Newcastle won a massive 3 points at a freezing cold Wolves on Saturday in a bad game which won’t have been enjoyed by anyone not supporting us. The manager kept with Mitrovic up front which raised a few eyebrows but I was happy to see him in. A lot of people get on his back but he’s a young lad learning his trade at this level, and his contribution would be invaluable for us. The captain came back in at the back and Colback joined Shelvey in midfield.
The game started slowly and Colback had a great chance to put us one up. He has no right foot though and the keeper saved easily. We controlled the game and Wolves only really threatened from set plays and crosses. It was about ten minutes in that the referee started to clamp down on Mitrovic and game the defender fouls at every opportunity.
The lad is being targeted by referees but he needs to be smarter about dealing with one. One foul he was lucky to escapee a booking for catching a Wolves lad with his arm. The ref then gave him a booking for not even committing a foul. He was then pulled up for going in late on the Wolves keeper. I’m a big fan of his but he can’t go through games committing 5 or 6 fouls in one half. Very little happened football wise and then Shelvey hit an innocuous ball long from a free kick and chaos ensued in the Wolves box. I was still screaming for a penalty when the ball fell to Mitro with the goal gaping and he made no mistake! Half time was much more fun as a result as before then it had been a dreadful game, neither keeper with a save to make.
We came back for the second half with Mitrovic withdrawn. Sensible by the manager as we’ll need the lad and even risking a sending off would have harmed the team here and this week. The lad loved playing Norwich last season so he’ll be keen to play on Tuesday. We saw out the game without creating much. Atsu did really well and ran with the ball and one chance came to nothing as Ritchie was harshly booked for trying to win the ball.
There were some goalmouth scrambles at the end but again Darlow hasn’t made a save. There was some great noise from the away end on the second half to get behind the lads. The Wolves fans were awful. We held out for a win and what a win it was. Top of the league again and looking ahead to three winnable games in a row, starting with Norwich on Tuesday.
Rafa came over the away end at end which was a class touch. The two centre backs were amazing, as was Yedlin and Dummet defended very well. A great three points on a day when Reading and Leeds both got beat.
Our fans: 8 – got better as the game went on
Their fans 3 – hardly heard them.
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