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

Oct 25, 2020, 6:36 PM GMT
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.


1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Max 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.

2. Wing Backs & Midfielders

Nelson 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.

3. Forwards

Raul 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.

4. Substitutes

Adama Traore - 6/10

Fernando Marcal - 6/10

Joao Moutinho - 6/10


5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Jacob 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.

6. Midfielders

Ryan 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.

7. Forwards

Ruben Neves, Callum Wilson
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.

8. Substitutes

Joelinton - 6/10

Sean Longstaff - 6/10

Andy Carrol - N/A