22 mins Anthony
Gordon received the ball on the left touchline and after cutting inside sent
over a cross that looked like a straightforward catch for Jose Sa. Sean
Longstaff and defender Boubacar Traore both challenged for the ball and Sa got
bumped by his own defender, dropping the ball where Callum Wilson prodded
it at the goal from just outside the six yard box.
That was blocked by Toti but fell to Wilson again, who juggled it and volleyed
it backwards into the unguarded goal in a not dissimilar fashion to his effort
almost exactly two years previously away at Crystal Palace - although today's
was nearer to the goal.
A long VAR review decided there was no foul on Sa and allowed the goal to stand.
In the celestial score-settling stakes that inhabit our heads, this one was
payback for the disgracefully allowed Wolves goal at the same end in 2019 when
two Newcastle players were fouled separately. 1-0
36 mins A
corner from the left by Pedro Neto ended up at the far post where Mario Lemina
headed firmly past Nick Pope who had half come for the cross and then realised
he wasn't going to reach it. Kieran Trippier's attempted challenge on the
goalscorer was insufficient to halt him, but ran the risk of censure had it been
any more forceful. 1-1
45+4 mins A
second corner in a row from Trippier was played into the near post for
Fabian Schar but his lay off went straight to Hee-Chan Hwang who delayed
his clearance long enough to allow Schar to pinch the ball back and Hwang
caught him with his knee.
Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and another lengthy VAR review
decided not to overturn the original decision although replays suggested
the award was debatable. Callum Wilson hit a firm kick Sa got a
hand to but the ball went in the opposite corner of the South Bank goal. 2-1
Half time: Wolves 1 Magpies 2
Pope punched away a free-kick played into the box when a catch looked feasible
and Toti evaded challenges from Bruno Guimaraes and Longstaff before finding
Hwang. The forward cut inside skillfully, leaving Dan Burn on his backside
before slotting the ball inside the near post. 2-2
Full time: Wolves
2 Magpies 2
"It was probably a fair result. Two good teams; it was a really
"Itís frustrating having led not to get over the line and win
the game but it was a really impressive end when the home crowd is
up. It was certainly a massively tough game for us today.
"I'm really proud of what we had to give today off the back of
a really challenging week. I thought we came on strong late in the
game and was really pleased with that because it has been a mentally
and physically challenging week for us.
"I thought we were the team in the ascendancy in the end; they
were playing on transitions mainly so I was really pleased with the
end part of the game and fitness wise I thought we looked good.
"You won't find me moaning about the schedule. This is the
pinnacle, where we want to be.
"I was left with a lot of defenders. I have to be careful
making changes. That game was very difficult to come into. You really want to be changing attacking players and going for
three points but they were not available for us.
"We have seen a top player leave us for 10 months, that is
tough on the players because they know that they need help.
"Even so, they extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
I am very proud of the players. Weíve
had a tough week with the Sandro situation and injuries to key players but it
was a really good response.Ē
On two goal Callum Wilson:
"It was a massive contribution from Callum. His first goal was hugely
impressive, the first chance was the easier than the second but thatís typical
Callum. He took the penalty well and was probably frustrated he didnít get the
match ball with a chance at the end, but they were priceless goals for us."
On the missing Alexander Isak:
"Alex is still where he is. He's aggravated the injury he
suffered at West Ham and we'll wait and see whether he'll be fit
before the international break. There's a high chance he won't, but
On the missing Jacob Murphy:
"Jacob we fear might need an operation on his shoulder."
Gary O'Neill said:
"I'm really pleased with the performance. Everyone knows how good
a side Newcastle are. We know what they can do. I thought we were the better
side. Second half, we were on top of them, we looked threatening.
"A point is good against Newcastle, but the way the game went, their goals
and the energy we had, it feels like it should be three. We suffered a few
setbacks out there and the lads held together."
On the Newcastle penalty:
"It was a scandalous decision. It was a terrible on-field decision, and
terrible that VAR didnít intervene so I thought they got it badly wrong. (Hwang)
has a big touch and then goes to clear the ball. He makes such minimal
contact with (Fabian) Schar, hardly any, a glance of the boot.
"Scharís is already on the way down
and the ball actually hits ĎChannyí on the other foot before he even makes
contact with Schar so technically he gets the ball before he makes contact with
Schar, so thatís why itís a terrible decision.
"Really surprising it wasn't overturned. I waste my time talking to them,
so I won't bother until they improve the level.
"I was frustrated and we speak a lot about being ready for the next action.
There are things that will set you back. We need to refocus and they were
excellent at that today - the best I have seen us at it."
from their opening 10 PL games represents United's most
productive start to a season since 2011/12 when they collected 22.
from the opening 10 PL games represents United's most prolific
start to a season since 1994/95 when they hit 27.
NUFC last 12 PL seasons
after ten games:
2011/12 22 points, 3rd
(scored 15, conceded 7)
2012/13 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 14)
2013/14 14 points, 9th (scored 14, conceded 16)
2014/15 13 points, 12th (scored 11, conceded 15)
2015/16 6 points, 18th (scored 12, conceded 22)
2017/18 14 points, 9th (scored 10, conceded 9)
2018/19 3 points, 19th (scored 6, conceded 14)
2019/20 9 points, 17th (scored 6, conceded 10)
2020/21 14 points, 10th (scored 12, conceded 15)
2021/22 4 points, 19th (scored 11, conceded 23)
2022/23 15 points, 6th (scored 17, conceded 9)
2023/24 17 points, 6th (scored 26, conceded 11)
Callum Wilson's 44th and 45th PL goals for United saw
him assume sole possession of third spot in the club's PL scorer
table - having briefly sat on 43 alongside Andy Cole and Shola
Our current number 9 is now just one goal away from moving into
joint second place, level with Peter Beardsley on 46 PL goals as a Magpie.
Alan Shearer registered 148.
Wolves became the seventeenth PL club that Wilson has netted against
in our colours:
Everton 6 (2h/4a)
West Ham 5 (1h/4a)
Burnley 5 (3h/2a)
Spurs 4 (2h/2a)
Aston Villa 3 (3h/0a)
Crystal Palace 3 (1h/2a)
Southampton 3 (3h/0a)
Brighton 2 (1h/1a)
Fulham 2 (1h/1a)
Leeds United 2 (0h/2a)
Leicester City 2 (0h/2a)
Wolves 2 (2h/0a)
Brentford 1 (1h/0a)
Manchester City 1 (1h/0a)
Manchester United 1 (1h/0a)
Norwich City 1 (1h/0a)
Nottingham Forest 1 (1h/0a)
Sheffield United 1 (0h/1a)
(He's yet to score against five current PL clubs: Arsenal,
Bournemouth, Chelsea, Liverpool and Luton Town.
Ex-PL ones West Bromwich Albion and Watford also eluded him).
Wilson also regain the lead in this season's PL top scorer race,
moving on to seven and sneaking one ahead of Alexander Isak in the
process. In all competitions they sit level on seven goals each.
A hat-trick in our colours still eludes Wilson: today the eleventh
occasion he's hit exactly two goals in a game for Newcastle. His
brace was the 22nd time in the PL one of our players has been on a
hat-trick but failed to complete it since Ayoze Perez hit three at
home to Southampton in 2019.
Newcastle have now converted their last 13
PL penalties and Callum Wilson has a 100% record of seven from
Oct 2023 Wolves (a) Wilson
Sep 2023 Burnley (h) Isak
Sep 2023 Brentford (h) Wilson
May 2023 Leeds United (a) Wilson
May 2023 Leeds United (a) Wilson
Mar 2023 Nottingham Forest (h) Isak
Dec 2022 Leicester City (a) Wood
Oct 2022 Aston Villa (h) Wilson
Sep 2022 Bournemouth (h) Isak
May 2022 Burnley (a) Wilson
Apr 2022 Wolves (h) Wood
Nov 2021 Norwich City (h) Wilson
May 2021 Fulham (a) Schar
The last official spot kick miss by a Newcastle player
in the PL was Joe Willock v Manchester City (h) in May 2021, although he
netted the rebound. Matt Ritchie v Southampton (a) in March 2020 remains
the last PL penalty that didn't lead to a goal for the Magpies.
United wore their green change kit for the second time in the
Premier League, following the 1-3 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion
when they debuted in it.
Mags @ Molineux - PL era:
Drew 2-2 Wilson 2 (1
2022/23 Drew 1-1 Saint-Maximin (PL)
2021/22 Lost 1-2 Hendrick (PL)
2020/21 Drew 1-1 Murphy (PL)
2019/20 Drew 1-1 Almiron (PL)
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Hayden (PL)
2016/17 Won 1-0 Mitrovic (Ch)
2011/12 Won 2-1 Ba, Gutierrez (PL)
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll (PL)
2003/04 Drew 1-1 Shearer (PL)
2002/03 Lost 2-3 Jenas, Shearer(pen) (FAC)
2002/03 Won 2-0 LuaLua 2 (FR)
1992/93 Lost 0-1 (D1)
extended their unbeaten league record to six games on Saturday, but left a rain-soaked Molineux with just a point after twice
allowing the hosts chances to level from inside the box.
United opened the scoring on 22
minutes when Callum Wilson's first effort from close range was
blocked, but he recovered to hook the ball home amid home player
protests that the home 'keeper had been impeded before the goal. He had - but by
his own player.
The hosts levelled against the run of play on 36 minutes; Mario
Lemina heading home Pedro Neto's
corner kick at the back post, but that parity proved to be
A period of Newcastle pressure at the end of the half
resulted in Fabian Schar tumbling over after Hee-Chan Hwang's
thoughtless challenge in attempting to complete the clearance of a
Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the penalty spot to the
consternation of home players and fans alike, before an elongated
VAR inspection upheld the decision. Wilson's penalty then made it
into the back of the net despite goalkeeper Jose Sa's partial block.
A growing injury list and the long-term suspension confirmed for Sandro Tonali
on Friday left Joe Willock as a genuine attacking option among the nine
substitutes named - the Italian travelling with the squad in advance
of ratification reaching the Premier League.
That left United to continue
unchanged after the break as the sides took turns to attack each
other in what the visiting NBC reporter accurately termed "a
Wolves duly levelled 19 minutes from the end of normal time, Korean Hee-Chan Hwang
finding space to turn and beat Pope at the near post for his fourth
strike in five appearances against Newcastle.
That saw Willock appear immediately, suggesting that he was being readied at
2-1, although we didn't spot that due to rainfall that by now was torrential.
Thankfully, the roof of the Steve Bull Stand meant the away fans avoided a
soaking, but that didn't apply to the poor wretches in the uncovered corner of
the Jack Hayward/Billy Wright Stands clad in their white plastic
Roared on with renewed vigour by the South Bank at 2-2, Wolves looked to maintain their
momentum and go for the win, but that was hampered by a
hamstring injury that saw Neto pull up in mid-run and be stretchered
off. His side crucially lost momentum and the fan backing also
Newcastle themselves upped their efforts in the closing stages;
one flowing move initiated by a typical Schar forward run involving
Joelinton and Trippier and ending with the Swiss defender timing his run
perfectly to arrive at the back post, but heading
just wide from just six yards.
Given the exertions of midweek against Borussia Dortmund and the fact that Wolves had beaten
Manchester City and drawn with Aston Villa in their last two home
games, our fifth draw here in six visits was a fair result - not
least because of that fortunate penalty award.
Eddie Howe's side also maintained their record this season of
avoiding defeat in the Premier League on the weekend after a
Champions League tie: the draw in Milan followed by the 8-0 win at
Bramall Lane and the home win over PSG by a 2-2 draw at West Ham.
Our relentless programme continues with cup ties at Manchester United and
Dortmund bookending a home game against Arsenal: all sizeable tasks in isolation
with full strength squads, but a daunting prospect given our diminishing
headcount and the fact that all three come within eight days.
There's an element of 20/20 hindsight in criticising the business of the most
recent transfer window; Barnes crocked, Tonali banned, Hall and Livramento on
the periphery so far.
We're not ready to join those sticking the knife in and we're avoiding Tonali
conspiracy theories, but at some point changes will have to be made to the
The looming double suspension of Bruno Guimaraes opens up a new set of
variables: his avoiding a booking today that would have seen him sit out the
Arsenal game was as welcome as a yellow card against the Gunners would be, to
get that ban served against Bournemouth.
It now seems unworkable not to prioritise the coming trio of games though;
revamping line-ups in order to try and minimise the fatigue evident here in
Trippier and others that is an inevitable consequence of the pressing game that
we've prospered by playing.
And at the risk of being obvious, protecting the priceless asset that is Callum
Wilson remains central to whatever ambitions we possess for the season. He just
cannot keep playing every four days and a lack of striking depth in the U23s
means there's no genuine cover in there for him.
Our thoughts have turned to our maiden Champions League campaign, when Tino
Asprilla joined Alan Shearer on the sidelines and we endured three scoreless
defeats with forward lines permed from Ian Rush, John Barnes, Temuri Ketsbaia
and Jon Dahl Tomasson.
We're not quite at that point yet thankfully but as 1997/98 was a learning
curve, so is 2023/24 and we're attempting the football equivalent of building a
Formula One car during a race.
Less than ideal, but a damn sight better than the soulless dross served up here
under Steve Bruce two years ago. Howe used the word pinnacle today, pitiful
summed us up on that depressing day here in 2021. We may not have won tonight,
but we're still streets ahead of that purgatory.