Hwang Hee-chan, who scored his 6th goal in the league, made history for the club as a ‘first’!…Wolverhampton draws 2-2 with Newcastle → undefeated in 4 consecutive games
Six consecutive home goals starting from the Everton match in the 37th round of the 2022-23 season. Hwang Hee-chan wrote a new history for the club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers drew 2-2 with Newcastle United in the 10th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) season held at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England at 1:30 am (Korean time) on the 29th. As a result, Wolverhampton continued its undefeated streak in four consecutive official games.
‘Wolf Corps’ Wolverhampton. They are currently ranked 12th in the league. In 9 league games, they recorded 3 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses (11 points), widening the gap with ’18th place’ Burnley, which is in the relegation zone, to 7 points, reaching a certain level of stability. Of course, it is still early in the season, but the atmosphere in Wolverhampton recently is not bad. They have overcome a severe slump at the beginning of the season and are going undefeated in three consecutive official games.
A game that gave Wolverhampton an upward trend. It was a game against none other than the ‘defending champion’ Manchester City. Wolverhampton, who had shown their worst performance in consecutive games against Luton Town and Ipswich at the time, met Manchester City in a depressed mood. Everything pointed to a landslide victory for Manchester City, but the result was a 2-1 win for Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton effectively blocked Manchester City’s attack with a solid defense and threatened Manchester City with a quick counterattack led by Pedro Neto.온라인카지노
After that, I went with the flow. Wolverhampton hosted Aston Villa, who are on the rise under coach Unai Emery, and drew 1-1. It was somewhat disappointing that they could not protect Hwang Hee-chan’s first goal in the 8th minute of the second half, but it was encouraging that they did not lose against Villa.
In the match against Bournemouth, they once again took three points. In this game, Wolverhampton played a dominant game despite the opponent’s sending off and was able to record a 2-1 win. According to soccer statistics media ‘WhoScored’, Wolverhampton had a 59.6% possession rate and attempted 8 shots before the sending off, but after the sending off, the possession rate rose to 66.3% and attempted a whopping 13 more shots. There were more shots in the remaining 40 minutes than in 54 minutes.
Wolverhampton is full of confidence. I met a difficult enemy. The main character is Newcastle. Newcastle, which emerged as an emerging powerhouse in the PL after being acquired by a Saudi consortium, continues to be competitive this season. In the league, they are in 6th place with 5 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses (16 points). The gap with ‘4th place’ Liverpool is only 4 points.
This season, the show is surprising fans several times. In the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup), they advanced to the next round by beating treble winner Manchester City 1-0. In the second match of the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), they invited France’s powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to their home and won 4-1. Kylian Mbappe was blocked by Newcastle’s solid defense and could not do anything.
Newcastle defeated Crystal Palace 4-0 in the previous league game. However, they suffered a blow in the third match of the UCL group stage. Newcastle, who welcomed Dortmund home, had the upper hand with 60.1% possession for 90 minutes, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Rather, they gave up the lead by giving up the first goal to Felix Eunmecha in the 45th minute of the first half, and were unable to score a goal in the second half, resulting in a 0-1 defeat.
In the last 6 head-to-head matches, Newcastle has a slight advantage. Based on WhoScored, Wolverhampton recorded 1 win and Newcastle recorded 2 wins. In the match held last March, Newcastle won 2-1 thanks to goals from Alexander Isaac and Miguel Almiron.
Attention is also focused on whether ‘Bull’ Hwang Hee-chan will participate. Hwang Hee-chan is showing amazing performances this season. He is consistently scoring goals against powerhouses such as Liverpool and Manchester City, and has already recorded 5 goals and 1 assist in the league alone. As it is still early in the season, it is expected that double-digit scores will be easily achieved if the current pace is maintained.
Although he did not score a goal in the last game against Bournemouth, he once again became the protagonist of the game. Based on soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’, he received a rating of 7.4 and led the attack by recording 3 shots, 3 key passes, and a 100% dribbling success rate. He recorded his first assist in the league and also accumulated attack points in four consecutive official games. ‘Who Scored’ also gave Hwang Hee-chan a good evaluation, giving him a rating of 7.5.
Afterwards, it received rave reviews from local reporters. Reporter Ryan Taylor, who works for the British media ‘Mirror’, said on his SNS right after the game, “Wolverhampton was really impressive. The attacking combination of Cunha, Hee-chan Hwang, and Neto causes problems for any team. Hee-chan Hwang used his body well and He highlighted Hwang Hee-chan’s performance, saying, “He has good connection and plays for the team. He is an underrated player.”
‘Molineux News’, which reports Wolverhampton news, also expressed its affection for Hwang Hee-chan. The media said, “This season, Hwang Hee-chan is really good. His activity level and off-the-ball movement are worthy of the manager’s trust. Last season, he seemed to be struggling to gain confidence. When he scores a goal, his confidence goes up. Now he is an all-rounder. “I have become a better player. I am enjoying the game under Coach O’Neill.”
Hwang Hee-chan is showing a strong performance against Newcastle. According to the soccer statistics media ‘Transfer Markt’, he has scored a whopping 3 goals in 4 total confrontations. In the 2021-22 season, which was his PL debut season, Hwang Hee-chan met Newcastle for the first time in the 7th round of the league and scored multiple goals at the time, leading the team to a 2-1 victory. In the last game, the previous match, he was Wolverhampton’s only scorer and hit Newcastle’s net.
There is another part that attracts attention. It is whether Newcastle midfielder Sandro Tonali will participate. Tonali, who joined this season, immediately became Newcastle’s ‘key’ midfielder. However, he was recently embroiled in a gambling scandal in Italian football and was suspended from playing. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) officially announced this on its website, and according to FIGC, Tonali will be suspended for 18 months, of which 8 months will be probation.
It has become unclear whether he will participate in the Wolverhampton match. Meanwhile, coach Eddie Howe did not completely rule out the possibility of Tonali playing. According to the UK’s Sky Sports, Coach Howe mentioned Tonali before the game and revealed that his ban had not yet been 100% approved. In other words, the possibility of playing against Wolverhampton is still open. Of course, Coach Howe was not certain that Tonali would play. He said, “We’ll see what happens next,” and said, “We’ll see what happens next.”
But this did not come true. Tonali’s disciplinary action has been confirmed. Newcastle officially announced on the club’s social media, “Tonali has been banned from playing for 10 months. It will take effect from Friday, October 27.”
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Wolverhampton used a 3-4-3 formation. Hee-Chan Hwang, Cunha, Neto, Ait-Nuri, Traore, Lemina, Semedo, Totti, Dawson and Kilman started as starters, with Jose Sa guarding the goal. In response, Newcastle used the 4-3-3 formation. Gordon, Wilson, Almiron, Joelinton, Guimaraes, Longstaff, Byrne, Shea, Lascelles and Trippier filled the starting XI, with Pope donning the goalkeeper’s gloves.
From the start, Wolverhampton created a threatening scene. Hwang Hee-chan attempted to infiltrate using his speed and almost ended up in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. Newcastle opened fire. Gordon, who received Trippier’s cross in the 3rd minute of the first half, attempted a header shot inside the box, but the ball went off the left side of the goal.
Wolverhampton also launched a counterattack. In the 5th minute of the first half, they attacked with a corner kick, and after receiving Lemina’s pass in front of the box, Ait-Nuri attempted a left-footed shot, but the ball went over the goal. Newcastle, having overcome the crisis, swallowed their disappointment. In the 6th minute of the first half, Longstaff received a pass from the right side of the box and attempted a low, quick shot, but the ball slightly missed the right side of the goal.
Wolverhampton wanted to bring the atmosphere. Traore, who caught the ball from a distance in the 10th minute of the first half, attempted a bold mid-range shot, but it did not apply enough force and missed the side of the goal. Wolverhampton continued the momentum. In the 18th minute of the first half, after stealing the ball from the opposing side, they launched an attack, and Cunha, who received a pass from Hwang Hee-chan in front of the box, attempted to shoot, but the ball headed directly toward the goalkeeper.
Newcastle took the lead first. In the 21st minute of the first half, a contested situation occurred in the box, and Wilson did not lose concentration and attempted a shot until the end, splitting Wolverhampton’s net. Wolverhampton, who had allowed the lead, aimed for a comeback goal. Cunha, who caught the ball from the center circle in the 27th minute of the first half, dribbled into the box and tried to shoot with his left foot, but Pope blocked it.
Wolverhampton continued the attack. In the 35th minute of the first half, Neto received a pass in the box, got past a defender, and attempted a shot with his left foot, but the goalkeeper blocked it. In the ensuing corner kick situation, Lemina attempted a header shot and split Newcastle’s net.
Newcastle were trying to take the lead again. In the 40th minute of the first half, Guimaraes caught the ball on the right side of the box and attempted a right-footed shot, but it was hit by the opposing defense and resulted in a corner kick. Hwang Hee-chan produced a disappointing scene. Hwang Hee-chan, who caught the ball in the box in the 44th minute of the first half, made a kick motion to clear the ball, but at that moment, Shea put his leg in and tripped Hwang Hee-chan. The referee immediately blew his whistle and declared a penalty kick. Afterwards, a video review (VAR) was conducted, but the decision was not overturned. Wilson took over as the kicker and finished calmly, scoring a goal. The first half ended with Newcastle taking the lead.
In the first half, Newcastle took care of both the result and the process. Based on ‘Who Scored’, they took the lead with a 59.1% market share and had 9 shots, more than Wolverhampton (7). Although there was no feeling that they were dominating the game overall, they were able to take the lead and end the first half through stable game management.
Early in the second half, Wolverhampton took the opportunity. In the 2nd minute of the second half, Neto attempted a dribble break and was fouled. He shot the free kick directly, but it was blocked by the defensive wall. Wolverhampton continued the momentum. In the 12th minute of the second half, they had an opportunity with a free kick and competed by throwing the ball into the box, but it did not result in a shot. During this process, VAR was conducted on Newcastle’s handball foul, but there were no problems.
Wolverhampton continued to press. In the 18th minute of the second half, Neto passed Byrne from the right side of the box, attempted a cross, and Cunha, who was rushing, converted it into a shot, but it was blocked by Pope who came out from a narrow angle. Wolverhampton lifted the mood. In the 24th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan, who received an infiltration pass, fell in a contest with Lascelles, and the referee called a foul and gave Lascells a warning. In a free kick situation, Neto attempted a cross, but Pope punched the ball away.
Wolverhampton struck the balance. In the 25th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan received a pass inside the box, got past a defender, and then attempted a shot with his left foot to score the equalizer. 6 consecutive home goals. This was the first record in Wolverhampton club history. Bad news struck Wolverhampton, which was riding the wave. During an attack, Neto fell to the ground complaining of pain in his hamstring and was substituted out.
Newcastle aimed for a comeback goal. In the 35th minute of the second half, Shea received a cross from Trippier in the box and attempted a header, but the ball went off the left side of the goal. Newcastle launched an onslaught. In the 40th minute of the second half, Byrne received a pass from Joelinton and attempted a right-footed shot inside the box, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper. After that, no additional points were scored and the game ended 2-2.
Hwang Hee-chan went back and forth between hell and heaven. In the first half, he allowed a penalty kick, giving him an excuse to concede a goal, but in the second half, he scored a fantastic goal to make up for his mistake. 6 consecutive home goals. This was the first record in Wolverhampton club history. He also scored his sixth league goal, achieving his career high since joining Wolverhampton.
The evaluation was also good. Based on soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’, Hwang Hee-chan recorded a pass success rate of 88%, with one key pass and one effective shot. The rating was 7.2, which was a respectable rating. Football statistics media ‘WhoScored’ also gave Hwang Hee-chan a respectable rating of 7.4.