Wolves bite back! Newcastle 2-2 Wolves

Doyle equalises for Wolves

Doyle equalises for Wolves
Wolves battled back from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils at St James’ Park yesterday, and if I’m being honest it was no less than Terry Connor’s men deserved.

Buoyed by the recall of first choice central midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote, Newcastle set about establishing a two goal lead in the first 18 minutes.

Papiss Demba Cisse, making his full home Premier League debut, put the home side ahead on six minutes after some good attacking play. Yohan Cabaye stole the ball of Cristophe Berra and crossed for Demba Ba who saw his clever backheel saved by Wayne Hennessey in the Wolves goal. The rebound fell just beyond Cisse who stabbed the ball out to an onrushing Cheik Tiote to shoot at goal. The Ivory Coast international saw his shot deflected in to the path of Cisee who stabbed home with his left foot.

It could have been worse for Wolves just minutes later when Danny Simpson forced a fine save from Hennessey after a rasping long range drive, but the home side weren’t to be denied much longer and when a cleared corner fell to Jonas Gutierrez outside of the box he made it two with a stunning strike leaving the Wolves keeper with no chance.

So two goals up in 18 minutes without so much as breaking sweat then. You could have expected Newcastle to go on and really punish Wolves but it didn’t work out that way. Collectively the NUFC players just seemed to switch off and allowed Wolves to retain the ball. They had chances of their own, but I’m not mentioning them on purpose. You’ll see why later.

Against the relative run of play, Newcastle reached half-time with a 2-0 lead. A chance to regroup and refresh before reapplying themselves one would think, but that wasn’t to be the case as Wolves found a way back into the game just five minutes after the restart courtesy of a Matt Jarvis shot which deflected off Danny Simpson beyond Tim Krul.

David Edwards could have equalised after the entire NUFC defence just watched him coast in from midfield, but fortunately the ball just evaded him and Newcastle escaped. Not for long though as Kevin Doyle capitalised on some shoddy defending to prod home the equaliser on 66 minutes. Granted Alan Pardew committed the cardinal sin of making a substitution at a set piece, but neither Danny Guthrie or Hatem Ben Arfa can be blamed for the goal really and instead our centre backs should shoulder the bulk of the criticism. Again, more on that later though.

Newcastle did try and grab the winner but the closest we came was from two shots by Hatem Ben Arfa which drifted wide of the left then right post of the Gallowgate goal. 2-2 it ended to round off what was a disappointing display by Newcastle United.


I wasn’t being blinkered when I failed to mention the chances Wolves created. I did it for a reason, and that reason is because it was the same players responsible for it time and time again.

The first chance was in the opening minutes when Mike Williamson showed Kevin Doyle inside allowing him a free shot at goal. Luckily Doyle scuffed it and Tim Krul saved comfortably.

The second one involved both Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson again as Matt Jarvis beat Simpson in the air, then beat him to the loose ball before whipping the ball in for Kevin Doyle who beat Williamson in the air. Fortunately the ball just scraped wide although I don’t know how.

Next up is Danny Simpson against Ashley Ward. Simpson showed Ward inside again allowing him a go at goal which Tim Krul was equal to.

Finally there is the equaliser. Mike Williamson will take the blame for it, but if you look, I mean really look at it, you will see what Williamson has a man, Guthrie just behind has a man. Even Demba Ba has a man. Who is Colo marking though? I’ve yet to see empty space score a goal. Yes Williamson should have done better with the headed clearance although he was unlucky to see it rebound off Doyle and fall kindly for Wolves, but he did have two men on him whilst other players in black and white had nobody…

Regardless of that it’s the same two names cropping up. Now I actually have some sympathy for Williamson as he does put in decent performances, but for Danny Simpson the excuses are starting to run out. Time and time again he makes fundamental errors which invite pressure or allow chances for the opposition.

Next up, Sunderland. A game where a similar lack of application from the team will not go down well at all, and the players will get to know about it.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi

Wolves: Wayne Hennessey; Ronald Zubar, Christophe Berra, Richard Stearman, Stephen Ward; Kevin Foley, Karl Henry, David Edwards, Jamie O’Hara, Matt Jarvis; Kevin Doyle

Subs: Dorus De Vries, Jody Craddock, Roger Johnson, Nenad Milijas, Stephen Hunt, Michael Kightly, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Attendance: 52,287

11 thoughts on “Wolves bite back! Newcastle 2-2 Wolves

  1. All over the papers today that Simpson has once again rejected a new contract offer, which is probably the reason for playing like a fanny recently, if he is taking his problems onto the pitch then its time for him to be replaced, he is all over the shop and contributing nothing to the team.


  2. Yep starting to lose patience with Simmo and rather than getting better as he did last season he seems to be getting worse…new right/left back needed urgently. Willo poor as well, but then the whole team was very disappointing.


  3. Id love to know what simpsons being fed by his agent if he thinks he can get a better deal than £25k a week at the team sitting 6th in the division.

    Its a more than generous offer and with players like Clyne available for nowt, Cissokho available and Tavernier progressing he should be snapping the fat mans hand off…


  4. Simmo , as i said yesterday really not good enough. The line clearences aside he has contributed nowt ,if anything he seems to be a liabilty either out of position or some bodypart gets in the way!. Hope he don’t sign and goes in the summer .Having said all this ,that second goal yesterday ,we was all over the place ,proper mess at the back .No one organising or shouting ,or not appearing to anyway. Very very unhappy that we threw away a good lead at home to relegation fodder, who actually outplayed us for huge parts of the game. 👿


  5. Willo’s confidence probably took a nose dive after he was getting booed from his very first touch and groans for everything thereafter. This never helps a player, ever.

    If we had just stayed awake for the first 15 minutes of the second half we could have murdered them.

    And please nobody suggest buying a left back and switching Santon to right back…. he’s always played left back!


  6. we had 2 weeks to sort out our game plan for wolves.
    you could see after the 2nd goal went in the lads took there foot off the gas.
    i knew from then that wolves would get sumin out of the game.
    fkin 😯


  7. KimT – sorry didn’t get chance to post properly yesterday, I thought I had a stinker of a week last week but it sounds like yours beat mine hands down. I take it your boy is on the road to recovery now?

    I’ll be honest, the whole transfer negotiation carry on is really starting to get a bit boring now like, one minute it’s a priority, the next minute it’s getting left until the summer and now were told – by Pardew – that there’s light at the end of the tunnel …. so there not getting left til the summer then?! 😕

    It’s a joke now and both Simo and Colo either want to sign or they don’t. If the report in the Sunday Sun is accurate, Simpson has been offered £25k for 5yrs and Colo has been offered a 5yr deal (?????) with improved money and terms. Here’s a thought … Sign of Feck off!!!

    Actually, scratch that… Simmo just feck off coz he’s not good enough IMO
    But Colo should no way be getting a 5yr deal also IMO.

    Whilst I want Colo to stay, I dont want us to get bent over when it comes to renewals.


  8. Toonsy good summing up there.
    Yes Simmo is bad and getting worse, in the past I have made excuses for him ie his cub in hospital etc but he has no excuses left we need better, but I think he’d be a decent bench to cover 1-2 games. Willo is like a rabbit caught in headlights, although I have always liked him he is only good enough for a game here or there covering for short term injuries, but not longterm.
    I just think the clubs gamble on nit getting a proper CB in is going to back fire


  9. “All over the papers today that Simpson has once again rejected a new contract offer”

    As far as I can see it’s only been reported in one national paper (the Mirror) and they didn’t say that he’s rejected an offer. They just said that he’s SET to turn down the latest offer. But has there actually been another offer made since the one he rejected back in December, or is this just more tabloid bulshit? Yes, I did see the story in the Sunday Sun, but I think that’s just a reference to the December offer, which probably explains why the headline for their article is “Pards keeps his cool” and not something more sensational like “Simpson turns down another contract offer!”

    It’s the Sunday papers lads. Tread carefully.


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