So after one team gets tonked 0-4 at home, and the other records an earth-shattering 6-0 win away, was there anything more inevitable than Wolves turning over a lacklustre Newcastle side this Saturday? Of course there wasn’t, this is us we’re talking about.
In one of the tamest, most-toothless, ineffective and bafflingly bad performances posted at St James’ in recent years, Newcastle were unable to carve out any real chances against a Wolves team that looked considerably more up for it. Only a first time effort from Ayoze Perez (brilliantly saved, it has to be said) really troubled the visitors in the first half.
After Wolves had comes close in the opening exchanges, even hitting the bar from just outside the 6 yard box, Chancel Mbemba headed the ball into his own net. The suspected wake-up-call never materialised, and when Ayoze Perez cheaply gave away the ball in the second half, the game was all but ended at 0-2.
Very typically Newcastle, getting their fans hopes up before posting such an impotent display at home, but given the form displayed prior to this there’s no need for alarm bells just yet.
Staring XI (4-2-3-1): Sels, Anita, Dummett, Lascelles, Mbemba, Shelvey, Hayden (Mitrovic 63), Ritchie, Diame, Perez, Gayle (Atsu 63)
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Yedlin, Colback, Gouffran.
Sending off: Anita (87)