Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Newcastle United: Hwang Hee-chan double sinks winless Magpies


Hwang Hee-chan, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United
Hwang Hee-chan scored his second and third Premier League goals for Wolves to earn Bruno Lage’s side their first home league win of the campaign

Hwang Hee-chan scored twice to inspire Wolves to their first home win of the season against beleaguered Newcastle, who remain without a victory this term.

The game sparked into life after 20 minutes, when Hwang latched on to Raul Jimenez’s through ball before finishing coolly beyond the onrushing Karl Darlow.

Jeff Hendrick fired Newcastle level with a long-range drive into the bottom corner – moments after Francisco Trincao had rattled the crossbar for Wolves at the other end.

Jose Sa had to be on his toes to deny Allan Saint-Maximin from point-blank range within minutes of the restart, but Hwang’s left-footed finish – from another Jimenez pass – restored the home side’s lead.

Newcastle slip into the bottom three after a seventh league game without a win, while Wolves climb into the top half.

Hwang and Jimenez heap pressure on Bruce

Wolves boss Bruno Lage will hope Saturday’s victory gives his side some much-needed momentum following an inconsistent start to the campaign.

His team have had little trouble creating opportunities but converting them has been another matter, with only bottom-of-the-table Norwich finding the net on fewer occasions prior to this game.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the early stages as Newcastle made a lively start, but Hwang’s opener swung the pendulum in the hosts’ favour.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said the switch to a back four “certainly helped” the Mapgies in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Watford, but the 60-year-old was forced to abandon his 4-3-3 formation in favour of a 5-4-1 in the first half as Wolves dominated the midfield.

The change soon paid off as Hendrick drilled home a loose ball from the edge of the penalty area to restore parity. Wolves were unhappy with Joelinton’s challenge on goalkeeper Sa in the build-up to the goal, but the home side’s appeals were quickly dismissed by the video assistant referee.

Saint-Maximin – who endured a frustrating afternoon at Molineux – went closest for the visitors in a second-half of few clear-cut chances, but Hwang struck again after more fine work from the tireless Jimenez to clinch the points for Wolves.

In a week which has seen Newcastle embroiled in legal proceedings with the Premier League regarding last summer’s collapsed takeover of the club, Magpies fans could be forgiven for asking where their first win of the season is going to come from.

Injured striker Callum Wilson cannot return quickly enough – Newcastle have claimed just two victories in their 17 Premier League games without the 29-year-old.

Player of the match

Hwang Hee-ChanHwang Hee-Chan

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number26Player nameHwang Hee-Chan

  2. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

  3. Squad number16Player nameCoady

  4. Squad number23Player nameKilman

  5. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

  6. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

  7. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

  8. Squad number27Player nameSaïss

  9. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

  10. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

  11. Squad number5Player nameMarçal

  12. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  13. Squad number11Player nameTrincão

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  2. Squad number16Player nameHendrick

  3. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  4. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  5. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  6. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  7. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  8. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

  9. Squad number2Player nameClark

  10. Squad number14Player nameHayden

  11. Squad number18Player nameFernández

  12. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

  13. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  14. Squad number34Player nameGayle

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 23Kilman
  • 16Coady
  • 27Saïss
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 5Marçal
  • 11Machado TrincãoSubstituted forDendonckerat 86′minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 26Hwang Hee-ChanSubstituted forTraoréat 90+3′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 10Podence
  • 15Boly
  • 17Fábio Silva
  • 21Ruddy
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 37Traoré
  • 39Cundle

Newcastle

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Darlow
  • 19ManquilloBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMurphyat 70′minutes
  • 18Fernández
  • 2ClarkBooked at 56mins
  • 11Ritchie
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forGayleat 77′minutes
  • 28WillockSubstituted forHendrickat 36′minutes
  • 14Hayden
  • 7Joelinton
  • 10Saint-Maximin

Substitutes

  • 5Schär
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 21Fraser
  • 23Murphy
  • 29Gillespie
  • 32Anderson
  • 34Gayle

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