Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) Premier Reserve League
35 mins Elliott header 1-0
Tommy Craig said:
"Overall it was an extremely hard-earned victory. We didn't get the second goal so it was on a knife-edge. We had the chances but didn't convert them. We needed the second goal.
"Nicos Dabizas played his first game with no problems and I thought Steve Caldwell was commanding alongside him.
"Jermaine Jenas made some excellent runs and put a lot into the game. He had the right attitude for this type of game. He gave a good all-round performance.
"I was also pleased with Darren Ambrose who was unlucky not to get a goal - he had five or six cracking shots.
"On the downside Stephen Brennan dislocated his shoulder and Andy Ferrell went to hospital for a scan on his shin."
Wolves coach Keith Downing kept quiet, but goalkeeper Matt Murray (who frustrated us in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs in January) said:
"It was nice to get 45 minutes under my belt last night and I enjoyed being back.
"Towards the end of the half I came out to the edge of the box to clear a ball and I could just feel my back and my groin tighten up a little bit so, just as a precaution, I came off at half time," adds Matt. "Itís nothing serious. Iíll be back in training again tomorrow.
"Unfortunately I felt the same sort of thing when I played for the under 21s against Croatia but I kept going then and it prolonged my injury so it was a case this time of prevention rather than cure.
"I know we lost but I want to take the positives out of the game. I played 45 minutes, I did everything I needed to do and I felt fine afterwards."
Newcastle's Premier Reserve side got back to winning ways with a single-goal victory over winless Wolves at Kingston Park.
Robbie Elliott got the vital goal with a close range header after 35 minutes, after a Dabizas effort on goal from an Ambrose corner was blocked on the line by Woodhead. Darren Ambrose could have increased the advantage but his fierce shot came back off the crossbar six minutes later - one of a number of good efforts from Ambrose.
Wolves showed very little, even in the final
stages of the games, although Silas had hit the bar for the visitors earlier in
the second half.
United had to survive the last six minutes plus four minutes injury time down to ten men after using all three substitutes and losing a man through injury.
Stephen Brennan left the field after
being on for just two minutes with a dislocated shoulder which was put back in
on the night. Brennan went to hospital as a precaution while the unlucky Andy
Ferrell was again struck down by injury, this time his shin, leaving the
ground on crutches and facing a scan on Tuesday.