Wolves 2-1 Newcastle: Hwang Hee-chan scores match-winning double – after two assists from Raul Jimenez – to give Bruno Lage his first home win in the Premier League as Steve Bruce remains winless
- Hwang Hee-chan opened the scoring for Wolves after a set up by Raul Jimenez
- Newcastle drew level after Jeff Hendrick pounced following poor defending
- Wolves were back in front in the second-half – and again it was Hee-chan
- Bruno Lage’s men held on for a hard-fought victory against Steve Bruce’s side
Newcastle’s winless start to the Premier League season stretched to seven games as Hwang Hee-chan’s first goals at Molineux heaped more pressure on Steve Bruce.
Hwang scored in each half to ensure Wolves edged a chaotic contest between two flawed teams, after Newcastle substitute Jeff Hendrick had equalised in controversial fashion shortly before the interval.
Bruce has been under pressure for virtually his entire reign at St James’ Park and an opening sequence of three points from seven matches will improve supporters’ spirits.
Hwang Hee-chan was the hero as he scored twice to give Bruno Lage his first home victory
Hee-chan was in fine form, scoring either side of half-time after assists by Raul Jimenez
The South Korean scored the winner early in the second-half at a jubilant Molineux
Newcastle’s Jeff Hendrick had earlier equalised after Wolves did not clear their lines
Yet the Magpies could not build from that goal and they remain winless in the Premier League
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
WOLVES (3-4-3): Sa 7; Kilman 7, Coady 6, Saiss 7; Semedo 6, Neves 6.5, Moutinho 7, Marcal 6.5; Trincao 5.5 (Dendoncker 86), Jimenez 7, Hwang 7.5 (Traore 90)
Goals: Hwang 20, 58
Booked: Lage, Moutinho
Subs (not used): Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Podence, Boly, Silva, Cundle.
NEWCASTLE (4-3-3): Darlow 6; Manquillo 5.5 (Murphy 70, 6), Fernandez 6, Clark 6, Ritchie 6; Willock 6 (Hendrick 35min, 6.5), Longstaff 6, Hayden 6.5; Almiron 5 (Gayle 77), Saint-Maximin 6, Joelinton 6.5.
Goals: Hendrick 41
Booked: Clark, Manquillo
Subs (not used): Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson.
Referee: G Scott (Oxfordshire) 6
They should have taken the lead early in the second half when Allan Saint-Maximin missed a great chance, though Wolves will point to Francisco Trincao hitting the underside of the bar from eight yards when it looked easier to score.
After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Wolves took the lead when Raul Jimenez wriggled away from Sean Longstaff and played a clever pass for Hwang, who produced an excellent finish from a tight angle – Wolves’ first league goal at Molineux this season.
The goal settled the home side down and their football became more fluent.
Joao Moutinho’s effort from distance was saved by Karl Darlow before Trincao wasted a glorious chance to double Wolves’ lead, five minutes before the break.
Ruben Neves found Hwang with an excellent ball from deep and the South Korean’s low cross found Trincao unmarked at the far post. With the whole goal to aim at, Trincao opted for power and saw his shot rebound off the underside of the crossbar.
Moments earlier, Hendrick had replaced the injured Joe Willock and barely a minute after Trincao’s miss, Hendrick drew his side level.
Allan Saint-Maximin slipped Joelinton through and Sa did well to reach the ball first, taking a blow to the body in the process.
When Wolves failed to clear, Sa was still out of position and Hendrick drove the ball past him from 25 yards.
As Newcastle celebrated, Lage leapt about in fury on the touchline, believing the game should have been stopped after Joelinton and Sa had collided.
Bruno Lage shows his frustration in the first-half but came away with his first home victory
Hee-chan had given Wolves an early lead with a nice finish past keeper Karl Darlow
The Wolves boss was booked for his protests and when the teams walked off for half-time, referee Scott had a long conversation with Sa, who was still extremely disappointed at the decision.
Newcastle had switched from a back four to a back three when Hendricks came on and for a time Wolves struggled to come to terms with the change.
The visitors started the second half impressively and Saint-Maximin should have given them the lead in the 50th minute after more uncertain defending, he had a clear shot at goal from six yards, forcing Sa to rescue his side with a brilliant reaction save.
The home crowd had been giving the officials plenty of stick after Newcastle’s equaliser yet they were grateful to them when Wolves regained the lead.
Meanwhile it was another afternoon of frustration for the under-pressure Steve Bruce
When Jimenez took a buffeting from Longstaff just inside Newcastle’s half, Scott played advantage, giving the Mexican chance to pick out Hwang’s run with another smart pass.
As he had in the first half, Hwang delivered another merciless finish into the bottom corner, this time with his left foot.
By now the home fans were clamouring for Adama Traore, again left among the substitutes by Lage, but though the flying winger did not emerge until stoppage time, replacing the new home hero Hwang, Wolves managed to hang on for the points.