Wolves 2-1 Newcastle: Hwang Hee-chan scores match-winning double – after two assists from Raul Jimenez – to give Bruno Lage his first home win in the Premier League as Steve Bruce remains scoreless
- Hwang Hee-chan opened the scoring for Wolves after a setup by Raul Jimenez
- Newcastle tied the score after Jeff Hendrick jumped after poor defense
- Wolves were up front again in the second half – and again it was Hee-chan
- Bruno Lage’s men held out for a hard-fought win against Steve Bruce’s side
Newcastle’s scoreless start to the Premier League season stretched to seven games as Hwang Hee-chan’s first goals at Molineux put more pressure on Steve Bruce.
Hwang scored in each half to ensure Wolves beat a chaotic game between two flawed teams after Newcastle substitute Jeff Hendrick controversially equalized just before half-time.
Bruce has been under pressure at St James’ Park for most of his reign and an opening streak of three points from seven games will lift the mood of the supporters.
Hwang Hee-chan was the hero when he scored twice to give Bruno Lage his first home win
Hee-chan was in good form and scored on both sides of the break after assists from Raul Jimenez
The South Korean scored early in the second half to a cheering Molineux . the winner
Newcastle’s Jeff Hendrick had previously equalized for the visitors after a defensive mix-up
Yet the Magpies were unable to build from that goal and remain winless in the Premier League
Hee-chan had given Wolves an early lead with a nice finish past keeper Karl Darlow
Bruno Lage shows his frustration in the first half, but got away with his first home win
MATCH FACTS AND REVIEWS
WOLVES (3-4-3): Sat 7; Kilman 7, Coady 6, Saiss 7; Semedo 6, Neves 6.5, Moutinho 7, Marcal 6.5; Trincao 5.5 (Dendoncker 86), Jimenez 7, Hwang 7.5 (Traore 90)
Goals: Hwang 20, 58
Booked: Lage, Moutinho
Subs (not used): Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Podence, Boly, Silva, Cundle.
NEW CASTLE (4-3-3): Darlow 6; Manquillo 5.5 (Murphy 70, 6), Fernandez 6, Clark 6, Ritchie 6; Willock 6 (Hendrick 35min, 6.5), Longstaff 6, Hayden 6.5; Almiron 5 (Gayle 77), Saint Maximin 6, Joelinton 6.5.
Goals: Hendrik 41
Booked: Clark, Manquillo
Subs (not used): Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson.
Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire) 6
They should have taken the lead early in the second half when Allan Saint-Maximin missed a big chance, although Wolves will point to Francisco Trincao hitting the bottom of the bar from eight yards when it seemed easier to score.
After a quiet 20-minute opening, Wolves took the lead as Raul Jimenez squirmed from Sean Longstaff and made a smart pass for Hwang, who produced an excellent result from a tight corner – Wolves’ first league goal at Molineux this season.
The goal calmed the home side and their football became more fluid. Joao Moutinho’s try from distance was saved by Karl Darlow before Trincao lost a glorious chance to double Wolves’ lead five minutes before half-time.
Ruben Neves found Hwang with an excellent ball from deep and the South Korean’s low cross found Trincao unmarked at the far post. With all the aim of aiming, Trincao chose power and saw his shot bounce off the bottom of the bar.
Moments earlier, Hendrick had replaced the injured Joe Willock and barely a minute after Trincao’s miss, Hendrick tied his side.
Allan Saint-Maximin slid through Joelinton and Sa did well to reach the ball first, receiving a blow to the body in the process. When Wolves failed to clear, Sa was still out of position and Hendrick drove the ball past him from 25 yards.
As Newcastle celebrated, Lage jumped furiously from the sidelines, believing the match should have been stopped after Joelinton and Sa collided. The Wolves boss was fined for his protests and as the teams walked out before halftime, referee Scott had a lengthy chat with Sa, who was still hugely disappointed with the decision.
Newcastle had switched from a back-four to a back-three when Hendricks came in and for a while Wolves struggled to cope with the change.
Meanwhile, it was another afternoon of frustration for the pressured Steve Bruce
The visitors started the second half impressively and Saint-Maximin should have put them ahead in the 50th minute after more uncertain defending, he had a clear shot on target from six yards, forcing Sa to save his side with a brilliant response.
The home crowd had given the umpires many sticks after Newcastle’s equaliser, but they were grateful when Wolves regained the lead. When Jimenez got a punch from Longstaff just in the Newcastle half, Scott had an advantage and gave the Mexican a chance to select Hwang’s point with another smart pass.
As in the first half, Hwang again delivered mercilessly into the bottom corner, this time with his left foot.
By now, home fans were clamoring for Adama Traore, once again left at the substitutes by Lage, but although the flying winger only emerged in stoppage time and replaced new home hero Hwang, Wolves managed to hold on to the points.