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Season 2003-04
Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) Premier Reserve League
 
 
 
Date: Monday 15th September 2003, 7pm

Venue: Kingston Park

Conditions: 
Mild - enjoy it while you can...

Newcastle United Reserves

1 - 0 Wolves Reserves
Teams

Goals

35 mins Elliott header 1-0

Half time: Newcastle 1 Wolves 0

Full time: Newcastle 1 Wolves 0

We said

Tommy Craig said:

"Overall it was an extremely hard-earned victory. We didn't get the second goal so it was on a knife-edge. We had the chances but didn't convert them. We needed the second goal.

"Nicos Dabizas played his first game with no problems and I thought Steve Caldwell was commanding alongside him.

"Jermaine Jenas made some excellent runs and put a lot into the game. He had the right attitude for this type of game. He gave a good all-round performance.

"I was also pleased with Darren Ambrose who was unlucky not to get a goal - he had five or six cracking shots.

"On the downside Stephen Brennan dislocated his shoulder and Andy Ferrell went to hospital for a scan on his shin." 

They said

Wolves coach Keith Downing kept quiet, but goalkeeper Matt Murray (who frustrated us in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs in January) said:

"It was nice to get 45 minutes under my belt last night and I enjoyed being back.

"Towards the end of the half I came out to the edge of the box to clear a ball and I could just feel my back and my groin tighten up a little bit so, just as a precaution, I came off at half time," adds Matt. "Itís nothing serious. Iíll be back in training again tomorrow.

"Unfortunately I felt the same sort of thing when I played for the under 21s against Croatia but I kept going then and it prolonged my injury so it was a case this time of prevention rather than cure.

"I know we lost but I want to take the positives out of the game. I played 45 minutes, I did everything I needed to do and I felt fine afterwards." 

Waffle

Newcastle's Premier Reserve side got back to winning ways with a single-goal victory over winless Wolves at Kingston Park.

Robbie Elliott got the vital goal with a close range header after 35 minutes, after a Dabizas effort on goal from an Ambrose corner was blocked on the line by Woodhead. Darren Ambrose could have increased the advantage but his fierce shot came back off the crossbar six minutes later - one of a number of good efforts from Ambrose.

Wolves showed very little, even in the final stages of the games, although Silas had hit the bar for the visitors earlier in the second half.

Nothing either to suggest that we missed out on a bargain when we failed to offer trialist Isaac Okoronkwo a contract at the back end of last year. The Nigerian defender subsequently ended up at Wolves and was in their starting line-up on Monday night without particularly impressing.

As mentioned on this site some weeks ago, Ambrose was tried out in a left-sided midfield role in the second half of this game. It's difficult to make a judgement on the evidence of one display, but he looked most comfortable when cutting inside to try and engineer shooting chances for his favoured right foot.

United had to survive the last six minutes plus four minutes injury time down to ten men after using all three substitutes and losing a man through injury.

Stephen Brennan left the field after being on for just two minutes with a dislocated shoulder which was put back in on the night. Brennan went to hospital as a precaution while the unlucky Andy Ferrell was again struck down by injury, this time his shin, leaving the ground on crutches and facing a scan on Tuesday.

And just a day after the Falcons and the Saracens mauled each other on this pitch, the surface came in for some post-match criticism, with the good covering of grass said to be hiding a multitude of sins in the form of a rutted, rock hard pitch. 

Biffa

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