Newcastle Not Intimidated By Physical Wolves Side


Wolves were ready for a Newcastle team they seemed to fear on Saturday afternoon at Molyneux.

Andy Carroll – after scoring great header at Wolves on Saturday

At the end of the 90 minutes Wolves had got what they wanted out of the game, at least a point, but they ended up with 8 booking, and towards the end of the match young referee Stuart Attwell seemed to be catching up with Newcastle names, as he finally ended up putting four Newcastle players in his book.

12 bookings in all, and some of the tackling from the Wolves players made the field look more like a battlefield at times.

But even after dominating the game in the first 45 minutes and missing too many chances for comfort, and going in at the interval one goal down, this Newcastle doesn’t give up.

The lads were able to come back away from home in that second half, with another excellent Andy Carroll header, although the 21 year-old missed the easiest chance in the first half for the Magpies. Only the Carlos Tevez miss yesterday against Sunderland in the first half looked easier.

Mike Williamson, Newcastle’s great signing from Portsmouth for a paltry £1M, was one of the few players who escaped a yellow on Saturday and he talked after the game to the Daily Telegraph:

“I’m not sure how I managed to escape a booking,” “It was like a battlefield out there. There were a lot of tackles flying about.”

“Andy Carroll will be a handful for the best defenders in the world,” “He’s strong, he’s good on the floor, and his confidence is sky high now. You’re going to see him come into his own now.”

Andy has started the season well, and is getting lots of publicity and looks a tremendous striker in the making, but Chris Hughton has Andy under control, and the Gateshead-born youngster is taking the accolades well, and not getting carried away.

It’s OK if you read your own headlines, as long as you just don’t believe them.

Only then will you be able to handle the ups and downs that come with being a professional footballer, and Andy seems well equipped to do just that.

4 good goals in his first three games in England’s top flight, and Andy is flying, as are the Newcastle team.

It was a huge compliment Wolves played to Newcastle by trying to kick them off the pitch on Saturday – that’s the way we look at their play at Molyneux.

On another day, and with a little more luck,  we would have still won the game, despite trying to be intimidated by a less skilled side.

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9 comments so far

  • Newutd

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    We’re looking for a left back as cover, according to the boss himself. Nothing about a striker unfortunately.

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  • Ericles

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    The performance by Wolves was a disgrace and no credit to English football. That coupled with a half-blind referee did not help – he obviously should not be refereeing at Premier level. If anybody was intimidated it was the ref. I hope that is not how Wolves are going to set out their stall for the season. If they do then there are many who will want to see them relegated. As for Shearer an co’s reponse on TV – well that was also unneccessary and considering who that panelares – irresponsible. I am sorry Shearer but if you had been treated like Barton you would have something different to say I am sure.

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  • slazberger

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    shearer probably would have said something different if it had been any other toon player other than barton.

    well done to barton for keeping his cool during the game

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  • Shot Bru

    Aug 30, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Spot on Ericles..if that was anyone else receiving the same treatment as Barton got on saturday there would have been uproar…imagine if it was Fabregas, Gerrard or Rooney getting kicked in the air!

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  • ArtyH

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    All I can say is the tactics used by Wolves were cowardly! They blatantly set out to get Barton BOOKED and leave us with only 10 men! Then plunder the 3 points. Its easy to have a go at Barton as he is a marked man OR has been. This match should see a turn around for him IMHO with the EPL viewers and NUFC supporters. Many a player would have flared up under those conditions, it was a DISGRACE. I am not a huge fan of Bartons but it looks to me he has at least tried to change and on the face of it on Saturday he is making a good job of it, maybe putting the club first before himself, showed good self discipline. Time for us as NUFC supporters to get behind him as he looks to be a great asset to the club as he looks to have matured last season while injured. Also I thought the pundits on MOTD including Shearer were a disgrace, was it sour grapes on our former No 9’s behalf???

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #7

    2 seasons ago we would have been bullied out of this game. But last year CH instilled some real fight into us and i hope it continues.
    I thought Henry deserved at least 4 yellow cards and there physical play, was actually pleasing, as i saw a Newcastle team stand up for themselves!

    Well done to our midfield who were outstanding and Carroll, what a hero he is becoming!
    Englands new number 9!

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  • WesJameson

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    @ Shot Bru // Aug 30, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    I agree mate, if it were any1 else, there would have been an uproar…… BUT looking at it from at different stand point, Because of Joey’s “reputation” he probably will never be treated as fairly as a Rooney or Gerrard, etc. Fekking sad, but true

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  • ArtyH

    Aug 30, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    ??? Correction to earlier should read RED carded, NOT BOOKED.

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