In a game which will be remembered for nothing more than its 11 yellow cards, Newcastle United managed to gain what could be a valuable point come the end of the season.
Ebanks-Blake put Wolves ahead just before half-time, arguably against the run of play. Aside from the ferocious attacks on Andy Carroll and Joey Barton, Wolves offered nothing spectacular in terms of attacking play – their resort to take out Barton was clear for all to see.
A reformed Mr. Barton though had the final say as it was his free-kick which Andy Carroll headed home to make the game all square in the 62nd minute. Referee Stuart Attwell offered little protection for a victimised Barton and appeared to lose control of the game – the ref clearly wasn’t ready or prepared for the all-out assault from the Wolves players on their Newcastle counterparts.
Wolves having to rely on their physical play clearly works for them at home, but it will interesting to see what happens when a Chelsea or Manchester United team visits Molineux – will Rooney or Drogba be the victim that day?
One concern on the day for Newcastle’s defence has to be the play of James Perch, the defender was at fault for Wolves’ goal, and almost gave away a penalty. Chris Hughton must be hoping that either Sol Campbell regains fitness, or the Steven Taylor contract gets squared away sooner rather than later.
So, a decent point gained on a tough trip and there’ll be teams who visit Molineux who succumb to the physical side of play. All in all, definitely one point gained.