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Nuno calls upon Wolves to add a clinical edge to attacking flair

Newcastle United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

No mistake: Jonny blasts Wolves level
No mistake: Jonny blasts Wolves level

By Damian Spellman

Nuno Espirito Santo has challenged Wolves to rediscover their killer instinct if they want to repeat last season's top-seven Premier League finish.

Wanderers had to come from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at Newcastle yesterday, but dominated for long periods at St James' Park without making the most of the possession they enjoyed in their 20th game of the season in all competitions.

Asked if he was disappointed not to have won, manager Nuno said: "It's not about that, it's about how we did things - first -half not so good, second-half, very, very good.

"We played well, were dominant, created chances, but we had to be more clinical. That's something to improve, but I'm happy with how we did it.

"But after we played on Thursday, now to come here and compete the way we did, I'm proud of the boys."

The Magpies took a deserved lead through skipper Jamaal Lascelles' 37th minute header after creating a series of chances and they made their way to the changing rooms at half-time confident they could build upon it.

However, the visitors emerged in determined mood and finally got their reward with 17 minutes remaining when Jonny capitalised on an error by Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka.

They might have snatched victory at the death following Sean Longstaff's 82nd minute dismissal for a challenge on Ruben Neves.

Magpies head coach Steve Bruce was happy with his side's first-half display, but less so with what he saw after the break and in particular the error from Dubravka, who signed a new six-year contract on Thursday.

He said: "He knows that. It's a poor decision from Martin. If you're going to come and flap at it, then the one thing you can't do is just push it in the middle of the goal.

"So that's a bit of a frustration that for all their work, really it's a mistake which has got the goal, which is unfortunate."

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