JAMAAL LASCELLES admits Newcastle United’s players only have themselves to blame after they failed to drive home their superiority and claim all three points against Wolves.

The Magpies were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, with Ruben Neves’ 73rd-minute header cancelling out Lascelles’ own headed strike at the start of the second half.

Newcastle created a host of chances as they dominated for long spells, but Miguel Almiron struck the post after breaking clear of the Wolves defence, Allan Saint-Maximin strayed into an offside position before finding the net in the first half and Joelinton wasted a golden opportunity with eight minutes left when he struck his shot too close to Roman Saiss.

The upshot was that the Magpies had to settle for a result that has piled further pressure on Sunday’s visit to a seemingly-resurgent West Brom.

“It’s frustration, but we’re also annoyed with ourselves,” said Lascelles. “The game was there for the taking, it was a great opportunity to go a bit higher in the table and make the gap (to relegation) a bit bigger.

"The way the game went, and with the chances we had, that should have been the outcome. We’re devastated we only came away with a point.

“The game should have been dead and buried in the first 30 minutes really, but it wasn’t. We had to keep grinding and grinding and ended up scoring from a set-piece. We have to look at putting the ball in the back of the net because it should have been in there a few times.”

Newcastle’s performance was unquestionably affected by the loss of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin to injury, with the attacking duo having run the Wolves defence ragged in the first half. Almiron’s knee problem meant he was unable to return after half-time, while Saint-Maximin soldiered on for a quarter-of-an-hour or so in the second half before a groin issue forced him off.

“I don’t know how bad the injuries are, but Miggy coming off, he’s been one of our best players this season, and then Allan coming off, he’s been one of our best players when he’s played,” said Lascelles, in an interview with Newcastle's website.

“The change of personnel and formation, sometimes you have to adapt to that, and in such a fast-flowing game, it took a while.”