After Newcastle had gone six wins on the trot and five clean sheets in a row and we recorded our biggest win on the road since 1962, today we went down to what was a shocking 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves – who themselves had suffered a 4-0 thrashing to Barnsley on Tuesday night.
And this was no fluke as Wolves were the better side and Newcastle looked nothing like the formidable side on show at Loftus Road last Tuesday night – in fact we looked pretty pathetic by all accounts.
So it all came crashing down today and at home too.
So this is the first defeat since we were beaten at home by Huddersfield on 13th August and the first time since the first game of the season at Fulham that we have failed to score.
Rafa Benitez today
And this was in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park of 52,117.
And it doesn’t rain but it pours and before the final whistle Vurnon Anita got a straight red card and therefore will miss the next three matches.
Make no mistake about it this is a severe setback for Newcastle when 86% of Newcastle fans thought we would win this game.
But Newcastle were second best in the first half and but for some poor Wolves finishing they would have been further than just 1-0 ahead at the break.
It was the first goal conceded in 525 minutes of play by Newcastle and it was an own goal from Chancel after 29 minutes, as he headed Bodvarsson’s cross into the net and past Sels.
That was just the type of goal that breaks such a long clean sheet run.
Newcastle were 1-0 down at the break and then Costa put Wolves 2-0 up in the second half after 62 minutes and it certainly not Newcastle’s day as we go down to our second home defeat of the season.
That’s two more then we suffered in the 2009-2010 season when we managed to get straight back to the Premier League.
So just in case Newcastle fans thought we could start to walk this league – we need to think again as reality came crashing down on top of us.
It’s one defeat so we shouldn’t over-react but we thought we could beat this Wolves side today – so it is a real shock.
Norwich won so they move above us by one point and we slip down to 3rd place in the league 4 points behind Huddersfield Town, who won again, beating QPR 2-1 at home.