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01 Apr 2011 12:10:54

Shearer Misses From The Spot

The last time Wolves came to St James' Park ... 2003/4 NEWCASTLE 1 WOLVES 1 NEWCASTLE: Given, Hughes, Caldwell, Bramble, Bernard, Ambrose (Chopra 80), Bowyer, Speed, Robert (Viana 80), Shearer, Ameobi. Subs Not Used: Harper, Griffin, Bridges. WOLVES: Jones, Irwin (Ganea 65), Okoronkwo, Butler, Naylor (Rae 31), Newton, Ince, Cameron (Gudjonsson 90), Kennedy, Camara, Cort. Subs Not Used: Oakes, Lowe. Att: 52,139 Newcastle's Champions League hopes were left in tatters as Alan Shearer missed a late penalty to hand relegated Wolves a draw. The 33-year-old's 82nd-minute spot-kick was saved by Paul Jones in an agonising and dramatic conclusion to their final home game of the season which left Liverpool on the brink of clinching fourth place. United head for Southampton on Wednesday night and then Anfield next Saturday knowing only two victories will see them climb back into the top four, and that even fifth place could be beyond them if Aston Villa win at home to Manchester United. It all looked to be going so well when Lee Bowyer scored his first goal since his strike for Leeds in a 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough on October 26, 2002 seven minutes before the break. But substitute Vio Ganea levelled 20 minutes from time and Jones had to pull off a series of saves as time ran down, but none better than the one he made to deny Shearer from 12 yards. Newcastle ran out knowing nothing other than victory - and a handsome one at that - would be good enough if they were to maintain their challenge for fourth after Liverpool's demolition of Birmingham last night. There was no place for £8.5million signing Hugo Viana, whose insipid display in the 2-0 UEFA Cup semi-final defeat in Marseille on Thursday night was rewarded with a return to bench duty as Bowyer, impressive as a substitute at the Stade Velodrome, got the nod. Steve Caldwell, who unlike Lomana LuaLua, accepted the chance to return from a loan spell to help out his club in their hour of need, was drafted in at centre-half in the absence of the suspended Andy O'Brien as injuries continued to bite hard into Robson's squad. Wolves, desperate not to end the season without winning a single away game in the league, were determined to give Newcastle a game. And for long periods, they did that with Shearer and Shola Ameobi getting little change out of former United triallist Isaac Okoronkwo and Sunderland old boy Paul Butler, and one-time Magpie Carl Cort and Henri Camara stretching the home defence at every opportunity. Indeed, the home crowd were growing increasingly frustrated as their side failed to break down Wolves with any real purpose, although at least with wide men Laurent Robert and Darren Ambrose they looked to have the means to find the breakthrough. Both men tested Jones with long-range efforts, and the former Ipswich winger created a glorious 14th-minute opening for Gary Speed, who shot inches wide with the goal at his mercy. However, just as the black and white faithful were starting to waver, Bowyer chose the perfect moment to open his Magpies account. He was indebted to the trickery of Ameobi, who bamboozled makeshift left-back Mark Kennedy - Lee Naylor had earlier been withdrawn after injuring himself in a vain pursuit of Ambrose - before crossing to the near post. Bowyer's deft left-foot flick beat Jones and instantly lifted the tension hanging over St James' Park. It might have been 2-0 three minutes before the break when Ameobi again went through his repertoire before blasting a low drive against the foot of the post with Kennedy blocking Shearer's follow-up, and it was the visitors who were the happier to hear the half-time whistle. Wolves boss Dave Jones opted for a reshuffle at the break as veteran full-back Denis Irwin switched from the right to the left and Shaun Newton replaced him with substitute Alex Rae sitting in central midfield, but it was all Newcastle in the early stages as they tried to kill off the game. Ameobi should have made it 2-0 on 50 minutes after holding off Okoronkwo to reach Shearer's flick-on, but he fired left-footed across the face of goal, and Speed might have done better after getting his head to a 52nd-minute Robert corner. United were looking comfortable, but with their lead as slim as it could be, there was no room for complacency, a fact which was underlined on 62 minutes when Bowyer could only help on a Colin Cameron cross to Kennedy, who lifted it back across goal for the unmarked Camara to head into the side-netting. Wolves were enjoying their best period of the game and Shay Given was sent scrambling anxiously across his goal after being wrong-footed by Titus Bramble's deflection of Rae's free-kick. And they got their reward 20 minutes form time when the United defence backed off Kennedy to allow him to shot from distance, and when Bramble blocked, the ball dropped to Ganea, who fired left-footed past Given to level. United's efforts to get themselves back in front lacked direction, but they went desperately close on 80 minutes when Bowyer turned well on Robert's cross but saw his shot deflected over by Jones' knee. The mood was turning ugly at St James' and Robert was booed from the pitch as he was replaced by Viana seconds later. However, Shearer was handed the perfect opportunity to claim a precious winner with eight minutes remaining when Paul Ince was adjudged to have pushed Speed and referee Matt Messias pointed to the spot. Shearer, as so often in the past, stepped up to fire low to the keeper's right, but Jones guessed correctly to make a fine save and seriously damage United's Champions League hopes. NEWCASTLE v WOLVES - The History  2010/2011 Sat 28 Aug Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premier League   2003/2004 Sun 09 May Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves Premiership    Sat 29 Nov Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Premiership   2002/2003 Sun 05 Jan Wolves 3 - 2 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup   1992/1993 Sat 10 Apr Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. League Division One    Sat 26 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Wolves League Division One   1991/1992 Tue 31 Mar Wolves 6 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Second Division    Sat 14 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 - 2 Wolves Second Division   1990/1991 Sat 23 Feb Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Wolves Second Division    Sat 10 Nov Wolves 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Second Division   1989/1990 Sat 14 Apr Wolves 0 - 1 Newcastle Utd. Second Division    Mon 01 Jan Newcastle Utd. 1 - 4 Wolves Second Division   1982/1983 Sat 14 May Wolves 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd. Second Division    Sat 11 Dec Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves Second Division   1978/1979 Thu 22 Feb Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup    Sat 27 Jan Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves F.A. Cup   1977/1978 Sat 17 Dec Newcastle Utd. 4 - 0 Wolves First Division    Sat 12 Nov Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1975/1976 Sat 10 Apr Wolves 5 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 20 Sep Newcastle Utd. 5 - 1 Wolves First Division   1974/1975 Wed 16 Oct Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Wolves First Division    Sat 24 Aug Wolves 4 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1973/1974 Sat 12 Jan Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 15 Sep Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Wolves First Division   1972/1973 Sat 17 Feb Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 12 Aug Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Wolves First Division   1971/1972 Sat 01 Jan Wolves 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 18 Sep Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Wolves First Division   1970/1971 Sat 17 Oct Wolves 3 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 15 Aug Newcastle Utd. 3 - 2 Wolves First Division   1969/1970 Sat 17 Jan Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 27 Sep Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves First Division   1968/1969 Mon 21 Apr Newcastle Utd. 4 - 1 Wolves First Division    Sat 23 Nov Wolves 5 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1967/1968 Sat 24 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Wolves First Division    Sat 07 Oct Wolves 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1960/1961 Wed 08 Mar Wolves 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 15 Oct Newcastle Utd. 4 - 4 Wolves First Division   1959/1960 Sat 16 Apr Newcastle Utd. 1 - 0 Wolves First Division    Wed 13 Jan Wolves 4 - 2 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup    Sat 09 Jan Newcastle Utd. 2 - 2 Wolves F.A. Cup    Sat 31 Oct Wolves 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1958/1959 Sat 07 Feb Newcastle Utd. 3 - 4 Wolves First Division    Sat 20 Sep Wolves 1 - 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1957/1958 Sat 08 Mar Wolves 3 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 26 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves First Division   1956/1957 Sat 13 Apr Wolves 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 01 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Wolves First Division   1955/1956 Sat 31 Mar Wolves 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 22 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Wolves First Division   1954/1955 Sat 19 Mar Wolves 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 30 Oct Newcastle Utd. 2 - 3 Wolves First Division   1953/1954 Sat 27 Feb Wolves 3 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 10 Oct Newcastle Utd. 1 - 2 Wolves First Division   1952/1953 Sat 28 Feb Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves First Division    Sat 11 Oct Wolves 2 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1951/1952 Sat 16 Feb Wolves 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 06 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Wolves First Division   1950/1951 Wed 02 May Wolves 0 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Wed 14 Mar Newcastle Utd. 2 - 1 Wolves F.A. Cup   played at Huddersfield  Sat 10 Mar Newcastle Utd. 0 - 0 Wolves F.A. Cup   played at Hillsbrough  Sat 09 Dec Newcastle Utd. 1 - 1 Wolves First Division   1949/1950 Sat 24 Dec Newcastle Utd. 2 - 0 Wolves First Division    Sat 27 Aug Wolves 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1948/1949 Sat 12 Mar Wolves 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 16 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Wolves First Division   1933/1934 Sat 21 Apr Newcastle Utd. 5 - 1 Wolves First Division    Sat 13 Jan Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup    Sat 09 Dec Wolves 2 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1932/1933 Mon 06 Mar Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 15 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 2 Wolves First Division   1907/1908 Sat 25 Apr Wolves 3 - 1 Newcastle Utd. F.A. Cup   played at Crystal Palace 1905/1906 Sat 17 Mar Wolves 0 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 11 Nov Newcastle Utd. 8 - 0 Wolves First Division   1904/1905 Sat 11 Mar Newcastle Utd. 3 - 0 Wolves First Division    Sat 12 Nov Wolves 1 - 3 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1903/1904 Sat 27 Feb Wolves 3 - 2 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 31 Oct Newcastle Utd. 3 - 0 Wolves First Division   1902/1903 Sat 28 Feb Newcastle Utd. 2 - 4 Wolves First Division    Sat 01 Nov Wolves 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1901/1902 Sat 15 Mar Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Wolves First Division    Mon 10 Mar Wolves 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division   1900/1901 Sat 16 Mar Wolves 1 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 10 Nov Newcastle Utd. 3 - 1 Wolves First Division   1899/1900 Sat 03 Mar Wolves 1 - 1 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 28 Oct Newcastle Utd. 0 - 1 Wolves First Division   1898/1899 Sat 31 Dec Wolves 0 - 0 Newcastle Utd. First Division    Sat 03 Sep Newcastle Utd. 2 - 4 Wolves First Division            


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