Wolverhampton Wanderers: Terry Connor Starts off with Draw Against Newcastle

S. GordonCorrespondent IIFebruary 26, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  New Wolves manager Terry Connor (R) makes a point as Alan Pardew looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between  Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Sports Direct Arena on February 25, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Terry Connor’s first game in charge was set to be a tough one as Wolves took on sixth-placed Newcastle at St. James Park.

The first half seemed to show that the change in management wouldn’t change the form of the club as they found themselves 2-0 down at the half.

Something must have been said at the break because when Wolves took the field in the second half, they looked like a different team.

Within five minutes of the restart, Wolves pulled one back through Matt Jarvis to make the match a much more competitive fixture.

Jarvis had the ball on the left hand side, before cutting back and launching a rocket past Tim Krul as the ball flew into the top corner. It took a slight deflection off a Danny Simpson but the dubious goal gave Jarvis the place on the score sheet.

Newcastle, who seemed content to sit back and contain their two-goal lead, now looked worried. Just over 15 minutes later, they were made to regret not taking their chances.

Wolves were really starting to pile on the pressure and a great save from Krul after a Stephen Ward shot kept the Magpies' slender lead.

Then came a Jamie O’Hara free kick. The midfielder whipped in a great ball which was initially stopped by the Newcastle defence. When scrambling to clear the ball, it fell kindly to Kevin Doyle, who had the easy task of placing the ball into the open goal.

Both sides towards the end of the game had their chances to win it but neither team could force a winner and they had to accept a share of the spoils.

A point apiece was a fair result as Newcastle was dominant in the first half and Wolverhampton in the second.

But will Wolves be able to build on this result and climb further up the table. Will Newcastle be able to return to their best form and fight for a place in the UEFA Champions league?