Goals from Gutierrez and Ba give the Magpies an extended run unbeaten as Mick McCarthy's men have to endure their fourth loss on the bounceNewcastle United kept its undefeated run of games going with a 2-0 win over a Wolves side that has now lost four matches on the trot.
The game was a frantic affair with both teams pushing throughout, but it was Newcastle who had the better time in the first-half and grabbed two goals in the process, with Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez both on target. Steven Fletcher grabbed a desperate goal at the end to offer something for the hosts.As the first half went on, Newcastle slowly turned the screw on Wolves who had started brightly, the Magpies began threatening Wayne Hennessy’s goal and eventually won a corner on the left. Cabaye whipped in the ball towards the front post and Ba with a free header put Alan Pardew’s side ahead.
Wolves almost replied instantly with their own goal as Kevin Doyle got through on goal, but his effort was saved sensationally by Krul’s legs and Matt Jarvis was quick to grab the rebound but to no avail and the hosts had to settle for a corner.
Newcastle pushed at Wolves again as the first-half progressed and with the aid of Wolves’ amateur defending, doubled its lead as Gutierrez was allowed to enter the area as the center backs somehow evaded the winger as opposed to the other way around and the winger placed the ball onto his left and struck into the corner of the net.The second-half was a frantic affair with both teams pushing with their separate intentions and Wolves were definitely the most hastily of the two as they pressed Newcastle from the restart.
Krul was the hero of the half as the ‘keeper made a superb flurry of saves to deny Wolves any respite as they battled on to get back into the game, amidst some questionable defending from the visitors.
It took until the depths of the second-half for Wolves to offer something for their fans as Fletcher grabbed a short range goal to give hope to the home faithful.
A late goal was cancelled out as offside when Adam Hammill thought he’d made it all square, but the flag was raised and Wolves’ late spirit couldn’t give them a share of the spoils.