THE NOTEBOOK: Callum Wilson is the Premier League’s deadliest striker, Hwang Hee-chan stars but Wolves will miss Pedro Neto – after Gary O’Neil’s side earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Newcastle
- Callum Wilson scored twice in the first half for the visitors at Molineux
- Hwang Hee-Chan earned a point for Gary O’Neil’s men in the second half
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A spirited Wolves performance earned a point against Newcastle in an exciting Premier League clash at Molineux.
Hwang Hee-chan was the home side’s saviour with an expertly taken second-half finish after a brace from Callum Wilson in the first period threatened to sink them.
Gary O’Neil’s side extended their unbeaten league run to four games while Eddie Howe and Newcastle were left disappointed from their trip down south.
The Magpies had hoped to rebound from their midweek Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
After the exciting fixture, Mail Sport takes you through some of the most interesting statistics to come out of Saturday night’s game.
Hwang Hee-chan has now become the first Wolves player to score six or more times in their opening 10 top-flight matches since the 1970s
Callum Wilson has the best ratio of any player to feature for 90 minutes or more in the league
Howe and Newcastle were left disappointed from their trip after midweek disappointment
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Callum Wilson has scored seven Premier League goals this season and has the best ratio of any player to feature for 90 minutes or more.
Wilson has now passed Andrew Cole and Shola Ameobi’s record of 43 and moved outright third on Newcastle’s list of leading Premier League goalscorers.
Hwang Hee-chan has now become the first Wolves player to score six or more times in their opening 10 top-flight matches since Derek Dougan in 1973.
Wolves have won just two of their 17 Premier League meetings with Newcastle, drawing 11 and losing four.
Six of Newcastle’s eight Premier League games at Molineux have ended 1-1 – the other two both finished 2-1, with Newcastle winning in October 2011 and Wolves triumphing in October 2021.
Three Wolves players have scored hat-tricks against Newcastle in the last 50 years.
Kenny Hibbitt hit four in a 4-2 Wolves win against his brother Terry at Molineux in August 1974, followed by Steve Bull’s second half four-timer in a 4-1 victory at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day, 1990.
Former Wolves goalkeeper John Burridge was in goal for Newcastle that day and future Wolves manager Mark McGhee was up front.
Andy Mutch netted his only Wolves treble in a 6-2 Newcastle defeat at Molineux in March 1992.
This game could have been billed as the battle of the top assists in the Premier League.
Pedro Neto has now provided seven – the most in the Premier League after setting up Mario Lemina’s equaliser, before he went off injured, one ahead of Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier.
Pedro Neto has now provided seven – the most in the Premier League after setting up Mario Lemina’s equaliser, before he went off injured.
Gary O’Neil and his side extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four matches
Newcastle have won four of their past six Premier League games, drawing the other two, while also keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
The Magpies have scored 26 goals in 10 Premier League matches, their most at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1994.
Eddie Howe’s side have registered just one victory from their last eight away fixtures in all competitions (drawn five, lost two), although that was an 8-0 win at Sheffield United last month.
Wolves are unbeaten in five Premier League fixtures, winning two and drawing three – their best run since January 2022.
They are three points better off than at this stage last season, when they had nine points from their opening 10 matches and just two wins.
They have failed to score in only one of their 15 Premier League home games in 2023, a 1-0 defeat to Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth in February.
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