Wolves 1 (Jimenez pen 90+7) Burnley 1 (Barnes 13)
Raul Jimenez salvaged Wolves a deserved draw against Burnley right at the death as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side continued their unbeaten start to the season.
Jimenez coolly found the net with a penalty in the seventh minute of time added on after he had his heels clipped from behind by former Stoke left back Erik Pieters. Wolves had trailed from Ashley Barnes’s excellent 13th-minute drive in a lacklustre first-half performance.
An improvement after the break saw Jimenez hit the post with a shot on the turn, and Morgan Gibbs-White and substitute Adama Traore screwed wide, while in the first half, Ruben Neves flashed a dipping long-range effort inches over the bar in their first attack.
But Wolves lacked inspiration for much of the afternoon and will be grateful to emerge with a point after Mee headed against the bar and Chris Wood was denied by keeper Rui Patricio, both in the first period.
In an effort to keep his team fresh, Nuno made five changes to the side that beat Torino 3-2 in the Europa League on Thursday night, as Ryan Bennett, Matt Doherty, Morgan Gibbs-White, Neves and Jonny Castro Otto replaced Jesus Vallejo, Traore, Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss and Ruben Vinagre. But it was a case of almost back to the regular Premier League line-up as Gibbs-White for Dendoncker was the only switch from the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Monday night.
Things initially looked promising for Wolves as Neves – fresh from his spectacular equaliser against United – sized up a trademark long-range strike, but his dipping volley cleared Nick Pope’s bar by half a foot.
Burnley started well however and Barnes curled wide in a move made by one-time West Midlands connections after ex-Aston Villa right back Matt Lowton exchanged passes with one-time Albion striker Wood.
But Barnes wasn’t to be denied and the striker put the Clarets ahead in the next attack. The former Brighton striker sent a fierce drive beyond Rui Patricio into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards after Bennett failed to get enough on heading a long ball away and Wood nodded to his strike partner.
Burnley looked in the mood and, with Wolves looking at sixes and sevens, the visitors went desperately close to making it 2-0. Mee was unmarked at the far post to head Ashley Westwood’s corner off the underside of the bar and on to the goalline. In the ensuing melee, the ball bounced off Bennett on to the foot of the post before he and Patricio kept the ball from trickling over the line.
After an unconvincing first-half display, Wolves stepped things up after the break. Gibbs-White sliced a yard wide on the volley from an angle but a deflection went unseen by the referee. But Burnley had a great chance to double their lead when Barnes diverted wide from close range after Wood squared.
Nuno decided to freshen things up and Dendoncker came on for Joao Moutinho just before the hour mark, before Pedro Neto replaced Gibbs-White to add some more attacking impetus as Wolves switched to 3-4-3 to stretch the game.
But they continued to struggle to break down the visitors, their cause not helped by some poor passing at times.
But they still managed to create openings as Jimenez opted to pass when he should have shot while Traore screwed wide after cutting inside on to his left foot in the box.
Wolves were looking more desperate and Neves drilled straight at Pope from 25 yards before they went so close to an equaliser when Jimenez turned on a sixpence only for his low shot to hit the post from Bennett’s long throw-in.
But it was from another similar set-piece from the former Norwich defender that produced Wolves’ leveller. The ball reached Neves, whose low shot saw a tussle between Mee and Jimenez, with his back to goal. Mee appeared to trip the Mexico international in attempting to reach the ball, and, after another wait for VAR, Wolves won a penalty.
Thankfully for Wolves, Jimenez kept a cool head to sidefoot home from the spot, rolling the ball to the left of Pope, who went the other way. It was the £32.6m club record signing’s first Premier League goal of the season, but his sixth in all competitions. It also meant Wolves have started the season with three successive draws in the league and are eight unbeaten in all competitions.
Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty (Traore 77), Gibbs-White (Neto 65), Neves, Moutinho (Dendoncker 59), Jonny; Jota, Jimenez.
Unused subs: Ruddy, Vallejo, Vinagre, Cutrone.
Burnley (4-4-2): Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson (Lennon 75), Cork, Westwood, McNeil (Hendrick 86); Barnes (Rodriguez 78), Wood.
Unused subs: Hart, Taylor, Long, Vydra.