Wolves vs Newcastle match banter

Posted on October 1st, 2011 | 82 Comments |

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United, October 2011.
Trip to Wolves for the Toon
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to today’s match banter thread for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Newcastle United.

For more detailed information about today’s game, see Jimbob’s excellent match preview.

On paper this should be a low scoring game and I could see no goals at all from my reading of the tea leaves this morning, although maybe that’s because I use tea bags.

I’ve been zapped by particles of optimism from Betelgeuse today though and went for a 2-1 win to us in the Prediction Competition this week, so I guess I’ll have to stick with that. Incidentally, ‘sirjasontoon’ still leads the competition and ‘El Toro’ had the cheek to knock me down to third place last week.

Ahead of the game, Alan Pardew has been insisting that we are not ‘favourites’:

Alan Pardew insists we're not favourites.
Not favourites
We cannot go into this game as favourites in terms of if you were a betting man

If you were looking at the game on form then yes, we should win the game. But the Premier League throws the form book out of the window at times, and Wolves are the type who upset that.

Their work-rate, their commitment to the cause, they have got good players in there, and it will be a difficult game.

Meanwhile, coming off the back of a run of defeats, Wolves manager Mich McCarthy says:

Mick McCarthy wants to halt run of defeats.
Poor run
We want to stop that run of defeats because that can continue.

We don’t want to be going into the break with four defeats on the bounce.

Newcastle are a good team. They’ll be coming here full of confidence and, as usual, will have plenty of supporters. It will be a great atmosphere.

Team News

Wolves (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Richard Stearman, Christophe Berra, Roger Johnson (c), Stephen Ward; Matt Jarvis, Karl Henry, Jamie O’Hara, Stephen Hunt; Steven Fletcher, Kevin Doyle.

Subs: Dorus De Vries, Matt Doherty, Ronald Zubar, Adlene Guedioura, Dave Edwards, Adam Hammill, Sam Vokes.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Demba Ba.

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Peter Lovenkrands.

Howay the lads!

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  1. 2-0 to us!

    I am worrying about bringing Benny on today as Wolves are dirty tacklers. Hope Santon gets a small cameo. I’ll post some links up if I find any.

  2. “We haven’t won at Molineux since September 1958.”

    We had never won against Blackburn in 5 games but we still managed to smash that record.

  3. Phisix says:
    October 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    “We had never won against Blackburn in 5 games”

    Aye but 58’s a bit bad like Phisix!

    It would be good to put that one right.

  4. Worky>

    Crazy that isn’t it!

    This game is potentially what the “pundits” call banana skin but if our lads play to their potential we should end that nasty record today and hopefully emphatically.

    As always I’m on the hunt for a decent stream mate so I’ll post any when I find them.

  5. Phisix>

    Your spot on about being wary of Wolves tackling.

    They have actually committed less fouls than us this season but that hides the fact that the ones they do commit can be x-rated at times.

    I wouldn’t say we should necessarily wrap Ben Arfa in cotton-wool but I wouldn’t risk him today unless we have to.

    Henry is a prick and he’d love to wipe out one of our star players. His issue with Barton is completely seperate but he just covers his inability as a player by being a comic-book tough guy.

    He’s always just a tackle away from sending someone to A&E. A to55er basically.

  6. Holy crap is that true Workyticket??? With that in mind let’s see if Pardew can upset the odds again and giveus a win. I am concerned about their tough tackling and what it might do to our more delicate players like Ben Arfa.


  7. GeordieDan says:
    October 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    “As always I’m on the hunt for a decent stream mate so I’ll post any when I find them.”

    Thanks GeordieDan. I divven’t like the look of some of those at the top.

  8. Worky>

    Ne bovva lad. :D

    There’s no guarantee for a game like this though unfortunately. :C

  9. For the lads who aren’t used to streaming matches:

    The ‘Firstrow’ link is usually the most reliable but sometimes it starts with foreign pre-match stuff but switches to English commmentary at kick-off.

    If I find any better you’ll find them here…..

  10. Just to address my comment @13:

    I meant no guarantee of a working link, not no guarantee of us beating Wolves.

    I hope we batter them!!!


  11. GeordieDan says:
    October 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    “Firstrow link looking good lads”

    Great news! Just deein’ the teams. sorry about the delay.

  12. An unchanged (unbeaten) team for 3rd match in a row = the sort of stability we have been looking for.
    Probably not our best 11 or our best formation but it makes sense not to change it.
    We may see Marveaux, HBA or even Santon at some stage – once these lads get into the starting line up we will look even better!
    Still think a draw is on the cards – but I have a gut suspicion that once this team clicks it will run riot! And I will love it, just love it!


  13. supermac says:
    October 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    “This team now has my full permission to run riot.”

    Those Wolves are still dangerous from what I’m seeing Supermac.

  14. Watching the match, I’ve never seen Newcastle play so fast, skilful and creative. It really is a magnificent performance , so far.

  15. It’s still a very tough game with chances on both sides though Qwerty. I’m glad we got that goal earlier, with a bit of help from the sun ;-)

    Full credit to Ba though.

  16. Qwerty says: Watching the match, I’ve never seen Newcastle play so fast, skilful and creative. It really is a magnificent performance , so far.

    Thanks mate – I’m following by text on the telegraph site & that’s the impression I got, good to have it confirmed.

    Cuffed thar 5under1and were 2 down after 5 minutes, but they’ve pulled 2 back.

  17. Divven’t knaa what to make of that at all.

    Qwerty, we were good in attack, but we were also very lucky too, not just with that penalty either.

    As Jimmy Greaves used to say “It’s a fanny old game”.

  18. Still riding our luck & long may it last!

    Well I think someone should tempt fate – so fingers crossed & here goes – win this and we’re 3rd !!!


  19. supermac says:
    October 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    “Thanks mate – I’m following by text on the telegraph site”

    Do you have a link for that Supermac?

  20. GeordieDan says:
    October 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    “What a goal by JONAS!!!!!”

    Messi and Maradona are right about him. I can’t believe that some of us lot have a go at the gadgie.

  21. Worky>

    Decent stream or what? lol

    What a great game so far. (btw: 1st one was a pen.lol)

  22. GeordieDan says:
    October 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm


    Decent stream or what? lol”

    Divven’t tempt fate GeordieDan. ;-)

    Aye, it’s been solid so far.

  23. i’ll tell you what lads, our team are a joy to watch at the moment… fabulous goal by jonas!

    got a bit lucky with the penalty shout though.

    hopefully cabaye and tiote can continue to dominate the midfield in the second half

  24. heard the old hey shearer song come out was it for one of our current players or was the old boy in the crowd somewhere ;)

  25. Obertan is getting complacent. Giving the ball away in dangerous areas. Get Marveaux/Ben Arfa on.

  26. supermac says:
    October 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    “workey – updated text every 5 minutes – simple but OK for me.”

    Thanks Supermac.

    I wanted some exact times for when some of the events in the game happened. That’ll be great!

  27. Long time reader, first time commenter.

    I’m really proud of these boys, feisty defense and tenacious play.

    Krul is king

  28. no… 1-2 – and now off-side disallowed
    4 minutes added time
    too little too late they are saying on Final score

  29. KMart says:
    October 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    “Long time reader, first time commenter.”

    Good to hear from you KMart!

    We’re VERY lucky now, that was a perfectly good goal.

    They’ve been robbed!

  30. @Worky

    appreciate the welcoming.

    Ugh that got harder than it should’v, but Wolves were working their asses off for that one. I’ll still take a win away from home anyday.

  31. What I do not get is Pardew why pardew did not change anything defensively when it was clear wolves were dominating play. it was just a matter of time. Instead he puts on Lovenkrands rather than strengthen us defensively no look that second wolves goal should have stood and we should be walking out with 1 point. We were so lucky here today. A lucky goal, a penalty, own goal anything could have happened but Pardew chose to risk our position.

  32. YES! I can set down again! I’m knackered – watching final score, McCarthy furious.- interview in a minute.

    Well done lads!

    3rd !

    I’ll say that again –

    3rd !


  33. fantastic game until the last 10 or so and the added 5 was way too much. but 3 points is 3 points and I’m happy HWTL

  34. wolves will feel pretty aggrieved after that – decent penalty shout then a goal ruled wrongly out. i’ve never known nufc be on the receiving end of so much good fortune!

    wolves were much stronger second half and if it wasn’t for some brilliant work from krul and taylor making several blocks with his body that could have been very different.

    another 3 points eh? i will take that thanks

  35. supermac says:
    October 1, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    “McCarthy furious”

    I’d be furious supermac! One definite goal and one definite penalty ruled out.


  36. A shoulder charge is not a foul, it was in the box though. Shouldn’t have even been a free kick.

  37. In completely unrelated terms, Newcastle are waiting to hear if PSG’s Mevlut Erdinc will agree to a move after the clubs agreed a £7m deal in principle, Daily Mail.

  38. Player Ratings IMO:

    Krul: 9 Some outstanding saves today
    Simpson: 8 Solid for most part. Improving…
    Colo: 8.5 Not his best,but still Captain Colo!
    S.Taylor: 8.5 Best this season?
    R. Taylor 8 Did you see his clearance about half-way through the 1st half!!!
    Tiote: 8 Better and better
    Cabaye: 8.5 Like a ninja(I know,lol):when he plays bad you hardly notice him, when he plays well he’s scary!
    Oberatan: 7 Very lively but still needs end product
    Jonas: 9.5 My M.O.M. Lively everywhere, scored a wondergoal, but was superb all game. What a contribution. NO wonder Benny and Marveux had to wait..>Would you have risked them?
    Best: 7.0 Good contibution but way off his (sorry)
    Ba: Great header, little else. But won’t knock anyone today. great stuff

    Subs: Lovenkrands 6

  39. just enjoy it while it lasts,rode our luck at times,we stopped playing after we went two up.
    some world class saves by krul,you will not be able to buy him shortly.
    their second goal looked legit,couldn’t see anything wrong with it.

    jonas could have had two in the first half,although the pace of the ball fizzed in,came off his shin.
    i think pardew made a comfortable game harder,for himself than it should have been,all that aside it’s another three points towards safety,anything else is a bonus.

  40. TROJAN RECORDS 73 says:
    October 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    “some world class saves by krul,you will not be able to buy him shortly.”

    Want to bet on that one Trojan? :-)

  41. I thought the ball was out for that “goal” that was ruled out.

    Wolves didn’t have any luck, but neither did we at Villa. Swings and roundabouts.