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Match Report: Newcastle United 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Newcastle Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 26th February 2012
Before the kick off of yesterday's game at the so called "Sports Direct Arena", everybody was saying it was a certainty that Newcastle United would be walking away with all three points from the game against Wolves come ten to five yesterday evening.

With the media, fans and apparently players alike seeing nothing other than a win for Alan Pardew's side, it would be just typical if it were to all go wrong wouldn't it?

Wolves had had a tough week, there was no doubting that. After their horrendous result two weeks ago at home to black country rivals West Bromwich Albion, the club sacked manager Mick McCarthy after five and a half years in charge at Molineux.

It seemed harsh to me, but that's for someone else to comment on. What was to follow however was farcical, the club's board clearly showed they had no plan in place after McCarthy's sacking.

They came out and said that this job was not for a novice, but numerous names later, they appointed Asisstant Coach Terry Connor as manager until the end of the season. He seems like a novice to me?

Anyway, on with looking at my team, Newcastle United, who were sitting sixth in the Premier League pre match, with a chance of climbing to fourth should result's go our way.

The game itself couldn't have got off to a better start for us, when after six minutes, after a scrappy move which saw top scorer Demba Ba go close, new number nine Papiss Cisse scored for the second home game running to give the Toon Army the lead with a good close range finish.

Everyone was seemingly proved right on 18 minutes when flambouyant Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez made it two with a beautifully struck shot thart rifled into the top corner of the net.

It's an understatement to say that Jonas is a frustrating player, because he is capped over twenty times for his country and plays every game for Newcastle, yet he very rarely gives an end product worthy of a Premier League team. He did then though, and it was a sweet strike, just what the doctor ordered.

However, from then on, it was all downhill, as it seemed that Newcastle got a little complacent, and the game went a little flat. Wolves hadn't got the orders from the new boss to attack the home side, and the half finished with Newcastle leading the game 2-0, and I wouldn't have bet on it changing in the second half.

Oh, but how wrong I was. After the break, it was more of the same from Newcastle, with every player on the pitch seemingly having dropped a level from the first 20 minutes.

The only difference from the first half was that Wolves were attacking more, meaning Newcastle were in trouble, unless we upped our game to the level that we started the game at once again. However, we were in trouble, as five minutes after the restart it was 2-1.

OK, so it may have been an outrageously fortuitous goal to concede, but Matt Jarvis was in the right place at the right time. The ball should have been cleared away, but it wasn't, and it ended up at Jarvis' feet.

He then took it pat Danny Simpson, again with the help of lady luck, then to wrap it all up, the winger's shot took a deflection, wrong footing Tim Krul and seeing the ball into the net.

However lucky Wolves were to be back into the game, they were back in it. Surely now it would mean Newcastle would wake up from their hour long sleep and come out to see out the game? Nope, wrong again, as just 16 minutes later the comeback was complete.

They say never make substitutions before a set piece, and that proved to be sound advice, as just after Alan Pardew introduced Danny Guthrie and Hatem Ben Arfa into the game, Kevin Doyle hooked the ball into the net after a free kick was poorly cleared by Mike Williamson.

Finally Newcastle came out to play! It wasn't a good sight to see, it seemed that it took two poor goals to concede to wake the Toon up from a dreadful sleep, with an onslaught in the offing.

I think it's fair to say that Wolves were happy with their lot, though to be fair the least they deserved was a point. Hatem Ben Arfa went close late on for Newcastle, but with the passing poor and the pace lacklustre, a point was all we were getting. I for one was not happy with that at all. It was beyond a wake up call, that came against Fulham, this was just an embarresment.

Still, this result keeps us in sixth, four points ahead of Liverpool who won the Carling Cup this afternoon, and three points of fourth placed Arsenal after their North London Derby success. A point's a point, but why wasn't it more?
Harry De Cosemo
19 years old, Newcastle season ticket holder. European football enthusiast and aspiring football writer. Currently doing a Journalism degree at Teesside University. You can follow me on Twitter: @harrydecosemo

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