Andy Hinchcliffe critical of Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio

Nuno Espirito Santo the manager

Rui Patricio started for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they recorded a draw against Newcastle United on Monday night.

Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio reacts during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on February 11, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has claimed that there are 'question marks' over 'consistent' Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio following his mistake during his side's 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Monday night.

With the game goalless, Fabian Shar picked up the ball from the middle of the park and threaded a lovely-weighted ball for Isaac Hayden whose shot was tamely stuck at Patricio but he couldn't stop it from hitting the back of the net.

Patricio was beaten at his near post as at first it seemed that Hayden was going to shoot across the 30-year-old, who did manage to get a palm on the ball.


During his commentary stint for Monday Night Football, Hinchcliffe was in no doubt that Patricio was to blame for Newcastle's goal. 

"There is going to be question marks over Rui Patricio," Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports PL on 11/02/2019 at 9:10 pm. "The goalkeeper makes a complete mess of it.

"Patricio has been so consistent this season. He maybe anticipates the ball going to his right. He goes too early and is actually beaten to his left hand. A really poor goal for him to give away."

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United (14) scores the opening goal past Wolverhampton Wanderer's Goalkeeper Rui Patricio (11) during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and...

Despite that mistake from the experienced shot-stopper, Nuno's side did go on to score a late equaliser, with the opposition goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the spotlight this time. 

With the game in the fifth minute of stoppage-time, Dubravka attempted to catch Adama Traore's cross from the right-hand side only for the Newcastle man to spill it and as a result, drop two valuable points for his side.

Nonetheless, over the course of the season, Patricio has been producing the goods for his high-flying team by playing 26 league matches, securing six clean sheets and conceding 33 goals, according to transfermarkt.

As a result of that match, Wolves remain in seventh place where they are two points ahead of eighth-placed Watford while the Magpies are currently sitting two places above the drop zone. 

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