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20:00 1th October 2011

No Luck At All

Wolves 1 (Fletcher 88)

Newcastle United 2 (Ba 19, Gutierrez 38)

If Wolves had any luck it would be no luck all. That must have been the feeling in the home dressing room after a frenetic finish to a game that saw a cast iron penalty appeal turned down, a controversially disallowed goal that would have given Wanderers a point, and Newcastle goalmouth action where the ball was ricocheting around like something from a pinball game.

After conceding two poor first-half goals Wolves dominated but all they had to show for their efforts was a late Steven Fletcher goal. Suffice to say the Man of the Match was the Geordies keeper, Tim Krul. But the outcome was a fourth successive League defeat.

Fletcher returned in place of Dave Edwards as the only change to the team that had started the game at Liverpool.

Newcastle kicked-off attacking the North Bank end but the early threats came from Wolves. Kevin Doyle had a cross headed clear by Fabricio Coloccini after just 24 seconds before keeper Krul made a full length diving save to keep out Jamie O'Hara's free-kick after Ryan Taylor had fouled Fletcher.

Krul then made a more routine save from a bouncing effort from Doyle following a Matt Jarvis centre then a chip from Doyle hit the advancing keeper after Fletcher had played a short through ball.

Jonas Gutierrez fired wide of the far post after he had run on to a pass from Demba Ba before the visitors moved into a 17th minute lead when Ba scored with a near post header from Yohan Cabaye's corner.

Wolves were almost level three minutes later but Krul saved from Doyle with his feet and Jarvis's follow up was blocked in front of the line by a defender.

Mick McCarthy's men continued to pile the pressure on and Christophe Berra hooked over the bar from close range after Fletcher had knocked down O'Hara's free-kick.

Two Wolves corners came to nothing then, when play switched to the other end, Cheik Tiote forced a flying save from Wayne Hennessey.

Then a Leon Best cross fell to Gutierrez who drew a fine save from Hennessey. The keeper pushed the ball out and it bounced back out of play off the Argentinian.

Doyle wasn't far away with a low shot from 20-yards but Newcastle went two up after 38 minutes when Gutierrez ran past three challenges before burying a shot just inside the far post.

Wolves should have been awarded a 41st minute penalty for Steven Taylor's challenge on O'Hara. There was no question that it was a foul but the referee gave a free-kick outside the box. Jarvis flicked the ball to O'Hara whose volley, from the tightest of angles, was tipped over by Krul.

Just before the break there was another penalty appeal when Jarvis went down in the box but again it drew a negative response from the referee.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Newcastle 2

Tiote's foul on Karl Henry straight after the resumption gave Wolves a free-kick to the left of the Newcastle area. O'Hara's kick went straight through a crowded goalmouth.

Then Gabriel Obertan's foul on Doyle led to another free-kick opportunity for O'Hara and this time Fletcher gets his head to the ball but the connection wasn't a clean one and his effort went wide.

Doyle was narrowly wide with a drive from 30-yards before a double switch saw Adlene Guedioura and Adam Hammill replacing Stephen Hunt and Henry respectively.

Richard Stearman won two tackles in quick succession before releasing Hammill whose cross was laid back by Fletcher into the path of O'Hara who fired wide from the edge of the box.

Fletcher hit a first time shot over the bar after an O'Hara cross, and then Hammill went on an enterprising run into the Newcastle area where his progress was finally halted by Steven Taylor.

In a rare attack by the visitors, Ba fired inches wide of the far post before the assault on Krul's goal continued with Jarvis and Jarvis both seeing efforts blocked.

Then, in an incident that almost brought a reward for the home side, Jarvis had another drive blocked with Fletcher latching on to the rebound and forcing a good save from Krul. Hammill scuffed his shot after running onto the loose ball, but forced Krul into another save.

Hammill lifted the ball over the angle but he played his part in Wolves finally breaking through in the 88th minute. The Liverpudlian delivered a fine cross that was powerfully headed home by Fletcher.

The action continued into the five minutes of added time and Molineux erupted when Jarvis headed Hammill's cross back into the six-yard box where Doyle shot against the foot of the post and then forced home the rebound.

But the joy turned to despair as the linesman on the far side decided that the ball had gone out of play before Doyle struck. A questionable decision but it summed up Wolves' luck

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Henry (Hammill 58), Berra, Johnson (capt), Jarvis, O'Hara, Doyle, Fletcher, Hunt (Guedioura 58).

Unused subs: Edwards, Vokes, Zubar, Doherty, De Vries.

Booking: Henry (38 - dissent).

Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Cabaye (Guthrie 89), Simpson, R. Taylor, Gutierrez, Ba (Lovenkrands 71), Best, Tiote, Obertan (Marveaux 90), S. Taylor.

Unused subs: Santon, Ben Arfa, Ameobi, Elliot.

Bookings: Gutierrez (53 - foul), Krul (90 - time wasting).

Referee: M. Halsey.

Attendance: 26,561.

Bolton Academy Under 18s 2 Wolves 1 (Dell)

    Data provided by Press Association


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