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Saturday, February 11, 2017

SAT, 11 FEB 2017CHAMPIONSHIP
Wolves
0
Newcastle
1
FT
HT 0-1
Mitrovic (44' minutes)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Newcastle United
By Josh Hunt
BBC Sport
2 hours ago From the sectionFootball
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Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored five goals for Newcastle this season
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal as Newcastle reclaimed top spot in the Championship by beating Wolves.

Jack Colback had a tame shot saved for the visitors early on, before Wolves' Richard Stearman missed from six yards.

Mitrovic, who escaped being shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme, slotted Newcastle ahead from close range.

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In a second half of few chances, Dave Edwards came closest to equalising when he headed into the side-netting.

The result further improved Newcastle's impressive away record, with the Magpies having taken more points than any other team in the division on the road this season.

It could have been different had Mitrovic, who was booked early on for a series of fouls, been sent off for his challenge on Ikeme, when he appeared to plant his foot on the back of the Wolves keeper's leg as he ran past.

The Serbia international then scored his first Newcastle goal since 29 October, tapping in from inside the six-yard box after Wolves had failed to clear a free-kick.

Wolves were well-organised at the back, but struggled to create chances, with Edwards' header early in the second half and a late Helder Costa shot the only times the visitors looked troubled.

The hosts remain 18th in the table, six points above the relegation zone, while Newcastle are two points clear of second-placed Brighton, who beat struggling Burton earlier in the day.

Wolves manager Paul Lambert:

"It is the referee's call but I know as an ex-player when you have been yellow carded and you raise your studs you are in danger no matter what league or division you are in.

"I think that maybe [Newcastle boss] Rafa [Benitez] realised that at half-time and took him [Aleksandar Mitrovic] off.

"He has been in the game longer than I have on the management side but I also know that when you raise your studs you are in trouble."

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez:

"With the pressure of the fans on top of him I think it was important to protect him [Mitrovic] and protect the team. I wanted to be sure that we had 11 players on the pitch.

"Every game is important to try and get three points and if we can do that the other teams have to keep on winning.

"The team is defending as a team and working very hard."

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Match Stats
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Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home57%Away43%
Shots
Home13Away6
Shots on Target
Home2Away2
Corners
Home5Away3
Fouls
Home14Away17
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Scores, Results & Fixtures

SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017
Norwich
5
Nottm Forest
1
FT
Aston Villa
0
Ipswich
1
FT
Derby
3
Bristol City
3
FT
Fulham
3
Wigan
2
FT
Leeds
0
Cardiff
2
FT
Brighton
4
Burton
1
FT
Preston
4
Brentford
2
FT
QPR
1
Huddersfield
2
FT
Reading
0
Barnsley
0
FT
Rotherham
1
Blackburn
1
FT
Wolves
0
Newcastle
1
FT
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As It Stands

Team P W D L GD Pts
1
Newcastle
30 21 2 7 35 65
2
Brighton
30 19 7 4 26 64
3
Huddersfield
30 18 4 8 6 58
4
Reading
31 17 6 8 5 57
5
Leeds
31 17 3 11 10 54
6
Sheff Wed
30 15 7 8 9 52
7
Norwich
31 15 5 11 12 50
8
Derby
30 13 8 9 8 47
9
Fulham
30 12 10 8 14 46
10
Barnsley
31 13 7 11 4 46
11
Preston
31 12 9 10 3 45
12
Birmingham
31 10 10 11 -10 40
13
Ipswich
31 10 9 12 -7 39
14
Cardiff
31 11 6 14 -8 39
15
Brentford
30 10 7 13 0 37
16
Aston Villa
30 8 12 10 -4 36
17
Nottm Forest
31 10 6 15 -10 36
18
Wolves
30 9 8 13 -3 35
19
QPR
31 9 7 15 -14 34
20
Bristol City
30 9 5 16 -3 32
21
Burton
31 8 7 16 -14 31
22
Blackburn
30 7 8 15 -12 29
23
Wigan
30 6 8 16 -10 26
24
Rotherham
31 4 5 22 -37 17
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