Football news - Dramatic Doherty winner sends Wolves into top half
Premier League, St James' Park - Newcastle 1 (Perez 23') Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Jota 17', Doherty 90+4')
A dramatic stoppage time winner from Matt Doherty saw Wolves beat Newcastle 2-1 on Sunday and pushed them into the top ten.
Diogo Jota fired Wolves into a 17th minute lead with his second goal in as many games, with Wolves looking to build on their midweek win over Chelsea.
However, that lead lasted just six minutes, with Ayoze Perez heading Newcastle level. Only two teams in Europe’s top five leagues have scored more headed goals than Newcastle this season.
Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Salomon Rondon during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United KiGetty Images
DeAndre Yedlin’s clumsy red card gave Wolves a numerical advantage, but it looked like Newcastle had done enough to hang on for a point, only for Doherty to snatch all three points right at the death, inflicting a seventh home league defeat of the season on Newcastle.
The result sees Wolves climb back into the top half, with Newcastle finishing the weekend in 15th.
Did Yedlin deserve his red card? Yedlin’s dismissal was all his own doing, but was he actually last man? Having been caught in possession, he decided the only way to stop Jota was to pull him down. There is no question that it was a foul, but would Jamaal Lascelles have got across to cover? Rafa Benitez certainly thought so on the Newcastle bench.
Deandre Yedlin of Newcastle United (grounded) reacts as he is shown a red card by referee Mike Dean and is sent off during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upoGetty Images
MAN OF THE MATCH
Diogo Jota. Having waited for so long to get off the mark in the Premier League before his midweek goal against Chelsea, Jota did not have to wait too long for his second. Then, with Newcastle seemingly on course for a point, it was Jota’s direct running that lead to the winner.
Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St. James Park on December 9, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.Getty Images
17’ - GOOOOOALLLLL!!!!! Newcastle 0-1 Wolves. Out of nowhere Wolves lead through Jota! All too easy for Wolves. Helder Costa clips a cross into the middle, Jamaal Lascelles gets caught under it, allowing Jota time to bring the ball down on his chest before volleying home. Woeful defending.
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese midfielder Diogo Jota celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne,Getty Images
23’ - GOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!!!! Newcastle 1-1 Wolves. Incredible scenes as Ayoze Perez equalises. Rondon fires a free kick for the top corner, it looks to be heading in, but the ball thunders down off the crossbar. It comes back out to Rondon, who clips a glorious cross back into the dangerzone for Perez to head home.
57’ - RED CARD! Yedlin makes catastrophic error to earn himself a straight red card. Yedlin turned back inside, but was caught in possession by Jota, who was in the clear, Yedlin pulled him back, and was adjudged to be the last man by referee Mike Dean. An awful error of judgement could have just Newcastle the match.
80’ - SAVE! Wolves again counter at pace, Jota feeds Doherty, who fires for goal first time, but Dubravka flies across to palm the ball away.
90+4’ - GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Newcastle 1-2 Wolves. Heartbreak for Newcastle as Doherty heads home to win it at the death for Wolves. Rafa Benitez cannot believe it. Jota carried it a long way, fired for goal, Dubravka made the save, but Doherty reacted first to head the ball into the empty net. Jubilation on the Wolves bench.
Wolves have won their first ever Premier League game against Newcastle after drawing four and losing two of their previous six meetings.
Wolves have won six of their 16 Premier League games this season, more than they managed in the whole of their last top-flight campaign (5 wins in 2011-12).
No team have had more 90th minute winners this season than Wolves (2, also Man Utd), with Newcastle losing to a 90th minute winner for the second time this season; more than any other side.
All seven meetings between Newcastle and Wolves in the Premier League have seen both teams score – it’s the most played fixture in the competition not to see a clean sheet.