The Opposition View – The Referee Gifted Newcastle The Game


Wolves lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle yesterday and are still in 18th on 35 points but it seems they are starting to improve under new manager Paul Lambert. who knows what it takes to get teams promoted from the Championship.

And their two wins at Stoke and Liverpool in the FA Cup show they are a very good team on their day and they host Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup next Saturday and we wouldn’t vote against them if Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fields a weakened side in that game.

It’s always good to get the other side of any game so we have looked at the report in the Express & Star – the Wolverhampton local newspaper.

Paul Lambert – Wolves manager

Here’s some of the report of the game but you can also read the full report – we have a link at the end of this article.

“The Magpies’ striker netted from close range just before the break – but arguably shouldn’t have been on the field after avoiding a second yellow card for a foul on Carl Ikeme.”

“Replays also showed that defender Jamaal Lascelles was offside in the build-up to the goal.”

“Wolves pushed for an equalizer but rarely tested Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow, with a Richard Stearman volley and a David Edwards header both off target from close range.”

“Wolves have been on the wrong end of a fair number of dreadful refereeing decisions this season.”

“Aleksandar Mitrovic quite clearly raked his studs down Carl Ikeme’s calf as the keeper collected a through ball.”

“But, despite being on a yellow, he wasn’t sent off. And 17 minutes later he scored the winning goal. Oh and it was offside too.”

“Yes, referee Craig Pawson and co did a fine job of helping league leaders Newcastle to another three points here.”

“But Wolves, albeit against superior opposition, still didn’t do enough to justify a huge hard-luck story in terms of the football on show in what was a poor spectacle at a well-stocked Molineux.”

I think that last line was the inner truth and all the rest are excuses because they couldn’t win the game.

But that’s not unlike reports of Newcastle over the previous two seasons, when we were not very good and it was all about the referee or the hard luck stories.

You get very little of that this season under Rafa – who never uses any excuses and it’s only about what Newcastle did or didn’t do in the game that determined the result.

We think we were a little lucky not to have Mitro sent off and sometimes this lad can be a liability to the side, but overall we were the better side and deserved the 3 points.

It’s good to be winning games this season, but we also understand the hard luck stories when you are not doing well – Steve McClaren used them all the time last season.

After the game, manager Paul Lambert said Wolves didn’t get the breaks, Mitrovic should have seen red and that Wolves deserved a point.

It would certainly have been interesting if Richard Stearman had scored with the excellent chance he had after 30 minutes.

Wolves could be a good bet to go up next season along with Aston Villa – always assuming we can get promoted back to the Premier League this season.

Newcastle got another win under their belt yesterday without playing anywhere near our best form and now we face another tough game at Norwich on Tuesday night – we need another 3 points there.

Here’s Express And Star reporter Tim Spiers full match report.

Comments welcome.



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63 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    We?l stocked Molineux. Meh!
    What about the blatant handball on the way in to the box. SKY pundits said the ref got it spot on.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome to our world, Paul. Yet we make something of it still. Try getting your strikers to convert, there’s an idea.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Or….”Waaaa Waaaa. Waaaa Waaaa”

    🙂

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    We think we were lucky not to have Mitro sent off? How about we think we were unlucky to have Mitro given a yellow for allowing a defender to jump on his back! Mitro wasn’t even backing into him because he was standing still. The ref kept his card in his pocket for the challenge on the keeper because he’d already given Mitro the card he deserved. Ref was obviously psychic 🙂

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Paul – nice to see one of the Hairy Bikers on the blog (judging by your pic). Any chance of some of that deep fried ice cream I watched you make on the iPlayer last night?

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  • SPRINGY

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #6

    He may feel the refs giftes us the win….but the refs have done there fair share against us this season in fact the refereeing at this level has been woeful tbh….so its swings and roundabouts….stop ya moaning and get on with it like we’ve had to several times this season.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Saw Norwich’s goals from their 4-0 win yesterday and they had two or three real screamers from outside the box flying in. Darlow better be ready for more of the same.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Rafa going to Arsenal? Who knows. He seems to like being adored by supporters, like he was at Liverpool. I think we can safely say he feels that at the Toon. He already knows the ‘fans’ in London are largely lacking in passion. Have you seen it when Arsenal score and their supporters are politely clapping like it’s the 1920s. I lose my sh*t when we score and that’s just sitting at home. I used to go berserk back when I was able to be at SJP!

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Don Goodman was commentating on the game yesterday and he’s not going to be impartial towards Wolves is he?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Springy

    Exactly what I was about to say.

    Also if my memory serves me right we should have beaten them at home so the scales are balanced.

    Hopefully we won’t be allowing Norwich the chance of shooting as they did Saturday.

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  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Chancel My MBembaship

    Two of Norwich’s goals were scored from the middle of the box, in front of goal and with defenders a yard and a half either side of the scorer. Rafa’ll need to ensure that we’re not caught napping and Norwich’s strikers aren’t allowed such space in the box.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Paul Lambert may I introduce you to Steve Martin.
    Paul – Steve
    Steve – Paul
    There, everything is in balance now.

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  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Essex Geordie Bill

    There’s a strong rumour that your young lady took you out for dinner the other night. Lucky lad. I hope you offered to pay half the bill and more to the point kept your hand on your ha’penny. Women can be a bit naughty – especially when a bloke’s feeling the effects of the drink!

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #14

    lesh – they did score a couple of screamers from distance though right? To be fair, I might have misremembered because I had both bairns with me at the time and was desperately trying to keep them occupied as I was watching.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Clark had a brilliant game yesterday after what happened to him in the qpr match what a brave lad you could see the state of his eye must have been after stitches.and yesterday he was deffo man other match for me

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Lesh

    You didn’t get that from the Sun perchance, that’s the problem with being a celebrity.

    PS please don’t mention my young lady, the missus might see it.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 12, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #17

    What goal by brady our come Burnley/Barton 1..1

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Coulda woulda shoulda we won and not unfairly I don’t think Wolves offered a great deal hence why we could win in 2nd gear

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Haha Sky trying to big up the toon – villa game – two of the biggest names etc etc , nowt about top vs lower mid table team playing sh1te

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 12, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Not sure why people saying we didn’t deserve to win – they had one soft shot straight at Darlow in 86th minute , that’s why they are near the bottom of league

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 12, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Couple of points from me:
    1) why are people so annoyed at the posters who bash mitrovic. If he was a good player with no brains then at least I could understand. The lad is awful and for his size is weak as hell. His positioning is shocking and he never attacks the ball in the air (like Carrol or shearer) he waits and if it’s not pin point he is not interested. Get rid is my view.
    2) Dummet needs to be converted to a cb asap. He is the most limited full back I have ever seen yet is really solid defensively. You look at Yedlin he bombs up and down causing havoc and is pretty dam good defensively winning nearly every header (wolves targeted the diagonal at him and he was awesome). Dummet is really great at the back but when he gets the ball i want to scream as he lumps it to nobody.
    3) Coldback may be on terms with mitro when it comes to brains! The lad commits fouls in dangerous areas even when the player on the ball is going nowhere. Also terrible in possession (only passes 5yds back or sideways). A defensive mid should still be looking to play forward as when he wins possession it’s a key time to counter attack.
    4) I slated the signing of Clarke as thought he was useless at villa. Boy was I wrong I really think him and lascelles could take that partnership to the prem and do a good job.
    5) Yedlin – wow what is it like to have a full back who is good in all areas (and rapid).
    6) Atsu when we are at home or playing a side in which we are likely to be dominant this lad should be starting for gouff. I think this lad has bags of potential and we need to make use of him better.
    7) so disappointed with Perez this year as the lad showed so much potential at a higher level. Not sure how his career goes from here.
    8) That wolves19 year old Akbohara or something looks the real deal to me. Strong bags of pace skilful and clever which is generally what most youngsters lack in terms of decision making etc. Would love to get a bid in for this lad.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Mark Douglas? @MsiDouglas
    11 v 11, #nufc have only been behind for 61 minutes away from home all season*. Wow.

    Incredible that and 45 minutes were in the first game of the season, quality

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Nufc-83

    Somebody that speaks my language. Agree on all points except:

    8) Didn’t really pay enough attention to their personnel so can’t really comment.

    7) Perez though disappointing in some respects I can see progress in some of the weaker part of his game, namely he doesn’t go missing for 30mins a time these days, uses his energy smarter and seems to have gained a bit more speed and intensity/stamina. Now he needs to concentrate on his decision making and he still might fulfil his potential.

    Yedlin is showing real promise, impressing every match. Attitude is great, A for effort always and he is an elite athlete. Got all the assets to establish himself as one of the best fullbacks in the PL very quickly.

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  • martoon

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    I accept Mitro was fortunate not to get a second yellow for his clash wit their keeper but I can’t accept he raked his studs down his leg deliberately. It was just where his foot happened to land – the incident happened in a flash and he would have had to have amazing reflexes to do it on purpose!

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  • Legolas

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Did anyone watch the game on Sky. Whoever was commentating hated Newcastle. Every thing was negative towards us and and every opportunity to have a go they did. It was so annoying to listen to.

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  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Essex

    Are you suggesting that someone’s issuing fake news about you?

    You could well be right the likelihood is it’ll be Reichsführer Trump behind it. He’s cosied up to the dirty digger, Murdoch(what the hell Jerry Hall sees in him beats me. Could it be money?) so there’s every chance he’s out to silly your good name.

    It might be appropriate to keep a low profile for a while but be wary of any invitations from Richard Branson though!

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #27

    The full match is on:-

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/nufc-tv

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Lego
    Din goodman
    125 games for wolves !!!!!!

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Sorry don

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  • lesh

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Essex

    * silly = sully your good name!

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  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #31

    A great and very lucky three points yesterday, our defensive work did a solid enough job against a average wolves side, who for large parts of the game were a far stronger team. We could hardly put two passes together towards the end.
    We’ll done to Mitrovic for getting the goal but he is poor on the whole, what a dirty player. Also colback managed to collect his usual yellow card by once again giving a free kick away in a dangerous area.
    Not sure what’s gone wrong just hope we improve with Gayle back in the side, we look half the team we were earlier in the season.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Norwich will be keyed up midweek to avenge the dramatic result last time out.

    When you think of the added motivation most clubs have coming up against NUFC with Rafa, then add on all these little extra grudges that come with the second half of the season, Rafa is doing an outstanding job.

    Brighton are matching us, but no way when coming up against the same opponents, they’re as determined as when NUFCs scalp is there to be had.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #33

    On another not did I see someone mention Gayle coming back as a number 10? Hahaha that is hilarious I am not sure where these people surface from!!

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Joey Barton had another great game for Burnley today. Great game to watch as well, really enjoyed that. Can Swansea push Leicester further down? My son’s been ribbing me for not having a bet on my prediction at the start of the season that Leicester would go down. Just reminding me is annoying enough! 🙂 Looking more and more likely the longer it goes on. If they lose today they really will be in trouble and Swansea are showing decent form right now. Could be another good game to watch.

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Toonkk, his yellow was for dissent mate, not a foul. Don’t know why people think we were lucky. Wolves spoiled the game from the word go and tried to get players booked any chance they got. It wasn’t a classic that’s a fact, but restricting the home team to one shot on target – and that in the 86th minute – showed we can win even when the game is crap. Three points was the target and three points we got. Doesn’t matter how you get them.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobbybee
    Just come i and caught the end of Burnley game, yes they did very well to get a point against a very strong Chelsea side.
    It would be a disaster for Leicester if they did go down, I think they’ll just escape the drop zone. I’ve never watched them much this season, see how they come on against Swansea.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Bobbybee
    Three points is the target, yes we got them, hardly convincing though. I wasn’t happy with our play even if others are.
    Mitrovic still got booked whether he deserved it or not, he was still very lucky to be on the pitch after his terrible foul, when will he ever learn?

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Swansea, Sunderland and Palace are my picks for relegation, though there’s a lot riding on Lei v Swa right now.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail, from earlier- maybe the club could help with travel/ticket costs for the Brighton trip. Palace did for the Stoke game and Preston used the fines for their 2 players who get sent off for fighting each other to help the away fans.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Hell of a trip for a Tuesday night game -Brighton – 300 miles+

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