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Miguel Almiron scoring against Wolves

Newcastle revived their bid to finish in the Premier League’s top four with a battling victory over Wolves at St James’ Park.

Substitute Miguel Almiron scored the winner with 12 minutes left as the Magpies ended a run of three straight defeats in all competitions to leapfrog Liverpool into fifth on goal difference and move within four points of fourth-placed Tottenham, who have played two games more.

Hwang Hee-chan, another substitute, had levelled for Wolves seconds after coming on to cancel out Alexander Isak’s towering first-half header.

Wolves were second best for large periods but will feel aggrieved that they were not awarded a penalty, and that Nick Pope was not sent off, when the Newcastle goalkeeper appeared to take down Raul Jimenez six minutes before Isak’s opener, with referee Andy Madley waving away their appeals.

Pope then went on to make a number of fine saves to deny Julen Lopetegui’s side, who stay 13th and miss the chance to move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle end losing run

Speaking before the game, Eddie Howe said he hoped for a “spark or individual moment” to get his Newcastle team’s flagging season back on track and it arrived courtesy of top scorer Almiron, whose fine individual season continued with an 11th goal of the season.

It is Newcastle’s first win in six games in all competitions and their first home win in the Premier League since a 1-0 victory over Fulham in mid-January.

After a quiet start, their opener arrived when Kieran Trippier’s dangerous free kick was met by Isak, who edged clear of his marker and buried a powerful header into the corner.

That sparked Newcastle into life and they came close to a second goal when Bruno Guimaraes hit the bar with a header from close range after Dan Burn had helped Trippier’s corner back into the six-yard box.

Trippier was guilty of a defensive error to allow Wolves to level in the second half when he slipped and collided with Pope as he attempted a clearance, the ball falling at the feet of Hwang, who tapped into an open net seconds after coming on to the pitch.

After Almiron restored Newcastle’s lead, Sven Botman came close to a third in stoppage time when he blazed wide from six yards after some wonderful interplay between the Paraguayan and Guimaraes.

Wolves rue non-penalty call

Though Newcastle deserved their victory, Wolves will feel the decisive moment of the match went against them when it was still goalless.

Pope miscontrolled a back pass that was intercepted by Jimenez and the Mexico striker appeared to be bodychecked by the England goalkeeper as he attempted to run on to the ball.

Referee Madley, who as a considerable distance away, waved away their appeals and the video assistant referee did not ask the official to take a second look on the monitor.

Despite going into the game as the Premier League’s lowest scorers, Wolves created a number of decent opportunities, with Daniel Podence hitting the post with a fizzing low drive shortly before the interval, while Pedro Neto and Joao Moutinho drew smart stops from Pope before Hwang’s equaliser.

But the defeat, combined with results elsewhere over the weekend, has allowed a number of teams below Wolves to close the gap in what becoming an unpredictable relegation battle, with just five points separating the bottom eight.

That makes Wolves’ next two matches, against fellow strugglers Leeds and Nottingham Forest, hugely significant as they look to secure a fifth successive season in the top flight.

Player of the match

Rúben NevesRúben Neves

with an average of 7.80

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number14Player nameIsak

    Average rating

    7.47

  2. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

    Average rating

    7.33

  3. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

    Average rating

    7.14

  4. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

    Average rating

    6.94

  5. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

    Average rating

    6.81

  6. Squad number28Player nameWillock

    Average rating

    6.80

  7. Squad number5Player nameSchär

    Average rating

    6.70

  8. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

    Average rating

    6.68

  9. Squad number4Player nameBotman

    Average rating

    6.66

  10. Squad number33Player nameBurn

    Average rating

    6.59

  11. Squad number22Player namePope

    Average rating

    6.30

  12. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

    Average rating

    5.89

  13. Squad number9Player nameWilson

    Average rating

    5.85

  14. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

    Average rating

    5.47

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

    Average rating

    7.80

  2. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan

    Average rating

    6.83

  3. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

    Average rating

    6.20

  4. Squad number15Player nameDawson

    Average rating

    6.17

  5. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

    Average rating

    6.11

  6. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence

    Average rating

    6.09

  7. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

    Average rating

    6.07

  8. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

    Average rating

    6.02

  9. Squad number27Player nameMatheus Nunes

    Average rating

    5.99

  10. Squad number23Player nameKilman

    Average rating

    5.98

  11. Squad number5Player nameLemina

    Average rating

    5.97

  12. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

    Average rating

    5.97

  13. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

    Average rating

    5.91

  14. Squad number19Player nameJonny

    Average rating

    5.78

  15. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

    Average rating

    5.74

  16. Squad number4Player nameCollins

    Average rating

    5.67

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2Trippier
  • 5Schär
  • 4Botman
  • 33Burn
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 28Willock
  • 23MurphySubstituted forRitchieat 85′minutes
  • 14IsakBooked at 68minsSubstituted forWilsonat 68′minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAlmirónat 68′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 3Dummett
  • 6Lascelles
  • 9Wilson
  • 11Ritchie
  • 13Targett
  • 19Manquillo
  • 24Almirón
  • 32Anderson

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1
  • 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 58mins
  • 15Dawson
  • 23Kilman
  • 19Castro OttoSubstituted forAït-Nouriat 69′minutes
  • 8NevesSubstituted forNunesat 69′minutes
  • 5Lemina
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forNetoat 45′minutes
  • 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forCollinsat 75′minutes
  • 10PodenceBooked at 44minsSubstituted forHwang Hee-chanat 69′minutes
  • 9Jiménez

Substitutes

  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 4Collins
  • 7Neto
  • 11Hwang Hee-chan
  • 12Matheus Cunha
  • 24Gomes
  • 25Bentley
  • 27Nunes
  • 35João Gomes

Referee:
Andy Madley

Attendance:
52,240

Match Stats

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Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  • Source: BBC

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