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Nuno thinks Newcastle lucky to get draw after chances created and controlling the two NUFC threats

4 years ago

Nuno watched on as his Wolves team laboured in the first half at St James Park.

Newcastle were little better but just about deserved the half-time lead after a five minute spell of pressure led to the opening goal.

The Wolves boss frustrated though after his team gifted possession on the edge of their own box, which then led to the Lascelles headed goal.

However, once the second half kicked off it was a different story as Steve Bruce’s overly negative tactics saw Newcastle defending deep, encouraging Wolves to dominate.

They did everything but get the winning goal they deserved and Nuno was more than happy with what he saw in the final 45 minutes: ‘We played good, dominated, created chances.’

The visiting manager acknowledging the one thing that stopped them taking away all three points: ‘We have to be more clinical and that’s something we have to improve.’

Newcastle have carried massive luck in all three home draws this season, as well as Wolves, Watford and Brighton created far more chances than NUFC and deserved to win. These three points meaning the difference between Newcastle being in or out of the relegation zone.

Nuno was also happy with how his team dealt with Newcastle’s two threats.

The Wolves boss pointing to Almiron and Saint-Maximin on the break, although the French winger was only stopped via a succession of fouls and yellow cards.


“First half not so good, second half we were very good.

“We played good, dominated, created chances.

“We have to be more clinical and that’s something we have to improve. I’m happy with how we did it – it was not easy.

“Second half was well played – good football, good combinations, chances.

“We didn’t allow Newcastle to do what they do best, transitions with Almiron and Saint-Maximin.

“We controlled them and were really good in that aspect.

“We were not poor (in the first half), we had an opponent in front of us.

“Sometimes you try to do things and your opponent won’t let you, so credit to Newcastle for the first half.

“Sometimes you have to give credit to the opponent.

“We recovered the ball, lost the first pass and allowed them to cross into the box (for Lascelles’ goal).

“It’s difficult to control. But why? If I knew why, it would not happen today, so I’m going to work out why this evening.

“We have had 20 games already this season and to show this character, this stamina, this energy throughout the game, it shows how the boys prepare themselves.

“The team is prepared to deal with all these games.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1  Wolves 1 – Sunday 27 October 2pm


Newcastle United:

Jamaal Lascelles 37, Sean Longstaff red card 82


Otto 73

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)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Dummett, Muto, Krafth

Crowd: 46,019 (3,235 Wolves)

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