To be honest, I saw this coming the other night.
We murdered a poor QPR whilst Wolves conceeded four late goals against Barnsley, so it was a gimme according to many people that we would clatter wolves.
You learn quickly though as a Newcastle supporter to prepare yourself for disappointment, even when the odds suggest otherwise.
Chancel Mbemba looked like a different player, unsure and an accident waiting to happen, plus of course he headed a fabulous goal…for wolves.
Strange really that the defence was poor and seemed disjointed after the recent run of clean sheets. Dummett once again was targeted, as their wingers repeatedly attacked him and exposed his lack of pace.
What has happened is that other teams are obviously weighing us up – easy to spot that Dummett is very slow, then doubling up on Ritchie and as for Gayle up front on his own, this poses little threat.
Another returning issue was the huge diagonal ball Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden are employing, humping it 60 yards out wide idea…..
With Mohamed Diame, there is another dilemma, is he a forward or a number 10 type?
Wolves stifled us with three players flash mobbing the ball and preventing us from playing our game.
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Wolves 2
Wolves: Mbemba OG 29, Costa 62
Possession was Wolves 32% Newcastle 68%
Total shots were Wolves 12 Newcastle 17
Shots on target were Wolves 5 Newcastle 3
Corners were Wolves 3 Newcastle 5
Team: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Hayden (Mitrovic 63), Shelvey, Ritchie (Atsu 63), Perez, Diame, Gayle
Unused Subs: Darlow, Colback, Gouffran, Yedlin, Clark
Referee: Tim Robinson
(To read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction to today’s match go HERE)
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