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18:07 25th February 2012

Wolves Hit Back To Tie With The Toon

Newcastle United 2 (Cisse 6, Gutierrez 18)

Wolves 2 (Jarvis 50, Doyle 66)

Two down at the break, Wolves came storming back to hold high flying Newcastle to a draw at St James' Park to get Terry Connor's role as manager off to a fine start.

The new boss made four changes in his first game in charge. In came Ronald Zubar, Karl Henry, Richard Stearman and Christophe Berra, for Roger Johnson and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who were named as substitutes, virus victim Steven Fletcher and the injured Sebastien Bassong. Stephen Ward was given the captain's armband.

Wolves kicked-off defending the end of the ground that housed around 1,500 travelling supporters and there was a chance for Kevin Doyle after just 45 seconds when he forced a low save from Tim Krul after taking a pass from Jamie O'Hara.

But Newcasatle went ahead in the sixth minute through Papiss Cisse. Berra lost possession to Yohan Cabaye and his low centre was backheeled towards goal by Demba Ba. Wayne Hennessey made a fine save but the ball was played back to Cheick Tiote whose 20-yard shot was guided into the net by Papiss Cisse.

Worse was to follow after Hennessey had made a superb save to tip over a 30-yard piledriver from Danny Simpson. The respite proved to be brief as the corner conceded was only half cleared and Jonas Gutierrez ran in to rifle a shot home from 22-yards to give Newcastle a 2-0 advantage after just 18 minutes.

Both Zubar and O'Hara had runs into the home area terminated by a cluster of defenders as Wanderers tried to find a way back into the game.

Doyle was narrowly wide with a glancing header after Matt Jarvis had crossed from the left, and then Krul did well to hold on to a legitimate centre from the winger under pressure from Doyle.

After 36 minutes Doyle worked a shooting position for himself and when his effort was partially blocked by a defender, Jarvis nipped in only for Krul to parry the ball away from close quarters.

Three minutes before the break a low cross from Ba was taken by Ryan Taylor who turned and fired at goal but Ward was there to block.

Half-Time: Newcastle 2 Wolves 0

The goal Wolves so desperately needed arrived in the 50th minute when Jarvis latched onto a loose ball near the left-hand corner of the home area and curled a shot that took a hefty deflection off Simpson on its way into the far corner of the net.

Cabaye drilled a low shot wide from 20-yards and then, at the opposite end, Dave Edwards just failed to get a touch to O'Hara's lofted cross.

Hennessey dashed from his line to save bravely at the feet of Gutierrez who was sprinting into the area, then Krul saved a low drive from Ward that went through a sea of legs before it reached the keeper.

Newcastle made a double switch sending on Hatem Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie for Ba and Taylor seconds before Wolves drew level in the 66th minute.

O'Hara took a free-kick from wide on the right and although Mike Williamson blocked the striker's first shot, Doyle hooked his foot around the ball to force it home from a couple of yards out (pictured).

With 20 minutes remaining, Michael Kightly was sent on in place of O'Hara and in the 85th minute, Stephen Hunt replaced Jarvis.

After 87 minutes, Ben Arfa curled a shot uncomfortably close to the far post before Ameobi was yellow carded for a high challenge on Hennessey.

He was followed in the book by Berra who stood in the way of Krul's attempted clearance following a Wolves corner.

In the last of the five minutes of added time Ben Arfa went close again with a shot that skimmed the side netting. But Wolves had earned and deserved the point they took from their trip to the north-east.

Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini (capt), Santon, Cabaye, Simpson, Williamson, Cisse (Ben Arfa 65), Taylor (Guthrie 65), Gutierrez, Ba, Tiote (Ameobi 80).

Unused subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson.

Booking: Ameobi (89 - foul)

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Ward (capt), Edwards, Berra, Stearman, Foley (Milijaš 90+2), O'Hara (Kightly 70), Doyle, Henry, Jarvis (Hunt 85).

Unused subs: De Vries, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Johnson.

Booking: Berra (90+1 - foul).

Referee: P. Walton.

Attendance: 52,287. (1,550 from Wolves)

Manchester United Academy Under 18s 3 Wolves 3 (Whittall, Ifil, own goal)

    Data provided by Press Association


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