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Wolves 1 Newcastle 1 – Player ratings

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves draw 1-1 with Newcastle at Molineux.

Wolves' Ruben Neves challenges Sean Longstaff (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Beaten by Almiron's emphatic finish in the seventh minute and, after that, Patricio was a bystander against the Magpies. The visitors did not register another shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, making the draw all the more annoying for Wolves. 6

Leander Dendoncker

Got on the scoresheet with a well-placed volley. The Belgian was alert to escape his marker and get on the end of a fine delivery from Moutinho. Outwitted by Willems in the build-up to the Newcastle goal, but Dendoncker had a good game for Wolves. 7

Conor Coady

With Nuno's side now having conceded first in their last six league games, Coady will be especially disappointed with how Wolves began this one. Tidy enough on the ball and not given any major problems by Joelinton, who led the line after Gayle went off injured. 6

Romain Saiss

Looked to get on the end of Moutinho's corner and just missed it but, fortunately, Dendoncker was just behind him to make the finish. Like a lot of players, did not do anything hugely wrong – but did not stand out for anything he did either. 6

Matt Doherty

Guilty of giving away possession cheaply as Newcastle went on to score. Doherty then went on to lose the ball needlessly on a few more occasions. Almost got a goal as Longstaff cleared his effort off the line, but the Irishman did not have the usual spring in his step. 5

Ruben Neves

Had a couple of potshots from long range and, while he did find Traore with a nice ball down the right in the lead-up to Doherty almost scoring, was a bit negative on the whole. Accurate passes, but a few too many going sideways or backwards. 6

Joao Moutinho

Got an assist to his name with a peach of a corner setting up Dendoncker. Aside from that, Moutinho recycled the ball with usual quality. Perhaps looking a little jaded, but he is still a classy operator in the middle of the park. 7

Jonny Castro Otto

Not given many problems, with Joelinton initially playing at right wing before the arrival of Atsu, who did not influence proceedings hugely either. Jonny could have offered some more going forward though as Wolves looked for a winner. 6

Adama Traore

Traore created Doherty's chance, and floated over a cross to Jimenez as the Mexican was superbly denied by Dubravka from close range. When the Spaniard got the ball, he tended to cause problems for Willems. Just did not quite see enough of it. 7

Raul Jimenez

Will be disappointed not to have beaten Dubravka, although it was a tremendous stop from the keeper, with his header from a few yards out. Otherwise, Jimenez worked hard but things were not quite coming off for him – and Wolves as a whole, to be fair – in the final third. 6

Pedro Neto

Flashes of quality from the youngster, but also some sloppy moments. The 19-year-old should have scored with a header but, similarly to Jimenez, saw his effort clawed away by Dubravka. Was not bad, but Wolves do miss Jota when he is out. 6


Ruben Vinagre (for Neto, 85)


Subs not used: Ruddy (gk), Bennett, Kilman, Buur, Gibbs-White, Ashley-Seal