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Newcastle Suffer Shocking 2-0 Defeat to Wolves – Anita Sent Off

5:10 pm, Saturday, September 17th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

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.

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71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    hahahaha “Best Player?” you are having a laugh Ed.

  • 2 Bambams // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Grimsby all over again……

  • 3 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    You are so right
    If any evidence were needed how tough the Cship is – Cardiff – Blackburn – Wigan are the bottom 3 – all PL sides within recent history !

  • 4 sparky55 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    toonking & spotlight

    never sussed that and happy to be put right…I guess my point is I’m not worried…Rafa is a very good manager and every day’s a learning day. Today was a bad day because the players for some in explicable reason didn’t turn up

    I can’t be bothered to trawl through the internet and check the results from that year but how many points did we have at the same stage under CH?

  • 5 PK-Norway // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    What’s wrong with this club?????

  • 6 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Take a deep breath everyone. It’s a blip and there’ll be others along the way. Let’s keep a sense of perspective today. Of course we were expected to win today based on current form and having home advantage, but with the games coming thick and fast there’s always a chance to put things right again pretty quickly. Keep the faith in the Rafalution!

  • 7 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:15 PM


    Mbemba gets my vote!

  • 8 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Ron @7

    Is that for goal of the season? 😀

  • 9 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    It’s on days like this – that having a young captain can cause a team to be found out .

  • 10 true toon // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    No passion , no skill honestly if we are still in the PL where will we be ? We shouldn’t be losing home games at this level

  • 11 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    It was Lascelles fault? Haha well ok then

  • 12 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    true toon
    We arent in the PL

  • 13 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Now 15 points 8 games
    Then 19 points 8 games

  • 14 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:24 PM


    PMSL: Aye we lost this game because the captain is just two young. Even when you have other leaders on the pitch like Shelvey and Richie who should have been taking the game to them.

    It makes you wonder how we managed to win the other games with such a young captain.

  • 15 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:24 PM


    That too!

  • 16 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Oh jesus I just interacted with someone who wants rid of Rafa didnt I?

  • 17 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:27 PM


    Deep breaths mate……. Ahommmmm!

    and relax.

    Rafa is staying, Rafa is staying, Rafa is staying, 😀

  • 18 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Haha I know but I feel like I just took the bait….disappointed in myself but hey maybe he’ll convince me with his thought out argument that CL winning Rafa isnt good enough for NUFC in the Championship

  • 19 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:29 PM


    Just a thought, but if Mbemba had made that header at the other end of the pitch he would be getting MOTM. haha!

  • 20 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Don’t do a Mr Tuff or Jail ( you are better than that )
    All I was saying ( Lascelles is a fine player ) sometimes Kevin Nolan went around grabbing players by the throat and pulled us up by the bootstraps when our backs were against the wall.

  • 21 welshgeordie9 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Ffs wish some would relax, no team in the championship wins every game.

  • 22 JAMSHA // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Realy Not Woried About The Defeat Remember We Wont Win Every Games

  • 23 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:33 PM


    Some people just need a bit of therapy mate. You didn’t let yourself down at all, if anything you just made his day with your reply. LMAO!

  • 24 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Dont be so confident about what am better than bud haha
    But no I dont agree with that either age has nothing to do with him opening his mouth something which he is more than happy to do (even when he was bottom of the list youth covering injuries)
    We were poor all over the pitch and Wolves out fought us

  • 25 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Haha I probably have he’ll be cleaning himself up now…I feel dirty

  • 26 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    Having said that I have been interacting with Jib, but then I’m just a glutton for punishment. He should be reaching the name calling stage soon. hahaha!

  • 27 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Haha Jib I begrudgingly respect for his baiting though he works hard for it tbf

  • 28 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    We were poor all over the pitch and Wolves out fought us

    But tell me one of their players you would swap for ours ?

    Sometimes it’s a mental thing and you need an old head who has the Tshirt to kick ass.

  • 29 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:41 PM


    We’ve stopped giving away a stupid goal on the 45th minute. Can we now stage a successful fight back after conceding the first goal?

  • 30 lochinvar // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Just needed to boss the midfield and we didn’t.
    Can’t help thinking we were trying to be too patient in the believe that we would eventually break them down and then gave them the lead which wasn’t in the script.
    Need to adapt and maybe Rafa has to give the players more licence to be creative.

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Jib Jibberish (blog pest and trusted lieutenant to his blog boss Ian Toon) – blaming Lascelles for the defeat – eh – what a plonka – man you know nowt about football – stick to rugby.
    Change your game before it’s too late – ladies rugby, ladies wrestling or netball. You will fit in well.

  • 32 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    So if we had Nolan we’d of won today?

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    I said through the week, these 5 or 6 nil wins will only come now & again. The rest of the time we will need to grind out 1 or 2 nil wins.

    Meaning this league is still gonna be very difficult. 80 or 90 % of the games are gonna be very tough.

    Yes I still believe we will win this league. But it won’t be easy. Expect tough games every week, & not straight forward victories. There is still a very long way to go. About 35 or 36 games still left.

  • 34 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    At half -time
    Hanley should have replaced M’bemba
    Mitro on as well and Shelvey told to push up and force a higher line.

  • 35 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:47 PM


    Our team is certainly capable of coming back from behind mate, mind it would help if we didn’t score for them first.

    To be honest I expect us to have a Topsy Turvey first half of the season, winning most games but with hiccups, in the second half of the season I think we will be the team that dominates the league.

    Players will gel throughout the squad, making the rotation system more effective.

  • 36 Toon Tang // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    If some time traveller alien from zyklon-12.13B came to planet earth and we had to give him an in-a-nutshell summary of the toon, the highlights from the last 2 games sum us up so very very well.

  • 37 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Think this was a case of complacency from us after hammering QPR (Rafa would have known this but you can’t force players to change their mentality) combined with Wolves getting battered last time and Zenga giving them a good rollicking. It happens, we’ll learn from it and move on.

  • 38 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:44 PM
    So if we had Nolan we’d of won today?

    A crass comment like that is worthy of the blog cretin Mr Tuff.

    We have a few Cship old hands who should have been considered

  • 39 beefman13 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Taking it game by game, today was as bad as Tuesday was good, AT A LOSS FOR WORDS, I WILL LEAVE IT AT THAT.

  • 40 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Toon tang – what the hell are you talking about? zyklon-12.13B??!’ I think you’ll find it’s zyklon-12.13C. Amateurs. Sheesh!

  • 41 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Toon Tang

    Today we got it wrong that’s all. We expected them to sit back and hit us on the break, well they didn’t they came at us, they controlled the midfield, and restricted us on the wings (made easier by playing Perez on the left). Shelvey just hoofed everything into touch, Mbemba must have had his head elsewhere (maybe the up coming AFCON) but none of the team had any of the concentration Rafa spoke of.

    Poor all over the pitch, a setback? Yes, but not the end, we have a long way to go yet.

  • 42 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    NUFCPaul @40


  • 43 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    It’s on days like this – that having a young captain can cause a team to be found out .

    U put the blame on Lascelles because he is young and then compared him to Nolan and am crass for questioning if Nolan had been captain instead of Lascelles today would the result of changed? Well ok then

    Who should of been captain today then? Or at all at the club? And why does ur choice need a piece of fabric to allow them to open their mouth? (Lascelles didnt need it last season despite his age issue)

  • 44 Ian Toon // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    165SUTTY1978 // Sep 17, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Last time we were in the championship we only lost four games. This is going to be four defeats in eight games.

    “You’re overreacting by merely looking at number of games lost at this stage of the season. Of more significance is points dropped.

    In season 2009-2010 :
    We won 30 games
    We Drew 12 games
    We Lost 4 games.”

    We dropped 36 points the equivalent of losing 12 games.

  • 45 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    One of the biggest issues I have is with Rafa playing Perez on the left wing, a position he just cannot play, he has energy to burn, and in the middle he harries defenders, reducing their thinking time and forcing them to pass.

    On the attack he terrifies defenders has good vision and technique for a shot or a pass.

    Wasted on the left, great in the No 10

    Well that’s my thoughts on him, and today Rafa wasted him.

  • 46 kimbo // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    This is what happens when we have dwarfs all over the pitch. We were out muscled everywhere and Rafa didnot change it.Is Atsu smaller than Anita..hi ho we are off to work we go.
    Dummett aaahhhhhhhhh!

  • 47 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Rafa had the balls to drop his young captain against Reading (which we won 4-1)

    Why do you think he did that ?

    He clearly thought ( like me ) that the kid has great potential – but is not the finished article.

    With the rotation system selling his non – selection to Jamaal would have been easy.

    If ever a game called out for Hanley and Clark it was this one.

  • 48 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Burnley’s stats last season:-

    W26 D15 L5

  • 49 kimbo // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Murphy and Mitro upgront on Wednesday is a must or another defeat. Ritchie please on left side next game.

  • 50 Slank // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    So, what will Rafa do now for the cup game ?

    Will he play the same starting eleven minus Anita to prove to the fans that the players are not complacent big time johnies ?

    Or will we see an almost complete new team as a punishment to those who played well below par today ?

  • 51 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:12 PM


    Your speaking after the event though, and with hindsight many things should have been changed, but Lascelles was not one of them. Mbemba should have been subbed as he gave a lot away including the goal. Gouffran should have been on to stop the attacks down the left. All in hindsight.

  • 52 BeeGuy // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Ritchie has had too many games in a row, 4 in 14 days. Should have rested him. Same with Anita.

  • 53 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    What has that got to do with ur argument here?

    Who should be captain?

  • 54 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Jib – why didn’t you say something about changing the captain before the game? Or how you’d start with Hanley and Clark? Oh wait, it’s because you’re an expert AFTER the fact. Brilliant.

  • 55 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Wisdom after the event is a great thing
    I acknowledge that
    at least a discussion is taking place
    better than the chest beating prickishness that Mr Tuff thinks is blogging

  • 56 NUFCPaul // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    By the way, confusing someone from zyklon-12.13B with someone from zyklon-12.13C is a bit racist. I suppose they all look the same to you, eh?


  • 57 Ian Toon // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Perez has many qualities but pace isn’t one of them.

  • 58 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:23 PM


    Well I never, nice to see you debate, and that is a good thing by the way.

    I am interested in what your answer to WWSBRD will be though.

    Who do you think should be captain? and may add why?

  • 59 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Hang on Paul
    I’ll see what team I posted
    I don’t play bingo but I did post a team

  • 60 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:26 PM


    And what happend to zyklon-12.13A don’t tell me it gone the same way as Pyrovillia and the lost moon of Pooch!

  • 61 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Sorry RAFA you got it wrong today – arrogance got to him maybe whatever team I send out we will win
    Team – arrogance – Oh we will just turn up 3pts in the bag
    Supporters – arrogance – couple of beers wander up to the ground – easy there points

    Sorry a FUC*IN’ big reality check

    Second best from minute 1 to minute 96
    Cannot go into games in the championship with two midgets up front and lump the ball up to them


    missed Goufran today

    Anyway my merit marks

    Sels 3 – useless got lucky with block first half – like Dracula hates crosses – the physical side left far two big a space to his right for the second goal
    Dummett – 2 – got skinned time and time again – passing abject
    Mbemba – 1 – worst display in a TOON shirt
    Lascalles -5 – pick of our defenders
    Anita – 4 – did OK frustration got to him – rash tackle for sending of
    Ritchie-7 – Our best player but had to be taken off before sent off
    Shelvey – 2 -lazy thoughts of best player in the Championship got to him – needs to give his head a shake.
    Diame – 2 – headless chicken day – got the ball to many times then passed to the Wolves
    Hayden – 3 Shadow of the past games for the TOON
    Gayle – 2 – did nowt – ran around and whinged when tackled
    Perez – 2 ditto but give the ball away for second goal – mind you nobody came wanted the ball off him

    Supporters – 3 – sang at start but heeds went down – looked a lot of strangers there for the good times around me – out sung most of the match by Wolves supporters

    Rafa – 4 – did not think much of his team selection – would of played Goufran and Mitrovich from the start
    Goufran for his not stop running tackling
    Mitrovich for his presence – first half put cross after cross in but no good if you have midgets up front.
    Also did not understand his substitutions except for Ritchie.

    We do not pass and move quick enough to play two small players up front.


    a BIG wake up call

  • 62 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Thanx for the write up marra, pretty much sums up what was said on the radio, and the follow up discussions on here.

    We needed Gouffran and Mitrovich.

  • 63 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:33 PM


    I don’t anybody mentioned Rafa’s “arrogance”, though!

  • 64 Ron Knee // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:34 PM


  • 65 Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    There you go
    timestamped so you can check it out

    Jib // Sep 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM


    Perez Mitrovic Clark Colback Darlow Diamé Dummett

    I had Goofy in as well and Gayle on the wing

  • 66 Mag52 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Did anyone, after six wins in a row, really think that losing was no longer an option ?
    I hope not, and, more importantly, I hope no such thoughts crossed the players’ minds. If they did, then this loss along with, I’m sure, Rafa’s well chosen words to the team, will guard against any future complacency.
    Put it down to a bad day at the office, and knock the blighters out of the cup next round.

  • 67 Budge123 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    From being at the game I can’t find a single positive. Performance, atmosphere substitutions all poor.

    We offered nothing in attack and were wide open at times at back.

    Wolves fans were good. Very loud.

    Perhaps the only positive is that it bursts the bubble of over confidence that clearly the players (and fans ) had fallen into.

    Ed – you need to add a NONE OF THE ABOVE – option on the vote list.

  • 68 firebug666 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:37 PM


    Well maybe he was not so arrogant mate, he put out a good team, just needed a couple of changes, and by half time that was obvious, he did get it tactically wrong today, but I doubt he was arrogant.

    What I was agreeing with was the need to change personnel after the first half, I think we could have won with Gouffran and Mitrovic on for the second half like.

  • 69 Markaccus // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Rafa is arrogant, now? Ok. That just about takes the biscuit. If you include the cup game,we have won 6 in a row. We have a port game, and suddenly all hell breaks loose and the drama starts. If we lose the next 2 games, THEN panic. Bearing in mind, we were lucky to have ine GOOD game in seven last season. I wonder about some of you, sometimes.

  • 70 WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    WWSBRD // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    What has that got to do with ur argument here?

    Who should be captain?

  • 71 geordie157 // Sep 17, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I really don’t like Perez playing on the left side, it’s almost like playing with ten men.

    Gouffran, Ritchie, Atsu all could started on the left.

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