Viewers of the clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United have flooded to Twitter tonight to sing the praises of Sean Longstaff.
Wolves vs Newcastle
Nuno Espirito Santo’s high-flying Wolves welcomed the Magpies to Molineux a short time ago, hoping to keep their superb recent form alive.
The West-Midlands outfit had picked up 4 wins from their last 5 across all competitions before tonight, including 3 Premier League wins on the bounce.
4 – Wolves are looking to win four consecutive top-flight games for the first time since January 1972. They’ve scored a total of 10 goals in their last three games. Flying. #WOLNEW pic.twitter.com/AwS3So41db
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 11, 2019
As such, Wolves headed into proceedings in an impressive 7th-place in the English top-flight table.
Newcastle, meanwhile, had also enjoyed a solid recent run, having notched 3 wins from their last 5 across all competitions.
Nevertheless, though, the Magpies only sat outside the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference before tonight.
Wolves leave it late
However, the subsequent showing of Rafael Benitez’s men at Molineux certainly didn’t paint the picture of a side who should be involved in a relegation battle.
The Geordie outfit put in a hugely-impressive, composed performance, that looked set to hand them a deserved 1-0 win.
Isaac Hayden put the visitors in front 10 minutes into the second-half, after his driven effort was poorly dealt with by Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
However, despite Newcastle having looked completely comfortable in holding Wolves’ rake of talented attackers at bay throughout proceedings, the second goalkeeping mistake of the night, on this occasion from the Magpies’ Martin Dubravka, eventually allowed Wolves to equalize deep into injury-time.
A looping Adama Traore delivery from the right wing saw Dubravka completely misjudge the flight of the ball, allowing Willy Boly to beat the Slovakian shot-stopper with a header at the back-post to secure a share of the spoils for the hosts.
‘Like a seasoned pro’
However, while, when all was said and done at Molineux, it proved a hugely-disappointing night for Newcastle, one major positive note for all associated with the Premier League strugglers was the performance of Sean Longstaff.
21-year-old midfielder Longstaff put in a showing that belied his tender years, patrolling the area in front of his side’s back-3 with confidence and discipline both in and out of possession.
And viewers of the clash were certainly impressed by what the Newcastle youngster had to offer, as showcased below:
Longstaff has a touch of Michael Carrick about him. Going to be class. #nufc
— Scott Daley (@ScottDaley26) February 11, 2019
— Ian Pearson (@hag_jnr) February 11, 2019
Since his Newcastle debut just before Christmas I’ve been very impressed with Sean Longstaff. A very calm, composed and intelligent player who has got a big future ahead of him. Has been fantastic tonight #bbcfootball
— Daniel Woodley (@dwoodley1990) February 11, 2019
One word. Longstaff.
— Kevin Smith (@KevinSm80655088) February 11, 2019
Big fan of this Longstaff fella we signed from Barcelona in January #NUFC
— Joe Rainford (@JoeRainford99) February 11, 2019
Something of Michael Carrick about young Longstaff of Newcastle. Cool , passes off either foot , never wastes the ball.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) February 11, 2019
Longstaff hasn’t put a foot wrong . Love the fact he looks for the forward pass. Doesn’t look outta place the kid
— Dale Jardine (@DaleJardine2) February 11, 2019
Longstaff at Newcastle composed and elegant player for youngster . One to keep eye on@
— John Bennett (@john1108) February 11, 2019
Longstaff playing like a seasoned pro tonight
— ASHLEY OUT (@Ashley__OUT) February 11, 2019
This Newcastle midfielder Longstaff reminds me off a new Michael Carrick…. gives it simple. @gingebig
— Kris Anderton (@Kanderton10) February 11, 2019
What a player Sean Longstaff is. Running the show. Who needs to spend millions. #WOLNEW
— James Etoe (@JamesEtoe) February 11, 2019