4 things we learnt from Wolves 1-1 Newcastle
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Allan Saint-Maximin's powerful strike earned Newcastle United a much deserved point at Molineux. The goal sees The Magpies move back up to seventh, while it leaves Wolves languishing in 19th. 

Ruben Neves opened the scoring for the hosts, scoring his 16th goal from outside the penalty area in his Wolves career.

Eddie Howe's side saw much more of the ball throughout the match, applying pressure onto a Wolves defence that remained resolute for the majority of the game, before Saint-Maximin struck late on.

After an entertaining game in the West Midlands, what can both sides take into their midweek fixtures?

  • Bruno Lage is under pressure

Wolves are notoriously slow starters to their Premier League campaigns. The old gold outfit have not won a top flight match in August since 2011, although Lage and his side will be hoping to rectify that on Wednesday night. Lage's ideas have come under scrutiny in the past week, with his substitution making a major talking point among supporters. 

Wednesday's trip to Bournemouth will be a huge test for a Wolves side lacking on goals. After the hosts' 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, Scott Parker's men will be itching to put in a performacne worthy of Premier League status. Wolves would be naive to assume that three points are a certainty, although anything less than a victory would see Lage under serious pressure. 

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  • A point without key players

Newcastle turned up at Molineux lacking two key players. Callum Wilson and Bruno Guimaraes were missing from Eddie Howe's squad, as both players suffered injuries in the past week. Chris Wood and Sean Longstaff were drafted into the starting line-up in their absence. The hosts confidence may have been lifted when viewing Newcastle's team sheet, but the visitors still proved their worth. 

Newcastle looked to utilise Wood's height, with Kieran Trippier delivering a number of pinpoint crosses that called the Wolves back line into action. Longstaff put in a solid performance, and arguably could have won the visitors a penalty when Mathues Nunes seemed to pull his shirt in the area. The duo will be hoping to retain their starting spots when heading to Anfield on Wednesday.

  • Wolves need a striker

Raul Jimenez scored in Tuesday's EFL Cup clash with Preston North End, as well as having a goal chalked off on Sunday. Despite this, it is clear to see that Wolves are in need of another striker. Late in the game, the Mexican's lack of match sharpness became apparent, but with no striking option on the bench, he remained on the pitch until full-time. 

The Telegraph report that Wolves have had an offer accepted for VfB Stuttgart's Sasa Kalajdzic. The Austrian international scored six goals in 15 Bundesliga games last season, as many as Jimenez managed in 34 Premier League games. The six-foot seven striker is renowned for his impressive build up play, something which Jimenez has lacked since his return from injury. Lage will be hoping to see Kalajdzic produce the goals that Wolves have needed for the past two years. 

  • A change in Toon mentality

Since the departure of Mike Ashley, there has been a clear shift in mindset on Tyneside. Supporters have renewed belief that Newcastle will be able to fight for the European spots in the Premier League, opposed to relegation scraps under Ashley's ownership. This mentality was on show in the West Midlands.

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In previous seasons, Newcastle may have crumbled when conceding shortly before half-time. Instead, they took hold of the second half, finishing the match with 64% possession. Allan Saint-Maximin's outrageous volley earned his side a point, and was nearly the catalyst for a remarkable victory. Elliot Anderson struck the crossbar from close range in stoppage time, almost wrapping up the three points.

The Toon will be full of confidence heading into their September fixtures, and will be relishing the challenge that awaits them in midweek. 

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