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This is what Newcastle United have been waiting for, this is what they wanted to see and this is why Eddie Howe made Alexander Isak a club-record signing last summer.
Isak was superb, unplayable at times. It was, to borrow a phrase from basketball, an all-court performance. In every facet of a centre-forwards game, Isak excelled.
He was dangerous running in behind, rapid over the ground, strong with his back to goal, skilful with the ball at his feet and powerful in the air.
Isak is one of those rare sights in sport, an athlete who is far stronger than his slender frame looks and much quicker than he should be too. Wolverhamptons defenders did not really know how to contain him, as he danced, jinked and weaved his way at and around them.
Still just 23, there is more to come, delivering this standard of performance on a regular basis is the challenge, but this is what he is capable of.
Isak glides over the ground when he runs, with or without the ball. It is combined with close ball control and an ability to change direction at speed. It makes him dangerously unpredictable. Wolves defenders did not know whether to drop off or go tight. Neither approach worked well.
The Geordies loved it, roaring and clapping their approval after every positive piece of play. They oohed and aahed in a rush of expectation every time he was found in space by a team-mate. This is the sort of attacking player they love on Tyneside quick, strong, brave and direct.
Isak ran and he ran until he could not run anymore, signalling to the bench that he had nothing left and needed to come off midway through the second half. He looked exhausted. Full effort as well full marks.
The 64 million signing from Real Socieded scored Newcastles first goal with a magnificent header, the sort any of the clubs famous No9s of yesteryear would have been proud, generating both the power and the placement to direct Kieran Trippiers free kick into the far corner in front of the Gallowgate End.
It was a proper, old fashioned centre-forwards goal. A little shove on the back of the defender to create some space, combined with the timing and athleticism of the leap to make the perfect connection.
It was also Newcastles first goal since Feb 11, three barren games that brought three successive defeat
Every single penny of that record transfer fee looked well spent here. We had seen this in flashes before in his first season, little bursts of brilliance, but if he plays like this on a regular basis, Newcastle have found themselves a special talent.
Hopefully this is the start of a really good spell for him, said Howe. He is capable of [producing] everything a centre forward needs. He has pace, technique and strength and that is why the goal pleased me. That isnt necessarily his trademark, but he needs to be able to score all types of goals. It was a really good header. I think he is capable of great things and it is up to us to keep him in a good place and feed him in the right areas.
In the end, it was Miguel Almirns goal that won the game for Newcastle, the Paraguay international coming off the bench to score his sides second of the game after Trippiers slip had gifted Wolves their equaliser with 20 minutes remaining.
It was a victory for Newcastles spirit, testament to their strength of character. A poor run would have been stretched to one win in seven if Wolves had secured a draw, instead Howes side came again to take all three points. It underlined their European credentials, lifting them back above Liverpool into fifth and just four points below Tottenham with two games in hand.
It also saw them get a crucial decision that many people, including Wolves manager Julen Lopetegul, felt should have gone the other way.
With scores level at 0-0, Nick Popes touch was terrible, allowing Ral Jimnez to take the ball from him inside the area, the two men colliding a split second later.
Referee Andrew Madley decided it was not a penalty (and with it a red card) in real time. His Var assistants did not intervene to ask him to look at it again.
If he had given the penalty, they would not have overruled him on that either. It was footballs equivalent of an umpires call, the decision determined on the pitch rather than those using the technology. Newcastle benefited, Wolves probably lost the game because of it.
Newcastle 2 Wolves 1: as it happened
On his error that led to the Wolves goal...
It was poor from me really. Weve got great togetherness in the squad, and my teammates picked me up when I needed it. Thats what team sports all about, and Im thankfully to Miggy for putting the ball in the net.
We knew how important this game was. Its a massive three points for us.
Happy to start and get the three points.
Ive had to be patient. Ive been working hard. Weve been playing good but not getting the results, but were happy now.
Its all over at St James Park and Newcastle have their first Premier League win since mid-January.
Corner for Newcastle, unsurprisingly not many go up for it. But they dont need many up there as Almiron goes short and then plays a great one-two with Guimaraes (the Brazilian playing the ball with a cute back heel) before driving into the box and pulling it back for Botman. The defender, however, plays a the back for a reason and blazes over the bar.
The five minutes of added time has been confirmed. Can Newcastle hang on a get this much-needed win?
Pope takes his time over a goal kick - there will be five added minutes apparently.
As with their first goal, that strike seems to have reinvigorated the hosts who are pinning Wolves in their own half.
Newcastle are back in front /DnpYZu1PhQ
Another super sub! Almirons been quiet since Christmas but hes back to form here. He collects the ball on the right, cuts in and plays a one-two with Willock (he does brilliantly) before taking a touch and firing into the far corner. Its his first home goal since October 29 - a goal both he and his side needed.
On the balance of play since the break you could argue that Wolves deserved that stroke of good fortune. Can they go on from here and grab a winner?
INSTANT IMPACT! Hwang Hee-chan scores 57 seconds after coming on as a substitute m/HRvW5A66wK
Another change for Wolves - Nathan Collins in on for Moutinho.
Not one for Trippier to look at again. The right-back has been brilliant all match but hes at fault here, though its more a case of bad luck than a howler. The ball comes into the Newcastle box and it looks as though Trippier has time to boot it clear. He, however, slips as Pope also comes to collect and only succeeds in pushing the ball into the path of Hwang and the Korean only has to pass the ball into an empty net.
Change for Newcastle: Isak makes way for Wilson and Almiron comes on for Saint-Maximin.
Changes for Wolves: Nunes, Hwang and Ait-Nouri all introduced with Neves, Podence and Jonny off.
Wolves are the brighter of the two side this half but Newcastle have a couple of corners, alas the visitors deal with the threat well.
Ruben Neves look away now - the Portuguese midfielder has just attempted a volley on goal that probably found the upper tier.
But a minute later Pope is forced into action after a great near-post attempt from Moutinho.
Semedo is under pressure from Murphy on the counter - the Wolves defender is clumsy as he brings down his Newcastle opponent. Is it a red? Nope, according to the ref who dishes out a yellow instead. There was a covering defender so probably the correct decision. From the set piece Trippier has a go and nearly catches out Sa at the near post,
Free-kick for Wolves on the edge of the area as Podence is brought down by Guimaraes. A set piece is probably their best route to get back in this match - can they work something from this?
The answer is so very nearly as Neto is teed up and his left-foot shot is saved by Pope.
The second half is yet to really get going. Wolves are lacking any real creativity, even with the likes of Neto, Moutinho and Neves on the pitch. Newcastle are hard to break down at the best of times and its hard to see how, if the continue in their current vein, how the visitors get back into this, even at 1-0...
Isak is chasing everything down, hassling and harrying the Wolves backline. His industry nearly wins the hosts a corner and as he gets back into position he makes a gesture to the home fans urging them to up the noise at an already noisy St James Park.
Wolves have seen all of the ball since the kick-off but all it ultimately is a shot from Neves that goes high and wide.
Theyre back under way in the north east. Theres been a change for Wolves - Neto is on for Traore.
Good stuff from Newcastle, they finally managed to find the back of the net thanks to a fine headed finish from Isak and since then have been well on top and could have easily gone further ahead.
Three minutes of added time to come at the end of a half in which the hosts have impressed.
Yet another free-kick for Newcastle in a dangerous position after a Podence foul. Trippier (who else?) has the ball at his feet, but this time his delivery is easily dealt with by the visitors.
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