Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden suggests that Wolverhampton Wanderers can't play out from the back

Wolverhampon Wanderers Manager Nuno Espirito Santo (R) greets Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez  (L)during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton...

Newcastle United recorded a draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night in the Premier League.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on February 11, 2019 in...

Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has shared that they 'identified' Wolves 'weren't the best' from playing the ball out from the back during their 1-1 draw on Monday night. 

The 23-year-old played a major role in the game because he opened the scoring in the second half and was seemingly asked to play a more advanced role than usual.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side equalised in the dying moments of the game following a mistake from opposition keeper Martin Dubravka.


But during his post-match interview with Monday Night Football, Hayden's claims about the opposition's style of play will infuriate fans because it is what they have been known for since Nuno took over last season. 

"It was really just trying to match them because they play a 5-3-2," Hayden told MNF on Sky Sports PL on 11/02/2019 at 10:10 pm. "It was just trying to counter what they have got.

"Try to press them high up the pitch, especially their back three. We kind of identified that they weren't the best from playing out from the back and if we could press them in certain areas we could cause problems on the counter-attack."

Salomon Rondon of Newcastle United is blocked by Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on...

During the previous campaign, Wolves strolled through the second tier of English football by playing a forward-thinking and free-flowing style of football.

Centre-back Conor Coady is normally deployed to play in the middle of the back three where the former midfielder can lead his troops and bring the ball out from the back.

But as suggested by Hayden, his side, who looked solid for large parts of the match, clearly identified a weakness in their play.

Nonetheless, both teams walked away from Molineux with a point, with the Magpies two places above the relegation zone and Wolves comfortably sitting seventh in the Premier League table. 

Nuno Espirito Santo the manager

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