Newcastle United 1 (Lascelles 37) Wolves 1 (Jonny 73)
Jonny’s first goal of the season saw Wolves come from behind to earn a point at St James’ Park and extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight matches.
Newcastle United had led courtesy of a thumping Jamaal Lascelles header, but a change in formation at the break saw Wolves much improved after it. After Diogo Jota hadn’t capitalised on two presentable openings, Jonny made one count, hammering home following a Matt Doherty cross.
The hosts finished the game with ten men after Sean Longstaff’s high challenge on Ruben Neves and Doherty passed up a golden opportunity at the death, heading a Raul Jimenez cross wide, but nevertheless, Wolves returned to the West Midlands with a deserved point in the pockets.
Despite their Thursday night trip to Slovakia, Wolves started the brighter and Joao Moutinho called Martin Dubravka into early action, but the goalkeeper was equal to his volley. However, for their positive work, the visitors failed to create the required chances for an early lead.
Instead, Newcastle grew into the game and Miguel Almiron wasted a fine opportunity to take the lead, firing into the side netting after showing Romain Saiss a clean pair of heels. Then, Longstaff, playing alongside his brother Matty, had a low drive deflected behind by Conor Coady.
The close calls were a reprieve however, and the hosts took the lead soon after. Jota won and quickly passed up possession, gifting the ball to Longstaff in a dangerous area and, after his cross was cleared, Federico Fernandez returned with interest and Lascelles rose highest to thump a header past Rui Patricio.
Wolves' response before the break came through a Jota half-chance, as the forward turned following a Moutinho’s free-kick, but saw hit shot comfortably gathered by Dubravka.
Half-time: Newcastle 1 Wolves 0
Nuno Espirito Santo opted into a tweak in formation at the break, dropping Leander Dendoncker into the back three, which saw Doherty return to right wing-back and Adama Traore join Jimenez and Jota as a front three, and Wolves were better for it.
After Doherty and Traore linked up down the right, Jota should have had his side levelled, but the Portuguese headed Traore’s cross well over the bar. Soon after Jimenez clipped a brilliant ball over the top for the run of Doherty, but he was crowded out and couldn’t get his shot away.
Jota’s final contribution saw him dance through the Newcastle midfield moments later but shoot straight at Dubravka after creating the chance for himself. He was replaced by Pedro Neto, making his first appearance since the victory in Istanbul.
Wolves were finally rewarded for their efforts on 73 minutes. Traore sent Doherty scampering down the right once more and although Dubravka got a hand on his cross, Jonny was well-placed to hammer home his first goal of the season.
Soon after the Magpies were reduced to ten men when Longstaff went in high and late on Neves and was shown a straight red card. It meant the closing stages presented an opportunity for Wolves to plough bodies forward and the one big chance that came, Doherty headed wide for a Jimenez cross.
Full-time: Newcastle 1 Wolves 1
Newcastle: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Fernandez, Willems, S Longstaff, M Longstaff (Atsu 90), Almiron, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 90), Joelinton (Shelvey 84).
Unused subs: Darlow, Dummett, Krafth, Muto.
Wolves: Patricio, Traore, Doherty, Coady, Saiss, Jonny (Vinagre 84), Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jota (Neto 70), Jimenez.
Unused subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Vallejo, Cutrone, Ashley-Seal.