Newcastle 4 Wolves 1 – Magpies Tame The Wolves


 

Newcastle needed a win today, and the lads produced the goods and came away with a magnificent 4-1 victory, and not too bad a display either, in front of almost 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park – job well done!

Newcastle had their very first chance in the first minute in today’s game, and it was Steve Harper’s long kick upfield that was completely misjudged by the hesitant Wolves defense, and  Lovenkrands  was only a little short in getting to the ball ahead of goalkeeper Hennessey.

And Newcastle had another decent opportunity after 16 minutes, when Joey Barton put in a good free kick and Mike Williamson’s brilliant diving header was saved well by the Welsh International goalkeeper.

Williamson  was close to his first ever goal for Newcastle.

And as in the game at Wolves early in the season, it seemed that Joey Barton was being fouled, presumably in the hopes that he would lose his temper, but Joey would have been expecting this, and kept himself under good control.

As we suggested this morning, when an important game comes along,  Newcastle can usually really on their captain Kevin Nolan to get a goal, and Kevin got the important first goal this afternoon, after 22 minutes.

Kevin Nolan makes these goals look easy, and he was on the ball like a flash from an  excellent flick-on from that masked man Shola Ameobi, and Nolan had the ball in the back of the net in an instant, to the huge relief of Newcastle fans.

And that goal put Kevin clear of Andy Carroll with 12 goals for the season.

The game was starting to boil over as the half progresses,  and both Kevin Nolan and Shola Ameobi got yellow cards,  and of course that was Kevin’s 10th yellow card of the season , and now he misses the next two game through suspension.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot …… again.

And then Newcastle got a second at a great time, just before half time, as Shola Ameobi scored his first goal for Newcastle since returning from his broken cheekbone, and Shola got the goal when Newcastle most needed it, and it was with a great header.

Gutierrez played in Lovenkrands on the left, and the Danish striker’s cross was met by Shola Ameobi, and the Newcastle striker headed the ball magnificently into the back of the net – a terrific goal from the local lad!

Shola has his critics at Newcastle, but when this Nigerian-born player is on form, he can play a bit, and that was Shoal’s 7th goal of the season and his 70th goal ever for the Newcastle club.

At the half Newcastle were ahead 2-0 and the question was could the lads get all 3 points this afternoon?

Just five minutes into the second half Newcastle went 3-0 up, to the delight of the Geordie crowd, with a goal from Peter Lovenkrands, and so both strikers got a goal today, when Newcastle needed it most.

Fabricio Coloccini was away on the right wing, and showed all of his South American skills, to put a ball through to Joey Barton, and Barton’s cross was low and it was Peter Lovenkrands who put the ball into the net – a wonderfully worked goal by Newcastle. and Peter’s 5th of the season.

Ebanks-Blake got one back for Wolves after 58 minutes, to deny Newcastle a  clean sheet, after conceding four goals last time out at Stoke.

Matt Jarvis went away down the left wing, and the winger cut the ball back to Ebanks-Blake, who wa sin for the injured Kevin Doyle, and he easily beat Harper from close range, and it was 3-1.

And a minute later Stephen Fletcher should have scored Wolves’ second goal, but somehow managed to miss from only a couple of yards out, with the goal at his mercy – how much do these guys get paid to put the ball into the net?

It was a woeful miss by the Scot and a huge let-off for Newcastle, at an important juncture of the game.

And Wolves took advantage of the goal and mounted a comeback in the second half, and it was James Perch, who had come on as a substitute for Shane Ferguson in the second half, that saved Newcastle when he headed off the line after 72 minutes.

But Wolves couldn’t get that second goal, which would have made Newcastle very nervous, and it was in the third minute of injury time when Gutierrez scored for Newcastle to make it 4-1 – and a magnificent result, and a very good display for the Magpies.

The Argentine international played very well today out on the left wing, and he got the ball from Steven Taylor, who came on in the 89th minute, and Jonas moved inside before hitting a beautiful swerving shot that the Wolves goalkeeper no chance at all.

That was the Argentine’s second goal for Newcastle this season, and four different scorers today for Newcastle United.

So Newcastle move into the top half of the table and are now 7 points above the drop zone with 7 games to play, and that’s really 8 points because of the positive goal difference.

A tremendous result when Newcastle really needed it, and we’re not going to get carried away,  but with Everton only drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa this afternoon, Newcastle are just two points out of 7th place.

The Magpies are one point above Sunderland, who play at Manchester City tomorrow, and the Black Cats will need a win tomorrow to go above Newcastle.

And finally as a comparison to the relegation season of two years ago when  Newcastle had 29 points and were in 19th place (second bottom) after 31 games, and with a goal difference of -15,   whereas Newcastle are 9th top right now with 39 points and a goal difference of +2 after 31 games.

A huge improvement form the relegation seaosn, and one more win should be enough to see the lads safe, and if we can put a decent run together we could still finish in the top 10.

And of course Alan Pardew said he wanted to put a smile on the faces of Newcastle fans today, and he has done just that – and well done to Alan and the team, because they produced the goods when it really mattered today – we were proud of our players today.

Where’s that bottle of red wine?

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Shane Ferguson (James Perch 58); Joey Barton (Steven Taylor 89), Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands (Nile Ranger 68)
Subs not used: Tim Krul, James Tavernier, Sol Campbell, Shefki Kuqi

Wolves (4-5-1): Wayne Hennessey; Kevin Foley, Richard Stearman, Christophe Berra, George Elokobi (Stephen Ward 81); Adam Hammill (Michael Kightly 53), Nenad Milijas (Stephen Fletcher 30), Karl Henry (c), Jamie O’Hara, Matt Jarvis; Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
Subs not used: Marcus Hahnemann, Jody Craddock, Michael Mancienne, David Jones

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 49,939



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58 comments so far

  • pedro

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Superb! I was pretty worried about today especially with Tiote and Jose missing but everyone stood up. One more win and we should be there! Great to see Jonas have one of his good games and capped with a goal. Same again against Villa please

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  • archaeomag

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Great team effort, I hope that the performance will silence Shola’s critics.

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  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Jonas has been one of our best players this season in my opinion. People who say we should sell him are crazy! My prediction was 6-1, so not too far off then!! West Brom won as well though! arghhh there one of them teams that i can’t stand for some reason!

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  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    we won, liverpool got beat, where in the top half of the table.. thats my weekend sorted!

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  • boater

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Shola, Barton, Guti were outstanding today. Gave their defense a nightmare afternoon.

    MASSIVE 3 points gained. 1 more win could do it now.

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  • Ashton

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Great win.
    We need a better RB. Simpson is a good lad but he just gives the opposition too much room and he always backs off whenever he is on a one on one situation . sorry but a new RB should be a priority next season .

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  • arcarius

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    massive massive 3 pts gained today 😀

    anyone else thinks that Ranger would miss the 3rd goal that Loven scored even if he had the chance? Dont forget bout the horrible miss against 5-0 west ham 😆

    wonder if he’ll ever score a goal in the league, lol

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    bet you know 1 will slag lovenkrands off today he played class a great win

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  • cyprus

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed,
    How do I vote for Jonas Man of the Match? Fix that problem, ED. What a cracking game! Great goals, Nolan + Jonas. Ameobi well done man. Same with Loven.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #10

    No praise for Guthrie? I thought he was solid today sitting in Tiotes role

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Where’s Jonas on the MOTM poll!? I love our 3 amigos. Colo is by far the slickest CB in the league, technically brilliant and reads the game so well.

    Great performance all-round.

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  • Ashton

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Beck
    Torosidis
    Corchia
    Debuchey
    Walker

    are some class RB’s we should look into in the summer

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  • giimps

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Im a bit worried that Joey didnt shake Pardews hand when he came off?
    Could be nothing………could be something……….time will tell though.
    Great result today though, 39pts, 7 clear, above mackems and stoke and we won at 3pm on a saturday to get rid of the hoodoo!!!
    Marvelous
    HWTL

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  • The Power Ranger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #14

    The thing with Ranger is, every time he makes a 10, 20 or 30 minute appearance, it counts a game. So lets say he has scored 3 in 50 games or whatever, that is really 3 in 5o ‘appearances; and would probably add up to about 10 full 90 minute games! The goals will come and he will be good, very good in my opinion.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, ref man of the match. Do you have something against Jonas?

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  • pedro

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Definately keep hold of Jonas, he works his socks off and has a good relationship with Jose (hopefully he will stay too). Not sure if a new RB should be a priority but I agree that Simpson could be improved. Priority is still a class replacement for Carroll who can perform consistently. Lets just hope that we can keep hold of everyone we want to stay (Jose and Barton) and then use the Carroll money plus the sales of the rubbish (Smith etc) to strengthen the squad. Fingers crossed!

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  • arcarius

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    @Ashton

    How bout Glen Johnson? 😆

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  • Ashton

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    arcarius

    not sure if serious …

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  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    with nolan and tiote out against villa, who is going to play guthrie? i think r taylor will be pushed to the right and barton will be played in the centre

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  • carrollsinger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Thought fergie was outstanding today and I love the way he doesn’t play silly balls like Enrique does he looks very clever but at the same time knows when to put his foot though it!!! Spot on today and Barton was running the show from midfield

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  • Ashton

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    against villa

    Jonas ——- Barton —— Guthrie ——– Ferguson

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  • arcarius

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    that will work or

    R.Taylor — Barton —- Guthrie —- Jonas

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  • boater

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    I still don’t get why people go on about needing to invest in a replacement for Simpson. He is rapidly improving all the time and covers the whole length of the pitch with decent crossing ability. Rumoured to be edging towards an England call-up.

    He backs off still, and aint perfect but that’s the job of our coaches to develop him.

    I’d like to see investment going into: a proven top class striker, another up and coming striker, two wingers, left-back, and a young athletic box-to-box midfielder to gradually take over from Nolan.

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  • Steve_48

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Well happy, lager about to be opened, clear of mackems who let’s be honest should lose tomorrow at Citeh

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  • TravelledToon

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Just got back from the match and i have to disagree with praise for Guti. He was our weakest player today, gave the ball away constantly and only looked good going forward when Ferguson was with him. Would of liked to see Guti replaced by Perch so Feguson could get a chance on the wing, he was brilliant today. Also Gutis goal was down to great work by Taylor, it was a good finish, but Taylor made the goal. Also the critism of Simpson is unfair, he was really good today and he gets better with every match. Keep a hold of him he is only going to get better and better.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Apr 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    well done lads, 9th = a good solid season
    pleased for shola
    hoped for 2-0 got 4-1 = realy cuffed
    lets keep the momentum for the next 7 games, so come on lads – less wingeing, more encouragement
    HWTL

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  • pedro

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Absolutely agree with you Boater, they are definately areas to improve before RB. Simpson is a decent enough player and if he could iron out his defensive problems then it would be great. Any talk of him playing for England at the moment are a bit premature for me, although I’m not a fan of Glen Johnson and if he is the best in the country then maybe

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  • arfa chance

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #28

    As a Toon supporter living in wolverhampton I’m loving it. Doubt the lads will want me out for a beer with them later them all being wolves fans but I’m well happy. Liverpool lost, above stoke and the scum . Laughing. Shame west brom won. If We can put a nail in the villa’s coffin next week ill be happy. Raylor and Barton to score next week HWTL

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  • gorskino10

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Suprised Shola did so well but then again he did his usual thing getting tired by 50/60 min after that didnt do anything, Ranger looked very good but as Power Ranger said its so unfair getting so little time and that accounting to his record i reckon he has played 2 full games in total all the Apps he has so its a bit unfair tbh AP wants to stay SAFE and stick to HIS TRUSTED but Loven was terrible, got lucky with the goal but apart from that didnt do nothing Ranger contributed to the team but he will be back on the bench.

    Nice to see Saylor, maybe he can take over Wilos place he was aweful today got lucky Wolves didnt punish his mistakes and also Danny/Ferg bailed him out.

    Great showing from Guti is it just me but with Fergusson being told to stay back Gut loved not looking over his soldier to do 1-2’s with Jose. He didnt check back at all and just did what he does best and put his head down and run at defenders, if he can produce more crosses he will be incredible, today he did a few and was such a lively player he looked like making things happen, so happy for Guti he was my MOTM

    Villa will be tought i forsee Wilo making a mistake and if he does Bent Or Young Or Downing with pounce, He CANNOT make these mistakes he did today at Villa, Ireland again not ready and wont play at Villa cause of loan, and i hope it sticks to a loan we dont wanna waste money of this guy.

    Hopefully Shane will play next week very assured proformance from him.

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  • JoeColl87

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Can someone please explain why the media still say portray this as a good win “at the bottom of the table”? we’re 9th?

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  • Jammydodger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Quality match, I like simpson and i think the reason why he stands off people is because he trains opposite jonas who will just shimmy past him if simpson closes him down, also got up and coming tavenier, guthrie was quiet but played his role well the same as williamson, lovinghands had one of his better games, a goal and he crossed for sholas goal, but shola jonas and barton ran the pitch today. ferguson appeared to me liek he plays at this level every week, got back well when i think it was ebanks blake was almost through in the first half. Nolan is our captaindrifted in for the first goal whihc put all the momentum and confidence in our favour. now to the pub

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  • gazza going fishing

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #32

    still cant get over the fact we signed irland when he was injured and out of form, especially in the january window when you need a few new faces to softing the unbeleivable amount of injuries newcastle have had, if we sign him in the summer then that will just prove what an idiot pardew is

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  • Toonmania

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Where is daffy when you need to take the preverbial outta someone

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  • ebol

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Guti has really impressed me in recent months. Was always a world class dribbler but at the start of the season his final ball was poor nearly all of the time. Now he’s creating chances and if Pardew wants to play HBA on the left next season, he will give him a real fight for the position. Good on the lad!

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #35

    I was told by a quite reliable source today, it looks like Mike Ashley’s here for the long term and he’s about to extend St James park to include a casino & hotel and its partly funded By a £125m loan, the cash is sitting in the bank of St James holding’s ltd. and I am told its to increase turnover without putting onto the fans.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Great result!! I am so happy and proud of the lads today. I had to miss the match today but could not believe it when I heard we won 4-1 on the radio. Fantastic news and a vital win. I was hoping for a win but 4-1 was way beyond by expectations, especially when we started with Ameobi and Lovenkrands up front AGAIN! Somehow they BOTH managed to score to stuff my abuse at them down my throat. I still think Ranger is ahead of Lovenkrands in the pecking order and perhaps on a par with Ameobi. I would still pick Ranger with Best up front. They are much more lively and dangerous.

    Anyone know where I can see the highlights of the match??

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  • toonfan09

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    duno who told you that there is no room to extend st james park plus the stadium cannot be built up anymore due to the old part of the stadium not having the right structure it wud need to be nocked dwn to start again

    is it just me or cud colo easily play cm if we needed him to

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  • dave 1961

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #38

    it can be extended up to 83,000 without having an impact on the listed buildins the south stand is structural steel & their nothing that would need changing on the stand but the metro station would need to be moved, but it would only be increases by 11,000 maximum.

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  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #39

    First of all it was not the best performance from Newcastle players, Wolves put some pressure on us. We need to improve our defensive system next season. In my opinion Ameobi was the best player as I said before he is an excellent player, he needs more playing time and a bit of luck. Joe Barton and Nolan deserve a new 5 year contract at Newcastle United. Jose Enrique will be sold to AC Milan and we need another good left back Taiwo is a good option but Shane Ferguson deserves more chances despite his age. Pelé was 17 years old when he made his debut for the Brazilian national team. It depends on how talented the young player is. The age doesn`t matter.

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  • Jammydodger

    Apr 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Toonfan, yeah colo should be played in tiotes position when he gets the inevitable match bans then slot staylor in at the back, bosh job done

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