Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United: Late drama at Molineux as Willy Boly heads home in stoppage time to leave Rafa Benitez fuming


The centre-half headed home in the 95th minute, despite four minutes of stoppage time being added

Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a vital late point against Newcastle United as Willy Boly popped up to head home in the last-minute of stoppage time.

The centre half stayed forward as Wolves pushed for an equaliser, heading home after an erratic cross from Adama Traore was fluffed by Martin Dubravka underneath his own crossbar.

The Wolves players celebrate with Willy Boly after his late equaliser

Isaac Hayden had stepped up to open the scoring for the visitors, who were happy to concede possession in the hope they could catch Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on the break.

But it was the dramatic equaliser which proved to be the talking point. The goal was scored beyond the allotted four minutes of injury time, something which clearly incensed Rafa Benitez at the full time whistle.

The Magpies move up a place to 16th above Cardiff, while Wolves are still hot on the heels of the Premier League’s ‘Top Six’.

The hosts enjoyed the early pressure as Newcastle struggled to hold on to possession.

Isaac Hayden gives the visitors the unlikely lead

Isaac Hayden gives the visitors the unlikely lead

There was a big penalty shout as Jimenez went down under pressure from Christian Atsu, but replays showed a touch on the ball to vindicate Graham Scott’s decision to wave play on, before Jimenez shot over moments later as the pressure continued to grow.

The visitors were sloppy time and again in possession, but managed to get through to the break level, though Dubravka was called into action to deny Raul Jimenez.

Salomon Rondon did have a free header that he wasted by directing it straight at Rui Patricio before Dubravka again was in the right place as the teams went in goalless at the interval.

Against the run of play it was Newcastle who took the lead, through the unlikely source of Hayden.

The midfielder was played in by Fabian Schar down the right-hand side of the box and hit his effort straight at Patricio, who should have done better but only diverted the ball into the back of the net with weak wrists.

But it was the late equaliser which will make all of the headlines.

Dubravka failed to deal with it and was beaten in the air by Willy Boly, who challenged fairly with the goalkeeper to head in and deny Benitez a crucial three points.


Almiron brought pace and excitement to the visitors

Almiron brought pace and excitement to the visitors

He may not have enjoyed a winning start, but the introduction of Miguel Almiron sparked scenes of wild jubilation amongst the 2,400 travelling Newcastle fans.

The former Atlanta United midfielder joined for a club-record fee in January to much fanfare and the cheer form the visiting fans was huge.

In the brief cameo he had, the youngster showed incredible pace and looked extremely sharp. He was willing to work hard for the team and could prove to be an invaluable asset for Benitez as the season goes on.


Wagstaff was brilliant on the ball and assured in the tackle

Wagstaff was brilliant on the ball and assured in the tackle

For a player who made his debut on Boxing Day, Wagstaff has the composure and assurance of a verteran.

The 21-year-old midfielder played well in front of the back four and repelled plenty of Wolves attacks again and again.

With transfer funds looking likely to remain scarce, the emergence of Wagstaff will please Newcastle fans.

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