Newcastle have put in a performance so far at Molineux this afternoon but have again suffered an injury crisis with two players picking up knocks. Bruce was forced to replace Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle with more muscle injuries.
Newcastle came out in a 5-4-1 with Joelinton on the right and Almiron on the left. Dwight Gayle led the line, but Joelinton moved upfront with him when in possession. Isaac Hayden again played in defense, this time at right wing-back.
It didn’t take long for Newcastle to take an early lead. Minutes after firing a shot wide, Miguel Almiron got his third goal for Newcastle. Jetro Willems did well down the left flank to get a cross in that found Dwight Gayle.
Gayle did brilliantly to get the ball to the trailing Almiron, who obliged with another outstanding finish. He’s in some goalscoring form now.
Paul Dummett’s return to the team lasted all of 12 minutes as he was forced off with another injury. Florian Lejeune was brought on for Dummett, but the Frenchman moved into the middle of the back three with Ciaran moving to the left.
Very poor defending led to the equalizer just a few minutes later. On a corner, Federico Fernandez didn’t close down Leander Dendoncker quick enough, and the ball fell to the Belgian who tapped it past Dubravka.
Newcastle continued to play well but were forced to make a second change when Dwight Gayle suffered a hamstring injury in the 28th minute. The 29-year-old was replaced by Christian Atsu. It was the best we’d seen of Dwight all season as he was causing Wolves problems with his movement and work rate.
Martin Dubravka was called into action to save Newcastle once again as he made a spectacular save on a Raul Jimenez header from point-blank range in the 34th minute.
Joelinton received treatment on the pitch in the 38th minute with what looked like a groin injury. Andy Carroll was out warming up, but the Brazilian was able to continue.
We hope Newcastle emerge from the tunnel without having to make a third change before the second half like against Leicester City. They’ll also need to be ready for a likely Wolves surge in this second-half.
At St James Park, Wolves came out and were outstanding in the second half to get a 1-1 draw. Hopefully, that is fresh in Steve Bruce’s mind and he can have the lads ready.