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Relief! Newcastle United 4 – 1 Wolves (match report).

Posted on April 3rd, 2011 | 26 Comments |

Strolla after banging in the second Newcastle goal.
Strolla after banging in the second Newcastle goal.
With Newcastle needing a victory fast to avoid getting sucked in to the fight at the bottom end of the Premiership table, it was with much anticipationm and some trepidation that I began viewing this game.

After the kickoff, Newcastle seemed to get off to a fairly brisk start with Peter Lovenkrands leading an attack on the Wolves goal as he chased down a long kick from Steve Harper, cutting through the Wolves defemce. The ball is safely gathered by by Wolves goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessy however, and the ball is soon up at the other end of the pitch where Wolves striker, Sylvan Ebanks Blake, worries Harper in the Newcastle goal. Once again though, the ball was gathered and the panic was over but it was “end to end stuff” as they say. There were in general quite a few long punts producing action at both ends of the pitch, at least in the early stages of the game.

Somewhat predictably, Wolves midfielder, Karl Henry, was given a less than hospitable welcome by the St James’s faithful as he took his first touch of the ball, a reminder of rather “robust” treatment of Joey Barton in the last encounter between the two sides at Molineux earlier in the season. This time, there seem to be some rather clumsy challenges going in all round though, with Henry himself on the receiving end of a rather clumsy one from Shola Ameobi in the ninth minute of the game. Just after that though, Ameobi almost went on to score as he charges on to Christophe Berra’s clearance and a lucky deflection almost loops over Hennessy. Luckily for him and Wolves though, he manages to get his hand on it, preventing a certain goal.

Nineteen minutes into the game there was a fairly nasty clash of heads as Wolves Left Back, George Elokobi made a very clunsy aerial challenge on Peter Lovenkrands inside the area in what could possibly have been a Newcastle penalty. Both players ended up receiving treatment, gathering their thoughts and then getting on with the game.

After Ameobi’s earlier near goal, Newcastle were eventutually hit the spot after 22 minutes. A move which started when Danny Simpson cracked off a long ball from his right back position, with Ameobi executing an excellent flick on with his head to Nolan. The portly midfield goal machine then proceeded to run with the ball at quite some speed (for him anyway) from the centre circle straight through an AWOL Wolves defence, calmly slottong the ball past Hennessy. It was an excellent move in general from the Newcastle trio, however Wolves’ defending was poor in the extreme, and made things much easier than they could have been for the Magpies. 1 – 0 to Newcastle United

Several minutes after the goal, Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy brought on striker, Steven Fletcher for some more attacking impetus as Newcastle were certainly appearing to be the dominant team at this point, with some fairly sustained pressure on the visitors. Their existing striker, Sylvan Ebanks Blake, was looking somewhat isolated upfromt so McCarthy went for a formation change to 4-4-2. It was at this stage when some might have said that Wolves could have had a pemalty shout too, with Simpson possibly handling the ball in the Newcastle area. It was hard to see in real time without the benefit of replays though.

The game continued in a characteristically robust fashion until the half time interval loomed, though Wolves’ Ebanks Blake, could be commended for his honesty in failing to go down after some fairly vigorous shirt pulling in the area from Newcastle laft back, Shane Ferguson, who was standing in for the crocked Jose Enrique. This could have been another penalty on different day. Then, when the first half was all but over, The Magpies turned the screw even further, with Ameobi finally getting on the scoresheet for Newcastle’s second goal. Lovenkrands floated in a brilliant long cross from the left on to Ameobi’s charging head, from which he headed the ball in powerfully at fairly close range over a once again hapless Wolves defence. Half Time – 2 – 0 to Newcastle United.

After the second half got underway, it wasn’t too long before Wolves were receiving more punishment, with Lovenkrands having a productive spell for the Magpies. Firstly, he hits the outside of the post from a very tight angle after getting round Wayne Hennessy, then, very soon after that, Coloccini, after some excellent footwork to keep the ball, threaded a pass to Barton on the right wing. Bartom in turn crosses the ball to an offside / onside Lovenkrands who, making something of a mockery of FIFA’s current offside rule, then sidefoots the ball casually into the Wolves goal for Newcastle United’s third. 3 – 0 to Newcastle.

To Wolves’ credit, their heads didn’t go down at this though. The lamentable defending continued, but after a poorly taken Wolves chance from on loan midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, Ebanks Blake eventually struck gold and clawed one back for the visitors after some great play from Matthew Jarvis. After a great, jinking run down the left, he moved towards the area, getting in an excellent pass for Ebanks-Blake, who had the space to finish the move with a goal fairly easily. Newcastle 3 – 1 Wolves.

After this, it looked the boot was on the other foot for a while, as the Midlanders took the game to the home side with a bit of their own sustained pressure. However, lack of a good finish saw them unable to add to their first goal. Once again, as the half, and the game, was drawing to a close, it was Newcastle who were the ones to score the final goal, with winger, Jonas Gutierrez, making a good run from the left hand side to crack off an excellent low but slightly curving ball of some power past a shell shocked Wayne Hennessy, who could do little to stop it. 4 – 1 Newcastle United.

All in all, while Newcastle did display some moments of great endeavour in what was a fairly robust encounter, but it was also a case of Wolves being very poor on the day too with some abject defending which helped the Mags to chalk up a very comfortable victory and a much needed 3 points in a game which could have been a turning point in our season.

Howay the Lads!

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Shane Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi.

Subs: James Perch, James Tavernier, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi, Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Tim Krul.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Wayne Hennessey, Christophe Berra, George Elokobi, Kevin Foley, Richard Stearman, Adam Hammill, Jamie O’Hara, Karl Henry, Matthew Jarvis, Nenad Milijas, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Subs: David Jones, Jody Craddock, Marcus Hahnemann, Michael Kightly, Michael Mancienne, Stephen Ward, Steven Fletcher.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Match highlights and post match interviews.

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26 Responses

  1. nice to know karl henry was on the end of a shola trip left him in a pile :) in a way but good result lads

  2. No matter how we play. At the end of the day 3 points is the mostt important. However I’m happy to see Jonas goal if he can continue to produce the end product like this, even Barcelona will check for him. My MOTM is Barton No doubt about that. He’s everything yesterday. Shamed England won’t even recognise him.

  3. Got a problem with your ‘m’ and ‘n’ key there lad.

    What a great way to end a rough run of games for us. Very pleased.

    Let’s cross that 40 mark, and see 5under1and beat today by ManC. Joey and tioté, let’s see them command our midfield for seasons to come. Joey for captain!

  4. the one thing that shock me was we werent the last game on MOTD – although I’m sure had the score been the other way round there would have been double the air-time and a little more analysis (to stick the knife in)

  5. We are nearly always last game on MOTD so it never surprises me1 Great result – come on Man City today and let1s get a win at Aston Villa so we can relax. God knows who we will be able to put out with injuries and suspensions – I`m free!

  6. I could be wrong but I thought there was much more “entertainment” in our game than the either the West Brom or Birmingham games but by the time it got to us “also rans” there certainly wasnt much time for the highlights (missed those close efforts at the beginning of the second half for example)and the MOTD team clearly couldnt be arsed to debate the Lovenkrands goal either.

    Just in case you havent seen them they’re available on 101greatgoals at /videodisplay/newcastle-wolves-motd-8941955/

  7. Nice one Grace good luck for the rest of the season. Great result hopefully we can carry this on to a respectable finish although my aim is still survival.

  8. the game was a lot more open,than i thought it would be,that’s why i had plumped for a draw beforehand.
    we did get the first two goals at the right times.
    being picky though,the first goal wolves gave away was poor defending on their part,they just stood static,and a player as slow as nolan was allowed to ghost in,and hennessey should not have been nutmegged either lol.
    good to see shola put his head on the end of a cross,even with the mask on.the second goal did come at the right time as wolves were starting to get a foothold,in the game.
    newcastle started the second half with a flurry and joey barton was unlucky not to score,this prompted wolves into action and they mustered a couple of chances of their own.
    collinci showed good skills to break from midfield,and the ball from barton is what you want if you are a striker.but lets make no bones about it,lovenkrands was at least two yards offside.
    wolves got the third with a good finish from blakes,who was a stand out player for wolves,he could of had a hattrick on another day,would anyone take a chance on him?.
    jonas’s distrubution and all round end product were the best i’ve seen from him in a long while.the frustrating thing is,he has the ability to do this week in week out,lets hope he can be more consistant in the future.
    it was a world class finish from him,nontheless.
    young ferguson had a mixed bag,did have a couple of dodgy moments early on,getting caught out of position,but he then grew into the game,not literally,but grow being the word,the lad is absolutley tiny.i though he was going to snap in half when he cleared his lines on on occassion.
    anyone remember “a captain’s tale”? he looked like young david bradley “tyce” out there.his shorts were so big you couldn’t see his legs,lets hope he fills out,because he is going to be good’un.
    the scoreline did flatter us a tad,and we did get the rub of the green on a couple of occasssions,but you need that bit of luck sometimes.nolan getting himself suspended was stupid,and that trip was cynical.
    although he doesn’t run around too much in midfield his late runs into the box,will be sorely missed in the next couple of games.
    all in all more relieved than anything else,we are more or less home and host concerning the battle for survival.

  9. Relief – getting closer to safety. Not our greatest performance against an average Wolves team with a very poor defence. Some points:
    I thought Collo, JB and Shola(!) were excellent. Most of the others did pretty good too.
    Willo looked in trouble near the end of the game, as did JB – knackered but didn’t stop. Thought it was Nolan who’d been unwell?
    Couldn’t work out why Ranger, who came on with about 20 minutes or so to go, looked shattered after a couple of runs – unwell or too much time training in the wrong sort of clubs? I know he’s one of those, like Chrissy Waddle, who always looks that way with hands on hips, but a couple of times he was bent over and panting.

  10. magpie6699 says:
    April 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    “I know he’s one of those, like Chrissy Waddle, who always looks that way with hands on hips”

    :lol:

    My brother used to say he looked like a car thief skulking ’round looking for a car to steal, magpie. It was deceptive though.

  11. worky wot yee on about man
    Gan i not answer someone without bein accused in the wrang like

  12. TROJAN 69 @11 good write up mate, thats pretty much how I saw the game too, we got the breaks at the right time. Not sure about Loven being offside for his goal, during the approach play yes, but since the play went out to the wing he wasn’t in fact interfering, when the ball came into the middle he wasn’t offside when he put the ball in the net..

  13. WOW!what a remarkably candid match report. workyticket you are indeed a most honest bloke.
    Real relief is what I’m sure everyone must be feeling.we had a bit of a worrying dry run in what is the most crucial part of the season.hope this is the beginning of a run of good form,after all the goal is still to stay high and dry come the season’s end..

  14. Grace@7…thanks a lot. On another day Wolves could have gotten something out of the game, but yesterday it was our turn… Good luck for the rest of the season..

  15. TROJAN 69 says:
    April 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    “worky,i messed up some of the spelling on my post,just correcting it.”

    Aye Trojan, it looked a little strange in isolation though. :-)

  16. One other thing – Wolves goal was a carbon copy of one we conceded to Everton. Some lessons to be learned there?

  17. Aye,
    on the rules as they stand, no way was Lovenkrands offside.
    Not interfering with play, onside when the ball was crossed to him.

    AndyMac,
    Totally agree on motd thing, they didn’t even bother showing half the ‘highlights’, it was as if they wanted the game to look dull. They are phucking weird on that show!
    They spend more time showing managers gurning & fans looking pensive, plus minutes of shit before each game, wasting minutes of time they could be using to show actual football.
    Yuk! What a shit program & it just gets worse too.

    :)

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