Belfast Telegraph

Carroll comes to Newcastle's rescue

Andy Carroll scored again to rescue a deserved point for Newcastle in an incident-packed Barclays Premier League clash which finished 1-1 with Wolves at Molineux.

Carroll followed up his hat-trick against Aston Villa by cancelling out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's second goal of the campaign, as many as he managed in the whole of last season.

But Newcastle had enough opportunities to have secured a second win of the season as Wolves maintained their unbeaten start.

The first clear-cut chance fell to Kevin Nolan after 18 minutes following a misdirected header from Jelle Van Damme, but he failed to make full contact on his low shot. Marcus Hahnemann blocked and then held onto the rebound effort.

Ebanks-Blake missed a great chance to put Wolves ahead after 26 minutes from their first corner of the game. The former Plymouth striker was unmarked only a couple of yards out but headed David Jones' centre against the far post.

Nolan should have done better when he volleyed over from 10 yards from Wayne Routledge's cross.

Carroll was guilty of a glaring miss three minutes before the interval, when Nolan teed him up eight yards out, but he shot over the bar.

It proved costly as Wolves went ahead 60 seconds later through Ebanks-Blake's second goal in two games. Van Damme's floated centre was brought down by the striker and he hammered low past Steve Harper.

Substitute Ronald Zubar was cautioned for a challenge on Jonas Gutierrez and, from the free-kick, Newcastle were level. Joey Barton's inswinging centre picked out Carroll, whose powerful header flew past Hahnemann for his fourth goal in two games.

Hahnemann then did well to keep out a powerful effort from Nolan after he pounced on Routledge's cross.


From Belfast Telegraph