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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 52,287) 25th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Walton

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Newcastle 2

P Cisse (6)
J Gutierrez (18)


Wolves 2

M Jarvis (50)
K Doyle (66)

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Last Updated at 4:55 pm, February 25th 2012

  1. Thanks for tuning in this afternoon. Stay with for the full report.

  2. That's it! Wolves peg Newcastle back for a 2-2 draw and it's a huge point for the Midlanders on Terry Connor's first game in charge.

  3. 90+5

    Ben Arfa has one last try for Newcastle but fires a shot just wide of the right post.

  4. 90+5

    Doyle, who has been outstanding this afternoon, causes more problems as he surges forward down the left.

  5. 90+4

    It goes straight back to Krul, who launches it again, looking for Ameobi, but Ward is there to intervene.

  6. 90+4

    Milijas can't keep the ball in down the left of the Toon half and it goes to Krul for a long goal-kick.

  7. 90+3

    Kevin Foley goes off for Wolves as Milijas comes on for a quick cameo.

  8. 90+2

    Kightly's delivery is comfortably held by Krul. Berra is booked for his pressure on the Newcastle keeper.

  9. 90+1

    A whopping five minutes of stoppage time are added. Enough for a winner? Wolves will be hoping so as they win a corner.

  10. 90

    Hennessey gets to his feet and the Toon faithful are not happy about that booking.

  11. 89

    Hennessey is on the floor after colliding with Ameobi and the Toon man is handed a yellow card - the first of the match.

  12. 89

    Newcastle are looking very panicky as Gutierrez allows a Santon ball to roll out. Obviously feeling the heat.

  13. 88

    Guthrie produces a careless ball in midfield and it rolls out for a Wolves throw in the Newcastle half. Sloppy from the Toon man.

  14. 86

    The minutes are trickling down and Ben Arfa tries a shot on the right but is denied by the outstretched leg of Berra. He comes again soon after but goes just wide with a fizzing shot.

  15. 85

    Wolves make another change as Stephen Hunt comes on, replacing goalscorer Matt Jarvis.

  16. 85

    Newcastle are back on the ball and Simpson takes a throw down the right, but it's given away by Guthrie to Doyle.

  17. 84

    A good take from Hennessey puts an end to Newcastle's assault for the time being and Wolves break on the counter.

  18. 83

    Zubar does well to rob Gutierrez of the ball down the left but Guthrie wins it back seconds later and the Magpies get forward again.

  19. 82

    Cabaye floats it in, looking for Ameobi, but Henry keeps his cool to clear it to safety.

  20. 82

    Ameobi's first contribution is to win Newcastle a corner after forcing Stearman to put the ball behind.

  21. 81

    Cheick Tiote makes way as Shola Ameobi comes on in Newcastle's final change.

  22. 80

    Coloccini gets a great little touch to feed Ben Arfa on the right but he can't keep it inside as Wolves earn a goal-kick.

  23. 79

    Berra is penalised for a foul on Ba as the hosts earn a free-kick just inside the Wolves half. Shola Ameobi could be the third and final change for Newcastle.

  24. 78

    Krul takes a long goal-kick conceded by Doyle but Demba Ba is caught offside, nipping in between Stearman and Berra.

  25. 77

    Kightly does brilliantly to evade Cabaye down the left but his cross into the box is intercepted by the Magpies defence.

  26. 76

    Kightly commits a foul and gets a talking to from the ref as Newcastle win a free-kick in midfield.

  27. 75

    Ben Arfa is robbed of possession by Jarvis as he tries a charge into the Wolves box. The visitors are looking much more confident now.

  28. 74

    The two sides battle for possession in midfield, with Tiote eventually taking charge of the situation and finding Gutierrez.

  29. 73

    Simpson lofts a ball into the Wolves box but it's headed away comfortably by Stearman.

  30. 72

    Gutierrez and Doyle battle down the left of the Newcastle half and the Wolves goalscorer comes off best.

  31. 71

    It's Wolves' turn to make a change as O'Hara, who's had a great afternoon, makes way for Michael Kightly.

  32. 70

    Just over 20 minutes to go and it's the Magpies pressing at this minute. Ba goes to ground off Berra in the penalty area but nothing is given.

  33. 69

    Newcastle are on the ball in midfield, looking for a way through as Tiote tries to find Ba in the Wolves half.

  34. 68

    What a comeback from Wolves - would not have predicted this early on. It's definitely in the balance now.

  35. 67

    Cabaye tries a tame effort as Newcastle look for an immediate response but it goes straight into the waiting arms of Hennessey.

  36. It's a fantastic delivery from O'Hara and Doyle reacts the quickest inside the six yard box to drive it home amid the resulting scramble.

  37. 66


  38. Newcastle make a double change as goalscorer Cisse goes off for Hatem Ben Arfa and Ryan Taylor makes way for Danny Guthrie.

  39. 65

    Zubar is fouled by Tiote to earn a free-kick for Wolves on the right of the Newcastle half.

  40. 64

    Ba goes down but the referee waves to play on, much to the annoyance of the home crowd.

  41. 63

    Hatem Ben Arfa is warming up for Newcastle and it appears he'll be introduced. Krul lofts a long ball upfield, picking out Ba.

  42. 62

    Gutierrez clears in the aftermath of the corner and Newcastle break, with Cisse trying a highly-ambitious shot which doesn't trouble Hennessey.

  43. 61

    Coloccini slides in with a timely tackle to deny Jarvis, looking dangerous in the box. Wolves win a corner after a great spell.

  44. 60

    Ward weaves through the Newcastle defence, cutting inside with a shot from distance. It takes a deflection, this time off Tiote, and nearly catches Krul out but the keeper manages a crucial save.

  45. 59

    It's Newcastle's turn for a throw in midfield, which Simpson takes, but it goes straight to Ward.

  46. 58

    Hennessey charges out of his goal to stop Gutierrez in his tracks as he powers forward, looking for Cisse and Ba.

  47. 57

    Wolves win a throw in midfield and they enjoy some possession, trying to find a way through. A Zubar ball is knocked out by Gutierrez down the left for another throw.

  48. 55

    Connor is up on the touchline shouting instructions. Cisse feeds Santon down the left but the flag goes up.

  49. 54

    Edwards very nearly gets on the end of a great O'Hara cross but can't quite reach it at full stretch. Wolves are looking much more lively.

  50. 53

    Krul boots a long ball upfield, looking to Ba, but the Newcastle man is beaten to it by Stearman. Cabaye tries a shot soon after after a nice one-two with Ryan Taylor but drags it wide.

  51. 52

    Gutierrez gets past Zubar in the Wolves area but Hennessey is there to snatch the ball to safety.

  52. 51

    Exactly the start to the second half Connor would have been looking for. Should be a tight contest now.

  53. Jarvis unleashes a shot on the edge of the Newcastle box which takes a deflection off Danny Simpson and evades Tim Krul. Game on for the visitors.

  54. 51


  55. 50

    Panic over, Cabaye gets over it pretty quickly and Tiote is back on the pitch seconds later. After that stuttering start hopefully that's it for injuries!

  56. 49

    Newcastle players dropping like flies! Cabaye goes down off a Berra challenge before Tiote receives a boot to the stomach from O'Hara and looks badly winded.

  57. 48

    Play resumes and there's a massive roar from the home faithful as Ba comes back on. Sighs of relief all round.

  58. 47

    Big concern for Pardew - he's not one to go down easily and he looks in some pain. Appears a challenge from O'Hara did some damage to his knee.

  59. 47

    There's a problem for Demba Ba - not what Pardew wants! The striker is receiving treatment on the field.

  60. 46

    Newcastle kick us off this half, with Cisse getting things started. It's all up to Wolves if they want to turn this around.

  61. It's almost time to get back underway. Enjoy the second half guys!

  62. Newcastle have taken a comfortable lead but Wolves have shown some signs of coming back. Got something to say on that half? Tweet me @SkySportsRachG or email

  63. The whistle blows for half-time and it's Newcastle 2 Wolves 0, with both goals coming inside the opening 18 minutes courtesy of Cisse and Gutierrez.

  64. 45+2

    It's almost half-time and Newcastle are in a great position heading into the break.

  65. 45+1

    Ryan Taylor takes a throw for the Toon inside their own half but Berra gets the ball away from Ba.

  66. 45

    Tiote and Zubar come together in a clash of heads but it looks unintentional. Two extra minutes are added this half.

  67. 45

    O'Hara plays through a lovely ball to Doyle, who appears to get caught by Tiote just outside the box but the referee is unmoved.

  68. 44

    Demba Ba, trying to put Hennessey under pressure, ploughs straight into Stearman.

  69. 44

    Henry knocks the ball out in midfield as Newcastle earn a throw. The seconds are trickling down this half and Wolves are desperate to pull something back.

  70. 43

    O'Hara tries another charge for Wolves down the right wing but can't get beyond Santon, who holds firm in defence.

  71. 42

    There's a great opportunity for Ryan Taylor off a Cisse cross but he can't make the most of it as he's blocked by Ward, before Berra clears.

  72. 41

    Play resumes as Hennessy boots a kick upfield, but it goes straight to Tiote. Ward is back on the pitch as Wolves are restored to 11.

  73. 40

    Looks like an ankle knock for the Wolves man, who is receiving some attention from the medics. Connor might have to make a change.

  74. 39

    Ward gets caught by Ryan Taylor and appears injured. The Wolves skipper stays on the ground and there's a lull in play.

  75. 38

    Wolves keep pressing forward but are driven back into their own half once again. O'Hara looks particularly dangerous at the moment.

  76. 38

    Cabaye fires a ball into the box but it bounces harmlessly through to Hennessy's waiting gloves.

  77. 37

    Wolves are looking much more lively now but it's Newcastle that win a free-kick in the middle of the park after a dubious tackle from Berra.

  78. 36

    More good goalkeeping by Krul, who makes a brave decision, charging out to deny the advancing Jarvis from close range.

  79. 35

    Tiote gives the ball away to Foley inside the Toon half and Wolves look to build again, but are forced backwards.

  80. 34

    O'Hara takes it quickly as Wolves get forward once again. Demba Ba, helping out at the back, produces a good clearance to ease the pressure.

  81. 33

    Coloccini fouls O'Hara as Wolves win another free-kick inside the Toon half. The visitors look to be finding their feet.

  82. 32

    Krul makes a crucial interception under pressure from Doyle, stretching to collect a powerful Jarvis cross at the far post. At the other end, Cisse tries a headed shot but it's off target.

  83. 31

    Tiote is the first to O'Hara's delivery and Simpson prevents Wolves from earning a corner seconds later.

  84. 31

    O'Hara is caught by Williamson just inside the Newcastle half and the visitors are awarded a long-range free-kick, which the same player steps up to take.

  85. 30

    Wolves have a chance to pull one back but can't quite convert, with Doyle beating Williamson to a Jarvis cross in front of goal but nodding it just wide.

  86. 29

    The offside flag goes up against Cisse as he has another go getting forward, much to the visitors' relief.

  87. 28

    Ryan Taylor floats in the corner and Williamson meets it with a good header, but it's eventually dealt with by O'Hara.

  88. 27

    Zubar tries a cross from the right but it's cut out comfortably by Santon. On the counter-attack Ba charges upfield and tries a shot but it's knocked behind by Berra. Newcastle corner.

  89. 26

    Wolves win a throw-in on the centre line, which goes back to Zubar in the visitors' half. The defender trades passes with Henry.

  90. 25

    The ball rolls back to Hennessy, who is forced to hoof the ball back upfield hurriedly, under pressure from Ba.

  91. 24

    Santon makes a crucial clearance in the Newcastle penalty area to deny O'Hara a shot and Wolves have to start all over again.

  92. 23

    Ward tries to find Foley in the box with a cross from the left but he overshoots his target and the Wolves man can't keep it in.

  93. 22

    Coloccini hoofs a long ball upfield, looking for Santon on the left, but Berra is there with the crucial clearance.

  94. 21

    Cisse works hard in midfield, producing a good sliding tackle to put the ball out for a Wolves throw-in.

  95. 20

    Wolves pounce on the ball, keen for an immediate response. Edwards gives it away cheaply in midfield but reclaims it seconds later.

  96. 19

    Wolves need to act fast because at the minute Newcastle look like running away with this!

  97. What a stunner! From 30 yards out, the Argentinian steadies himself with a quick first touch before blasting home a powerful shot.

  98. 18


  99. 17

    Great effort from Danny Simpson! The Toon man picks the ball up just outside the box and unleashes a sizzling long-range shot but Hennessy gets his palm to it to tip it over.

  100. 16

    Gutierrez looks for Ryan Taylor in the area but Ward gets his head to it first, diffusing the threat.

  101. 15

    Newcastle reclaim the ball in their own half and Taylor feeds Simpson out on the right as they enjoy some patient possession.

  102. 14

    Jarvis is held up by Simpson in midfield and the visitors are awarded a free-kick, which they take quickly.

  103. 13

    Zubar does well to power past the Newcastle defence, getting in ahead of Gutierrez, but Coloccini produces a well-timed sliding tackle to close him down.

  104. 12

    A Ryan Taylor pass falls to the feet of Gutierrez in the box but the flag goes up. If Ba had passed to the Argentinian moments earlier Wolves could have been in real trouble.

  105. 11

    Doyle and Williamson battle down the left but once again the stopper makes sure they are denied a corner.

  106. 10

    Tiote does well to intercept a pass meant for Foley in midfield and Wolves get another throw-in.

  107. 9

    Santon tries to float a cross into the box from the left but Stearman is there to blast it away to safety.

  108. 8

    Not exactly the start Wolves would have wanted. Connor's men try a response but Williamson prevents a corner and the visitors make do with a throw.

  109. Brilliant stuff from Newcastle and a terrible mistake from Christophe Berra. Hennessy kept out a first backheeled effort from Demba Ba, which came from a superb Cabaye cross, but Cisse was there to tuck home from close range seconds later.

  110. 6


  111. 5

    Tiote and O'Hara tangle in midfield, battling for the ball, and the advantage goes to the hosts. Ryan Taylor delivers a long free-kick from the middle of the park.

  112. 4

    It's a less-than-stellar effort from O'Hara, who drives a tame shot straight into the Newcastle wall.

  113. 3

    Williamson concedes a free-kick on the left of goal from far out after a dodgy tackle on Doyle.

  114. 3

    Wolves take a quick free-kick inside the Newcastle half but are driven back, with O'Hara finding Stearman as they build from deep.

  115. 2

    Doyle almost makes the perfect start for Wolves as he breaks down the middle, evading the Toon defence and trying a shot, but Krul dives to save.

  116. 1

    We're underway on Tyneside and it's the visitors who get things started this half, with Doyle taking the first touch.

  117. The teams are out and it's almost time to get underway. Thanks for all your feedback - keep it coming at the break please!

  118. Of course, the hosts are likely to be stinging following a 5-0 mauling by Tottenham last time out. That was their second defeat in six Premier League games - the rest were wins.

  119. This afternoon marks the first time Senegal duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have started together in front of a home crowd for Newcastle. Could prove a deadly combination in front of goal - should Wolves be worried?

  120. Meanwhile, victory in their last away game ended a run of 10 on the road in the Premier League without a win for Wolves.

  121. A couple of stats for you before we get underway - Newcastle have won their last three home games in a row; they haven't won won four on the trot since October 2007.

  122. A quick update from our friends at Sky Bet: Newcastle are unbeaten in their five Premier League games with Wolves and are 8/15 to add another victory this afternoon. The draw is 3/1 and new Wolves interim boss Terry Connor is 5/1 to kick-start his reign with a victory.

  123. Caretaker boss Connor has made four changes to the Wolves side which were thumped 5-1 by West Brom last time out; Richard Stearman, Christophe Berra, Ronald Zubar and Karl Henry come in for Roger Johnson, Sebastien Bassong, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher.

  124. Those two, along with Ryan Taylor, send Danny Guthrie, James Perch and Gabriel Obertan to the bench.

  125. A bit of team news - Toon boss Alan Pardew has restored midfield generals Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye to his starting XI as they return from the Africa Cup of Nations and a three-match ban respectively.

  126. Refereeing on Tyneside this afternoon is Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

  127. Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Zubar, Berra, Stearman, Ward, Foley, Henry, Edwards, O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Johnson, Milijas.

  128. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ryan Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Perch, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Ferguson.

  129. Here we go then, time for the XIs...

  130. The team line-ups are coming your way in just a second but first why not get in touch with your thoughts and predictions ahead of kick-off? You can Tweet me @SkySportsRachG or email

  131. Interim boss Terry Connor takes charge of Wolves for the first time this afternoon following Mick McCarthy's sacking and will be hoping to get off to a bright start - but could face a tough test against surprise high-fliers the Magpies.

  132. Good afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of Newcastle v Wolves!



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