Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is nothing if not perfectly straight.
Tim Krul – had excellent game today
And even though Newcastle came with a few minutes of getting another clean sheet, Alan Pardew didn’t think the lads deserved one.
And yes, Newcastle had the rub of the green in today’s game, which has been the case in the vast majority of Newcastle games this season, if the truth be told.
But Newcastle also have a lot of class in the side this season, and that’s what can win games, as it did today, with two excellent goals from Ba and Gutierrez.
And new signing Davide Santon ran down the touchline to congratulate Gutierrez after he had scored, and that enthusiasm was nice to see.
Wolves probably should have had a penalty in the first half, when Wolves were awarded a free-kick by referee Mark Halsey just outside the box, when TV replays showed the foul was committed inside by a few feet, and that was a let off for the Magpies.
And then right at the end of the game, Steven Fletcher’s 88th minute goal set up a frantic finish, and Kevin Doyle had a “goal” disallowed after the ball had gone out of play for a goal kick, before Jarvis had crossed it, and that was close too.
Alan Pardew was matter of fact after the game today as he told Sky Sports:
“We didn’t deserve a clean sheet, really, and we didn’t get one.” “From where I was sitting, the ball didn’t look like it had crossed the line.”
“But the linesman has only got the back of the player, so it is probably a tough call for him. He called it favourably for us.”
“The penalty decision, I thought you can tell from the fans’ reaction it probably was in the box. The referee didn’t give that either. But we would have had time to react.”
“The second one was much more fortunate because we wouldn’t have had time to react. We might have been struggling to get anything out of the game.”
“Our goalie was the best player today, I thought. That is not usual for us. We didn’t defend as well as we have been in previous games.
“We didn’t deserve a clean sheet, really, and we didn’t get one.”
Before today’s game Newcastle had just one win in 19 attempts when visiting Molineaux, so history was not on the side of the Magpies today, but we still think Newcastle deserved to win the game, and yes – we may also be a little biased.
It was clear Newcastle had some good players on display today, and they played as a team for most of the game, but in that second half they lost just a little bit of their discipline, but managed to hang on for maximum points.
But that’s what good teams do.