Finished work early, quick check of the weather forecast to confirm the need for a jacket and we were on the road around 2pm. The prematch chat centred round Rafa having options to his disposal, I mean lads in cars talk about all sorts but I never thought we’d be talking about that.

There was talk of messers Diame, Ki, Muto, Dummet were expected back from their travels and time in the treatment room, we also have new boys Barreca and Almiron available. We thought that Diame might come in for Hayden and maybe we’d get our first glimpse of our record signing Almiron at some point.

The team sheet brought the news that the side was to be unchanged from Spurs away and Man City at home, which wasn’t a disappointment because the Lads had played well in those games.

We got parked up at a pub near Molineux, buoyed by our find we confidently strode past the bouncer ordered our drinks only to be told in broad brummie that they didn’t serve away fans in here and that town was the best for the likes of us. We tried our best Barry Taylor from Auf Wiedersehen, Pet accents in a couple more bars to no avail. With no hut to go back to our tour of Wolverhampton come to an end and we head to the ground.

In the ground there was a very civilised queue at the bar, I wondered whether we were at the right end of the ground it soon became apparent that we were at the wrong end of the away end as the closer we got to our access the more rowdy it became.

Our seats, not that we used them were bang on halfway with decent views of both sides of the ground if not a little too close to pitch level for my liking. Cue prematch rave plus light show. I personally don’t like this type of thing it’s like they’re trying to force you to have fun, I like football for what it is.

On to the match, we lined up in our neon blue kit and made a pretty positive start getting the ball to main man up top Rondon as much as we could, a bit more accuracy with our passes to him and more bodies around him he could be a real force – just wish he was wors.

Wolves grew into the game as our inability to make the ball stick allowed them to target their attacks down our right hand side but we defended stoutly and Dubravka was up to the task when called upon.

After riding the storm we had a shot on goal ourselves Perez finding Rondon who with a defender still to beat managed to get a left footed shot away.

0-0 at half time, I would’ve taken that before the game (and it’s important that you maintain that mindset as you read on)

Second half our possession of the ball was better, Sean Longstaff appearing to have time & space to pick out his passes (usually find good players do) I’ve got a lot of time for the latest product of our much maligned academy, I think we may have unearthed a diamond, we’ll see.

Fabian Schar taking Longstaff’s lead played a through ball to Hayden who moved into the area his second and third touches convincing the Wolves keeper that he was going to cross whereas he had other ideas and smacked one goal-wards for the keeper to palm in, 1-0 Newcastle!

Wolves desperate to get straight back into the game started to commit loads of little fouls which gave me hope that we might get a second from a set piece but nothing came from hopeful balls in and around the opposing box..

We were playing well, defending well, we were even get the run of the ball and starting to convince me that today was wor day. We made some subs, and we got sight of our new £20m signing, Almiron. He looked good, direct, pacey going forward and a willingness to get back and defend.

Wolves made subs introducing Aroma Traore who’s pace kept us pinned back. Raul Jimenez didn’t make the most of two great chances near the end which the gave the sense that the job was almost done.

4 minutes had been added to the 90 by the referee and we seemed to have seen the game out until a long and high ball was played into the box for Dubravka to take only for Willy Boly to manhandle our goalkeeper and commit what appeared to be an obvious foul which referee failed to give. What compounded the issue was the incident happened a good 30 seconds after the additional 4 minutes given. The same ref awarded Mo Salah a pen against us at Anfield but couldn’t see anything wrong with Boly’s challenge tonight.

Unlucky lads, a point away from home is never a bad thing even when it feels like it. Keep playing the way we are and we’ll stay up!

Howay me bonny Lads!!!

Paul Lyon