Influential Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was officially diagnosed with a “knock” prior to kickoff.
The Brazilian is probably going to miss the forthcoming home game against Crystal Palace as well as the midweek trip to Liverpool, according to Eddie Howe after the game.
Alexander Isak, a record-breaking player who joined from Real Sociedad for £60 million before to the game, was among the prominent players present at Molineux.
Sadly, despite Newcastle completing the necessary papers for the Swedish player in time for the game, the guy is still awaiting his work visa, so he was forced to watch the game from the stands while the players warmed up while he remained near the tunnel. In time for Liverpool, he should have his clearance.
Matt Ritchie keeps performing his duties
Howe has emphasised how crucial it is for the Newcastle team to have individuals like Matt Ritchie in the locker room.
Despite the 32-year-unclear old’s future at the club and the likelihood that he won’t have much of an impact on the football, his character off the field never ceases to astound.
At Molineux, Ritchie went up to his starting teammates, shook their hands, and gave them each a word of encouragement before the game.
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Small gestures like those from seasoned professionals highlight the teamwork Howe has helped foster within his group.
Wolves’ change in strategy to counter the winger threat
After pulling down Allan Saint-Maximin just before the half-hour mark, Wolves defender Nelson Semedo received the game’s first caution of the day.
The Portuguese international knew it would be difficult to play against Saint-Maximin for more than an hour while being cautioned.
Bruno Lage, the manager of Wolves, made the decision to have his full-backs rotate to the opposing sides for a portion of the game in an effort to reduce Newcastle’s danger and the possibility of Semedo receiving a second card.
It was largely successful since Semedo got a break from Saint-relentless Maximin’s sprinting down the left side and didn’t foul again for the rest of the game.
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Along with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi, he observed as Newcastle had 21 shots and 64% of the possession for the most of the game without really creating any issues for the opponent.
The Magpies restricted Wolves at the other end as well, but the hosts took the lead 1-0 thanks to a brilliant play from Ruben Neves.
Newcastle’s issues in the last third have a history and were once more evident. Isak’s entry provides a much-needed improvement in that aspect.
But the midfield is one position that has to be addressed this summer in terms of transfers. Newcastle lacked any genuine conviction with the ball in Guimaraes’ absence.
Adding a midfielder is a top priority with the transfer window closing in just a few days.
Various facets of Allan Saint-Maximin
It appeared like the home team would end the match in the dying minutes since Newcastle was outnumbered at the back until Pedro Neto recovered the ball from Ryan Fraser and burst down the left.
However, Saint-Maximin appeared out of nowhere and dashed from deep within Wolves’ half to Newcastle’s penalty area in an effort to deny Raul Jimanez from making it 2-0.
The 25-year-old was the farthest outfield player back when the Mexican goal was scored but he was unable to stop it. Fortunately for Newcastle, a foul by Neto on Fraser during the build-up resulted in the goal being disallowed by VAR.
The disallowed goal revealed a side of Saint-Maximin that Howe is bringing out more of. It has not gone unnoticed how hard he works for the club and how ready he is to go back and assist defensively.
Stunner by Saint-Maximin as seen by Sven Botman from the first row
Sven Botman was moved into attack as a result of a tactical change as Newcastle attempted to equalise by moving bodies forward.
And in the last minute of regular time, United’s pressure paid off when Saint-Maximin was able to score on the edge of the penalty box thanks to a mistake by Hwang Hee-Chan in clearing Jacob Murphy’s cross.
The Frenchman levelled the score by volleying the ball into the right corner of the net without even touching it. Newcastle has scored a number of great goals in the first month of the season, but this one stands out.
Botman was in the perfect position to see the strike because he instantly stepped out of the way just before Saint-Maximin connected.
“I was up front when Maxi scored and I was simply thinking what everyone was thinking, which is “what a beautiful goal,” the Dutch defender recalled.
Bruno Lage and Eddie Howe’s differing attitudes to wantaway players
After the game, questions concerning prospective exits before the transfer window shuts were put to Lage and Howe.
When questioned about Willy Boly’s absence from Wolves’ matchday roster, Lage delivered a bombshell.
The defender skipped the game, according to the Portuguese boss, in an effort to compel a transfer to Nottingham Forest.
He said, “He wasn’t here, even though he was on the squad roster. “My relationship with him is good. When I’m speaking with him, I get the impression that he is holding a proposition and is eager to go.
“Look, I get that, but you have to know that I have to put you in the team because I need a top player like you on the bench,’ I told him. Boly then came to his own conclusion.
Eddie Howe was questioned over Martin Dubravka’s absence amid rumours that he would join Manchester United. But his response was simply: “Martin, I don’t know. I’ve been preparing for the game.”