Wolves 1 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Miss Chances

Newcastle picked up a point at Molyneux today, against a dour Wolves side, but the visitors missed many chances to win this game, especially in the first half, and if they had taken just some of those chances, Newcastle could have registered their 3rd win in 6 days this afternoon.

This was a fiery game which saw 12 yellow cards given out by referee Stuart Attwell, who was even tolerant in his control of the game, with some fearsome tackles being made. Four players from Newcastle were booked – Nolan, Carroll, Ameobi and Perch all entering the referee’s book.

Newcastle started the game well and once again big Andy Carroll was winning everything in the air early in the game.

Newcastle went on the attack from the off this afternoon and had most of the early play and looked a very good side eat the beginning of the game.

But as a contrast to last week, when almost every opportunity was converted into a goal, Newcastle were missing some decent chances in the first half.

Newcastle were in their all white strip today and early on Routledge almost created a goal for the Magpies as he raced onto Jonas Gutierrez’s through-ball, rounded goalkeeper Hahnemann and cut the ball back across goal , but both Barton and Nolan failed to connect with the ball.

But for all Newcastle’s pressure, and despite how good the lads were playing, it was Wolves after 24 minutes who should have really taken the lead. From a David Jones’ corner the ball went to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who was completely unmarked, but he headed against the upright, when it seemed easier to score.

A big let-off for Newcastle and it was a great chance for the home side to punish a Newcastle side who were not taking the chances offered to them.

On 40 minutes another great chance for Newcastle was missed as Routledge robbed a defender and put the ball through to captain Kevin Nolan in the penalty box, and Kevin nicely teed up Andy Carroll from six yards out, but the ball amazingly flew over the bar.

Carroll argued that the ball was deflected and was booked for chasing after the referee Attwell to protest.

And then on 42 minutes, after having all the pressure Newcastle found themselves behind, as Sylvain Ebanks-Blake held off James Perch in the box to fire in a terrific drive that beat Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal.

So after almost dominating the game in the first half Newcastle were 1-0 down at the half.

Newcastle needed to somehow get back in this game and they started the second half in a determined way.

But Newcastle still survived an early second-half scare when James Perch slid in to bring down Matthew Jarvis in the area, for what looked like a creditable penalty appeal, but Attwell  didn’t give it.   On another day that would have been a penalty.

And 20 minutes into the second half Newcastle finally got back on level terms, as a Joey Barton free kick was nicely headed home by big Andy Carroll, for his 4th Premier League goal of the season.

It was a terrific free kick by Joey and another fantastic thundering header from the tall youngster, that went in off the post.

5 minutes later and it was Routledge who waltzed past Stephen Ward down the right wing, and pulled the ball back for Kevin Nolan, who struck it on the volley but the ball was blocked by goalkeeper Hahnemann, and the ball was scrambled away by the Wolves defense.

Newcastle just couldn’t get the winner and they will rue their many missed chances in the first half that should really have given them another win today. They were the much better side this afternoon, but left their shooting boots at home today it would seem.

However, this display will auger well for the future for Newcastle, as on another day (like last Sunday) those goals will go in – and Wolves played a very rough tackling game today – to say the least.

But it’s a point away at Molyneux, and we’ll take it.


Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, Jones, Van Damme, Ebanks-Blake, Doyle.
Subs: Hennessey, Stearman, Zubar, Mancienne, Guedioura, Edwards, Fletcher.

Newcastle United: Harper; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge, Barton, Smith, Gutierrez; Nolan, Carroll.
Subs: Krul, Lovenkrands, R Taylor, Ameobi, Kadar, Vuckic, Ranger.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1


    Newcastle United where kicked off the park today by a bunch of thugs. We did well to get the goal. Shocking display by Wolves.

  • dougnufc

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #2

    We should have won by default as they should have at least 5 reds for the brutal tackles they threw on to Barton

  • npplayerssportsbar

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #3

    just be happy with a point boys instead of wingeing….. we signed some decent players and got some very winnable games coming up! we’ve played 2 away and 1 at home and have 4 great points… look at last season and tell me who went to wolves and got much! as for wigan being our rivals for relegation… i think we make our own luck and have a good manager with a descent team.. and as for shola give the kid a break.. UP THE TOON!!

  • craigcoozy

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Lets look at brighter picture next game is 2 wks time home 2 blackpool , we will have arfa, tiote and hope keane in squad , so time for team to gel , get fit and win and be on 7 points !!!

  • slazberger

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

    im happy with draws against other teams in the bottom half and beating them at home, especially if we pick up wins against top half teams like the villa match.

  • PK-Norway

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #6

    yea i agree with sportsbar,we should happy atleast getting a point from the game.Altough i wasnt happy with Routledge and cant wait to have Ben Arfa on his place instead.And damn Jose is goood!


    Perch —— Williamson —– Colo—–jose





    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

    npplayerssportsbar how many breaks should we give Shola all he does is break up play and give away needless fouls

  • balubas1

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Wolves are GARBAGE. They do nothing but run around kicking legs, trying to break them .

    Credit to JOEY BARTON for keeping his head cool. He was very good for us.

    We should be happy though. Our team looked the better team, and we clearly was the side there to play FOOTBALL. NOT GARBAGE WOLVES S***T F*****G………. ye.. I’m kinda upset with both wolves and the ref in this game.

  • Penguin PJ

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Neanderthals Thugs 1-1 Newcastle United

    Nuff said!

  • balubas1

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    We were there to play football. Wolverc*nt were there to break legs.

    I’m very upset with the ref, and how wolverhampton played. As usual this wont have concequenses with the FA.. IT SHOULD.

  • balubas1

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Penguin PJ.


  • balubas1

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    PK NOrway.

    Not happy with Routledge..?? I’m hoping you did not see the game…. If you did you are ****** *****

  • maltese NUFC

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Today I saw a couple of things that I want to share.

    We desperately need another striker

    We are too much dependant from Big Andy….as soon as he got substituted we never had a sight of goal.

    At the back I think we are quite solid. Haper had nothing to do all afternoon

    The ref had a shocker…he had to send off that bloody savage and clueless captain henry…..for repeatedly fouling barton…..do you think he is a mackem? cause i could see hatred in his eyes.

    The yellow card for nolan and barton!!!!! incredible.

    The be honest they had a blatant penalty…poor referee.

    A big applause has to go to J.Barton, he is a changed man. He kept his cool all afternoon after being barged down many times

  • davis_toons

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #14

    For his character. Barton did really well today. Keep it up.

  • davis_toons

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

    That sucker captain whom barged him down should be given a warning.

  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Aug 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #16

    think a point is a decent result , we would of been bullied out of the game a couple of years ago , but not now , we are playing a lot more football already than in the championship , which is a delight to see as well as ben arfa signing, i have got to say hughton putting a very decent squad together , and hopefully one more in and a couple out on loan for experience and we have had a very good window , im happy anyway

  • ben arfa in toon

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Hey guys just got back from the match.

    Wolves were dirty fouling everyone

    Perch nearly game them the game early on, everyone was on Joeys back.

    Carrol was marked out the game missed a few chances but scored a great header.

    Really before this match i would have been happy with 1 pt but feel we should have had 3pts. But still happy with the 1pt

    Nolan should have notched, carroll too.

    Smith really is trying to bridge the gap between deep midfield and the 18 yrd box.

    Routhledge seemed bright but needed to shoot more for gods sake.

    Bit worrying i was in the south bank stand with the wolves supporters and my brother who supports wolves. Had my blue away shirt on under my coat and was sitting next to all the wolves bhoys top crew was bit unnerving had to keep quiet when carrol nothched

  • coxonfamily

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Im very pleased with 4pts out of these 3 games, i expected 2pts so can’t be much happier, but to be honest its the perfomances that im happier with, nothing like the team that sent us down… so far!

    However as much as I tried to stick for Perch after my man utd mates ripped him apart, i have to say after watching him again he worries me, he reminds me of danny simpson, he’s running away from attackers, if not he’s just throwing his body at them like a cheap sunderland lass. I would honestly rather play R.Taylor than those 2, and perch so far (i know its early) would be my number 3 choice. What do you lot think? 🙂

  • Lionel Speed

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    One point and really should have been 3, that is a good sign for things to come. Plus, unbelievably, finallly Ben Afar has bl’dy signed. Amazing. I gotta say this lot have made some blinding mistakes but from the beginning they have been putting some pieces together for a stable more brighter future.

    In the last two windows and under CH it really is a joy to watch it evolve. But, as always, let’s hope it doesn’t all go pear shaped. But for now , it is great to enjoy a bit of momentum and a club building in a way to be proud of. At present haven’t got enough good words to say about CH.

  • toon-aholic

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20

    well ive just got out ot molineux and am on the bus home…………

    real battle today and we were up to it…………..gave it our for 95 minutes and playd some real decent football creating some great chances

    Yes, if i’m honest a part of me leaves dissapointed we couldnt take all 3 points, as we won the midfield battle, created many good chances and limited wolves immensley.

    Harper……7……came off his line better to take pressure of defence and coped ok with the barakaid of corner

    Perch …..7…..At times he lookd a little out of depth but he was generally in position and frustrated jarvis……….could have given away penalty and was arguably at fault for goal

    Williamson ……8…….very solid game, he could have been partly to blame for wolves goal as perch seemed to mark his man where williamson should have been………..won many headers and dealt with danger well

    Coloccini ……8……..mopped up very well at the back and dealt very well with the rough and long ball approach of wolves, which 2 seasons back many would have expected him not to……..won most of his aerial battles and made some impotant tackles

    Enrique………..8……..typical enrique…….rarely beaten and supported gutierrez well……strong and assured defending as ever

    Routledge……8.5……….worked very hard and made himself availible a lot……he put some good balls in and was effective

    Smith……9………In such a physical battle he won a lot of the battles and his use of the ball was again sharp and crisp passes

    Barton……….8.5……..passed the ball around the park very well and like smith got stuck in, helping is win the midfield battle…….great cross for our goal and looked a threat with another promising display

    Gutierrez…….9……..ran at their defence and caused problems all game……dragged many wolves player too him which offered us more freedom on the attack………also helped to double up with enrique well

    Nolan…….8.5……..llinked up with carroll well, always being ready and in postion for any nock downs……..could have scored a hat-rick and looked a real poacher today

    Carroll ………9……….craddock and berra had a right job containing him aerially and he also was need and tidy on the floor………great run and header for the goal and worked hard

    A real steally performance with quality in the right area’s which fills me with more hope we can stay up……………..fair play to hughton too…….he knows the tactics well and from what ive seen he’s setting us up in the best way possible to give us everychance of staying up!!!

    Well done lads!!!!!

  • kajman

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #21

    guys just returned from match..sat in the shity wolves fans..(free ticket thou) today i saw a team that played together fought to gether..i agree we do need other options up front,, andy is great..but no one to run on too he knock on’s we so need a quick forwatd to compliment him..to day i saw barton come of age..he was kick kickedand kicked again well done joey

  • i Toon

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Glad Carroll score after that miss in the 1st half

  • toon95

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    It was a bit like watching holland in the world cup final.SHOCKING!!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Routledge did a well done job. Very good!!!

  • PK-Norway

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I did see the game,he did something good..but his descisions arent all good sometimes.And this is against wolves..i bet Ben Arfa will take his place easily if he doesnt do better than that..

  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Off topic lads but i am hearing we got Arfa on loan but do we have the option to buy him. Please somebody put my mind to rest lol????

  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #27
  • baro

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon 1978

    Yes we have him on a year long loan and option to view making it to a permanent transfer. It says here.


  • Toon1978

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29


    Thank you mate much appreciated 🙂

  • baro

    Aug 28, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #30

    no problem m8

  • dave 1961

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #31

    i just went on sky and rated our players 10 and the thugs at 1

  • dublin mag steve

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon aholic ur ratings? come on man this is the sort of histeria that got us in a mess in the first place its a point against wolves, weve a long road ahead lets not get carried away and start lumping the pressure on, were getting there but weve a good way to go yet. cant help but be impressed by barton at moment keep up the good work joey and for god sake dont get injured forget arteta fabio barton 4 england.

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #33

    The treatment of barton was disgraceful. Was at the game and there were 3/4 tackles on him the other way would have been straight red.

    He did brilliant.

    Dno why you say we should have won though, even game IMO.

  • ben arfa in toon

    Aug 28, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #34

    I was at the match and barton had the shite kicked out of him and he didnt react it ws only at the end when he got done for the yellow he lost his cool a bit and wouldn go to the ref but i am very impressed it was a mature performance really impressed

  • toonster88

    Aug 28, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #35

    coxon family@17….same thoughts here.ryan taylor is my first choice than these two.anyway todays game shows our need for a well experienced striker partner for carroll.wether keane or miller,just get em,even if its still for January

  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #36

    These are the type of teams we are going to have to face sadly. Lower league style sloggers who should not be where they are. We have a point that counts. We are back and on our way – that is what is important!

  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Toon1978 – just watched the highlights again. Agree. Wolves are a shameful side and the ref was appalling. He should not be a Premier ref in my opinion. Barton has six claims for assault if it was in the street.

  • George Athens

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #38

    how teams like Wolves is play in Premier League?


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