There were more hard luck stories as the final score read Wolves 0 Newcastle 1.
Tales of what might have been, if only….Wolves could have scored a goal.
Paul Lambert talked after the game about all the ‘bad luck’ his team had during the game and now Wolves defender Richard Stearman has said the same.
When you talk of luck it does remind you of the saying about the harder you work the luckier you seem to get….
This was Newcastle United’s 11th away win from 15 Championship trips, with significantly eight of those 11 wins featuring a clean sheet.
Rafa Benitez said after the final whistle that the key factor was that ‘The team is defending as a team and working very hard’.
As well as continuing to have the best goals scored record in the Championship, Newcastle United are now the undisputed best defenders as well, so far.
With 23 goals conceded in 30 matches, it is a tribute to the Manager’s organisation and discipline he has instilled in the way United defend.
To concede only eight goals in 15 away matches is particularly impressive, to put that into context the figures for our promotion contenders are Brighton 17, Huddersfield 20, Reading 28 and Leeds 21.
Bottom line is that Karl Darlow didn’t have a proper save to make and apart from being able to put the ball into the box on set-pieces, I can’t really remember more than a couple of times when in open play the home side had any remotely kind of dangerous situation in the Newcastle box.
Wolves defender Richard Stearman speaking to the Wolves website:
“It was 100 times better than what we produced in the last game, I think we were a bit unlucky to not at least get a draw.
“We are disappointed that we’ve played so well but not really created a lot for their keeper to deal with.
“They defended deep, which I think is a sign of respect to how well we’ve played since the gaffer’s been in really.
“They did make it difficult for us to break them down – it’s on the counter attack where we’ve been so dangerous.
“We had the bulk of the play particularly in the first half – we were excellent, it’s just unfortunate we haven’t managed to find the net.
“We know within ourselves whether we’ve played well or we’ve played badly.
“We played badly against Burton and we’ve played really well against Newcastle.
“We don’t need the manager to tell us whether we’ve played well or not and he’s happy with how we’ve played.
“Ultimately, we’ve played well without testing the keeper enough.
“I’m disappointed that we’ve not won the game, they’ve not really done a lot to affect us.
“They’ve got a bit lucky with their goal, whereas we’ve had a lot of good play in the first half and got into some great positions without putting it in the back of the net.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Wolves 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Mitrovic 44
Possession was Wolves 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Wolves 11 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Wolves 2 Newcastle 2
Corners were Wolves 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Craig Pawson
Crowd: 24,876 (4,200 Newcastle)
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 82), Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran, Diame (Perez 88), Mitrovic (Atsu 46)
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Hayden
(To read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction go HERE)
(Read the moans and groan from Wolves boss Paul Lambert HERE)