Theo Walcott rolled back the years with his first Southampton goal in 15 years but was denied victory as Pedro Neto earned Wolves a 1-1 draw at Molineux.
Walcott turned in Che Adams’ square ball 13 minutes after half-time to give the Saints a lead which would have taken them within a point of leaders Tottenham and Liverpool.
They had been indebted to the good work of Alex McCarthy to keep Wolves at bay until that point, but with 15 minutes to go the goalkeeper could do nothing to keep Neto from beating him after Raul Jimenez had struck the base of the post.
Minutes before that goal, Walcott should have doubled his tally and Southampton’s lead after more fine support work from Adams but rolled his effort wide with only Rui Patricio to beat.
Instead, Wolves’ point moved them into the top half above Arsenal and Manchester United, and up to ninth.
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Wolves travel to Arsenal in Sunday’s tea-time game on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm; kick-off at 7.15pm.
Southampton are also back on the box this Sunday when they host Manchester United on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm; kick-off at 2pm.