Wolves 1-1 Newcastle: Player Ratings as Late Murphy Free Kick Earns Magpies a Point

Jacob Murphy
Newcastle defended well and secured a point | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

A late Jacob Murphy free kick secured Newcastle a 1-1 draw against Wolves at Molineux.

In a quiet first half, the hosts dominated proceedings but Allan Saint-Maximin came closest to opening the scoring with a deflected effort from range.

In the second half, Newcastle defended extremely deep and frustrated their hosts for long periods. However, Wolves finally found a breakthrough when Jimenez lashed one home from the edge of the box.

Not to be disheartened, the Magpies rallied late on with Jacob Murphy bending in a free kick with just one minute of normal time to play.

Here are your Wolves and Newcastle player ratings from an uneventful afternoon.

Max KilmanMax Kilman
23-year-old Kilman had a straightforward afternoon | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Rui Patricio (GK) – 4/10 – Questions must be asked for the free kick. The wall was placed poorly and he should have kept it out.

Willy Boly (CB) – 6/10 – Dealt with Saint-Maximin for the most part. Had an easy game overall with the Magpies really threatening.

Conor Coady (CB) – 7/10 – A couple of excellent long balls from the England international. Not troubled defensively.

Max Kilman (CB) – 7/10 – Flawless in possession. Could play a big role for Wolves as the season progresses.

Nelson Semedo, Jamal LewisNelson Semedo, Jamal Lewis
Semedo caused the Magpies some problems going forward | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Ruben Semedo (RWB) – 7/10 – Looked dangerous throughout. Registered more dribbles than any other player on the pitch.

Leander Dendoncker (CM) – 6/10 – The more conservative of Wolves’ double pivot looked a bit like a spare part at times. His defensive assurance simply was not needed as Newcastle offered so little.

Ruben Neves (CM) – 7/10 – Dictated the play for his side, racking up just shy of 100 passes in total.

Romain Saiss (LWB) – 6/10 – Outshone by Semedo on the opposite flank. Did not offer much and was substituted just after the hour mark.

Raul JimenezRaul Jimenez
Jimenez was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal | Pool/Getty Images

Pedro Neto (RW) – 6/10 – Let a great chance go begging after the break. Summed up an enthusiastic if wasteful display.

Raul Jimenez (ST) – 8/10 – A couple of terrible finishes early on. Not like him at all. Made up for this with a lethal strike that so nearly won his side the game.

Daniel Podence (LW) – 7/10 –Wolves’ most potent creative outlet. Also fired off a few shots which might have gone in on a different day.

Adama Traore – 6/10

Fernando Marcal – 6/10

Joao Moutinho – 6/10

Jacob MurphyJacob Murphy
Murphy’s free kick earned his side a point | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Karl Darlow (GK) – 7/10 – A few good saves and commanded his area well.

Jacob Murphy (RB) – 8/10 – Penned in at right-back as part of Steve Bruce’s game plan. Kept his discipline well. This astute defensive display was capped off by a superb equaliser.

Fabian Schar (CB) – 7/10 – Played his part in Newcastle’s almost perfect defensive performance with some important blocks.

Jamal Lascelles (CB) – 7/10 – Made a few heroic clearances. The captain led Newcastle’s stoic rearguard action.

Federico Fernandez (CB) – 7/10 – Composed and assured. A disciplined display.

Jamal Lewis (LB) – 7/10 – Defended well, making several good tackles. and blocks. In terms of attacking output… zilch.

Ryan FraserRyan Fraser
Fraser struggled in a central midfield | Newcastle United/Getty Images

Ryan Fraser (CM) – 5/10 – Probably not what he was expecting from his first Magpies start. Struggled to impose himself in central midfield and barely touched it.

Jeff Hendrick (CM) – 6/10 – Chasing shadows for much of the game.

Miguel Almirón (CM) – 6/10 – Did okay in a unfamiliar position – one truly horrific tackle aside. Lots of manic running around.

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It was a frustrating game for Wilson | Newcastle United/Getty Images

Callum Wilson (ST) – 7/10 – Starved of service but did his best from slim pickings.

Allan Saint-Maximin (ST) – 6/10 – A strange performance. Occasionally looked unplayable, other times he looked decidedly unbothered.

Joelinton – 6/10

Sean Longstaff – 6/10

Andy Carrol – N/A

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