Wolves 1-1 Newcastle
RAFAEL BENITEZ was left fuming as goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s blunder in the fifth minute of stoppage-time denied Newcastle three points.
Only four minutes of injury-time had been signalled as the Magpies defended the lead Isaac Hayden gave them 11 minutes into the second half.
But in a frantic finale, Adama Traore stood a tempting cross towards the back post, Dubravka flapped at the ball and Willy Boly headed home.
It means Newcastle, who had looked like going three points clear of the drop zone, now have just a one-point advantage over Southampton in 18th.
It was tough on Dubravka, who had made a number of good saves. Before the break he dived low to his left to keep out Raul Jimenez, who had created his own opening, before he made another smart stop from Jonny Otto’s shot from outside the box.
There was a warning just before the break when home skipper Conor Coady made a last-ditch block as Salomon Rondon got a shot away.
Wolves had a great chance soon after the restart when Ryan Bennett’s flick-on from a corner found its way through to Matt Doherty but the Irishman, under pressure from Sean Longstaff, headed over with the goal at his mercy. That proved costly when Hayden fired home, the ball slipping through keeper Rui Patricio’s fingers.
Wolves responded immediately with Dubravka keeping out Diogo Jota’s low strike and the Czech also saved well from Leander Dendoncker’s stooping header.
Newcastle boss Benitez, who brought on £21million signing Miguel Almiron for the last 19 minutes, saw his side continue to defend resolutely.
Jimenez’s stooping header from Traore’s cross went wide before Boly handed the hosts a point.