-4 home loss to Manchester United, replacing Emil Krafth at right wing back.
Fabian Schar returned in a central back three, while the absence of
both Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden saw Jeff Hendrick move to a
central midfield role - with Almiron and Ryan Fraser to his left and
Coming into the game after successive 1-0 victories, a confident
Wolves side bossed the opening stages and Darlow made his first save
with just five minutes gone.
United survived that shaky start though despite a series of unforced
errors gifting possession to the hosts and Wilson won a corner after
his 17th minute shot was deflected.
Aside from one trundling effort by Saint-Maximin, that was the sum
total of our goal attempts in the first half - Wilson almost
continually isolated amongst a sea of old gold shirts.
A lack of intensity by Wolves in the final third though meant that
Darlow was less occupied than in his last two outings, Nuno
Espirito Santo's side again living up to their billing of slow
starters by failed to net in the first
With no significant increase in pressure on the visiting defence,
Wolves made a double change on 68 minutes.
That brought Adama Traore on to threaten down the right, but Jamal
Lewis mostly kept him at bay - Fraser and Almiron both making timely
clearances from within their own penalty area.
United's own twin switch brought Joelinton and Sean Longstaff to the
field, but almost immediately Wolves scored what appeared to be the
The home side were initially angered when Referee Lee Mason blew to
halt an attack and brought play back for a free kick on the left
side of the field.
Neto delivered the free kick although it was headed
out by Wilson, the lurking Jimenez took a touch before firing
beyond Darlow - a decent enough strike but hardly unstoppable. Only
the goalkeeper will know whether he had 100% movement following his
clattering by Marcus Rashford last week.
Going behind did finally coax United forward as Wolves began to ease
off, apparently secure in the knowledge that the three points were
Wilson then tumbled after challenging for a speculative ball upfield
and after Andy Carroll had come on, Murphy capped an energetic
display by levelling.
"Jacob's cracker" was the Sky verdict, but
had his effort not gone in, then there would have been few crumbs of
comfort for the Magpies.
For all the personnel change and tactical reshuffle, this was
another exercise in containment; we simply never looked like
scoring a goal from open play.
Murphy aside, Fraser and Almiron both got pitch time that can only
be beneficial - but we lacked both pace and power, our fate
apparently dictated once again by Saint-Maximin's effectiveness, or
lack of it.
Wolves will rue Rui Patricio's crucial lapse of judgement (in
not positioning his wall correctly) or concentration (from not
tracking the shot), but they should have been out of sight long
Although not defying logic to quite the same extent as last month's
1-1 draw at Spurs, the most pro-Bruce disciple couldn't claim that
we deserved this.
44 PL games in we remain "a work in progress" but there simply
has to be more achievable from this squad than currently being
realised by this coach.
Talk of this being a hard place to visit and a great point is
disingenuous, as we observe a similar protocol regardless of venue
or opponent. Look past the industry and it's a football-free
wasteland for the most part.
It is what it is, as Bruce is fond of saying. Bleak.