Newcastle 1-0 Wolves: Player ratings

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A 72nd-minute penalty from Chris Wood earned Newcastle a 1-0 win at home to Wolves on Friday night.

The Magpies snapped a run of three straight losses in the Premier League to move ten points clear of the drop zone, while Bruno Lage’s men missed the chance to climb into the top six.

A first half of extremely low quality saw Miguel Almiron – who came on as a 12th-minute substitute for Ryan Fraser – have the first half decent sight of goal after Bruno Guimaraes’ wonderful ball over the top of the Wolves defence, but the Paraguayan couldn’t keep his half-volley down.

Newcastle thought they had taken the lead soon after with a rather scrappy goal. Guimaraes again picked out Almiron, with the sub neatly flicking it back into the Brazilian’s path and then rolling the ball across goal for Chris Wood to tap in after a mix-up between Willy Boly and Jonny. However, Guimaraes was offside in the build-up and the goal was ruled out after a VAR check.

Referee Peter Bankes mercifully brought an end to a first half that petered out with a whimper after 48 minutes – neither side managed to register a shot on target and accumulated 0.14 expected goals between them.

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