Raul Jimenez scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a point for Wolves and deny Burnley victory at Molineux.

Ashley Barnes looked to have won it for the Clarets after pouncing from around 25 yards – his fourth goal in three games this season – against a disjointed Wolves side playing their third game inside a week.

The hosts beat Torino in a play-off match on Thursday after drawing with last Monday, and their hectic schedule appeared to have caught up on them as they struggled for long periods.

Burnley were denied a second goal when Rui Patricio produced an excellent save to keep out Chris Wood while Ben Mee headed against the bar with the rebound coming off Wolves defender Ryan Bennett and hitting the post.

However, Wolves were awarded a penalty in the dying moments when Erik Pieters fouled Jimenez.

After a video assistant referee check, Jimenez stepped up to calmly roll the ball past Nick Pope and earn Wolves a third successive draw.

Late drama saves Wolves after hectic week

Jubilant Wolves fans reacted to the equaliser by chanting “VAR, VAR, VAR” as their team secured a fortunate point.

This was a big test for Wolves, who are on the cusp of qualifying for the group stage of the following a 3-2 first-leg victory over Torino in Turin.

Should they complete the job against the Italians in Thursday’s second leg, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side face a testing schedule of Thursday-Sunday games.

On a hot sunny day in the Black Country against Burnley, they were flat, lacklustre and flaky for long periods, only coming alive in the closing stages.

Having come from behind to take a point off before travelling to Italy, Wolves were facing a Burnley side who were refreshed and full of energy after a free week to prepare for the match.

Six Wolves players – Patricio, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez and – were making their third starts of the week, and Wolves were a shadow of the side that finished seventh in the last season.

An early dipping attempt from 25 yards by Ruben Neves was as close as they came to scoring in the first half, but having struggled for the first 80 minutes Wolves did step it up towards the end.

When Jimenez rolled the ball invitingly across the six-yard area, there was no Wolves player to poke it home, while Nick Pope was forced to keep out a deflection off his own player Ben Mee before the late penalty drama.

Encouragement for Burnley despite late tt

Burnley’s players were crestfallen at the final whistle – Jimenez’ equaliser virtually the last kick of the game.

The Clarets had looked set for a second win of the season after a typically hard-working performance by ’s side, and three points would have taken them up to third in the table.

Having peppered ’s goal with 18 shots in the narrow 2-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium last week, they had another 13 attempts at Molineux.

Barnes’ early-season form has been a highlight for the Clarets and his cracking finish from distance past the diving Patricio had Burnley’s travelling fans in raptures.

Barnes and attacking partner Chris Wood hassled Wolves’ defence throughout and it required a fine save by Patricio – after a long kick by Pope – to prevent the visitors from doubling their lead.

It was a critical moment in the game as Wolves went on to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.

Man of the match – James Tarkowski (Burnley)

James Tarkowski

‘We have to embrace it’ – what they said

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “The boys worked very hard. Burnley are a very good team. The way they do things is so good. They score, they create chances. [Chris] Wood and [Ashley] Barnes hold the ball. It’s a physical game they force from us, but the boys did well.

“The patience was about circulating the ball and still having patience and possession. I just told the boys it’s the next step we have to take – managing the game when you are tired.

“We are very aware of the cycle that we have. We started competing on the 25 July. We have to embrace it and go again on Thursday.”

Burnley manager , speaking to Match of the Day: “We deserved to win the game. I thought we were out of the box sharp, we mixed the play enough to cause them problems. They didn’t cause us too many problems.

“I’m not going to knock the players because their mentality is good. It was just taken away by a late decision.

“We’re looking a different animal to last season, which is important at this early stage. There’s a real good energy, some good quality and some good moments.

“They hit the post, to be fair, but I don’t think they had too much today. Defensively we were very strong.”

Six in six starts for Jimenez – the stats

  • Wolves have drawn their first three games of a league campaign for the first time since 1938-39, when they finished second in the top flight.
  • Burnley are winless in their last five away games at Wolves in the top flight (W1 D4), with their last such victory coming in September 1973.
  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last 10 home games in the (W6 D4); their longest run without defeat in the top flight since April to October 1979 (also 10 games).
  • Burnley have only won one of the last five away games in which they’ve scored the opening goal (D3 L1), including none of the last three.
  • Wolves’ equaliser in the 97th minute was just their second shot on target in the game, with their first coming in the 87th minute.
  • Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has scored six goals in six starts in all competitions this season, however this was his first in the this season.
  • Only Sergio Aguero (16) and Sadio Mane (15) have scored more goals than Burnley’s Ashley Barnes (13) in 2019.
  • Jimenez’ goal for Wolves after 96 minutes and 55 seconds was the latest scored in the since January 2017, when Alexis Sanchez netted after 97 minutes and 14 seconds for against Burnley.
  • Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil has made six assists in the in 2019 – the only English player with more in this period is Trent Alexander-Arnold (11).

What’s next?

The games keep coming at a rapid rate for Wolves who take a 3-2 lead into Thursday’s play-off second leg against Torino at Molineux (19:45 BST).

Burnley are also in midweek cup action – against Sunderland in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forTraoréat 76′minutes
  • 17Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forLomba Netoat 67′minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forDendonckerat 59′minutes
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 7Lomba Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 37Traoré

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5TarkowskiBooked at 59mins
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 66′minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 4Cork
  • 18Westwood
  • 11McNeilSubstituted forHendrickat 86′minutes
  • 9Wood
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forRodriguezat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 25Lennon
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
30,522

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Penalty conceded by Erik Pieters (Burnley) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Willy Boly.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Dwight McNeil.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. () left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a through ball.

Erik Pieters (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré () left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonny.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Ashley Barnes.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Johann Gudmundsson because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley).

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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