This is the sixth one all draw between these sides since Wolves were promoted so the score shouldn’t come as a surprise.
But I’m certain we’ve not played that badly in any of those other games.
Ruben’s rifle papered over a disappointing first half in which Newcastle carried the greater threat and Wolves were limited to counter attacks and the odd break of the ball.
It didn’t get any better in the second with the home side camped out in their defensive third hoping their opponents would over commit.
On another day perhaps the foul isn’t awarded or the red card is shown but I don’t think VAR should be blamed for this latest disappointment.
With the quality Wolves possess in midfield it’s criminal that we couldn’t string two passes together for extended periods of the game and allowed a weakened Newcastle to dictate.
The front three can rightly feel they’re starved of the right service but need to produce more when they do get the ball. Raul, Neto and Guedes showed moments of promise but simply didn’t impact the game enough with or without the ball.
That brings us onto the substitutions, which were beyond baffling at a point in the game when Wolves couldn’t establish any sort of foothold.
Newcastle were winning all of the duels and physically superior in the middle of the pitch. Bruno Lage’s response was to deploy two weakling wide players to stem the tide.
With Dendoncker and Traore watching on, Hwang promptly teed up Saint Maximan for the equaliser and Podence barely touched the ball as the visitors ended the game hunting a winning goal.
These are testing times for the head coach and this extended sequence without a Premier League victory can’t be ignored. He needs a victory in the next two or the pressure will soon become intense.
With a transfer window entering it’s final days and a midweek trip to a team that just got whacked for 9, there are equal measures of opportunity and despair at stake.
We must come out on the right side.