MATCH REPORT: Wolves 0 Newcastle United 1, Molineux, 11/Feb/2017, KO: 5:30pm. Att: 24,876

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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We came back for the second half with Mitrovic withdrawn.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.

Motm: Clark

Our fans: 8 – got better as the game went on

Their fans 3 – hardly heard them.

ANDREW McCLURE 

 

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10 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Wolves 0 Newcastle United 1, Molineux, 11/Feb/2017, KO: 5:30pm. Att: 24,876

  1. Steve says:

    A word on Don Goodman’s commentary on Sky… Most biased, awful commentating I have ever heard. Could almost hear him sobbing as Mitro scored. Unlucky mate.

    • Dave says:

      Agree Steve, his sidekick commentator was no better and I got the feeling they were willing us to get beat and fall away so someone else goes up with Brighton. The only guy talking any sense was Steve Cotterill in the studio. And another gripe, what is it with these opposing managers (Lambert, McClaren, Clough, Garry Monk, Alex Neil et al) who whine their arses off after we’ve beaten them saying they played us off the park, had all the chances, were the only team looking to win it, didn’t get the rub of the green regarding referee decisions etc etc etc? Can’t wait to get out of this division (hopefully) in May, good riddance to the lot of them.

  2. wados says:

    Ciaran Clark, best defender in the division

  3. Brian says:

    Agree with Steve and Dave, Goodman’s commentary was shocking……so one sided it was pathetic.
    Agree with Wados, Clark best defender and Shelvey best midfielder in the division.

  4. Rob says:

    Disagree about Mitrovic, a brainless foul by him that could have cost us dearly. If the ref gets the decision right he is off the pitch and we are trying to cling onto 0-0 with ten men. I don’t buy this Mitro is a young lad learning his trade stuff. He’s 22 and in his 7th year as a professional footballer, if he was going to learn to curb the nasty side of his game he would have done so by now. The reason he throws himself around like a radgie is most likely because he is a radgie and no amount of coaching or extra experience is going to change that. The rest of his game IMO isn’t nearly good enough to compensate for the liability he represents.

    • Steve says:

      Absolutely spot on there. Why is anyone a “fan” of Mitro? Genuine question? What is it the author is a fan of?

  5. Bob says:

    It annoys me when we see proffessional footballers who can only kick with one foot, Colback you mention, Dummet is another. Unless they can play a pass with their left they turn until they can. Because of their position they get caught easily if they can’t play it straight away. Colback will run with the ball across the pitch until he can make a pass with his left, reminds me a bit of Scott Sellers, although he was a better player. Surely they can spend some time, every day even, kicking with the other foot. Not much to ask when they are paid handsomely and have “spare “time after normal training sessions.
    not a great performance but job done. Will we ever see a decent referee (or assistants) in this division?

  6. Midland Nic says:

    Not going to rant about Mitro….his booking was never a booking but he could have easily walked within 30 mins. Was championing Rafa bringing on Murphy from the Serb’s clash with the ‘keeper…..Gouf is as much a CF as our lass….funny how the ball started to stick to our CF in the last 10 mins….only saying. Back 4 class, Clarkie my MOTM, Yeds needs to get closer when defending but pace like Sonic The Hedgehog but did really well. Dummet did well stopping but the ball punted forwards down the left wing is simply handing possession back….let’s start keeping it on the grass lads. Mo still in Africa. Atsu could have done a lot more with the ball at his feet – Rafa clearly thought so by dragging him to the touchline during a stop in play. Great 3 points but the most entertaining part of the night was watching some fucking wolves fan has been being wound up to the point of spontaneously combusting by some of our young lads below. By the way the baseball cap really didn’t go with the rather fetching Mach you were waring!!! You even entertained our players who were laughing at to. You did give that hoarding a ducking good shoeing!!!

  7. Neale says:

    I used to like Mitrovic and I actually believed that a season in the Fizzy pop league would make him a better Player. It has not, he still acts the arse, pisses of Refs and does nor score enough Goals to warrant his place. Personally I hope Murphy starts against Norwich as Mitro would probably get himself sent off