Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United: Premier League – as it happened

Willy Boly scored a last-gasp equaliser to leave Newcastle a point above the bottom three despite a spirited effort at Molineux

Here’s Peter Lansley’s report from Molineux. That’s all from me tonight. Thanks for reading and emailing. Bye!

Isaac Hayden speaks! “It’s difficult to put into words, the feeling we’ve got. We thought we deserved the points. It looked a foul from the bench. I think the referee had played 94 and 52 seconds. It’s another bit of bad luck. I thought we deserved the three points. It’s one of those disappointing moments. Martin Dubravka’s a top class goalkeeper. There’s going to be no blame laid at his door. I made a mistake at the beginning of the season against Cardiff away and got sent off and almost cost the team.”

Newcastle might be annoyed about five minutes of added time, but everyone knows it’s a minimum. They wasted the first minute with the Manquillo substitution and can have no complaints that Graham Scott kept playing after the allotted four minutes were up.

Rafa Benitez looks absolutely furious, though it’s not clear whether it’s because of how much added time was added on, because he thought the equaliser should have been ruled out or because he’s just annoyed with another costly error from Martin Dubravka. The Newcastle manager is livid. He’s fuming as he walks off. It was a heartbreaking end for Newcastle, who were moments away from a crucial win before Willy Boly’s 95th-minute equaliser. They were on course to rise to 13th thanks to a strike from Isaac Hayden; instead they find themselves a point above 18th-placed Southampton with 12 games to go.

Rafael Benitez consoles Matt Ritchie after the match.
Rafael Benitez consoles Matt Ritchie after the match. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


Half-time: Wolves 1-1 Newcastle

That’s your lot!

Adama Traore goes on one last surge down the right. He reaches the byline and hoicks a high cross to the far post. It should be Dubravka’s. He should punch it away. But he tries to catch it and isn’t strong enough. He makes a complete mess of it and that allows Boly to bundle it in with a combination of his head and chest! Dubravka appeals for a foul. There was no foul. Lascelles is furious with him.

Willy Boly heads in another late goal for Wolves.
Willy Boly heads in another late goal for Wolves. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images


GOAL!!! Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (Boly, 90+5 min)

Wolves equalise!

Willy Boly heads in after Dubravka’s failure to catch the ball.
Willy Boly heads in after Dubravka’s failure to catch the ball. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


90 min+5: Wolves pump the long ball forward. Jimenez sees a volley blocked. Then Ritchie blocks Traore’s shot. And then...

90 min+4: One final corner for Wolves, won by Cavaleiro. It’s headed away.

90 min+1: Newcastle eat some time with their third substitution, Ayoze Perez making way for Javi Manquillo. “Just to add a woman’s two penn’th (a wife not a fiancée), I would suggest mustard,” Jill O’Donnell says.

90 min: Almiron’s cross is headed over by Perez. There will be four added minutes.

89 min: Moutinho’s corner, Bennett’s header, Dubravka’s ball.

88 min: A corner to Wolves on the left. Boly almost gets his head to it in the six-yard box. Newcastle survive. Another corner....

86 min: Mo Diame replaces Isaac Hayden, Newcastle’s goalscorer.

82 min: Adama Traore replaces Matt Doherty. Wolves attack down the left, Cavaleiro twisting, turning and lifting a deep cross to the far post. Traore sidefoots it back into the middle and Jimenez heads woefully wide from close range!

81 min: Cavaleiro blasts over from 25 yards. Wolves are running out of ideas.

80 min: Wolves are getting Adama Traore ready.

78 min: Moutinho gives Almiron a rude introduction to English football, sliding to bring him down. A good old-fashioned reducer from, er, the silky Portuguese creator.

Miguel Almiron is taken down by Joao Moutinho who claims innocence.
Miguel Almiron is taken down by Joao Moutinho who claims innocence. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images


75 min: Hayden’s receiving treatment after being fouled by Moutinho, which gives everyone a chance to have a breather.

72 min: This is what the Newcastle fans wanted to see: Miguel Almiron coming on to make his debut. The Paraguayan’s given a huge cheer as he replaces Christian Atsu.

69 min: Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro come on for Diogo Jota and Leander Dendoncker.

68 min: Lascelles picks up a booking for a cynical trip on Jimenez. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned today it’s that David Dein is in the habit of making assumptions,” JR in Illinois says. “Now he’s assuming how my theoretical fiancee would react?! Also, while I’m here, I can’t let his calling Newcastle’s kit “teal” go unchallenged. It’s not teal. It’s closer to cyan or possibly electric blue.”


66 min: Helder Costa will be on for Wolves soon.

65 min: Jimenez manages to bustle to the byline on the right and pull a cross into the area. A ricochet sees the ball run to Doherty, whose shot hits his own man! Newcastle survive again.

61 min: “Simon Kirchin’s link confirms something I’ve always thought, the best football kits were worn during the sixties,” Tom Shaw says. “Smart, trim and clean looking with no graphics apart from a club crest. Worth checking your club’s out and comparing it with the cluttered monstrosity they probably were today.”

59 min: Jota with the shot again, Dubravka with the shot again. This could be a long 30 minutes or so for Newcastle.

57 min: Wolves look for an instant response, but Jota sees his shot from 18 yards saved by Dubravka, diving low to his right.

This is a really well worked goal, though Rui Patricio has let himself down here. The move begins with Fabian Schar setting off on one of his trademark runs from deep. This time he decides not to shoot. Instead he slides a brilliant pass through to Hayden on the right, cutting Wolves open, and the midfielder’s shot manages to squirm past Patricio, who really should have kept it out. Not that Newcastle care. That could be a huge goal for them.

GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Newcastle (Hayden, 56 min)

Newcastle snatch the lead!

Isaac Hayden fires in the opening goal at Molineux.
Isaac Hayden fires in the opening goal at Molineux. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters


53 min: Dubravka claims the corner.

52 min: Wolves are setting a brisk pace and Jota wins a corner on the left.

51 min: There’s a minor row between Schar and Jota, both of whom get yellow cards after jutting heads together.

48 min: Wolves are o the front foot straight away, Jimenez playing a one-two with Jota and bursting into the area, but Lascelles manages to deflect the Mexican’s shot wide for a corner. From which a flick-on from Jota at the near post should lead to the opening goal for Doherty. The Irish wing-back’s only a yard out, but he’s under pressure from Longstaff and manages to head over the bar! What a miss!

46 min: Wolves get the second half underway.

Half-time emails

“Here you go, Wolves kits through the ages,” Simon Kirchin says. “Knock yourself out......”

“Is Yedlin always this poor or is he having a particularly bad game today?” Peter Campbell says.

“Is David Dein confused with the eponymous USA pretzel snack of Rold Gold, which being baked are consequently a much darker shade than the Wolves kit,” C Johnston says.

“Call it amber, call it yellow, call it orange, that all rather misses the point,” David Dein says. “If you got engaged and presented a fiancee with a ring that colour & claimed it was old gold you can pretty much guarantee that she’ll be departing in the kind of funk that would make Kevin Keegan proud and probably never to be seen again. Btw, Newcastle are in teal.”

Half-time: Wolves 0-0 Newcastle

It’s been very tight. Not too many chances at either end. I’ve seen worse games, though. See you in 15 minutes.

45 min: Perez slips a pass through to Rondon, who runs at Coady and tries to make room for a shot. Just when Rondon seems ready to blast home with his left foot, Coady sticks out a leg to divert the shot over!

Newcastle United’s Salomon Rondon shoots under pressure from Conor Coady.
Newcastle United’s Salomon Rondon shoots under pressure from Conor Coady. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


44 min: Ritchie goes down in the Wolves area after running into Doherty, enraging the home fans. The Newcastle player’s also not too happy. He thought it was a penalty and tells the referee as much in no uncertain terms. All that gets him is a booking for dissent.

43 min: A cross from Ritchie from the left somehow reaches Rondon at the far post, but the Newcastle forward can’t sort out his feet and loses the ball. To belabour the point about newcastle’s kit,” Neil Hattersley says. “Every time the TV cuts to a close up of one of their outfield players I just assume they have a new keeper I’ve never seen before.”

41 min: Jonny smacks a low shot through the mass of bodies from 20 yards, but Dubravka plunges to his right to make a good save. He even holds on to the ball. A good goalkeeper, Dubravka, despite that mistake against Spurs last week.

40 min: Newcastle creep forward, pressing on the right, and Hayden sends a cross into the area. Rondon’s more alert than anyone - but the former West Brom striker can only glance a header straight at Patricio.

37 min: “The bigger issue surely is what colour is the Newcastle kit?” Steven Franklin says. “You called it blue in your preamble but I’d be inclined to call it turquoise.”

35 min: The second corner comes to nothing. Moments later Jimenez almost makes something out of nothing on the left after being picked out by a raking pass from Neves. He tricks past Yedlin brilliantly, drives back from the byline, on to his right foot, and slams a low shot through the bodies. The ball’s heading towards the far post, but Dubravka gets down to make the save. Jota can’t do anything with the rebound.


34 min: Another Newcastle error in possession sparks another Wolves attack, which ends with Jimenez winning a corner on the right. Jota sends it in and Boly runs to the near post, only to see his header hit a Newcastle man and fly over.

32 min: Newcastle have their first decent attack of the evening. Sort of. Schar sends one wide from 25 yards.

30 min: Newcastle haven’t been out of their half in any constructive way for a while. It’s all Wolves. But Dubravka hasn’t had to make a save yet. “That definitive guide to football kits, the 1960’s Subbuteo catalogue lists Wolves shirts as Old Gold,” Tom Shaw says. “That’s good enough for me.

27 min: Wolves have had quite a few promising situations on the edge of the Newcastle area, only to botch the final pass. Their latest attack ends with Dendoncker curling over from 25 yards. They need more composure.

25 min: Wolves have had a good few minutes and are making most of the running. Newcastle’s objective, you sense, is to kill the game. There’s a danger it could run away from them if Wolves get the first goal soon.

23 min: A fascinating development is taking place in my inbox. “Not to throw a monkey wrench (or “spanner” as you would call it) into David Dein’s world view but I’m not from (and have never even been to) the U.K. and I would not say Wolves are wearing orange,” says JR in Illinois. “I’d call it amber.” What have you done, David Dein?

20 min: “If you are hurting for quality emails let me express my retort to emailer David Deon that many in the states would rule that Wolve’s kits are indeed old gold,” Alex Alfonso says. “In fact, my university loved the color so much they named an entire alumni weekend after it (because that’s what you do in middle-of-nowhere Indiana).”

18 min: Now Wolves have a saunter down the right. The excellent Doherty pings in a cross and this time Jimenez has room to get a shot away, only to slash over the bar. He should have scored.

17 min: Wolves, dangerous down the left, attack down that flank again, Jonny breaking free and pulling a cutback towards Jimenez. The striker seems poised to stroke home, only for Atsu to steam in and make the tackle. Wolves scream for a penalty as Jimenez goes to ground, but a replay shows Atsu got the ball.

Raul Jimenez goes down in the box after a challenge by Christian Atsu.
Raul Jimenez goes down in the box after a challenge by Christian Atsu. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images


16 min: This is exactly like a game of chess.

13 min: Lejeune makes a poor error, gifting the ball straight to Wolves on the halfway line, but the centre-back’s relieved to see Lascelles step in and stop Jimenez’s charge towards goal.

11 min: Wolves have struggled to deal with defensive sides at home a few times this season and they will have to work hard to break down Newcastle. That said, the visitors are more ambitious than they were against Tottenham last week.

9 min: Ritchie has a saunter down the left and sends an absolutely hopeless cross into the Wolves area.

7 min: Jota collects a long ball into the Newcastle area, turns Yedlin and tries to cross. The ball floats over for a goal-kick.

4 min: Wolves have a look down the left, Jota combining with Jonny, who tries to sweep a clever pass to the far post for Jimenez, who can’t quite make up the ground. Up the other end, Rondon has a go from the edge of the area. Straight at Rui Patricio.

3 min: “Allow me to get something off my chest,” says David Dein. “Why do you insist on perpetuating the myth that Wolves play in old gold? You ask anyone that isn’t native to the UK what colour that shirt is and they will tell you it’s orange. I can understand when textiles weren’t capable of producing the colour gold cost effectively that but that was a time that is quite literally decades ago.”

Just because, to be honest.

Peep! Newcastle, kicking from right to left in the first half, get the game underway. Mike Ashley is at Molineux tonight.

Here come the teams! Wolves are in gold and black, Newcastle are in blue.

An email! “Supporting a failing team, like having a pet as a kid, is a necessary way of getting used to the fact of death,” Ian Copestake says. “Man City fans no longer have such an incessant exposure so let’s top our hats to Newcastle’s rabbit owning supporters.”

Team news

Wolves: Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Cavaleiro, Costa, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Traore.

Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lejeune, Schar, Lascelles, Ritchie; Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu, Perez; Rondon. Subs: Woodman, Fernandez, Manquillo, Diame, Almiron, Kenedy, Joselu.

Referee: Graham Scott.



Hello. With Rafael Benitez still defying very logical calls from Richard Keys to pump some of his own money into Newcastle United, special praise must be afforded to Mike Ashley for signing Miguel Almiron for £21m. Times are hard, but Ashley’s generosity knows no bounds. A mere 12 years since he pitched up in the north east, the owner has reached into his wallet to shatter the club’s transfer record, further cementing his status as a club legend. Hurrah for Big Mike ...

... said absolutely nobody in a black and white shirt. For while Almiron does look like a good signing, it’s difficult to be that effusive about Ashley when Newcastle find themselves out of the bottom three on goal difference, weighed down by yet another relegation battle and at risk of losing Benitez at the end of the season. Newcastle’s manager may well need to see a bit more ambition before he decides to extend his contract and stay at a club whose vast potential continues to be quashed by a joyless ownership. Benitez has done a brilliant job so far - the man beat Manchester City the other day! - and it’s clear that he could bring back the glory years if he receives proper backing, but at the moment it’s hard not to feel that this is all going to end in tears.

In the short term, at least Newcastle can feel reasonably confident about staying up with Benitez in charge. Yet their fans must look at what Wolves are doing this season and wonder what would be possible if the suits were to show some more ambition. Wolves, managed by the very impressive Nuno Espirito Santo, are well on their way to establishing themselves as the best of the rest in their first season back in the top flight and have delighted their supporters with some magnificent football this season. They are looking good in seventh place after consecutive wins over Leicester, West Ham and Everton, have picked up results against every member of the Big Six, have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and will fancy their chances of making it five wins on the bounce in all competitions this season. Molineux is bound to be rocking and Newcastle are likely to need some of that organisational magic from Benitez to get something here. A creative spark from Almiron also wouldn’t go amiss.

Kick-off: 8pm GMT.