Tennis Jota strikes late to earn the Wolves a point...

Jota strikes late to earn the Wolves a point in Palace


Diogo Jota's stoppage time goal eased some pressure on Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and got them 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson's team looked for another home victory in Selhurst Park after taking the lead through Leander Dendoncker's own goal in the 46th minute, but an error from behind saw the visitors level with almost the final kick of the game.

It stopped a run with three straight defeats for the Wolves, but Palace would have been frustrated after playing against 10-men in the final 17 minutes – when Romain Saiss received another yellow – and blasting more chances during that period.

Santo's team entered this match following a 1-0 loss at home to Braga in the Europa League on Thursday, which resulted in him calling for the changes.

Ruben Neves was one of four to drop with Joao Moutinho off the pitch and his corner should have resulted in the opener after 10 minutes.

Wolves midfielder chose Dendoncker on the back post – after he let go easily from Mamadou Sakho – but his close-footed shot from close range was blocked by the returning James McArthur.

Despite playing on Thursday, the away team looked more likely, but Wilfried Zaha slowly began to become more prominent for the hosts.

The International Ivory Coast forced a pair of corners midway through the half, and from the second, Jordan Ayew Rui Patricio tested with a header from Luka Milivojevic's cross.

It was a routine save for Wolves goalie, but three minutes later his colleague at the opposite end made a world-class stop.

Raul Jimenez led the counter attack and chose Matt Doherty's back post, after more slack Sakho marking, but the wingback saw his six-yard header wonderfully tipped behind by Vicente Guaita in the 29th minute.

A more accurate pass around the Palace box created a chance for Jota, following Jimenez's smart ball, but he fired directly at Guaita from 14 away seven minutes before the break.

Santo would have been pleased with the response from his team, but frustrated by their lack of clear options and this came back to haunt them at the start of the second half.

A good run from Jeffrey Schlupp down the left side saw him break into the box, and although the chance looked, Cheikhou Kouyate won possession and McArthur allowed Joel Ward to open the scoring 33 seconds after the restart.

The right-back celebrated with all of his teammates, but the goal fell like an own goal after Dendoncker deflected it past Patricio and it was the 100th Premier League goal that Palace had scored under Hodgson.

Dendoncker had almost the unwanted record of another goal in the 56th minute, but this time Milivojevic's effort rolled wide.

Wolves manager Santo had seen enough and introduced Neves and Pedro Neto, but saw their task get much tougher in the 73rd minute when Saiss received his second yellow.

Both offenses had been on Zaha who, despite not registering a first goal or assist of the season, had played his part.

The game became more stretched over the final quarter, with home batsman Christian Benteke firing directly against Patricio in the 78th minute before Jota's fine run was stopped by Sakho's strong tackle.

Schlupp should have put the game to bed after 90 was up when he was sent through, but Patricio saved and Wolves attack with Ward and failed to clear Adama Traore's cross, allowing Jota to hit home and earn a point.


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