NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers shared the spoils for the sixth time in 10 Premier League games as Jonny equalised in the second half to earn them a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United on Sunday.
A dull first half came alive when Jamaal Lascelles met a cross from Federico Fernandez with a thumping header to put the hosts ahead in the 37th minute.
Wolves were far more threatening after the break and Jonny fired home from close range in the 73rd minute after Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka flapped at a cross.
The visitors looked the more likely winners, especially after Newcastle had Sean Longstaff sent off on 82 minutes for a rash challenge on Ruben Neves, but a draw was a fair result.
Newcastle remained in 17th spot while Wolves, now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, are 11th.
The hosts began the day level with third-bottom Southampton who dropped below Newcastle into the relegation zone after being hammered 9-0 by Leicester City on Friday.
With Wolves having been in Europa League action on Thursday in Bratislava it was a chance for Newcastle to claim three points for only the second time at home this season and put a little daylight between themselves and the other strugglers.
But they did not offer enough against a Wolves side who took 45 minutes to get going.
It looked good when Lascelles timed his leap to perfection to power a header past Rui Patricio.
Newcastle failed to take the momentum of the goal into the second half, however, and Wolves, with a tweak to their 3-5-2 formation to get Adama Traore further forward to support the strikers, began to dominate.
It still looked as though Steve Bruce’s side might hold out but when Matt Doherty hoisted over a cross that Dubravka could only claw away the ball fell for Jonny to fire home.
Jetro Willems drilled a low shot just past the Wolves post as Newcastle tried to respond.
Longstaff could have few complaints at receiving his marching orders, sliding in with his foot raised on Neves.
Wolves sensed a chance and Doherty came closest to earning them the win when he glanced a header wide in stoppage time.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Tony Lawrence and Ed Osmond)