3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 1 Wolves 1
Sunday finished Newcastle 1 Wolves 1.
An unlikely combination of Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles combining for the opening goal.
Sadly, Steve Bruce wasting the luck that came his way, playing ultra-defensively and inviting a lethargic looking Wolves back into the game.
Sure enough the equaliser came and Newcastle very lucky not to lose.
Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.
This time it is Jamie Smith:
We can defend OK:
This is reminiscent of the Pardew team that was inherited from Hughton, in that the defensive discipline of the predecessor continues to an extent that allows the incoming manager to paper over his shortcomings.
Despite Schar dropping out we still look like a solid enough unit at the back to not lose horribly, in spite of gifting the opposition appalling amounts of possession.
Not relegation fodder just yet:
Today’s point solidified our position in 17th, with some of the characters below us looking in increasingly dire straits.
Game on for the old “hope there’s three worse teams” master plan.
At least we didn’t get robbed:
Wolves blatantly cheated twice to get points off us last year.
When the VAR came up for a whole load of nowt with seconds left, you feared the worst.
However, we managed to hang on to be one draw off double figures.
Can’t attack, won’t attack
I’d urge you to consider every NUFC match you might catch as follows: imagine the opposition goalie is pulled out at the last minute and you have to play in goal for them. Would the score actually be any different?
Newcastle do not have shots on goal and it’s pathetic.
Saint-Maximin creates openings but there is no end product and half of our paltry six goals have been scored by defenders. Unsustainable.
I feel a bit reactionary for this but we’re now a quarter of the way through the season and this kid is either not in his natural position, or is just plain not up to it.
I’d urge the Tory Ashleyistas constantly quoting the solid annual accounts to ask themselves two important questions about why NUFC were so utterly desperate to force this transfer through: who was driving this…and why?
No new hope:
There was a wave of dumb hysteria when Leicester’s incredible win on Friday pushed us out of the relegation zone.
What people can’t seem to foresee is that Southampton still have cards to play to reboot their season.
They will likely change manager soon, and benefit from the reinvigoration.
Their board will bolster the squad accordingly, given the opportunity in January.
Our ownership has no interest in the latter and no chance of the former, as no self-respecting manager would lower himself to be fired out of this circus cannon as the summer debacle proved.
We have no option to twist and when the Saints, Watford et al do play their aces, we’re only heading lower.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Sunday 27 October 2pm
Jamaal Lascelles 37, Sean Longstaff red card 82
Possession was Wolves 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Wolves 13 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Wolves 5 Newcastle 2
Corners were Wolves 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Kevin Friend
Newcastle team v Wolves:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff (Atsu 90), S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 90)), Almiron, Joelinton (Shelvey 85)
Darlow, Dummett, Muto, Krafth
Crowd: 46,019 (3,235 Wolves)
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