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Premier League

  • February 25, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 52287

Live Commentary

  • FULL TIME! Peter Walton signals the end of a superb contest, Wolves earn a valuable point with a terrific comeback, as the home side are booed off by their bemused fans, final score, Newcastle 2-2 Wolves
  • 90' + 5'
    Ben Arfa comes within inches of nicking all three points! In exactly the same position to his earlier effort and once again the Wolves players don't close him down, his shot arrows towards the near post and clips the side netting on its way wide
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionKevin Foley Nenad Milijas
  • 90' + 2'
    What a massive point this could be for Terry Connor's Wolves side, but there are still three minutes to play and Wolves are streaming forward in search of all three
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card Christophe Berra
  • 90'
    There are to be five minutes of added time at the Sports Direct Arena. Wolves corner is easily collected by Tim Krul under no real pressure
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Shola Ameobi
  • 89'
    Shola Ameobi challenges Wayne Hennessey and catches the Welsh shot-stopper with his studs raised. Peter Walton opts to show the forward a yellow card to the bemusement of the Wolves players who are surrounding the referee
  • 87'
    Terrific effort from Ben Arfa! The winger collects the ball on the edge of the area, opens up his body and curls a terrific effort just inches wide of the far post. Hennessey sprints out of his goal remonstrating with his defenders to close down the Newcastle attackers
  • 85'
    SubstitutionMatt Jarvis Stephen Hunt
  • 84'
    There is certainly a sense of urgency from the home side now as they begin to loft balls in to the area with no real quality, easily defended by the Wolves defence
  • 81'
    SubstitutionCheikh Tiote Shola Ameobi
  • 81'
    Last roll on the dice for Alan Pardew as Shola Ameobi is brought on to replace Cheick Tiote
  • 80'
    Good opportunity wasted by Hatem Ben Arfa, the winger finds himself one on one with Stephen Ward but tries to do to much and runs the ball out of play with four Newcastle players awaiting the delivery
  • 79'
    Demba Ba just caught offside with a ball over the top, the Senegalese forward remonstrating with his teammates to send the service into his chest rather than giving him balls to run on to
  • 76'
    Newcastle fans becoming increasingly agitated at their side's performance, after 20 minutes they were cruising and you never could have seen them not taking all three points from this game, but the visitors have more than deserved to be back on level terms
  • 74'
    The home side have just woken up these past few minutes, just over 15 minutes to go, this game could go either way
  • 71'
    SubstitutionJamie O'Hara Michael Kightly
  • 69'
    Regardless of the result Terry Connor can take great heart from the way his team have performed here, but at the moment if either team was going to win it you would back Wolves!
  • 66'
    Goal Kevin Doyle
    GOAL! Wolves are level! O'Hara lofts a superb ball into the middle, the Newcastle defence fail to clear and after a bit of pinball in the Newcastle box Kevin Doyle hooks the ball home from six yards, what an astonishing comeback! 2-2
  • 66'
    SubstitutionRyan Taylor Danny Guthrie
  • 65'
    SubstitutionPapiss Cissé Hatem Ben Arfa
  • 64'
    Newcastle look set to make a change, Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie are both being readied, Alan Pardew realising the need for change as Wolves begin to take complete control of this game
  • 62'
    Terry Connor hasn't sat down this second-half, many have questioned his credentials in taking the Wolves job but his enthusiasm cannot be questioned
  • 60'
    Smart save from Tim Krul low at his front post as Stephen Ward fires an effort at goal which takes a deflection but the Dutchman handles it well
  • 59'
    This is much better from Wolves, Karl Henry picks up the ball in the Newcastle half and has five players to aim for, much more attacking intent from the visitors
  • 57'
    Every second ball is being picked up by Wolves so far this half, Terry Connor's first half-time team talk certainly seems to have had an impact, as an air of anxiety emerges around the Sports Direct Arena
  • 54'
    O'Hara lifts a beautiful ball into the box where the untracked David Edwards has a free run on goal, but the midfielder can't quite reach the cross as the ball drifts wide for a goal kick, much more promising from the visitors
  • 53'
    Neat build up play from the home side as they look to restore their two goal lead, the ball falls for Cabaye who drills his shot low towards the Wolves goal, but it slides a few feet wide of Hennessey's right hand post
  • 50'
    Assist Kevin Doyle
  • 50'
    Goal Matt Jarvis
    GOAL! Out of nothing Wolves are back in the game! Jarvis collects the ball from Doyle on the edge of the Newcastle area, he opens up his body and curls an effort towards goal, the ball takes a wicked deflection off Danny Simpson and loops over the helpless Tim Krul into the corner of the Newcastle goal, 2-1, GAME ON!
  • 49'
    Demba Ba is back on his feet and back on the pitch, good news for Alan Pardew and the fans
  • 48'
    Wolves begin the second-half in similar fashion to the first, enjoying good amounts of possession but can they muster any clear-cut opportunities this half
  • 46'
    Early stoppage here in the second-half, as Demba Ba goes down clutching his ankle following a challenge with Jamie O'Hara, not a pretty sight for the Geordie faithful!
  • 46'
    AND WE'RE OFF. Newcastle get the second-half underway.
  • HALF TIME! Peter Walton signals for the end of the half, the away side have probably been the better team but they've just lacked that cutting edge in the final third, Newcastle have looked incredibly comfortable in defending anything Wolves have thrown at them, big job on Terry Connor's hands with his first half-time team talk
  • 45'
    The game just beginning to turn into a bit of a midfield scrap at the moment, both Cheick Tiote and Karl Henry are up for it! Two minutes of added time to be played
  • 42'
    Good chance for the home side, Papiss Cisse stretches the Wolves backline with his pace, reaches the byline and cuts back to Ryan Taylor but he can't shift the ball onto his favoured right foot and his left-footed effort is blocked
  • 40'
    Bit of a stoppage here. Stephen Ward is down following a collision with Ryan Taylor
  • 39'
    Since the two opening goals it has certainly been the away side who have been in the ascendancy, they've had all the possession in the last 10 minutes but they're not really looking threatening, whereas the home side look like scoring every time they enter Wolves' half
  • 36'
    Half-chance for Wolves. The visitors get a big slice of luck as the ball pinballs around the Newcastle area, falls for Jarvis but the winger is just beaten to the ball by Krul who smothers it away
  • 34'
    Bit of head tennis in the box before the ball is cleared, Karl Henry hits a big diagonal towards Kevin Doyle but the loan frontman has just strayed offside and Newcastle have chance to regroup
  • 33'
    Coloccini commits a needless foul on O'Hara, free-kick to Wolves, another good chance to get the big men forward from the back and assert some pressure
  • 32'
    Wolves just beginning to gather a bit of momentum in this game. Stand-in captain Stephen Ward hangs a lofted ball into the Newcastle box but Krul does well to gather the ball from under his crossbar under pressure from Doyle
  • 29'
    As I say that Doyle comes close! Good work down the Wolves left from Jarvis, he targets Doyle with the cross and the Irishman just can't get the direction on his header and the ball sails wide
  • 28'
    Kevin Doyle is just beginning to drop a little deeper as he cuts a frustrated figure up there on his own, that's not what this Wolves side need, they need him to stay up there, how they could do with Steven Fletcher's physical presence today
  • 27'
    Corner to Newcastle won by Demba Ba, Taylor delivers but the Wolves defence clear
  • 24'
    The game just entering a bit of a lull at the moment as the home side retain possession and just take the sting out of the game. Kevin Doyle is looking increasingly isolated against the Newcastle back four, he is a hard worker but he needs support from O'Hara and Jarvis
  • 21'
    We wondered how this Newcastle team would react following their worst defeat of the season and so far they have been terrific, Krul just being worked the once, they've looked solid and Ba and Cisse have looked threatening whenever they get the ball
  • 18'
    Goal Jonas Gutierrez
    GOAL! This time Hennessey is helpless to prevent his side from falling two goals behind! Kevin Doyle clears for Wolves but his header only reaches Gutierrez, the Argentinian takes a touch before smashing the ball into the top corner from all of 25-yards, terrific effort! 2-0
  • 17'
    Great save from Wayne Hennessey! The Wolves defence back of Demba Ba and he spreads the ball wide to Danny Simpson, the full-back takes a touch before unleashing a piledriver towards goal, but Hennessey does brilliantly to tip it over the bar
  • 13'
    Good opportunity for Wolves as Ronald Zubar gets in behind Davide Santon down the Wolves right, but he fails to make the most of a good opportunity as Colocinni comes across to clear the danger
  • 11'
    Decent ball into the Newcastle ball from Jarvis, under no real pressure, Tim Krul punches away with just Kevin Doyle in the middle
  • 9'
    What a terrible start from new boy Terry Connor, I'm sure he would have told his side to keep it tight for the first 15 minutes and quieten the crowd down, but his side have failed to do so and must come from behind if they are to take anything from this game. They've now found themselves trailing in a game 22 times in their 26 league games this season
  • 6'
    Assist Cheikh Tiote
  • 6'
    Goal Papiss Cissé
    GOAL! The home side take the lead through Papiss Cisse! Demba Ba is initially denied by a superb save from Hennessey, but Wolves fail to clear their lines and Cisse prods home from six yards with Wolves defenders on the line playing him onside. 1-0
  • 5'
    The home side just beginning to enjoy a spell of possession following a good start from the visitors
  • 3'
    O'Hara's delivery is a poor one and Newcastle clear
  • 2'
    Another early opportunity for the visitors as Kevin Doyle draws the foul from Williamson, free-kick 30-yards from goal, Jamie O'Hara standing over it
  • 1'
    Bright start from the visitors as Tim Krul is called into action, Kevin Doyle drives into the box but his shot is a poor one and Krul gathers comfortably
  • 1'
    AND WE'RE OFF! Wolves get the game underway, both sides in their traditional home shirts
  • Both fans in good voice this afternoon, a massive game for the both sides today, for very different reasons
  • Stephen Ward captains the visitors this afternoon in the absence of Roger Johnson
  • Despite a great start to the season and their dominance in the Championship, Newcastle are looking to win their fourth home game in a row today for the first time since 2007
  • For the visitors, newly appointed manager Terry Connor has really shaken things up. The Molineux boss has opted for a 4-5-1 formation, with Kevin Doyle leading the line after Steven Fletcher fell ill during the week. Club captain Roger Johnson has to be content with a place on the substitute’s bench, with Christophe Berra partnering Richard Stearman at the back. Sebastien Bassong is out through injury.
  • Alan Pardew makes three changes to the side that was thumped at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago. Cheick Tiote returns following his African Cup of Nations exploits, Yohan Cabaye partners him in the centre of midfield after serving a three-game suspension and Ryan Taylor is back after overcoming an ankle injury picked up in the win over Villa. James Perch, Danny Guthrie and Gabriel Obertan all drop to the bench.
  • TEAM NEWS- Wolves: Hennessey; Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Ward; Foley, Henry, Edwards, O’Hara, Jarvis; Doyle. Subs: de Vries, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Johnson, Milijas
  • TEAM NEWS- Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson
  • Hello and welcome to’s live commentary of Newcastle United v Wolves. An intriguing encounter awaits us today, just how are these teams going to react to the recent events surrounding their club. Alan Pardew’s men will have to show a lot of character to bounce back from their 5-0 humbling at White Hart Lane, while Wolves, likewise, will need to prove they have the quality to avoid the drop following their 5-1 defeat to West Brom, with Terry Connor taking charge for the first time.