Newcastle denied as Dubravka howler rescues Wolves

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12 Feb 2019, 10:13 IST

Wolverhamption (United Kingdom), Feb 12 (AFP) Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka broken his facet’s bid to keep away from relegation for the second successive match as his late howler gifted Wolves a 1-1 draw on Monday.

Rafael Benitez’s facet have been seconds away from a helpful victory after Isaac Hayden’s first purpose since 2017 put them forward within the second half at Molineux.

Hayden’s purpose had come by way of a weak tried save from Wolves keeper Rui Patricio.

Nevertheless it was Dubravka’s clanger on the different finish that stole the headlines when the Slovakian allowed a cross to slide by his grasp as Willy Boly headed residence deep into stoppage-time.

Dubravka shall be public enemy No.1 on Tyneside after his newest gaffe, which got here simply days after he let Son Heung-min’s shot squirm by his legs to offer Tottenham a late winner.

With controversial Newcastle proprietor Mike Ashley watching from the stands, it was a bitter tablet to swallow for Benitez, who refused to guard Dubravka when requested in regards to the equaliser.

“We may do higher. These form of balls you are able to do just a little bit higher, punch the ball and it is completed,” he stated.

Requested if he thought Boly had pushed his keeper, Benitez added: “It was not very clear watching the replay. Nonetheless, it is one thing we now have to defend higher. He (Dubravka) needs to be robust sufficient.

“I used to be not proud of some choices, however total I believe the referee was superb. You can not complain about that.” Newcastle at the moment are just one level above the relegation zone once they would have been three factors clear however for Dubravka.

Again from a warm-weather break for a coaching camp in Marbella, seventh positioned Wolves appeared like they have been nonetheless on the seaside when Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon was granted an excessive amount of area for a low shot away that compelled Patricio into motion.

Wolves finally hit their stride and made a vigorous attraction for a penalty when Christian Atsu challenged Raul Jimenez, just for referee Graham Scott to wave play on, with replays suggesting he made the proper choice.

Jimenez wanted only one purpose to develop into simply the second Mexican participant to succeed in double figures in a Premier League marketing campaign after Javier Hernandez.

He was shut to creating that milestone when he minimize in from the left and unleashed a strong strike that Dubravka pushed away.

Sprawling to maintain out Jonny’s effort quickly after, Dubravka was doing his finest to redeem himself after his mistake towards Tottenham.

In opposition to the run of play, Newcastle snatched the lead within the 56th minute.

Hayden was performed in by Fabian Schar, however his shot ought to have been saved by Patricio, who was overwhelmed at his close to publish after weakly palming the ball into the online.

Wolves tried to mount a direct response and Diogo Jota’s low strike was properly saved by Dubravka, who additionally stored out Leander Dendoncker’s header quickly after.

Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron got here on for his Newcastle debut within the 72nd minute following his membership document ?20 million from Atlanta United final month.

And it appeared Wolves’ stress could be in useless, till Dubravka ended up because the villain but once more within the 95th minute.

Adama Traore’s excessive cross hung within the air for an age, however Dubravka reacted hesitantly, permitting the ball to fall by his arms and hit Boly within the face earlier than rolling into the online for a farcical equaliser

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