Friday, 8 April 2022

Newcastle 1-0 Wolves: Chris Wood penalty moves Magpies one step closer to safety

Newcastle moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone as Chris Wood’s penalty secured a 1-0 victory over Wolves on Friday Night Football.
Eddie Howe’s side dominated at St James’ Park with Wolves delivering a sub-par performance, but had to wait until the 72nd minute until they got their breakthrough as Wood sent Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa the wrong way from the penalty spot.

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Chris Wood wins and scores a penalty to put Newcastle 1-0 up against Wolves with less than 20 minutes to go

Wood won the spot-kick after cleverly waiting for contact from the onrushing Sa before scoring his first goal at St James’ Park since his £25m move from Burnley in January.

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Wood thought he had scored after 23 minutes – bundling the ball in from close range following some calamitous defending from Willy Boly and Jonny Otto – but VAR later ruled the goal out for an offside on Bruno Guimaraes in the build-up.
The only negative for Newcastle was an apparent muscle injury for Ryan Fraser, who was forced off after 12 minutes with Miguel Almiron coming on in his place.

Player ratings

Newcastle: Dubravka (6), Krafth (6), Schar (7), Burn (7), Targett (7), Shelvey (7), Joelinton (6), Guimaraes (8), Fraser (N/A), Saint-Maximin (7), Wood (8).
Subs: Almiron (6), Longstaff (N/A) Murphy (N/A)
Wolves:Sa (5), Jonny (5), Kilman (5), Coady (5), Boly (5), Marcal (5), Cundle (4), Moutinho (5), Trincao (5), Silva (5), Hwang (5).
Subs: Neto (N/A), Campbell (N/A), Ait-Nouri (N/A)
Man of the match: Bruno Guimaraes.

The result ends a three-game losing run for the Magpies, who took a big step towards securing their Premier League safety with a fine performance on their first return to St James’ Park for over a month.
“It’s getting closer,” Wood told Sky Sports when asked about Newcastle’s safety. “It’s a very nice position to be in.”

Team news

Leander Dendoncker (illness) and Daniel Podence (foot) dropped out of the Wolves squad
Teenager Luke Cundle and Hwang Hee-Chan replaced them in the starting XI
Raul Jimenez (suspension) and Ruben Neves (knee) remain out
Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock (knee) replaced by Bruno Guimaraes
Emil Krafth came in for Javier Manquillo at right-back

Wolves failed to register a shot on target until the 81st minute – finishing the game with two – as they missed the chance to move up to sixth and to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham.
“That is any lingering hope of Champions League football out the window,” former Wolves striker Don Goodman said on Sky Sports commentary. “They haven’t deserved it, they’ve been really poor.”
Man of the Match: Bruno Guimaraes
Sky Sports’ Don Goodman:
“Bruno Guimaraes has literally been everywhere. Carried the ball, tackled, made good passes, interceptions, ticked every box. He’s been brilliant.”
Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe speaking to Sky Sports:
“Bruno Guimaeres is going to be a mainstay of the team. The difficulty is that we went on that winning run, and it was difficult to break the midfield up. He got his opportunity today and I thought he was excellent. He offered a different dimension. I am excited by what he can bring to the team.”
Howe: A massive step forward, but work to do
Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe speaking to Sky Sports:
“Massive tonight. It was the kind of game we expected it to be. Wolves make it difficult for you. We had our moments. It took a penalty to win the game but the players gave everything again.
“I am so pleased for Chris Wood. You could see him filling in on the left of midfield. He is a willing lad. The goal will do wonders for him. I am pleased he stepped up and took it.
“We still have work to do but that was a massive step forward tonight. It brings us closer to safety. I hope there will be a different Newcastle in the future but we have to play a certain way to get results at the moment.”
Wood: We need 40 points for safety
Newcastle striker Chris Wood speaking to Sky Sports:
“It is fantastic. There is something about playing in front of St James’ Park and we want to get them up for it. Luckily today we did.
“It helps when you play those teams you do well against. It is always good to score as a striker but ultimately we need points to get out of relegation battle and to build next season. It is getting closer. We want this club to go to the next level. We need to get to 40 points and then build.”
What’s next?

Sunday 17th April 1:30pm Kick off 2:15pm

Newcastle host Leicester next Sunday at St James’ Park, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 2.15pm.
Wolves don’t have a fixture next weekend due to Manchester City’s participation in the FA Cup semi-finals, and are next scheduled to be in action at Burnley on Sunday April 24 at 2pm.

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