Barclays Premier League
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, August 28 2010
Dan King reports from Molineux ...
90+5mins - It's finished 1-1 and that's a well-earned draw for The Magpies, who were good value for the away point.
90+4mins - Joey Barton is shown the yellow card for a late tackle - his first of the game - and that is the 11th booking of a not-particularly-bad-tempered affair.
91mins - Guediora unleashes a snapshot wide of Steve Harper's goal as Wolves push for a winner.
91mins - James Perch is booked for the third time in three games for a foul on Ebanks-Blake.
90mins - There will be a minium of five minutes of stoppage time. And the attendance has been announced as 27,745.
89mins - The latest recepiant of one of Attwell's yellow cards is Shola Ameobi, booked for sliding in on Wolves' Ward.
87mins - Barton is once again the victim of a foul which earns a booking. Karl Henry goes in high on the midfielder, who has kept his head well given the punishment he's been taking today.
86mins - It's another Wolves booking, this time for Christophe Berra, and United have a free-kick 25 yards from goal, but Joey Barton's effort is blocked by the wall and the chance is gone.
85mins - And the sub almost makes an immediate impact, heading across goal towards the lurking Nolan only for Stephen Ward to get a crucial touch to divert the ball away from the Magpies skipper.
85mins - Carroll's work here is done and he is replaced by Shola Ameobi.
85mins - Barton is on the end of some rough treatment this afternoon and Guerdioura goes in the book for a foul on the United midfielder.
84mins - Routledge crosses well and Carroll gets in another header on goal, but this one doesn't have the power to really test the American keeper Hahnemann.
76mins - As they did on Sunday, United - and in particular Alan Smith - are launching into tackles here, and it's from one Smith interception that Nolan is able to set up Joey Barton to shoot; unfortunately, his effort is well off target.
74mins - Steven Fletcher replaces Wolves striker Doyle and Adlene Guedioura is on for David Jones, the former Manchester United youngster, in midfield.
70mins - The rain is falling here and Wolves' south-west corner is uncovered - but the home fans sitting there are being given fetching yellow ponchos to keep them dry.
69mins - Routledge roasts Stephen Ward down the right and pulls the ball back perfectly for Nolan on the volley, but his measured effort is parried by the keeper and scrambled away - it would have been a fine goal.
67mins - A Jose Enrique cross causes Hahnemann a few jitters as it momentarily looks like it could curl into the goal, but ultimately the ball floats across the six yard box.
65mins - From the kick-off, Kevin Nolan is booked for being a little over-enthusiastic in his closing down of the Wolves players.
64mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-1): And from the resulting free-kick, taken by Joey Barton, Carroll heads home an equaliser! It's a magnificent delivery and a towering header which goes in off the post, with the Newcastle fans behind that goal enjoying the moment as much as United's number nine does.
64mins - Zubar goes in the book for chopping down Gutierrez with the Argentine in full flow.
58mins - Van Damme gives way for Ronald Zubar for Wolves in the first substitution of the game.
49mins - Matt Jarvis goes down in the box under James Perch's challenge and it's fair to say that you've seen them given. Fortunately for United, this one isn't - and a goal-kick is awarded instead.
48mins - There are no changes for either side at the break but Joey Barton is currently poleaxed after a very strong shoulderbarge from Wolves skipper Karl Henry. He's back on his feet now, though.
FIRST HALF REPORT (press F5 for updates)
45+4mins - It's half-time and United, somehow, are behind. But if they can carry on creating these chances, they look more than capable of getting back into this...
45mins - Matt Jarvis is booked for Wolves for a late tackle on Joey Barton.
42mins - WOLVES GOAL (1-0): And now Newcastle have been punished. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake provides a fantastic finish after holding off James Perch in the box to drill the ball past Steve Harper. That has come straight from the goal-kick awarded following Carroll's chance.
40mins - Another great chance for United - Routledge robs a dithering defender and slides the ball to Nolan in the box; the United skipper waits and tees up Carroll from six yards, but the ball flies over. Carroll is adamant that it was deflected over and is booked for chasing after referee Attwell to protest.
36mins - There's a second Wolves player in the book and it's Jelle Van Damme - aptly named, because his lunge on Jonas Gutierrez was like something you'd see in a Jean-Claude Van Damme film. Thankfully for United, Gutierrez is not too badly hurt.
31mins - And carry on he does, which is just as well because Wolves are forcing a catalogue of corner kicks, all of which are being defended well at the moment.
29mins - Play has stopped for an injury to Steve Harper - he appears to collide with his front post as United defend a corner and has taken a blow to the nose. Tim Krul is warming up but you'd expect the number one to carry on after treatment from physio Dave Henderson and doctor Paul Catterson.
24mins - For all Newcastle's pressure here, it's Wolves who should be in front now. David Jones' corner is deep and finds Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unmarked, but the former Plymouth striker heads against Steve Harper's upright from less than six yards out. It looked a great chance for the home side to punish United for not taking their chances.
20mins - Kevin Doyle is the first player booked today, and although it's a push on James Perch which earns the card, it's probably more a culmination of fouls from the Irish forward, who has committed three or four now.
16mins - Carroll is winning everything in the air again and after beating Christophe Berra to the flick-on, Kevin Nolan undercooks his half-volley at the onrushing keeper, then is foiled at the second attempt too. Newcastle again look threatening, however, and have started by far and away the brighter of the two sides.
12mins - Andy Carroll and Marcus Hahnemann both get a talking too from referee Stuart Attwell. The pair had momentarily squared up after challenging for a high-ball, but the official is rightly content to calm them both down with a few words.
6mins - Routledge again so nearly creates a goal for Newcastle. He races onto Jonas Gutierrez's through-ball, rounds Hahnemann at a narrow angle and cuts the ball back across the unguarded goal, but Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in the centre just fail to connect. What a bright start this has been so far, though - The Magpies look a confident outfit here.
5mins - Newcastle are wearing their third different kit in a week - they're in white, having worn black and white stripes on Sunday and blue on Wednesday night - but it's been a more than 'all white start here so far from the visitors. The first chance has just gone to United, with Wayne Routledge's right-wing cross headed goalwards by Andy Carroll but too close to trouble Marcus Hahnemann, the Wolves goalkeeper.
Chris Hughton fields the same side which started against Aston Villa last weekend - or makes 11 changes from the team that beat Accrington in midweek, depending on how you want to look at it - and will hope for the same standard of performance from his charges.
On the bench, Tamas Kadar and Nile Ranger come in for James Tavernier and Xisco.
Wolves' new season-long loan signing Michael Mancienne starts on the bench.
WWFC: Marcus Hahnemann, Jelle van Damme, Jody Craddock, Karl Henry, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Stephen Ward, David Jones, Christophe Berra, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Doyle, Kevin Foley.
Subs: David Edwards, Richard Stearman, Steven Fletcher, Wayne Hennessey, Michael Mancienne, Ronald Zubar, Adlene Guedioura.
NUFC: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.
Subs: Ryan Taylor, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul, Haris Vuckic, Peter Lovenkrands, Tamas Kadar.
Referee: Stuart Attwell