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Wolverhampton   1 - 1   Newcastle

Andy Carroll
Newcastle striker Carroll continued his fine form with a powerful header

By Les Roopanarine

Newcastle's Andy Carroll cancelled out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's superb opener for Wolves to add further weight to his case for an England call-up.

Carroll was at the forefront of a Magpies display full of early vigour, but it was Wolves who drew first blood.

Ebanks-Blake drove home a Jelle van Damme centre to put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Carroll hauled Newcastle level just after the hour, rising unmarked to head home a Joey Barton free-kick.

A bruising encounter punctuated by 12 yellow cards was, then, largely a tale of two strikers in a rich vein of form, both of them scoring for a second week in succession.

Newcastle should have made more of their initial dominance, but Mick McCarthy's side hung in manfully to weather the early storm before Ebanks-Blake, who had already hit the post with a header, forced the breakthrough.

McCarthy happy with battling point

As for Chris Hughton's Newcastle, an away point at Molineux is not to be sniffed at, and they rallied well after the disappointment of failing to convert a string of first-half opportunities.

The signing of France international Hatem Ben Arfa on a season-long loan, announced an hour before kick-off, will doubtless lift Geordie spirits further after last weekend's 6-0 evisceration of Aston Villa.

No doubt the Toon army will be gleefully imagining the damage Carroll might inflict when backed by the midfield scheming of a player surely destined to be christened 'Wor Benny'.

On an afternoon when the two managers, former Republic of Ireland internationals McCarthy and Hughton, greeted each other warmly, common ground between the two sides was not difficult to find.

Newcastle's overriding priority is to emulate Wolves' achievement last season in consolidating their top-flight status following promotion.

606: DEBATE

With that goal in mind, Hughton could do a lot worse than follow the example set by McCarthy. The Yorkshireman has instilled a formidable work ethic in his side and that quality, combined with sound defensive organisation, was central to Wolves' survival last term.

For the opening half an hour, the home side were hugely reliant on the second of those attributes. Picking up where they left off against Villa, Newcastle hit the ground running, with Carroll at the heart of a vibrant attacking performance.

Supported by Kevin Nolan, the Newcastle number nine delivered an outstanding display of modern centre-forward play, tormenting the Wolves defence with his aerial presence and physicality, working the channels when required, and bringing team-mates into the game with some excellent hold-up play.

If Carroll is not named in Sunday's England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers - potentially in place of Bobby Zamora, who is an injury doubt - it will not be for want of ability.

Carroll tested Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann with an early header, Wayne Routledge was unlucky not to find either Barton or Nolan after rounding Hahnemann, and a double attempt by Nolan was also thwarted.

Wolves were feeling the heat and, as they strove to contain the Tynesiders, it soon became clear that the dug-out bonhomie did not extend to their players.

Hughton impressed with season start

Karl Henry and Barton set the tone for an afternoon of unflinching physical commitment by contesting a bone-juddering 50-50 challenge.

Kevin Doyle went in hard on Alan Smith, Van Damme clattered Carroll and, by the end, no fewer than seven Wolves players had been booked.

But there was quality amid the commitment, as Ebanks-Blake signalled when he shuddered the post from a David Jones corner. It was a point the striker reinforced - this time decisively - two minutes from the interval.

Van Damme swung a cross to the far post, and Ebanks-Blake went into Dennis Bergkamp mode, cushioning the ball in mid-air with the outside of his right boot before sweeping it beyond the helpless Magpies keeper Steve Harper.

Newcastle survived an early second-half scare when James Perch slid in to bring down Matthew Jarvis, but referee Stuart Attwell denied Wolves what looked a more than credible penalty claim.

Perhaps stung by a sense of injustice, Wolves became increasingly tetchy, and an attritional 15-minute spell culminated with Ronald Zubar entering Attwell's book for a left-wing foul on Gutierrez.

Barton swung in the resulting free-kick, and some slack Wolves defending left the unmarked Carroll free to power home a signature headed strike.

From there, Newcastle looked the likelier winners. Hahnemann repelled Nolan's volley after Routledge had prised Wolves open along the right, and was again forced into action when Shola Ameobi, who came on for Carroll, went close with a looping header.


Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:

"Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has had a great start to the season and got another good goal. I'm delighted with him.

"It was a fair result, but I thought we should have had a penalty.

"It was a tough game, and we've certainly got no problem with the competitive edge to the game.

"I'll take the point - we're unbeaten, and it's a great start for us".

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton:

"It was a very competitive game, but it's impossible to come here and not have that kind of game.

"We started very well, but we had to. You can't be on the back foot here, because Wolves are a very good side who play at a high tempo.

"If Andy Carroll got the [England] call tomorrow, I am quite sure he would be available.

"Should he be picked? That is the decision for the manager. All I can say is how delighted I am with what he has given us.

"[New signing Hatem Ben Arfa] is a quality player. He's got the right profile - he's got quality, and he's got some development in him too."

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Ebanks-Blake 43
  • Carroll 62

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Newcastle

Substitutes

Ref: AttwellAtt: 27,745
WOLVES
NEWCASTLE

Possession

  • Wolves 51%
  • Newcastle 49%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 2
  • Newcastle 6

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 3
  • Newcastle 5

Corners

  • Wolves 5
  • Newcastle 3

Fouls

  • Wolves 20
  • Newcastle 18
  • Final Result
  • 98:45 The game kicks-off.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:59 Booking Joey Barton is shown a yellow card.
  • Correction - 90:00+4:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Kevin Foley. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:57 Unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
  • 90:00+4:41 Defending throw-in by Ronald Zubar (Wolverhampton).
  • 90:00+4:04 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is ruled offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:04 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Adlene Guedioura. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adlene Guedioura from right wing, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 90:00+0:43 Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from left wing. Adlene Guedioura has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 90:00+0:43 Booking The referee shows James Perch a yellow card.
  • 90:00+0:36 Matthew Jarvis fouled by James Perch, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Nolan. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 88:42 Booking Shola Ameobi booked.
  • 88:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Shola Ameobi. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:58 The ball is crossed by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • 86:38 Foul by Wayne Routledge on Matthew Jarvis, free kick awarded. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 84:29 Booking Karl Henry is given a yellow card.
  • 84:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Joey Barton. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 82:12 Joey Barton has an effort direct from the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Kevin Nolan. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 82:12 Booking Christophe Berra booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:55 Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Christophe Berra results in a free kick.
  • 79:34 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a clearance. Joey Barton decides to take a short corner.
  • 79:34 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Shola Ameobi coming on for Andrew Carroll.
  • 79:34 Booking Adlene Guedioura receives a caution.
  • 79:21 Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton.
  • 78:24 Wayne Routledge produces a cross.
  • 77:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Mike Williamson. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 75:11 Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 74:35 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 73:36 Shot from just outside the area by Joey Barton misses to the right of the target.
  • 72:25 The official flags Kevin Nolan offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:05 Substitution Adlene Guedioura comes on in place of David Jones.
  • 71:05 Substitution Steven Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Doyle.
  • 71:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Christophe Berra. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:52 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 67:20 Alan Smith challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
  • 66:24 Centre by Wayne Routledge, Shot by Kevin Nolan. Save by Marcus Hahnemann. Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 64:28 Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 64:17 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 63:43 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 63:24 Booking Kevin Nolan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:09 Foul by Kevin Nolan on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:57 The assist for the goal came from Joey Barton.
  • 61:57 GOAL - Andrew CarrollWolverhampton 1 - 1 Newcastle Andrew Carroll finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Wolverhampton 1-1 Newcastle.
  • 61:24 The ball is swung over by Joey Barton,
  • 61:24 Booking Ronald Zubar shown a yellow card.
  • 61:13 Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 60:21 Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • 60:00 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 59:13 Unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:28 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 57:51 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 55:38 Substitution Ronald Zubar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jelle Van Damme.
  • 55:38 Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:09 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 52:25 The ball is crossed by Wayne Routledge.
  • 52:02 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 51:14 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 49:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Perch on Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by David Jones.
  • 49:08 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
  • 46:20 Attacking throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 45:50 Jelle Van Damme gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:30 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:25 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 45:00+2:41 Booking The referee shows Matthew Jarvis a yellow card.
  • 45:00+2:22 Matthew Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:49 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:00+0:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Jody Craddock. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 45:00 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:25 Inswinging corner taken by David Jones.
  • 43:56 Andrew Carroll produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:31 Assist by Jelle Van Damme.
  • 42:31 GOAL - Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeWolverhampton 1 - 0 Newcastle Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Newcastle.
  • 41:25 Booking Andrew Carroll is shown a yellow card for dissent.
  • 41:13 Effort on goal by Andrew Carroll from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 40:33 Jelle Van Damme is caught offside. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:08 Wayne Routledge delivers the ball, Kevin Nolan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 39:51 Alan Smith fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Mike Williamson takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:14 Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 37:44 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 36:56 Booking Jelle Van Damme goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:20 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 35:06 Unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:42 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
  • 34:28 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 29:28 David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alan Smith. David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis. Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Joey Barton.
  • 29:02 Attacking throw-in by Jelle Van Damme (Wolverhampton).
  • 28:25 Attacking throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).
  • 27:17 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 26:11 Goal kick taken long by Steve Harper (Newcastle).
  • 25:05 Corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line, Header from close range by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hits the post.
  • 24:08 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 22:24 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the right by-line, Karl Henry makes a clearance.
  • 21:37 Booking The referee books Kevin Doyle for unsporting behaviour.
  • 21:29 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on James Perch. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
  • 21:09 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Jelle Van Damme makes a clearance.
  • 20:07 Foul by Karl Henry on Joey Barton, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton. Andrew Carroll produces a cross, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:14 The ball is sent over by James Perch.
  • 17:35 Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 17:00 Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by David Jones results in a free kick. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:00 Defending throw-in by James Perch (Newcastle).
  • 15:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake by James Perch. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 14:20 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:40 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 12:59 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Andrew Carroll has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 12:14 Foul by Jelle Van Damme on James Perch, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:44 Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jelle Van Damme. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 11:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Kevin Doyle. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 10:27 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 9:34 Kevin Doyle challenges Alan Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 8:42 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 8:06 Centre by Kevin Nolan, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 6:45 Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
  • 6:21 The ball is swung over by Andrew Carroll, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 5:42 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 5:21 Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 4:26 Kevin Nolan is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 4:11 The ball is crossed by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Jody Craddock.
  • 3:17 Mike Williamson fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 2:59 Goal kick taken long by Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton).
  • 2:29 Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Newcastle).
  • 1:37 Foul by Stephen Ward on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 1:04 Defending throw-in by Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton).
  • 0:04 Defending throw-in by Kevin Foley (Wolverhampton).

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 3 14 9
2 Arsenal 3 7 7
3 Man Utd 3 6 7
4 Wolves 3 1 5
5 Newcastle 3 3 4
6 Man City 2 3 4
7 Bolton 2 2 4
8 Birmingham 2 1 4
9 Tottenham 3 0 4
10 Blackpool 3 -2 4
11 Fulham 3 0 3
12 Blackburn 3 -1 3
13 Aston Villa 2 -3 3
14 West Brom 2 -5 3
15 Wigan 3 -9 3
16 Sunderland 2 -1 1
17 Everton 2 -1 1
18 Liverpool 2 -3 1
19 Stoke 3 -4 0
20 West Ham 3 -8 0

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