Premier League

Newcastle 1-2 Wolves: Visitors score 95th-minute winner against 10 men

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

The Premier League needs video assistant referees now, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said after Wolves scored a dramatic stoppage-time winner against his 10-man side.

Matt Doherty headed home the rebound after Diogo Jota's shot was pushed into his path in the 95th minute.

Ayoze Perez's superb header had pulled Newcastle level after Jota gave Wolves the lead before the break at St James' Park.

Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin was sent off by referee Mike Dean after 57 minutes - with the score at 1-1 - and Newcastle had a rejected penalty claim for a Willy Boly challenge on Perez.

"We need VAR now," said Benitez. "In this game it would have changed everything. We were doing enough to control the game. How can you explain those decisions to all our fans?"

Jota was outside the Newcastle area when he was brought down, with Jamaal Lascelles tracking back.

"The ball was far away [from goal] and there were other men close enough that it wasn't a red card," said Benitez.

"You can guarantee to me that the player in the corner of the box can score in the top corner every time? It cannot be a red card."

VAR is set to be used in the Premier League next season, after clubs agreed in principle to their introduction.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said the red card "changed the game" and admitted his side were "lucky to beat them in the end".

"It's too difficult for me to judge because I'm on the other side of the pitch," he added.

Newcastle forward Perez said: "I'm not saying if it's a red card or not, but I'm pretty sure if it had been at the other end it wouldn't have been a red."

Opta graphic of where DeAndre Yedlin was sent off
This graphic shows the position DeAndre Yedlin was when he fouled Jota and was shown a straight red card by referee Mike Dean

Newcastle felt they should have had a penalty when Boly appeared to elbow Perez as he jumped for a header in the box.

Play was allowed to go on and Wolves almost scored from the resulting counter-attack, keeper Martin Dubravka diving to his right to keep out Doherty's curling effort.

Perez received treatment on the pitch for a bloody nose.

"I don't know what we have to do to get a penalty but we just have to keep going," said Perez.

"The guy elbowed me really hard straight in my nose, but the referee said it was the ball that hit me, not the elbow, even though I was bleeding."

Benitez said: "It's so obvious. The red card and the elbow in Perez's face - we need the VAR."

Persistence pays off as Jota impresses

Diogo Jota scoring for Wolves
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 before 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.

Doherty had 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 was Wolves' second in succession in the league - the first time they have secured back-to-back wins since early October.

For now, 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 before smashing the underside of the crossbar with a testing free-kick.

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

But the game changed when Yedlin was sent off as Newcastle slipped to a seventh defeat in nine home games.

Willy Boly and Ayoze Perez
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 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).
  • 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).
  • 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.

'Enthusiasm disguises things'- what they said

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo: "A late win. Enthusiasm disguises things - we didn't do the best performance. We allowed Newcastle to put us behind. We didn't win our duels or manage the possession of the ball.

"A draw was clearly the right result. The red card changes the game. We were lucky to beat them in the end. Don't always ask me about the referee please, it's a tough job."

What's next?

Newcastle travel to Huddersfield on Saturday, 15 December (15:00 GMT), while Wolves host Bournemouth on the same day (15:00 GMT).



  • 12Dubravka
  • 6Lascelles
  • 18FernandezSubstituted forManquilloat 45'minutes
  • 2ClarkBooked at 90mins
  • 22YedlinBooked at 57mins
  • 10Diamé
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 18mins
  • 30AtsuSubstituted forKenedyat 89'minutes
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Pérez
  • 9RondónSubstituted forJoseluat 86'minutes


  • 3Dummett
  • 13Muto
  • 15Kenedy
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 36Longstaff
  • 41Woodman


  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 80mins
  • 16CoadyBooked at 72mins
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertyBooked at 33mins
  • 27SaïssSubstituted forJiménezat 60'minutes
  • 8Neves
  • 29Vinagre
  • 10Hélder CostaBooked at 65minsSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 76'minutes
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 60'minutes
  • 18JotaBooked at 73mins


  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 9Jiménez
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 33Bonatini
Mike Dean

Match Stats

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Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.


Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United).


Goal! Newcastle United 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.


Substitution, Newcastle United. Kenedy replaces Christian Atsu.


Substitution, Newcastle United. Joselu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Martin Dubravka.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.


Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Hand ball by Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers).


Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. João Moutinho replaces Hélder Costa.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Hélder Costa following a fast break.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Conor Coady.


Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).


Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).


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