Newcastle took a huge step towards Premier League survival as Chris Wood’s penalty proved enough to beat a blunt Wolves side at St James’ Park.
The January signing slammed home the second-half winner at the Gallowgate End after being fouled by Wolves keeper Jose Sa at the end of a flowing team move.
VAR checked if Sa had made adequate contact, after an earlier review had denied Wood in the first half, when he saw a goal chalked off because team-mate Bruno Guimaraes was narrowly offside in the build-up.
Wolves failed to touch the ball in the Newcastle area in a dire opening 45 minutes and manager Bruno Lage will wonder why it took until the 80th minute for his side to work home keeper Martin Dubravka when Fabio Silva forced a diving save.
Newcastle – who saw Allan Saint-Maximin fire over the bar before Wood’s goal and Guimaraes go close to adding a second – thoroughly deserved to follow a run of three straight defeats with this win.
It moves them 10 points clear of the relegation zone – though 18th-placed Burnley have two games in hand – while Wolves stay eighth and lose crucial ground in their push for a Europa League spot.
More to follow.
- 5SchärBooked at 56mins
- 39Guimarães Rodriguez MouraSubstituted forS Longstaffat 88′minutes
- 21FraserSubstituted forAlmirónat 13′minutes
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forMurphyat 90+5′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 1Malheiro de Sá
- 19Castro Otto
- 28João MoutinhoBooked at 87mins
- 5MarçalSubstituted forAït-Nouriat 86′minutes
- 11Machado TrincãoSubstituted forCampbellat 78′minutes
- 26Hwang Hee-ChanSubstituted forNetoat 78′minutes
- 17Fábio Silva
- 20Tomás Oliveira
- 22Nélson Semedo
Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.
Attempt saved. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joelinton.
Attempt saved. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Sean Longstaff replaces Bruno Guimarães.
João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rayan Aït-Nouri replaces Marçal.
Attempt saved. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emil Krafth (Newcastle United).
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Dúbravka.
Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Cundle.
Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marçal with a cross.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Chem Campbell replaces Trincão.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pedro Neto replaces Hwang Hee-Chan.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by João Moutinho.
Attempt blocked. Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
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