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Newcastle United hammered by Wolves as fans protest against Mike Ashley in China – Photo

3 months ago
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The inevitable end result of the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United was there for all to see on Wednesday in China, the game ending Newcastle 0 Wolves 4.

Minutes after Steve Bruce was announced as Ashley’s new patsy, fans saw a team put out on the pitch that didn’t have a chance.

It ended up 4-0 but in truth it could well have been double figures.

Wolves so much on top it was embarrassing and only dogged defending, poor finishing and luck kept the score down in this mis-match.

It was 3-0 after only 40 minutes and thankfully with it being a friendly, Wolves didn’t really go for it.

Diogo Jota gave Wolves the lead on 15 minutes before Morgan Gibbs-White made it 2-0 after half an hour.

Five minutes before half-time Diogo Jota got his second goal and Wolves’ third, then an own goal five minutes before the final whistle by Tom Allan completed the scoring.

At the other end of the pitch I think we had one shot on target but maybe that’s just wishful thinking!

As well as losing Rafa Benitez and now employing a loser like Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s lack of squad quality was there for all to see.

These last 14 months have seen Wolves put in a net spend of around £125m, whilst Mike Ashley is sitting on a net profit on deals in these last three windows of over £30m and not a single player bought in the first 63 days of this transfer window.

What an absolute mess with only three weeks until the transfer window ends and the Premier League kicks off.

In talking about the team selection on the club’s official website, the club confirmed before the game that Martin Dubravka and Dwight Gayle ween’t included but give no reason for their omission.

The highlight of the match was seeing our ‘local’ fans getting the message out there.

It is bad enough being born into this madness but imagine living over 5,000 miles away and choosing to follow NUFC and stick with us, when nobody would blame them if they packed it in.

A big cheer as well of course for those who travelled to the game from further afar…

This is who Newcastle started with…

Darlow, Sterry, Lascelles, Clark, Lazaar, Hayden, Shelvey, Colback, Murphy, Ritchie, Muto

Substitutions were made as follows:

46 minutes

Freddie Woodman, Javier Manquillo and Federico Fernández on.

Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry and Jamaal Lascelles off.

58 minutes

Rolando Aarons, Ki Sung-yueng and Kelland Watts on.

Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Ciaran Clark off.

63 minutes

Tom Allan, Owen Bailey, Matty Longstaff and Elias Sørensen on.

Jacob Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback and Yoshinori Muto off.

The unused subs – Nathan Harker, Paul Dummett, Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff.

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