Connor joy at Wolves comeback
Newcastle 2 Wolves 2
Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00
Caretaker Wolves boss Terry Connor insisted he was confident he could keep the club in the Premier League even before yesterday's heroic fightback at Newcastle.
Wanderers launched Connor's reign with a hard-earned point as they fought back from 2-0 down on Tyneside to snatch a point.
Connor was delighted with the way his players responded to the 5-1 drubbing by derby rivals West Brom which cost Mick McCarthy his job, but was adamant that he always believed they could get themselves out of trouble.
"I was confident before the game. I know what the dressing room is like and I know how they react in adversity when things don't go quite their way," said Connor.
"They have stuck together in training, they have stuck together all week and they wanted to respond. They were magnificent today."
The points looked to be firmly within Newcastle's grasp when they raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 18 minutes. Papiss Cisse turned home Cheick Tiote's shot to claim his second goal in as many home games for his new club, and then Jonas Gutierrez increased the Magpies' lead with a blistering 18th-minute strike from distance.
But it was a different story after the break as Wolves took advantage of a lacklustre display by their hosts to drag themselves back into the game.
Matt Jarvis' 50th-minute shot, which looped over Tim Krul after clipping full-back Danny Simpson, reduced the deficit, and Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle snatched an unlikely point when he reacted first to stab home the loose ball after Mike Williamson had headed Jamie O'Hara's free-kick straight at him.
It proved a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who saw his side turn in a disjointed display to surrender a commanding lead and lose ground in the race for a Champions League place.
"When you are 2-0 up at Newcastle and you are the home team, you have got to win, it's as simple as that," Pardew said.
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