Classic Encounters: Newcastle United v Wolves
Doherty's 95th-minute winner was only Wolves' second win at St James' Park. (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to St. James' Park looking to continue their good run of form of late, with a victory making them five unbeaten, there longest run without defeat in the Premier League this season.

Their opponents, Newcastle United, find themselves 17th in the table, winning only two games since the turn of the year, seeing them pick up eight defeats.

Ahead of the clash on Saturday evening, VAVEL delves into three classic encounters between the two sides.

February 25th 2012- Newcastle 2-2 Wolves

In Wolves' first game following the sacking of Mick McCarthy, the Wanderers came back from 2-0 down to salvage a point in Newcastle.

Terry Connor was put in charge of the club ahead of the final "13 cup finals" to keep the club in the Premier League and it reign got off to the worse possible start when Papiss Cisse side-footed the ball home after Christophe Berra was robbed of possession by Yohan Cabaye before the ball eventually fell to Cisse.

12 minutes later and the Magpies were 2-0 up, this time from Jonas Gutierrez. The Argentine capitalised on a mistake by Kevin Doyle before smashing the ball into the top corner from 30 yards.

Wolves responded brilliantly in the second half and halved the deficit through Matt Jarvis. The winger received the ball from Doyle on the edge of the area before beating Tim Krul with a perfectly executed strike.

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As the game reached the hour mark, Connor's side drew level after Mike Williamson failed to deal with a long ball into the Newcastle six-yard box. Doyle made up for his mistake that led to Gutierrez's goal by striking the ball home from close range.

September 17th 2016- Newcastle 0-2 Wolves

Going into the first encounter in the English second division between the two side's, Newcastle had won their previous five games (including a 6-0 away win at Queens Park Rangers), whilst Wolves had only won twice in the opening seven and travelled to Tyneside on the back of a 4-0 home defeat to Barnsley.

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Walter Zenga made five changes from their midweek drubbing, dropping Richard Stearman, Jack Price, Conor Coady, Jed Wallace and Joe Mason. The changes worked as Wolves started well, with Helder Costa having his effort cleared off the line before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's rebound hit the bar.

Their strong start was rewarded after 29 minutes when Chancel Mbemba got his header all wrong to direct Bodvarsson's cross into his net, under no pressure.

It was 2-0 shortly after 60 minutes when Ayoze Perez failed to keep hold of the ball and Costa curled the ball brilliantly past Matz Sels.

December 9th 2018- Newcastle 1-2 Wolves

After starting life back in the Premier League in grand form, Wolves travelled to St. James' Park in 10th after beating West Ham United, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Chelsea in their opening 16 games.

Their opponents sat only five places behind Nuno Espirito Santo's men, losing only once in their previous six Premier League games. 

Saloman Rondon came close to opening the scoring early on, but his volley arrowed right at Rui Patricio following a good start from the hosts.

The visitors took the lead after 17 minutes when Diogo Jota was excellently picked out by Costa, before chesting the ball down and poking the ball past Karl Darlow, only his second goal in the top flight.

Rondon was close to placing his name on this scoresheet again, this time through a free-kick. The striker's set-piece struck the underside of the bar before he delivered a brilliant ball for Perez to header home the equaliser.

Into the second half and Rafael Benetiz's men were down to 10-men when DeAndre Yedlin brought down Jota, who was through on the goal. The incident was one of many that provoked the introduction of VAR, with Benetiz stating, "We need VAR now," following the game.

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The drama didn't end there as Matt Doherty was in the right place at the right time to head into an empty net after another driving run through the Newcastle defence from Jota.

The Portugal winger had six United players around him as he entered the box before having his effort saved by Darlow, but Doherty had the easy job of slotting the ball home to spark wild scenes in the Wolves dug-out.

 

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