Doyle bags Wolves a lifeline

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Kevin Doyle (left)
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Kevin Doyle (left)

Kevin Doyle handed caretaker boss Terry Connor a point in his first game as Wolves pulled off an unlikely comeback to draw 2-2 at Newcastle.

The visitors, who sacked Mick McCarthy in the wake of the derby drubbing by West Brom, looked dead and buried after Papiss Cisse and then Jonas Gutierrez had fired the Magpies into a 2-0 lead with just 18 minutes played.

However, after Matt Jarvis had dragged the visitors back into the game five minutes into the second half, Doyle struck with 66 minutes gone to snatch a draw which dented Newcastle's top four hopes.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey produced a fine save to deny Cisse, but after the ball was scrambled clear, Cheick Tiote returned it with interest and Cisse turned his shot home.

The keeper kept Newcastle at bay with 17 minutes gone when he tipped Danny Simpson's searing drive over the bar, but he was beaten again within seconds.

Doyle's clearing header dropped to Gutierrez 25 yards out, and the Argentinian took a controlling touch before rifling a shot into the top corner.

Wolves were able to create little of note, although Tim Krul did have to come quickly from his line to prevent Jarvis from picking up the pieces after Doyle's 36th-minute effort had been blocked.

The mood changed markedly within five minutes of the restart as Wolves pulled one back, Jarvis cutting inside from the left and firing in a shot which clipped full-back Simpson and looped high over Krul and in.

Yohan Cabaye dragged a shot just wide from 20 yards, and Wolves full-back Stephen Ward cut inside to test Krul with a skidding shot.

Wolves levelled when Mike Williamson headed Jamie O'Hara's free-kick straight at Doyle, who reacted first to the rebound to poke the ball into the bottom corner.

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