English Premier League

Newcastle United 3 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goals from Alexander Isak, Anthony Gordon, and Tino Livramento helped Newcastle overcome Wolves and register their first home win in the Premier League since mid-December.

Sweden international Isak nodded in at the end of a sweeping counter-attack involving Gordon and Bruno Guimaraes, whose left-footed shot deflected off Craig Dawson and into the striker’s path.

Eddie Howe’s team doubled their advantage when Jose Sa and Max Kilman failed to deal with Jacob Murphy’s low cross and Gordon pounced on the loose ball to fire home.

Wolves had the lion’s share of possession at St James’ Park but failed to test Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka until midway through the second half, when half-time substitute Nathan Fraser’s low shot from the edge of the box was palmed clear.

Dubravka produced a superb stop to deny Pablo Sarabia moments later, but Livramento bundled home his first Newcastle goal in stoppage time to put the seal on the Magpies’ first home victory since their 3-0 win over Fulham on 16 December.

The victory lifted Newcastle up to eighth in the table, while Wolves dropped to 10th.

Magpies rediscover home comforts
Three more points and a first clean sheet in two and a half months caps a satisfying week for Newcastle, who reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Championship side Blackburn on Tuesday.

Newcastle’s inconsistent league form has been a cause for concern but, after a slow start against Wolves, they looked more like the side that secured Champions League football for the first time in 20 years last term.

They appeared to gain in confidence after Isak’s 15th goal of the season and went close to doubling their lead when Dan Burn scuffed wide from the edge of the area.

Jacob Murphy shot straight at Sa not long afterwards, but the Wolves goalkeeper was at fault for Newcastle’s second, his attempted clearance from Murphy’s cross deflecting off Kilman and into Gordon’s path.

Newcastle’s Joe Willock, making only his second league start of the campaign, was denied by a superb goal-line block by the retreating Toti Gomes.

The only sour note for the hosts was an injury to captain Kieran Trippier, who was replaced by Livramento seven minutes into the second half.

The former Southampton full-back completed the scoring, skipping between two defenders before slotting the ball into the far corner.

The victory is Howe’s 100th as a manager, but his team’s confident display on home soil will mean a great deal more than any personal milestones.


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