Newcastle ended their three-game Premier League losing run with a hard-fought draw against Wolves at Molineux.
The result sees Wolves move up to seventh in the table, while Newcastle remains in 13th.
Miguel Almiron deservedly put the visitors in front, finding the top corner from 15 yards after good work from Jetro Willems and Dwight Gayle.
However, the hosts levelled when Leander Dendoncker turned in Joao Moutinho’s corner from the right seven minutes later.
While Wolves went on to dominate possession, Steve Bruce’s side – who lost both Paul Dummett and Gayle to first-half injuries – more than merited their point.
While Wolves largely had control of the ball this was the fourth consecutive game in all competitions in which Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have struggled to find a cutting edge.
Since their victory over Manchester City on 27 December, they have failed to muster more than four shots on target in any game.
Wolves have now also conceded first in an unrivalled 15 league games this season, including the past six in a row.
And while they huffed and puffed, particularly in the closing stages, a victory against Newcastle would have flattered the hosts, despite their recovery from another sluggish start.
Adama Traore was the sole bright spark, supplying all of Wolves’ best moments in open play.
According to media reports, Traore was sounded out over pursuing a career in the NFL while at Barcelona.
And at times he appeared like an American Football running back, barging through, evading and accelerating clear of Newcastle defenders.
His right-wing cross provided Mexican forward Raul Jimenez with a first-half opportunity to equal Steven Fletcher’s club record of 22 Premier League goals and he supplied Pedro Neto with a similar headed chance 14 minutes from the end, but Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka saved superbly from both players.
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Source – BBC
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