Newcastle survived an abysmal second half in which Wolves dominated possession and chances. One of those chances came on a poor attempted clearance by Martin Dubravka, which fell to Jonny who parried it home to level the score.
It was also the second straight match at home against Wolves in which Newcastle would go down to ten men. This time is was Sean Longstaff who was shown a straight red in the second half.
Both sides came out unchanged from the first half. Newcastle inexplicably let Wolves have the majority of possession as they pushed to level the score.
The Newcastle backline held strong early, but the cracks were started to show. An Adama Traore cross reached Jota in the box in the 57th minute. His header thankfully went high and wide.
It was Jota again in the 64th as he skipped past Newcastle defenders from the left into the box. His subsequent shot was right at Dubravka, who couldn’t collect the ball cleanly. Luckily, it was able to be cleared.
Then the levy finally broke as Jonny parried a flubbed Dubravka tip into the back of the net. Newcastle could not handle Wolves’ right flank pairing of Matt Doherty and Adama Traore.
That is a weakness of Allan Saint-Maximin’s game as he didn’t provide Jetro Willems much help.
The goal did wake Newcastle up a bit as they began to apply some pressure. However, DeAndre Yedlin’s run down the right should have resulted in a corner. But the referee awarded a goal kick.
The subsequent passage of play resulted in Sean Longstaff catching Ruben Neves with his studs after a poor Joelinton touch in the 82nd minute. It was a rash challenge but seemed a soft sending off to us. There was no maliciousness in the tackle, and Sean won the ball.
Steve Bruce feeling his hand forced, brought Joelinton off for Jonjo Shelvey, and Newcastle would try to hold out for the point.
Bruce would make another double change at the 90-minute mark with Christian Atsu and Dwight Gayle coming on for Allan Saint-Maximin and Matty Longstaff.
The second half was the exact opposite of what was needed from this team. It was a massive mistake to cede the game to Wolves and let them dictate play. Bruce tried to hold out for the win, and it ended up eliminating any chance for the full three points.