Newcastle United maintained their unbeaten start to the new season,with a 2-1 victory over Wolves, at Molineaux on Saturday afternoon. The Magpies were always in control and deserved their win,despite Wolves receiving little help from the match officials.
United keeper Tim Krul was in excellent form as he kept out the home attack and led his defence in style. The men in black and white have one of the best defensive records in the top flight and are likely to prove a match for the best sides in this division. Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez scored the goals at the other to extend Newcastle’s unbeaten run to 10 games.
Ba caught the Wolves defence napping on 17 minutes and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. He had a simple nod down from two yards after stealing in to the penalty area. As Wolves attempted to get back into the game, Gutierrez picked up a loose ball from Karl Henry,evaded three tackles and fired past Hennessey from 12 yards. The men from the North East went in at the break leading 2-0 and in truth,they had the points in the bag at that stage.
On the restart Wolves were the better team, but were fortunate not to go 3-0 down in the 65th minute, when Ba shot inches wide from a low shot. Krul then made a number of fine saves, as Wolves came forward in search of a goal.
However, it was not until the 87th minute that the home side managed to get a goal, with Fletcher scoring his eighth of the campaign. It was all too little too late for the Black Country side,and although Kevin Doyle had the ball in the net in injury time, the linesman ruled that the ball had gone out of play in the buildup.