Month: February 2017

25.02.2017… Bristol City (h)…

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St. James’ Park… Saturday February 25th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,131

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

Two points dropped, down to second, but a result that would have been gratefully accepted at half time…

We were as good in the second period as we were awful in the first. Great team spirit shown in the second half, and if we’d been a little less wasteful in front of goal, all three points would have been ours…

It’s going to be like this until the end of the season though, cool heads are going to be required. We need to stay with the team, this will be no place for whingers…

At least we’ve got an easy game to follow, at Brighton, on Tuesday night…

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Pre-Match: The Surfer Flag…

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First Half: Newcastle Prepare to Take a Free Kick…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Colback (Diame 58), Shelvey, Perez (Gouffran 79), Mitrovic, Atsu, Ritchie

Not Used; Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Anita, Murphy

Goals; Smith o.g. (59), Clark (82)

Bristol City; Giefer, Vyner, Flint, Wright, Bryan (Magnusson 71), O’Neil, Cotterill (Hegelerat 90+2), Smith (Pack 82), Reid, O’Dowda, Wilbraham (YC)

Not Used; Fielding, Tomlin, Taylor, Paterson

Goals; Wilbraham (11), Cotterill (21)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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18.02.2017… Birm v QPR…

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St. Andrew’s… Saturday February 18th… 3pm

Attendance: 20,265

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

An awful afternoon for Birmingham City, outclassed from start to finish…

Worrying times, starting to look over their shoulders…

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First Half Action: QPR Lead 1-0…

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90 Minutes: QPR Lead 4-0…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Dacres-Cogley (Frei 45), Shotton, Grounds, Nsue, Kieftenbeld, Stewart, Tesche (Storer 82), Keita (Robinson 31), Adams, Sinclair

Not Used; Legzdins, Gleeson, O’Keeffe, Bielik

Goals; Nsue (90+3)

Queens Park Rangers; Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Hall, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek (Lualua 85), Manning, Freeman, Washington (Ngbakoto 85), Smith (Sylla 85)

Not Used; Ingram, Mackie, Luongo, Perch

Goals; Smith (18), Washington (47), Sylla (84), N’Gbakoto (88)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

11.02.2017… Wolves (a)…

Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Newcastle United 1

Molineux… Saturday February 11th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 24,876 (4,200 away fans)

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

It was cold, it was wet, the game was poor, but we won. And at this stage of the season, that’s all that matters…

Aleksandar Mitrovic grabbed the winner on the stroke of half time, very much against the run of play. To rub salt into Wolves’ wounds he was possibly lucky to be on the pitch, following an earlier coming together with Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, when already on a yellow card. Rafa made the very wise decision to withdraw him at the interval, he certainly wouldn’t have lasted another 45 minutes…

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Pre Match: Outside Molineux…

The second half was more of the same, and much of the credit for the victory must go to a defending masterclass from Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark…

Job done though, and glad to get this one out of the way. Wolverhampton is never an enjoyable place to visit. Hopefully we’ll be able to give it a miss next season…

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Second Half: Wolves in Possession…

Another tough game to follow on Tuesday night at Norwich. Having Dwight Gayle back in the squad is a massive bounus, but Norwich are in good form. I’d be more than happy with a draw…

Next game for me, Birmingham v QPR next Saturday…

Wolverhampton Wanderers; Ikeme, Coady, Batth, Stearman, Doherty (YC), Edwards, Price (Evans 46), Helder Costa, Enobakhare (Bodvarsson 61), Weimann (Marshall 75), Dicko

Not Used; Saville, Hause, Burgoyne, Ronan

Goals; None

Newcastle United; Darlow (YC), Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (YC) (Murphy 82), Shelvey, Colback (YC), Gouffran, Diame (Perez 88 (YC)), Mitrovic (YC) (Atsu 46)

Not Used; Hanley, Hayden, Elliot, Jesus Gamez

Goals; Mitrovic (44)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…