Nights out in Newcastle are often unpredictable.
Not for Wolves.
As the Sky Sports statisticians pointed out before kick-off, a draw was always the most likely outcome.
Given the Toon’s torrid run of form, it’d be fair to view the result as a missed opportunity to get another three points on the board.
But, in all fairness to Steve Bruce’s side, that wouldn’t tell the full story.
The hosts more than played their part, mostly dominating a first half in which Wolves were once again slow out of the blocks.
However, come the final throes, it was those donning black and white who were hanging on for dear life, with only Martin Dubravka’s heroics preventing Fabio Silva bagging a late winner.
Like most stalemates, there’s positives and negatives to reflect on.
Starting with the latter, it’s hugely frustrating that we conceded the first goal again. To do so on 17 occasions is frankly ridiculous and is something we really need to nip in the bud sharpish.
Unless somebody can tell me otherwise, there’s no good reason why we should be finishing games with more gusto than we start them.
Looking on the bright side, we ended the first half well and certainly responded strongly after going a goal down.
Semedo, Traore and Neves in particular were all instrumental in driving the team forward, with the latter’s headed equaliser ensuring we shared the spoils.
It was a goal that capped a captain’s performance from a player who, despite enduring an indifferent season on the whole, has grown in stature this season.
Every team needs leaders and, make no mistake about it, Neves is one of ours.
But, given our continued inability to impose ourselves on games from the off, there are unquestionably not enough in this current team and that’s something that will need to be remedied in the close season.
However, I’ve always been a glass-half-full kind of guy and five games unbeaten has made this a productive month.
Hopefully we can kick on and end the season strongly.