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Match Report: Newcastle 2-2 Wolves (Newcastle Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 26th February 2012
A game of two halves in which Newcastle continued their success with a hard-working effective game plan in the first half, highlighting Wolves' problems this season.

In the second half, the tables were reversed, reminding Newcastle how difficult it is to sustain top six, while Wolves proved they're not down and out yet. Newcastle started the game slowly, but the game came to life as early as the second minute, Kevin Doyle bursting through the Magpies defense with ease before sliding and hitting his shot at the outstretched Krul.

Newcastle responded to the chance by scoring just four minutes later. Newcastle's new number nine, Papiss Cisse, took advantage of Stearman's woeful defending after Ba's inital backheel was saved. Cisse touched it to Cheick Tiote, after Tiote's long shot was blocked, putting it on a plate for the new man.

Wolves went into their shell, bar Ronald Zubar, one of the few players trying to create and seemed to be involved in most moves. Wolves did have a half chance moments later as Jarvis played the ball in towards Kevin Foley, but Krul gathered easily.

Around the quarter of an hour mark, after some neat build up play, Danny Simpson unleashed a drive from 25 yards, resulting in a world class save from Wayne Hennessey. Wolves were beginning to live dangerously. The shot should have been a warning but, moments later, a Simpson cross was cleared and Jonas Gutierrez hit an absolute screamer from outside the box into the top corner.

Again, Wolves didn't roll over, they had a good slice of possession and created a chance on the half hour mark. Jarvis hit a great ball into the box and Doyle headed it wide, a chance Wolves really should have scored. Jarvis was becoming Newcastle's chief tormentor and had a chance which Krul smartly stopped. Coloccini, on 42 minutes played a long ball to Cisse, who squared it for Ryan Taylor whose shot was blocked.

The half ended with Wolves growing into the game, but this could not cover the fact Newcastle spent most of the half pressuring them into their own half.

Whatever Terry Connor told his lads at half time, it worked. Whatever Alan Pardew had said to Newcastle, it failed.

Newcastle never got going. It took only eight minutes for Jarvis to get past the woeful Simpson and score with the aid of a deflection. Newcastle briefly responded as Cabaye dragged a shot just wide of the post, before Gutierrez, with three goals in his last three games against Wolves, skinned two defenders, but took too big a touch, allowing Hennessey to collect before he could shoot. Cisse also dragged a shot wide, as Pardew decided enough was enough and changed the game. Cisse and Ryan Taylor made way for Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie.

Instantly, Wolves equalised. Newcastle, who had been lacklustre from set pieces, allowed a whipped Jarvis free kick to travel. Mike Williamson's attempted clearance hit Doyle, who tucked away the loose ball. A few minutes later, the poor Jamie O'Hara was replaced by Michael Kightly as Wolves continued to dominate, Pardew hooked Tiote and brought on Shola Ameobi, providing an attacking formation.

Newcastle clearly were going for the win. For a sustained period, Wolves were pressing and pushing the Newcastle back line extremely deep. This did leave Wolves susceptible to counter attacks and were almost punished late on as Ben Arfa cut inside and narrowly missed.

The French winger had been guilty of giving up possession far too easily, but he gave Wolves a reminder of what he can do. Ben Arfa again went even closer late on, but it was to no avail. The final score was 2-2, each side could be irked with one of the halves, but a point was a fair result.

SUMMARY: 

Newcastle  Cisse 6', Gutierrez 18' - Shola Ameobi (Booking) 87'

Wolves  Jarvis 50', Doyle 67'

Teams:

Newcastle:  Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Ryan Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas; Cisse, Ba

Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson

Wolves:  Hennessey; Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Ward; Foley, Henry, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis; Doyle

Subs: De Vries, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Johnson, Milijas

MAN OF THE MATCH:

Matt Jarvis: He constantly tormented the Newcastle right back Danny Simpson and his crossing was consistently good, deserved his goal. Edges ahead of Kevin Doyle, his off the ball work and work rate was superb throughout.
Tom Errington

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