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.
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)