Newcastle United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers  2 - 2


Connor hails Wolves spirit

25 February 2012 21:55

Wolves caretaker Terry Connor believes his players made a statement about their survival hopes by coming from behind to draw at Newcastle.

Connor's team trailed 2-0 in the English Premier League clash at St James' Park, his first match since replacing the sacked Mick McCarthy last week.

Goals from Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle saw Wolves salvage a 2-2 draw, and they are now one point outside the relegation zone.

"I was confident before the game," Connor said.

"I know what the dressing room is like and I know how they react in adversity when things don't go quite their way."

"Two weeks ago when we played West Brom and lost 5-1, it was very, very hard for them."

"But I had a feeling they would react in the right manner, a positive manner, and they did that today."

"I know what the lads have been through. After losing 5-1 to West Brom at home, they took their fair share of stick."

"But they have stuck together. They have stuck together in training, they have stuck together all week and they wanted to respond."

"In that dressing room, that's what they are like, and they were magnificent today."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was frustrated by his team's indifferent start to the second half, and has warned his players to raise their game ahead of next week's derby clash with Sunderland.

"When you are 2-0 up at Newcastle and you are the home team, you have got to win, it's as simple as that," he said.

"We spoke about it at half-time; that the game wasn't over, because Wolves had fair control of the first half, although we got two goals."

"We never got to grips in that first 20 minutes. Having said that, they were two poor goals we conceded and we should have done a lot better."

"We know what's coming. We are in a great position in the league looking at this fixture - it could be a lot worse. I think we are 10 points ahead (of Sunderland)."

"We will look forward to it (the derby). We know they are going to come here with resilience after their result today.

"But we need to be better than we were, and I think we will be, hopefully."


Premier League: Newcastle 2 Wolves 2

25 February 2012 18:36

Terry Connor's first match in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers ended in a 2-2 draw away to Newcastle United on Saturday.

Hosts Newcastle dominated the first half of the English Premier League contest, as goals from Papiss Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez gave them a deserved lead by the half-time break at St James' Park.

The visitors, led by Connor following the sacking of Mick McCarthy last week, rallied after the break, as Matt Jarvis struck early to get them back into the game.

Kevin Doyle then got earned Wolves a point, scoring the equaliser after Newcastle failed to clear their lines from a free-kick.

Earlier, the hosts had taken the lead through Cisse after Christophe Berra was robbed of the ball in his own box by Yohan Cabaye.

French midfielder Cabaye crossed for Demba Ba, whose back-heeled effort was well saved by Wayne Hennessey.

Cheick Tiote pounced on the rebound and his shot was deflected into the path of Cisse, who poked the ball past Richard Stearman on the line, making it 1-0 six minutes into the game.

Newcastle looked dangerous on nearly every attack and got a deserved second in spectacular fashion after 18 minutes, when Gutierrez fired a 25-yard effort into the top corner, giving Hennessey no chance.

Wolves started strongly in the second half and got back into the game five minutes after the restart, through Jarvis.

The winger took the ball down on the left flank and cut inside on his right foot, launching a shot at goal which flew past Tim Krul and into the top corner of the net.

The shot looked to have taken a deflection off Newcastle defender Danny Simpson.

Wolves deservedly levelled through Doyle on 66 minutes, when he pounced from close range, tapping past a helpless Krul after the home side had failed to clear their lines from O'Hara's free-kick.

The visitors were dangerous on the break in the closing stages, and looked the more likely team to steal the points as Newcastle struggled for attacking impetus.


Premier League preview: Newcastle v Wolverhampton

23 February 2012 20:54

Newcastle have a chance to move to fourth spot on the English Premier League table when they host Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Victory at St James' Park coupled with dropped points by Arsenal and Chelsea will see Alan Pardew's side move into fourth on 45 points.

But the task could be a surprisingly tough one for Pardew's men, as they face a side who have proven difficult to beat away from home.

Despite Wolves sitting in 18th position, they have not lost in their last five away matches, including an FA Cup tie against Birmingham.

Newcastle, however, have won four home games in a row and come into this match keen to erase memories from their last Premier League outing.

Tottenham thrashed Pardew's side 5-0 earlier this month with Louis Saha grabbing two goals for the London-based club.

But Pardew expects to have three of his better players back on Saturday.

Cheik Tiote is back from the African Cup of Nations, Yohan Cabaye returns from suspension and Ryan Taylor should be fit after recovering from a horrible tackle by Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock in Newcastle's 2-1 victory at the start of the month.

Tiote provides the steel in midfield and Cabaye injects some class and skill, while Taylor can fill many different roles.

Wolverhampton's supporters will no doubt be happy to watch their team play and focus on some football after their club's search for a new manager has dominated news in the past fortnight.

The favourite to take over is Reading manager Brian McDermott, although Terry O'Connor, who was former manager Mick McCarthy's assistant, will lead Wolves on Saturday.

O'Connor is hopeful that defender Sebastian Bassong will be back after his hamstring injury.

A win for Wolverhampton would most likely take them out of the relegation spots.

They are currently equal with both Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn on 21 points.

If Newcastle win it will be the first time they have beaten Wolves twice in a season since 1905-06.


Premier League preview: Newcastle v Wolverhampton

31 March 2011 23:06

Newcastle and Wolves head into their English Premier League clash at St James' Park on the back of contrasting runs of form.

For Alan Pardew's Newcastle, March was a month they would rather forget with two losses from their only two fixtures, including a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Stoke at Britannia Stadium.

More troubling for Pardew is the fact his side have won just once in their past nine league games, and are 11th on the table, just four points clear of the relegation zone.

The relegation zone is where Mick McCarthy's Wolves side have spent the bulk of the 2010-11 season, but they head into Saturday's game on the back of their most promising form of the campaign.

Wolves are unbeaten in their past four league games and have claimed 11 out of a possible 18 points since February 5 - the day they memorably snapped Manchester United's 29-game unbeaten streak with a gritty 2-1 win at Molineux.

For Newcastle, Pardew is sweating on the fitness of left-back Jose Enrique, after the Spaniard limped off during the drubbing at Stoke with a hamstring injury.

Striker Leon Best is a chance to return from an ankle problem, while Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez is also under a cloud with a thigh strain. Cheik Tiote misses out through suspension.

Wolves, meanwhile, will be without Kevin Doyle after the Irish international injured knee ligaments in his country's 2-1 win over Macedonia in Euro 2012 qualifying over the weekend.

Irish winger Stephen Hunt is a chance to resume after overcoming a calf strain, and defender Michael Mancienne is making good progress after a knee injury.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25