Chris Wood scored from the penalty spot as Newcastle took a big step to stay in the Premier League with a 1-0 home win against Wolves on Friday. The New Zealand striker was on target in the 72nd minute, with his second goal for the Magpies since his January £25m ($32m) move from Burnley, helping Newcastle move 10 points clear of the relegation zone with seven games to go.
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Newcastle started at St James’ Park after a 5-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, their third successive league loss.
But they are now on the verge of being assured of their place in the top flight next season, which will be a huge boost for the Saudi-backed consortium who bought the northeast club in October. .
The Magpies were cheered on by a crowd of over 52,000, with Wood telling the BBC: “The fans got the buzz.
“That’s the good thing about the crowd. It has injected us with faith and life, which is good and what we sometimes need. »
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe added: “I think the fans appreciate seeing a team ready to run and fight for every ball.
“I think it was a sense of accomplishment after three defeats and a disappointing second half against Tottenham. »
For Wolves, the defeat was a blow to their European football hopes, with the visitors still two points behind sixth-placed West Ham, having played two more games than the London club.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage admitted his side didn’t start well but insisted they were the “better team” in the second half.
As for the winning goal, Lage said: “I don’t know if there’s a team with more shots on goal than us.
“We are creating good chances but we are not scoring. This is a big missed opportunity for us. »
Bruno Guimaraes was given a first start at St James’ Park by Howe as Brazil international and Emil Krafth replaced injured Joe Willock and Javier Manquillo in the squad that started last weekend’s loss to Spurs.
Lage also made two changes, with Hwang Hee-chan and Luke Cundle replacing Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence.
Newcastle thought they had broken the deadlock in the 24th minute when Wood fired home after Guimaraes traded passes with substitute Miguel Almiron and crossed, only to have his effort ruled out for offside after a VAR review.
Although Newcastle had the best of the game, Wolves had chances in an increasingly open second half.
Hwang had a close range effort blocked and Joao Moutinho drilled a cross into the face of goal.
Newcastle, however, finally took the lead 18 minutes from time when Wood ran over Joelinton’s pass only to be knocked down by Jose Sa as the Wolves keeper rushed off his line.
Referee Peter Bankes pointed the spot and, after a VAR check, the penalty stood.
Wood took the kick himself, calmly sending Sa the wrong way, much to the delight of the Newcastle faithful.
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