Chris Wood scored his first goal at home this season to help Newcastle produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The home side was the more dominant of the two sides and had a goal disallowed during the first half for offside after some intricate play in the build-up. They were made to wait until the 72nd minute when Wood calmly slotted home the penalty.
Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (6), Schar (7), Burn (7), Targett (7), Shelvey (7), Joelinton (6), Guimaraes (8), Fraser (N/A), Saint-Maximin (7), Wood (8).
Subs: Almiron (6), Longstaff (N/A) Murphy (N/A)
Wolves:Sa (5), Jonny (5), Kilman (5), Coady (5), Boly (5), Marcal (5), Cundle (4), Moutinho (5), Trincao (5), Silva (5), Hwang (5).
Subs: Neto (N/A), Campbell (N/A), Ait-Nouri (N/A)
Man of the match: Bruno Guimaraes.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “Massive tonight. It was the kind of game we expected it to be. Wolves make it difficult for you. We had our moments. It took a penalty to win the game but the players gave everything again. I am so pleased for Chris Wood. You could see him filling in on the left of midfield. He is a willing lad. The goal will do wonders for him. I am pleased he stepped up and took it. We still have work to do but that was a massive step forward tonight. It brings us closer to safety. I hope there will be a different Newcastle in the future but we have to play a certain way to get results at the moment.”
Wolves head coach Bruno Lage: “In the first half, I think we controlled the game with and without the ball. We know how dangerous Newcastle can be with the runs in behind but we controlled that. But we weren’t aggressive and we didn’t create our chances. We were the better side in the second half. I think within the first five minutes we created more than in the whole first half.”
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