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Wolves fans question Podence substitution against Newcastle

Wolves failed to make it three straight Premier League victories, drawing 1-1 with Newcastle United.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side spent 80 minutes knocking on the door before it finally fell down courtesy of a thunderbolt from Raul Jimenez from outside the area.

The Magpies hardly threatened Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal, with Miguel Almiron having the visitors’ best chance before Jimenez struck after good work by Callum Wilson.

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Wolves started brightly, but struggled for large parts of the game to fashion real clear-cut chances.

Jimenez had a couple of good opportunities early doors, and Pedro Neto also had a couple of sighters

The Mexican scored but then in the 88th minute, the solid defensive work was undone by Jacob Murphy, who took advantage of a poorly positioned wall from a free-kick.

Throughout the game it was arguably Daniel Podence who was the biggest threat for Wolves, but he was the sacrificial lamb in order for Adama Traore to be introduced with around 25 minutes to go.

The January signing from Olympiacos was very lively once again, finding pockets of space between the lines both centrally and out wide.

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He was described as a ‘menace’ at one point by Martin Tyler, and his piece of skill to get away from Jamal Lewis in the first-half was superb.

He ended the evening without a goal, but – amid the frustrations about the team as a collective – his personal contributions were praised by supporters, and Nuno’s decision to take him off early was questioned by others: