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  • Date:25 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Sports Direct Arena
  • Attendance:52,287
  • Cisse (5) Gutierrez (17)
  • Jarvis (49) Doyle (65)

Live Commentary

94:48 +4.48

Hatem Ben Arfa has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

93:30 +3.30

Foul by Christophe Berra on Tim Krul, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.

91:27 +1.27

Kevin Foley leaves the field to be replaced by Nenad Milijas.

91:11 +1.11

Booking for Christophe Berra for unsporting behaviour.

90:24 +0.24

Corner taken by Michael Kightly, Tim Krul makes a save.


Foul by Shola Ameobi on Wayne Hennessey, free kick awarded. Shola Ameobi is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Hatem Ben Arfa produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.


Stephen Hunt comes on in place of Matthew Jarvis.


Shot by Karl Henry from 25 yards. Blocked by Mike Williamson.


Centre by Danny Simpson, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line.


Shola Ameobi is brought on as a substitute for Cheick Tiote.


Demba Ba fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Cheick Tiote takes the direct free kick.


The offside flag is raised against Demba Ba. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.


Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.


A cross is delivered by Michael Kightly, clearance by Mike Williamson.


Danny Guthrie fouled by Michael Kightly, the ref awards a free kick. Yohan Cabaye takes the free kick.


Davide Santon fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Kightly comes on in place of Jamie O'Hara. Tim Krul takes the free kick.


Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a comfortable save.


A goal is scored by Kevin Doyle from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-2 Wolverhampton.Jamie O'Hara provided the assist for the goal.


Ronald Zubar fouled by Cheick Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Papiss Cisse. Danny Guthrie replaces Ryan Taylor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right wing.


Ronald Zubar is ruled offside. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.


Papiss Cisse has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.


Corner taken short by Karl Henry.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.


Stephen Ward takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Foley on Mike Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Davide Santon. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross.


Yohan Cabaye has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.


The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.


Matthew Jarvis fires in a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-1 Wolverhampton.Assist by Kevin Doyle.


Ryan Taylor takes a shot. Stephen Ward gets a block in.


Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Demba Ba. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.


The assistant referee flags for offside against David Edwards. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.


Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.


Headed effort from deep inside the area by Papiss Cisse misses to the left of the goal.


The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, save by Tim Krul.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Williamson on Jamie O'Hara. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.


Header from close range by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the goal.


Papiss Cisse is caught offside. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.


Demba Ba takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in. Ryan Taylor takes the outswinging corner, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.


Jonas Gutierrez gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Wolverhampton.


Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, clearance made by Karl Henry.


Shot by Danny Simpson. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Danny Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.


Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Papiss Cisse results in a free kick. Karl Henry takes the free kick.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.


Papiss Cisse grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Cheick Tiote.


Cheick Tiote takes a shot. Papiss Cisse gets a block in.


Jamie O'Hara challenges Cheick Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.


Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Mike Williamson results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Jamie O'Hara from the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Cheick Tiote results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.


Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.

Match Preview

Williamson wary of Wolves threat Newcastle defender Mike Williamson will not allow himself to relax when Wolves arrive on Tyneside this weekend. The 28-year-old has found himself pitched into battle with some of the Barclays Premier League's most prolific frontmen since he returned from a prolonged injury lay-off on Boxing Day. Williamson and his defensive colleagues have had to deal with the likes of Craig Bellamy, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Clint Dempsey and Darren Bent, and in their last outing at Tottenham, a fortnight ago, found themselves on the wrong end of a mauling by Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor. On Saturday afternoon, they will be pitched into battle with a Wolves strike-force which has been unable to fire the club out of relegation trouble. However, former Portsmouth centre-half Williamson knows just how dangerous it would be to underestimate the likes of Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. "I pay no attention to the form guide or where they are in the league," he said. "There are world-class players in every team and you take your eye off the ball and you are going to be punished, it's as simple as that. "That's why for me, there are no foregone conclusions in this league. "You have to prepare and play as well as you can, and keep to the standards you have set in previous weeks." Newcastle have rarely allowed those standards to slip with spectacular defeats at Fulham and Spurs, in which they conceded five times on both occasions, representing painful blips in an otherwise creditable run of form. Manager Alan Pardew admitted in the wake of the 5-0 defeat at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago that he was in part responsible after fielding an attacking line-up, but, like his players, he will dust himself down and go again. Pardew said: "It's important as a player, if you make a mistake on the pitch, that you hold your hands up and you say, 'I got that wrong'. "If you are the manager and you put a team out that didn't function, then you also put your hand up, and I take some responsibility for that Spurs game, no problem." The return of Cheick Tiote from African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast and central midfield partner Yohan Cabaye from a three-match ban will certainly not harm Newcastle's cause as they attempt to maintain pace with fourth-placed Arsenal and Chelsea in fifth, both of whom head the Magpies by a single point. Wolves owner Steve Morgan has challenged caretaker boss Terry Connor to stake a claim for the job on a permanent basis after being appointed for the remainder of the season. Connor will be in charge for the final 13 matches - starting with the encounter at St James' Park - and given the task of keeping second from bottom Wolves in the Barclays Premier League. The midlands club have come in for criticism after failing to land an established manager as the sacked Mick McCarthy's replacement. But Morgan has faith in Connor, who has been at Molineux for 13 years, to plug the gap left by McCarthy after his contract was terminated 11 days ago. He said: "We believe we have made the right decision. Certainly the players' reaction has been incredibly good and we look forward to Terry taking the club from now until the end of the season. "We have seen a number of people, we have narrowed it down and it became clear with the way the players were responding to Terry that he was the right person to take us forward. "At the moment it's an interim appointment but he's got a chance to stake a claim. We've got 13 cup finals left. We're actually fed up of relegation battles but that's what we've got on our hands now." Midfielder Karl Henry is available after a three-match suspension for his red card against Aston Villa. Winger Michael Kightly is also back in contention having sufferd a back injury in the same game nearly four weeks ago. Top scorer Steven Fletcher was unable to train earlier this week because of a virus and migraine but is expected to be fit.

Formation:442Manager: Alan Pardew


Formation: 451Manager: Terry Connor


  • Tim Krul
  • Danny Simpson
  • Mike Williamson
  • Fabricio Coloccini
  • Davide Santon
  • Ryan Taylor
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Cheick Tiote
  • Jonas Gutierrez
  • Demba Ba
  • Papiss Cisse
  • SUBS
  • Rob Elliot
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Hatem Ben Arfa
  • James Perch
  • Shola Ameobi
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Shane Ferguson



Match Report

Doyle resuces Wolves Kevin Doyle handed caretaker boss Terry Connor a point in his first game as Wolves pulled off an unlikely comeback at Newcastle to earn a 2-2 draw. The visitors, who sacked Mick McCarthy in the wake of the derby drubbing by West Brom, looked dead and buried after Papiss Cisse and then Jonas Gutierrez had fired the Magpies into a 2-0 lead with just 18 minutes played. However, in front of the disbelieving eyes of a crowd of 52,287, the avalanche failed to materialise and after Matt Jarvis had dragged the visitors back into the game five minutes into the second half, Doyle struck with 66 minutes gone to snatch a draw which dented the home side's hopes of putting pressure on the Barclays Premier League's top four. Both sides had conceded five times in their previous game, but for 45 minutes, only one looked likely to repeat that feat this afternoon as the visitors' disappointing return in front of goal and inability to deny the opposition at the other end returned to haunt them. In truth, Wolves enjoyed as much of the possession as their hosts, but where they huffed and puffed without ever really troubling keep Tim Krul, Newcastle managed to expose opposite number Wayne Hennessey almost at will, and beat him twice within the opening 18 minutes. The Wales international found himself in the thick of the action almost from the off, although his side contributed to their own downfall as the first goal arrived with just six minutes played. Yohan Cabaye, back from his three-match suspension to partner Cheick Tiote in his first appearance since the beginning of last month, caught Christophe Berra in possession and crossed for Demba Ba to audaciously back-heel a shot towards goal. Hennessey pulled off a fine save to deny the Senegal international, but after the ball was scrambled clear, Tiote returned it with interest and Cisse turned his shot home. The keeper kept Newcastle at bay with 17 minutes gone when he tipped Danny Simpson's searing drive over the bar, but he was beaten again within seconds. Doyle's clearing header dropped to Gutierrez 25 yards out, and the Argentinian took a controlling touch before rifling a shot into the top corner. For all that they had been plunged into a seemingly hopeless position, the visitors continued to pass the ball confidently with Jarvis down the left and right-back Ronald Zubar causing problems. However, they were able to create little of note, along Krul did have to come quickly from his line to prevent Jarvis from picking up the pieces after Doyle's 36th-minute effort had been blocked. Cisse had earlier flicked a header wide and Stephen Ward, who needed extensive treatment after being caught in a challenge with Ryan Taylor, covered superbly to block the same man's shot in front of goal with three minutes of the first half remaining. But as the players left the pitch at half-time, there was cause for optimism in only one of the dressing rooms. However, the mood changed markedly within five minutes of the restart as Wolves were granted a slice of the sort of good fortune which has eluded them for much of the season to date. Jarvis cut inside from the left and fired in a shot which clipped full-back Simpson and looped high over Krul and into the net. Cabaye dragged a shot just wide from 20 yards three minutes later, but Wanderers sensed an opportunity and might have been level with 54 minutes gone had Doyle managed to get a touch to Jamie O'Hara's cross as he dived in. Newcastle's response was tepid to leave manager Alan Pardew a concerned man inside his technical area, and his mood will not have been improved by the sight of full-back Ward cutting inside to test Krul with a skidding shot which glanced off Tiote on its way to goal on the hour. Cabaye and Ba failed to make the most of a 62nd-minute counter-attack with Newcastle looking increasingly disjointed, and Pardew immediately instructed Hatem Ben Arfa to warm up. Ben Arfa and Danny Guthrie duly arrived in place of the limping Cisse and Taylor, but Wolves were level within seconds of their introduction. Mike Williamson headed O'Hara's free-kick straight at Doyle, who reacted first to the rebound to poke the ball into the bottom corner. In a frantic conclusion, it was Newcastle who could not rediscover their cutting edge with Wolves seeing out time under pressure, but with little genuine difficulty with Ben Arfa going close, but not close enough, twice in a frustrating finish to the game.

Form Guide

  • Newcastle
  • VS
  • Wolverhampton

Last Meetings

  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 2
  • Newcastle
  • 01/10/2011
  • Newcastle
  • 4 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 02/04/2011
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 28/08/2010
  • Newcastle
  • 1 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 09/05/2004
  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 1
  • Newcastle
  • 29/11/2003
  • Newcastle
  • 4 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 17/12/1977

Top Scorers


  • D Ba 14
  • L Best 4
  • R Taylor 2
  • H Ben Arfa 2
  • Y Cabaye 2
  • S Ameobi 1
  • JM Gutierrez 1
  • D Guthrie 1
  • P Cisse 1
  • G Obertan 1
  • D Gosling 1


  • S Fletcher 10
  • K Doyle 3
  • S Ward 3
  • J O'Hara 2
  • D Edwards 2
  • M Jarvis 2
  • M Kightly 1
  • R Zubar 1
  • S Ebanks-Blake 1



    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 36
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 28
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins