This win was a little more comfortable than the 2-1 scoreline would suggest, since Wolves got their goal at the death after 88 minutes, but then seemed to have scored a dramatic equalizer in added time, but it was ruled that the ball had crossed the bye line.
And the 88th minute goal prevented the Newcastle defense from registering their 4th clean sheet of the season, but Newcastle had Lady Luck on their side once again in this game.
While Wolves had a number of chances in the first half and two decent appeals for a penalty, one of which should have been given, overall Newcastle contained them well.
And in the second half Newcastle were seeing the win out fairly easily, when Wolves scored. But then Newcastle had to hold out for some nervous moments in the end, but they deserved a win and it would have been a travesty if Newcastle hadn’t come away with all 3 points, but that what comes when you don’t kill off a game.
There was sloppiness today creeping into the play from some of the Newcastle players, especially in that second half, when they were far too causal at times, but overall this was another good organized display from the Newcastle team, and two excellent goals scored by Demba Ba and Gutierrez.
However, Ba should have had his second when he was put clean through brilliantly by Best in the second half.
Leon Best didn’t score today, but he’s looking a better player in every game and he’s also starting to create chances too, and as we said he set one up on a plate for Demba Ba who should have made it 3-0 and game won in the second half.
Here is a full report of the game:
Newcastle started the game in full autumn sunshine this afternoon and the lads were wearing their white shorts.
A free kick was taken by O’Hara after only 2 minutes just outside the penalty box, and Tim Krul showed why he is the number one goalkeeper on Tyneside with a great save diving to his right to make the save.
Both teams started the game cautiously and slowly but then after 9 minutes Ba found himself clear down the left wing, but his cross was cut out – it was a good opening by Newcastle that came to nothing.
and then on 10 minutes a Jarvis cross from the right went to Doyle who didn’t connect properly and his shot was saved by Krul.
Tim had another excellent game in the Newcastle goal today, and on his performances this season he should soon be the Dutch number one goalkeeper.
Then on 13 minutes Doyle was through on the Newcastle goal, but Krul blocked the shot on the edge of the penalty box – a good save again from the Dutch International.
Then on 17 minutes Newcastle went ahead with another goal from a set play.
Cabaye took the corner kick from the left, and put in a beautiful ball to the near post and Demba Ba was first to the ball to head in from just two yards out – a well worked goal from Demba Ba, his 4th goal in the last two games.
Newcastle were looking good, but as expected the Wolves side were full of fight, and in 20 minutes it took another great save by Krul to keep Newcastle ahead.
It looked like the ball was going in but Krul blocked the ball brilliantly with his feet and then Taylor blocked another attempt to keep the ball out, and the ball went looping over the bar for a corner – a let-off for the Newcastle side.
Then on 29 minutes Cheick Tiote almost scored, as he got the ball 25 yards out and hit a terrific drive that Hennessey did well to save at full stretch to his right, as he pushed the ball away for a corner.
Then Best set up Gutierrez brilliantly from the right wing, and Gutierrez should have scored but he hit his shot from two yards out straight at Hennessey.
On 37 minutes good inter-play between Jarvis and Doyle saw the Irish International shoot well wide, and it was a decent chance for Wolves.
Then on 39 minutes Gutierrez went clean through on the left wing as he avoided several tackles, and then he hit a wonderful left foot shot into the corner of the net past a well beaten Hennessey – a brilliant goal from the Argentinean International, and his first of the season.
On 41 minutes a tackle by Steven Taylor looked to be inside the box and a foul, but the referee gave a free kick just outside the box on the left wing. TV replays suggested it was inside the box and it should have been a penalty – and as we said luck was on our side this afternoon.
Then O’Hara was teed up with the free kick and he hit a shot that seemed to hit the bar and go over, but the referee gave a corner thinking that Krul had touched it over.
Wolves were exerting pressure on Newcastle and the Magpies had to concentrate, but Wolves were pushing forward for a goal, and the Wolves side were also becoming frustrated as Newcastle were steady at the back.
On 44 minutes Jarvis was seemingly fouled by Simpson in the box but the referee waved play on, and the TV replays showed it was a decent challenge by Danny Simpson, but there were boos coming from the Molineaux crowd, who presumably though they had been deprived of two penalties.
Half time came and it was a hugely entertaining and open display of football from both sides, with Newcastle 2-0 up through two very well taken goals by Ba and Gutierrez. But Wolves will be aggrieved that they went close on a few occasions and though they had good claims for at least one penalty turned down.
At the beginning of the second half some careless play by Obertan in front of the Newcastle penalty area put Tiote in trouble, and he had to foul Doyle out on the wing to stop Wolves catching Newcastle short at the back, but thankfully nothing came of the free kick, but it was sloppy play by Obertan.
Then a good run out on the right wing by Jarvis ended in an excellent cross but Danny Simpson headed the ball for a corner – good play by the Newcastle right back, but it was obvious that Wolves were in no way giving up on this game and they started to press Newcastle.
Then Newcastle over did their passing once again and Tiote got into trouble and was dispossessed by Jamie O’Hara, but Fletcher shot wide – but it was more sloppy play from Newcastle.
Wolves were excellent in the second half at Liverpool last week and this game was by no means over when manager McCarthy made a double substitution just before the hour mark.
Wolves were pressing well and a good move down the right wing by substitute Hammill saw the ball go loose to O’Hara just outside the box but he shot yards wide, and it was a poor effort from the former Tottenham player – a free shot for Wolves.
Wolves were continuing to miss their chances and a cross in from the left wing saw Fletcher with a good chance but he hit the ball well over the cross-bar. Then Ba went down injured, and for a little while the injury to his foot looked a bad one but he got up with a limp but played on.
Jarvis made a good run into the box but then was challenged well by Steven Taylor and Newcastle cleared, but then on the breakaway after 65 minutes, Demba Ba should have scored as he was put through brilliantly by Leon Best, but Ba put the ball wide – with only the goalkeeper to beat – a bad miss from the Senegal striker from just 11 yards out.
And then Wolves broke through with Jarvis down the left wing on 66 minutes, and Tim Krul made two brilliant saves at full stretch, one from Fletcher, and he again saved Newcastle , but Wolves were missing far too many chances.
On 71 minutes Lovenkrands replaced Demba Ba.
Wolves were having a lot of the play but they seemed to lack a cutting edge up front, and while they created some good positions for themselves, they were weak in that last third of the field and Newcastle were containing them fairly well, although manager Pardew will not have been too impressed with Newcastle’s second half display today.
And just when it looked like Newcastle would keep their 4th clean sheet of the season, they conceded a goal, when Steven Fletcher headed home from the right hand side of the six yard box and into the bottom right hand corner past Tim Krul, from an Adam Hammill cross.
That made for a hectic finish and Alan Pardew tried to disrupt the play by making two substitutions – Danny Guthrie for Yohan Cabaye and then Sylvain Marveaux for Gabriel Obertan, which was a substitution that probably should have been made earlier in the second half as Obertan was too casual in the second half.
Then in the first minute of five minutes of added time, Wolves thought they had grabbed a dramatic equalizer, but Doyle’s close range shot was ruled out, as the ball had gone over the bye line – a close shave for Newcastle – so Newcastle got the rub of the green in this game too.
But Newcastle held out for their 4th league win of the season, and they stay in 4th position in the league with 15 points from their first 7 league games.
But the lads should learn from the second half in this game, that they need to put those chances away and nail in a victory.
Good teams manage to win somehow – and that’s exactly what Newcastle did this afternoon – and we really shouldn’t be grumbling too much – 15 points from the first 7 league games is just fantastic.
If we go on like this we will not even be in a relegation struggle and we’re now 4th top of the Premier League for at least the next couple of weeks over the International break, and still 2 points above Liverpool.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Richard Stearman, Christophe Berra, Roger Johnson, Stephen Ward; Matt Jarvis, Karl Henry (Adam Hammill 58), Jamie O’Hara, Stephen Hunt (Adlene Guedioura 58); Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle
Subs not used: Dorus De Vries, Matt Doherty, Ronald Zubar, Dave Edwards, Sam Vokes
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan (Sylvain Marveaux 90), Yohan Cabaye (Danny Guthrie 89), Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba (Peter Lovenkrands 71)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Referee: Mark Halsey