Wolverhampton Wanderers travelled to St. James' Park on Saturday night to play against a Newcastle United side that had only won two of their last 16 games in all competitions and their poor form didn't improve tonight, playing out a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
United dominated most of the first half having the majority of the chances but Wolves started to grow into the match towards the end of the half. The ever-brilliant Pedro Neto looked sharp throughout but started to properly bare his teeth just before the break.
Newcastle took the lead after the break in the 52nd minute, Jamaal Lascelles guided a Ryan Fraser cross into the bottom corner away from a scrambling Rui Patricio, they just about deserved their lead after their positive play in the main during the first period.
Ruben Neves struck back in the 73rd minute with a superb header from a just as good cross from Neto who picked out Neves inside the box and his header found the corner past Martin Dúbravka in the Newcastle goal.
• Neves scores again
Neves has become a viable and regular source of goals since the turn of the year, with all five of his goals this season coming in 2021, his tally of five is already the highest-scoring season of his career so far and there is still 12 games to come.
Since losing Raúl Jiménez in November due to a fractured skull Wolves have been struggling for goals and Neves has stepped up to the plate along with Neto who are now both creating and scoring goals on a regular basis.
Neves' goal against the Toon was his first headed goal for Wolves which was also his first headed effort for the Black Country side. After their poor start to the season, Wolves are now just six points behind Liverpool, a team that were top as recently as Christmas.
• Neto involved in the goals again
Pedro Neto has been a revelation for Wolves this season, with 10 goal involvements so far for the Portuguese international, those numbers will only improve when Jiménez returns.
Neto's cross that Neves put in the net was of the highest quality, his consistent performances so far this season will undoubtedly of caught the eye of some of the big hitters in European football. Nuno Espírito Santo will have a struggle on his hands to keep his tricky wide man at the club, during the summer transfer window.
Neto's electrifying form will have the Wolves faithful drooling at the opportunity of seeing him live again, they will just be hoping he is still at the club when they are allowed back at the fortress that is Molineux.
• Wolves continue to use three at the back
Wolves have reverted back to their tried and tested three at the back in recent weeks after Nuno tinkered with a four at the back-formation. It's in the attacking areas that Wolves have been lacking, with their star striker Jiménez, their main source of goals, missing for over three months.
Wolves have looked solid defensively recently, with the return of Jonny Castro at the left wing-back position for their push for the European positions at the end of the season.