It was a game in which Newcastle were not good enough except for a patch of play to end the first half. The first 30 minutes were a snoozefest from both sides as there was little to threaten either goalkeeper.
Newcastle would start to show signs of life around the thirty-minute mark resulting in a Jamaal Lascelles header and a 1-0 halftime lead.
It was then that the nonsense began. We don’t know what Steve Bruce’s plan was for the second half. But if you told us it was to hold out for a point despite having a 1-0 advantage, we would believe you.
You cannot just let a team like Wolves find their rhythm with such ease. Especially not at St James Park. It was just not good enough but was all too familiar.
The front three again failed to produce the goods. Miguel Almiron was lively today but just can’t score. However, his defensive contribution was outstanding.
Joelinton started well but faded significantly in the second half. Allan Saint-Maximin had his moments this afternoon but didn’t give Jetro Willems enough help with Adama Traore or Matt Doherty.
We can’t fault the defense or the Longstaff brothers in the midfield. They were all solid but the second half approach stacked the deck against them holding out for the full three points.
We don’t often comment on the referee but we don’t think Kevin Friend had a good afternoon. While Sean Longstaff did catch Neves with his studs, it wasn’t a brutal challenge and a yellow would have sufficed.
It also didn’t help that Ruben Neves put in an acting performance that Marilyn Burns in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre would have been proud of.
However, it’s another opportunity lost at home, and it’s just plain not good enough.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Wolves?
- Allan Saint-Maximin (35%, 345 )
- Federico Fernandez (17%, 165 )
- Miguel Almiron (16%, 155 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (15%, 149 )
- Ciaran Clark (5%, 47 )
- Jetro Willems (4%, 43 )
- Matty Longstaff (2%, 22 )
- Sean Longstaff (2%, 17 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 13 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 12 )
- Martin Dubravka (1%, 12 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 9 )
- Joelinton (1%, 6 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )
Total Voters: 996