DeAndre Yedlin’s sending-off meant Newcastle had to play for 33 minutes with only 10 men

Matt Doherty headed home in the fifth minute of injury time to give Wolves victory over 10-man Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Doherty netted the rebound after Diogo Jota’s shot was pushed into his path by Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Jota had given Wolves the lead before the break when he side-footed home.

Ayoze Perez’s superb header quickly pulled Newcastle level, but they were reduced to 10 men when DeAndre Yedlin was sent off after 57 minutes.

Newcastle had dominated the first half – Salomon Rondon smashing a free-kick against the crossbar – but came under increasing pressure after Yedlin’s dismissal.

Doherty forced a diving save from Dubravka and Raul Jimenez hit the crossbar, before the former struck the decisive blow as the clock ticked down.

Victory is Wolves’ second in succession in the Premier League – the first time they have secured back-to-back wins since early October.

Persistence pays off as Jota impresses

Jota has scored in back-to-back Premier League games, after not scoring in his first 13

Wolves’ week could not have gone much better.

This victory came four days after they ended a run of seven league games without a victory by beating fourth-placed Chelsea 2-1.

They were made to work hard by Newcastle, who had the upper hand prior to Yedlin’s dismissal.

But Jota was again influential – scoring his second goal in as many weeks and winning the free-kick which led to the sending-off. It was also his shot that was palmed into Doherty’s path late on, and Wolves will hope his bright form continues throughout a festive period that includes matches against Liverpool and Tottenham.

For now, though, they can celebrate a place in the Premier League’s top 10.

Frustration for gutsy Newcastle

Newcastle have now failed to win their past three Premier League games, but could easily have taken all three points against Wolves.

They were on the front foot from the start – Rondon forcing a save from Rui Patricio with a fizzing half-volley moments after kick-off.

As well as having 60% of the possession in the first half, the Magpies had 10 shots, four on target – a tally they have only bettered once this season.

But the game changed when Yedlin was sent off. His tackle on Jota was clearly a foul but, with Jamaal Lascelles well placed to cover, the Magpies will question whether a yellow card would have sufficed.

It was the first of two questionable decisions, the second when Wolves defender Willy Boly appeared to elbow Perez as he jumped for a header.

Ultimately it was a frustrating evening for Newcastle, who have now lost seven of their nine home games this season.

Willy Boly appeared to elbow Ayoze Perez in the face as they both contested for the ball during a set-piece

The best of the stats

  • Wolves beat Newcastle in the Premier League for the first time, after drawing four and losing two of their previous six meetings.
  • Wolves have won six of their 16 Premier League games this season, more than they managed in the whole of their last top-flight campaign (five wins in 2011-12).
  • No team have had more 90th-minute winners this season than Wolves (2, also Man Utd), with Newcastle losing to a 90th-minute winner for the second time this season; more than any other side.
  • All seven meetings between Newcastle and Wolves in the Premier League have seen both teams score – it is the most-played fixture in the competition not to feature a clean sheet.
  • Only Everton (91) and Arsenal (86) have had more Premier League red cards than Newcastle (82).
  • Seven of Newcastle’s 13 Premier League goals this season have been headers, including six of the seven they have scored at St James’ Park.
  • Newcastle have picked up just six points from their opening nine home Premier League games this campaign (P9 W2 D0 L7) – their worst start after nine home matches of a season in the top four tiers of English Football (previously eight points in 1957-58, assuming three points for a win).
  • Wolves have made six changes to their starting XI across their past two Premier League games – more than they had in their previous 13 combined this season (5).
  • Rondon has been directly involved in four of Newcastle’s past six Premier League goals (3 goals, 1 assist), including the past three at St James’ Park.

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