Diogo Jota’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser rescued a point for Wolves at Crystal Palace.

Leander Dendoncker’s own goal had seemed certain to give Palace victory before Jota’s late strike for the visitors, who had Romain Saiss sent off for two bookings.

Wilfried Zaha’s failure to maintain possession for Palace saw Adama Traore gallop clear on the right and his far-post cross was poked home by Jota from four yards after defender Joel Ward lost his balance.

Palace had been closing in on a top-six spot after a wayward Ward shot flew past goalkeeper Rui Patricio off the unfortunate Dendoncker.

But Wolves, who enjoyed the better of a largely uneventful first half with Dendoncker, Matt Doherty and Jota all having chances to open the scoring, merited their point.

Crystal Palace move up to 12th in the table while Wolves, after just avoiding their third consecutive Premier League defeat, remain 19th.

Wolves show quality needed to get out of trouble

While Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has until now shown no external signs of being a man under pressure, the way in which the visiting bench exuberantly celebrated Jota’s last-gasp goal told a different story.

It had looked like being another miserable afternoon for the Black Country side, who had arrived in London having failed to win any of their opening five top-flight fixtures.

On every occasion that has happened to them in the past, relegation has followed – 2003-04, 1983-84, 1975-76, 1964-65, 1905-06 – but the way in which Nuno’s side rallied suggests they have the quality and heart to avoid the same fate.

With Ruben Neves relegated to the substitutes bench, captain Conor Coady assumed the early responsibility for orchestrating Wolves’ attacking play from the centre of defence.

The former midfielder, who was converted into the central figure of Wolves’ three-man defence when Nuno arrived in 2017, sprayed several raking cross-field passes to initiate openings.

In the first half, there were few signs of a lack of confidence or fatigue – Wolves have now completed 13 matches this season, almost double the number of most of their domestic rivals.

Doherty’s header forced Palace keeper Vicente Guaita into a fine stop, while Dendoncker’s close-range strike was blocked close to the Palace goalline.

But it was their attitude to adversity which stood out, as they persevered despite being a man and a goal down in the last 20 minutes.

Substitute Neves curled a right-footed shot just wide while Jota and Traore both saw efforts blocked by a posse of home defenders before Jota’s goal.

Palace revert back to type

After a humbling 4-0 reverse at Tottenham this was very much a Palace performance that reverted back to Roy Hodgson’s blueprint of defensive discipline and organisation.

Forward-thinking midfielder Andros Townsend was sacrificed for James McArthur in the starting XI as the former England manager again deployed a five-man midfield but this time with personnel capable of stifling the opposition,

And that strategy worked during the first period – albeit aided by some errant Wolves finishing – as the teams largely cancelled each other out.

The problem for Hodgson arrived once Ward’s deflected strike and Saiss’ dismissal put Palace in complete command.

Luka Milivojevic and Kouyate both saw shots from distance deflected behind while substitute Christian Benteke and Jeffrey Schlupp forced Patricio into one-versus-one saves.

But they were simply unable to kill off the game and in committing men forward to do so they showed a lack of game management as they left themselves open to Wolves on the counter-attack.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 24Cahill
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 11Zaha
  • 18McArthurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcCarthyat 83′minutes
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 15Schlupp
  • 9J AyewBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBentekeat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 10Townsend
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Benteke
  • 22McCarthy
  • 34Kelly

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16CoadyBooked at 44mins
  • 27SaïssBooked at 73mins
  • 2DohertySubstituted forNevesat 57′minutes
  • 32DendonckerSubstituted forNetoat 65′minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37Traoré
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forCutroneat 76′minutes
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 7Neto
  • 8Neves
  • 10Cutrone
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 29Vinagre
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
25,122

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McCarthy replaces James McArthur.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Patrick Cutrone replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) for a bad foul.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Cahill following a set piece situation.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Leander Dendoncker.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonny with a cross.

Booking

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by João Moutinho.

Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McArthur.

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