Newcastle 2 Wolves 2 – Magpies Throw Away Two Points


Newcastle  threw away two point today against 3rd bottom Wolves, and that was even after being two goals up after only 18 minutes of this game.
 Newcastle got off to a great start from Papiss Cisse after just 6 minutes, when he hit home his second goal in two home games wearing the number 9 shirt,  to put Newcastle 1-0 up.

Cisse put the ball home with his left foot from the center of the box,  when he diverted a Tiote shot into the top left hand corner of the net.

And on 17 minutes, only a great save by Welsh goalkeeper Hennessy prevented Newcastle from going two  up, as he turned the ball over the bar, from  Danny Simpson’s long range effort.

Newcastle were dominant at this stage and another goal wasn’t too far from coming.

And Jonas Gutierrez made it 2-0 after 18 minutes with a terrific goal,  when he hit a great right footed shot right into the top left hand corner following a set piece.

And at this point to imagine that Newcastle would not come away with all 3 points was unthinkable.

But after being 2-0 up at the half, and we may have been  a little fortunate to be that far ahead at the break, we inextricably let Wolves back into the game, and the defense again looked wobbly.

It looked like it was easy for Newcastle and that they would keep up their 100% home record this year, but then after the break Wolves looked a different side.

But good sides don’t give away a two goal led at home in front of over 52,000 of their own fans – against a bottom of the table side – but that’s what this Newcastle side managed today.

And Wolves scored when Jarvis’ shot was deflected into the goal after 50 minutes, and then after 60 minutes Wolves full-back Stephen Ward was allowed to race through into the penalty box – where was the defense? – and his low shot was well saved low down by Tim Krul.

Alan Pardew made a double change when he replaced Papiss Cisse and Ryan Taylor with Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie.

But Wolves were level in the next minute,  as Jamie O’Hara put in a free-kick deep into the penalty box, and Kevin Doyle was allowed to put the ball home from close range – again poor defesnive play by Newcastle.

It’s a real pity we didn’t bring in a defender last month – and that may cost us unless this defense can tighten up big time – and soon too.

It was another sloppy goal conceded by the Newcastle defense in front of a sell-out crowd at St. James’ Park.

After 80 minutes the Newcastle manager brought on Shola Ameobi for midfielder Cheick Tiote, and as time ran out Ben Arfa threatened a couple of times, but Newcastle couldn’t get a winner.

And after looking all over the winners in the first half Newcastle again found a way to throw away two points at home against the 3rd bottom side.

Home draws against poor sides will hardly see us qualify for Europe by finishing  high up in the league come mid-May, and this game may have shown the the lads may not be good enough at the end of the day.

This was two points lost today and a very disappointing result,  and a miserable showing in the second half today – and basically the players let themselves and the fans down with a poor display –  what happened?

After being smashed 5-0 in our last game, this just wasn’t good enough, if we are going to keep out high position in the league table.

And the defense again showed they are Newcastle’s weakness this year, and unless we tighten up – or close the back door as Alan Pardew said this week – we’ll lose a lot more points in the remaining 12 games of the season.

I f we cannot beat the 3rd bottom side with our very best side out and after being two goals up  at home – it doesn’t auger well for the remainder of the season.

In a nutshell – this wasn’t good enough.

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor (Danny Guthrie 65), Cheick Tiote (Shola Ameobi 80), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Hatem Ben Arfa 65), Demba Ba
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-5-1): Wayne Hennessey; Ronald Zubar, Christophe Berra, Richard Stearman, Stephen Ward (c); Kevin Foley (Nenad Milijas 90), Karl Henry, David Edwards, Jamie O’Hara (Michael Kightly 70), Matt Jarvis (Stephen Hunt 85); Kevin Doyle
Subs not used: Dorus De Vries, Jody Craddock, Roger Johnson, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 52,287 (1550 Wolves)



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64 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #1

    not good enough.

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  • YankToonFan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Seems like we say it a lot – the players let the fans down.

    So did Pardew.

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    too much park the bus

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Lee Ryder ? @lee_ryder
    #nufc Pardew: “I could be a lot more disappointed, Chieck and Cabaye will be better for next for weekend. We will move on”

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  • nufc786

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    i hope pardew learn he’s made alot of mistakes a solid performance against the scum and a win wud put him back on track

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  • YankToonFan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m out – Living in the States means I have the whole rest of the day to think about that pathetic performance.

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #7

    One word describes this all round performance.

    Pathetic.

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  • Barras

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m very tempted to say the title should be ‘Pardew threw away two points’ but I’m not sure if that’s fair.

    After being 2-0 up after 20 minutes at home, its a disgrace to play so nervously and negatively.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Indian

    He has to be upbeat in public statements. I just hope he gives the players and himself a good rollicking

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    the closer it gets to end of season the more i feel that hope games were all manure

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I expect us to destroy the scum and play them off the park. Nothing less.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #12

    everyones being so dramatic! so we got a point! wolves played us off the park at molineux earlier this season and we stole 3 points! The problem is teams know we will play 4-4-2 no matter what and match it by flooding the midfield with 5 midfielders! 4-3-3 would solve this as ba and cisse work hard enough to defend from the front and itd give ben arfa a chance to run at a full back consistantly! Interestingly, Ba built his reputation in germany playing left hand side of a 4-3-3! Cabaye and Guthrie//Jonas could pull strings from the middle with tiote anchoring! we have the players that fit this system perfectly!

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  • TimKrulFan

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Next season 12th at best

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  • nufc786

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    im pretty sure if rafa benitez was our manager we wud be playing gud football dont know where we wud be in the league but playing gud football

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  • Barras

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Ok, right. Has anyone just watched that interview with Pardew on Sky Sports News?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    ILT8788

    we need something to get us up that’s for sure

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  • steve

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #17

    The crowd didn’t seem up for it today and you could hear a pin drop. Even at 2-0. That transmits to the players. Look at the Man u game, the crowd was buzzing and it inspired the players.

    Not saying this was the crowds fault but for SJP it was dead.

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    the closer it gets to end of season the more i wish the rest of home games were all manure

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    also, anyone shouting for rafa benitez doesnt know much about football! VERY negative manager who spends and spends and spends! He won the league with Valencia playing for 1-0 at home and 0-0 away!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    ilovetoon

    I actually like Pardew as a manager, and at the moment I really wouldn’t change him for anyone.

    But the way we play is like we’re so so scared to lose. Can you imagine how much more scared to lose we’ll be against Sunderland??

    They play such dire football, I honestly think it’ll be the worst game of the season.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #21

    We didnt throw away two points, we are LUCKY to get ONE point !!!

    Williamson won 2 out of 10 header? Doyle won 6 out of 10 header

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  • AussieToon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Players who cannot play one touch football, should be booted out the door. Simpson, Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Guthrie, Perch etc etc. These guys will not cut it in Europe. That’s the level an ambitious club sets and we don;t need and want Stoke type hoof ball.

    Felt for three players today.

    Cisse, Ba and Cabaye. This is not thier natural game, they are running around like headless chickens and it must be frustrating. Lucky they are all class and good people.

    Those having a go at Cabaye, LOL. Some do not understand football. He is playing all over the park, been drawn all over the place because of the role Pardew has for him. He is a player that creates space for himself and needs the ball in his possession. At the moment, with the negative tactics, he is having to think DEFEND first and it is costing him his natural game.

    If people cannot see the damage Pardew is doing, I fear for you.

    We have now got some class players. Time to build on that and with a good manager.

    Rafa Benitez, yes he will be better

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  • cally22001

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Look let’s just relax, we threw away 2 points, every team does this at some point. I don’t believe playing 2 in the middle is working at present, we are losing the midfield battle, for me it may be time to go to 433. We have the personnel to do this with the return of Tiote.

    Get it out your system and let’s get to next week.

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  • nufc786

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #24

    we had 52287 geordies at sjp and to be fair it was like a library

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #25

    we should play SIMPLE passing ball. play EASY PASSING

    we are making difficult passing for our players.

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  • steve

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #26

    I hate losing, messes up my whole weekend. Oh well at least i can look forward to work on Monday… 🙁

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  • Barras

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #27

    For those who just missed Pardew’s post-match interview on Sky Sports News. Pardew had this to say, “it could of been a lot worse, particularly after the Tottenham match. Because we need to get back to our usual selves, which I thought we were today.”

    Now what are you thoughts?

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #28

    if pardew thought decently i think he could easily get us defending better because i remember now HBA was a left footed player so a simple thing would be drop siimpson put santon there gutiereze as LB as he is so much defence and it is that midfield not agressive enough.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #29

    WAAAAAALLLLLEESSSS

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  • Oleg G

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #30

    A different subject for a moment – Today someone was the 60 millions visitor of this website. Who was it? 🙂
    Congrats Ed.

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #31

    well this sucks…

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #32

    no way players like Simpson,Williamson play in EUrope

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #33

    WWJBD

    That really sucks man. The crowd seemed completely dead from where I was sat.

    Poor football + continual poor moves from up top = Disatisfied fan base. I was surprised it was a full house to be honest.

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  • AussieToon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardews press conference a disgrace. What a crock of crap.

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  • nufc786

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Barras
    ummmm this really makes me doubt pardew alot
    after the 5-0 drubbing he was preaching to the press about how cheik tiote and cabaye will be backwe will be at our best and we wud leave everthing out their for a win. for him to say that now well it kind of fustrates the hell out of every one

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  • LGFUAD21

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #36

    @Barras re: skysports interview

    That is very worrying then.

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  • Brutooon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Gutierrez should be dropped. We need a straight forward left-footed winger.

    Look as Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan era. Our left winger are

    1) David Ginola
    2) Laurent Robert

    both constantly provide crosses all night long.

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  • nufc mad man

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    steve you can’t be as annoyed as me today i put a 10 pound bet we finish top 4 then incase that was not going to happen i could still get the money back from a bet of us finishing top 6 but now feel i have lost 20 pound

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Brutoon

    There’s an obvious reason that the club don’t seem fussed about Simpson’s contract.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 25, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #40

    We HAVE TO put an end to this terrible win-less streak were currently having. I am left with a bitter taste in my mouth as before I left work it was 2-0 to us only to be surprised when I saw 2-2 when I got home. It makes me feel sick as I had already thought we were up with the big boys again, how wrong was I!

    Plus points I guess were: Cisse scored, Guiterrez blasts one in from range and Ben Arfa was brought on at least.

    This result is a worry as it proved we’re still an average team that is very inconsistant.

    Without Saylor I am afraid we’ll keep letting them in. We have looked woeful without his commanding presence at the back.

    WE NEED SAYLOR BACK NOW DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 points lost damn it!!! Arrrghhhh!! Oh well we’ll get them filthy Mackems.

    HWTL

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