• Callum Pattison

Football from the Vault: Wolves vs Newcastle (11/02/19) Part 2

Here is part 2 of Wolves away with Newcastle. The second time I went to this fixture. The game took place in February of the 2018/19 season in the Barclays Premier League.

As I mentioned in part 1, visiting Molineux to do Wolves away is always a game I look forward to doing as it is where I currently live. It's also very frustrating not being able to do it this season due to the pandemic so this was the last time I was able to do this fixture.

This day happened on the 11th of February 2019; it was a Monday night game at 8pm. Absolutely perfect because it gives more time for drinking throughout the day plus, I don't have to worry about travel with it being right on my doorstep.

I met up with Tom around midday. He's the only Newcastle United fan that I know who also went to Wolverhampton Uni at the time. We went to the Asda by the stadium to collect some essentials before actually going to the game. By essentials, I mean a crate of beer.

As I mentioned in the previous entry of this series, the main issue I have with an away day in Wolverhampton is the fact that there is literally nowhere to drink if you're an away fan. Well, apart from the Bluebrick which again, it's a shocking pub.

However, we did meet up early so after dropping the crate off at the flat we went to the Wetherspoons in town for a pint and some food. I mean, we were wearing our black and white colours but there was still like 7/8 hours to kick off so they couldn't really stop us drinking there. We did get a few dodgy looks (to be expected) but that's alright. I feel like if you wear a football shirt in an area that isn't the local football team then locals tend to stare at you like you're some kind of extra-terrestrial creature.

Getting off track... we finished up in the spoons and went back to the flat to have some cans. FIFA 19 on the TV and the speaker blasting Newcastle songs before the game. We were joined by Joe as well a little bit later on before we headed out again.

It must have been about 5.00pm, still 3 hours to go till kick off. We decided to go into town to Rileys Sports Bar which sadly is no longer there now. I loved that place and I was a regular in there so, after speaking with staff, we were allowed to go in for happy hour. It's a very Wolves-orientated bar so no surprise, it was heaving with gold shirts. Also unsurprisingly, we got more dodgy looks from the locals.

It wasn't really intimidating because that place was like a second home. We were surrounded by a ton of home fans but it was all good fun. Happy hour in Rileys was also the kind of the thing dreams are made of. 3 pints of Amstel for the price of 2. Yes please.

We got to the ground a little bit before the game started. I got a bottle of Carling on the concourse but only one bottle because it's scam charging about £4 for a tiny bottle. Premier League prices.

The atmosphere on the concourse was bouncing. The Albert Luque song being bellowed out amongst the travelling supporters. The away end was just as poor as I had remembered. Fortunately, we were about 6 rows back from when I went 2 seasons before so the view this time around was slightly better.

On the day of this game we were just above the relegation zone whilst Wolves were flying in their first season back in the top flight - They were sat pretty in 7th spot. For sure, it was going to be a tough game, they had improved on the squad immensely since the last time I had seen them play Newcastle at Molineux.

We had a good chance in the first half with Rondon putting his shot just wide when he was played into the box. Wolves also had a 1 or 2 half-decent opportunities in the 1st half but overall, it was an even 45 minutes with the score at 0-0 at the break.

9 minutes into the second half we got a slight opening, and we took it. Isaac Hayden was played in by Fabian Schär and Hayden squeaked the ball home at the near post. Honestly, Rui Patricio had to be doing better there because Hayden had no right to be scoring that. We didn't care though, the away end erupted.

For the rest of the second half, Wolves peppered us. Jimenez and Doherty both missing great chances for the host. We were quite content with sitting back and playing on the counter attack. Some things never change.

With 72 minutes on the clock came another pretty special moment (not just because I got on the TV on Sky Sports at this moment). Miguel Almiron came on for his debut after completing a club record deal to join us from Atlanta. The roar when he came on was huge and although he didn't see too much of the ball, when he did have a touch you could see that he offered something different. In the 2020/21 season that we are in today, he has been one of the hardest workers in a team which is full of Championship-standard players.

Unfortunately, the expected happened. We blew it right at the end. Wily Boly scored a 95th minute header which Martin Dubravka made a mess of. At the time, I was livid because I thought it was a foul on the goalkeeper. However, too often these days Goalkeepers are treated as if they are invincible. If you touch them it's a foul. I hate that. Keepers need to be stronger in the air. It's that simple.

Wolves probably deserved the point. They were clearly the better side in the second half against a team managed by the Spanish Steve Bruce who was always content with negative football. It may work sometimes, but a lot of the time it won't. This night was a clear example of that.

Honestly, it was a painful way to end the night. Conceding an equaliser that late in a game is a heartbreaker.

Wolves: Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty (Traore 81'), Dendonker (Cavaleiro 69'), Neves, Moutiniho, Jonny, Jimenez, Jota (Costa 69')

Goals: Boly (90+5')

Newcastle: Dubravka, Schär, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin, Hayden (Diame 86'), S. Longstaff, Atsu (Almiron 72'), Ritchie, Perez (Manquillo 90+1'), Rondon

Goals: Hayden (54')

Attendance: 30,687

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