Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United: Jacob Murphy's late strike rescues a point at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United played out their fourth straight 1-1 draw as Jacob Murphy's late free-kick resuced a point for the visitors.

After another goalless first half involving the Wanderers, Raul Jimenez's volley looked like it had earned all three points for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

However, Murphy's whipped free-kick earnt Newcastle a point to remain unbeaten away from home this season.

Story of the match

Despite making four attacking changes to his team, Steve Bruce set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Murphy and Ryan Fraser alternating at right wing-back.

However, Wolves started full of energy and saw Daniel Podence's left-footed effort saved low by Karl Darlow in the opening 10 minutes.

Moments later, Podence came close again after stealing the ball off Jeff Hendrick, but his strike was too high and missed the crossbar.

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Monday's match winner Jimenez had his first sniff on goal when he was picked out by Pedro Neto in front of goal. But the Mexican striker's effort diverted wide of Darlow's goal.

 After being under pressure in the opening stages, Newcastle grew into the game, with Allan Saint-Maximin partnering Callum Wilson up-front.

Just before the interval, the Magpies came close to opening the scoring through Saint-Maximin. The winger's shot deflected off Nelson Semedo, forcing Rui Patricio to re-adjust his positioning and collect the ball.

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The hosts started the second half like they had started the game, forcing their opponents to defend and using the width to cause them problems.

One of the game's first real chance fell to Neto, when he attempted to direct Podence's pull-back towards goal, but it missed the crossbar and went over.

Once again, Podence continued to look dangerous and saw his impressing run into the Newcastle box strike a defender. There were claims for a penalty from the Wolves bench, but VAR did not agree.

The deadlock was broken when Jimenez, for the second game in a row, found the net after a quiet perfomance.

Neto's free-kick was headed out to Jimenez, who gathered the ball well before volleying past Darlow to grab his fourth Premier League goal this season.

The goal means it is the striker's best start to a season for Wolves after previously taking 15 games (18/19) and 11 games (19/20) to find the net four times.

However, Bruce introduced Joelinton and Andy Carroll in a bid to rescue a draw and they did just that.

After Conor Coady was punished for a push on Wilson, Murphy's beautiful free-kick beat Patricio to level the scoring on 89 minutes.


Wolves are not as clinical as before

Jimenez's strike was his fourth goal in six appearances this season, whilst Podence and Neto looked dangerous throughout.

However, Jimenez's nature of dropping deep to collect the ball and leaving space in behind meant that there were limited options for Wolves to find the killer pass.

Fabio Silva, an unused substitution again, is a different type of striker and has proved he is ruthless in Portugal but is yet to prove so in England.

Podence and Neto make up for Diogo Jota's departue

After arriving last January from Olympiacos, Podence has come on leaps and bounds recently.

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Against Newcastle, he was one of the stand-out players, missing a number of opportunities whilst also causing defenders to think twice into diving in.

Whilst Jota has moved on, the quality is showing between the two wingers, and with Adama Traore also at the club, their winger's remain a key part of their play.