Mitro Goal Wins It For The Magpies At Molineux


Rafa Benitez during the week said he had not lost confidence in his striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and the 22 year-old Serbian striker repaid his manager this afternoon with the winner just before half time against Wolves.

Newcastle go back on top of the league with 65 points from our 30 games and that was our 21st win of the season.

Brighton won at home 4-1 against Burton Albion and had gone top in the earlier game but Newcastle now go a point above the Seagulls with what has to be looked on as an excellent 1-0 win at Molineux.

It was still a difficult match to watch for Newcastle fans and things got a little nervous at the end – again.

Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring – YES

The first half was a close fought 45 minutes as the recalled Colback had an early chance after just 3 minutes but Carl Ikeme saved.

Mitrovic was getting in among the Wolves defenders and picked up a yellow card after 14 minutes for a foul on Richard Stearman.

After 30 minutes Newcastle were lucky not to be 1-0 down but Stearman failed to score when he shot over the bar when he had a good chance and should have done a lot better,.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was then very lucky not to pick up a second yellow and be dismissed, when he made a clumsy high challenge on goalkeeper Ikeme.

At that time the two benches got into an argument while the Wolves goalkeeper was treated – but let’s just say Mitro could very easily have been sent off and he really does need to show more discipline in these games.

It was good the striker was still on the field after 44 minutes when Shelvey put in a free kick from outside the penalty box and Diame’s shot was blocked, but Mitro was there to stab the ball home for a striker’s goal.

That was Mitro’s 6th goal of the season and it will give the lad some confidence after a dry spell

Rafa Benitez showed his experience when he replaced Mitro with Atsu at the start of the second half since one more yellow for the striker would have seen Newcastle reduced to 10 men.

The manager will not have been pleased with the lad’s lack of discipline this afternoon.

Newcastle controlled the game in the second half but again the opposition managed to come at Newcastle near the end, but we hung on and won the game in a nervous finale.

These are vital wins for Newcastle but it would be nice to have more than a goal lead late in the games.

But we are not complaining and this was a good performance from the lads and an excellent win in front of the TV cameras.

Wolves: Ikeme; Doherty, Stearman, Batth, Coady; Price (Evans, 46), Edwards, Weimann (Marshall, 64), Enobakhare (Bodvarsson, 61), Costa; Dicko.
Subs not used: Burgoyne, Saville, Hause, Ronan.

Newcastle: Darlow; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Colback; Ritchie (Murphy, 82), Diame (Perez, 88), Gouffran; Mitrovic (Atsu, 46).
Subs not used: Elliot; Hanley, Gamez, Hayden.

Attendance 24,876 (4,164 Newcastle fans)

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8 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #1

    MITROVIC WINNER

    as the records will say.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Just missed the bus.

    As I said earlier, we don’t do draws.

    It was a tough game but the few times they really threatened, Darlow dealt with the danger fairly comfortably. Not sure if they even had a shot on target

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Don Goodman was the biased commentator Wolves and Mackem player.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #4

    The way Benitez sets the sides up, the opposition must feel like they are wrestling a python. We strangulate the more threatening sides.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #5

    My post @3 – has come up as :-
    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    What is going on.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Does Gayle come back in as a number 9 or number 10? I’d like to see him tried initially as part of a fluid 3 behind Mitro or Murph. Ritchie, Gayle, Atsu, Gouffran and Perez could all interchange easily behind the bigger man up top that we’ve been employing recently, and the addition of Gayle may just ignite it.

    Hats off to Rafa by the way. Question marks about the quality of the performances at times, but not the character, which is surely most important in this league, and in a group only put together 6 months ago. He deserves great credit for it, as did Hughton the last time.

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  • lesh

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #7

    jimmysmith

    Yes, let’s see Gayle with one of the big men but Mitro’s a liability, a card hanging over him whenever he plays.

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  • Sav

    Feb 11, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Helder Costa one to watch in the summer. We were lucky to get away with that showing. Lambert had them ready to nullify our threat and the stats show we nicked one. In Rafa we trust. Major overhaul due ion the summer. I hope a place for Mbemba can be found. We need his strength and class.

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