The statistics behind Newcastle United’s Premier League shocker at Wolves - as Magpies slide to second bottom

Seven games into the Premier League season and Newcastle United are second bottom and without a win.

Joelinton of Newcastle United is challenged by Jose Sa of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

Zero wins in eight games this season has seen Newcastle United slide to second bottom in the top flight and crash out of the Carabao Cup.

A relatively easy opening month or so of the campaign has been and gone with United claiming just three points from a possible 21 and fail to beat potential relegation rivals Watford, Leeds United, Southampton, Burnley and more.

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This afternoon Wolverhampton Wanderers - without a win at home this season - saw their Christmases come early against Steve Bruce’s Magpies as the hosts claimed all three points courtesy of a 2-1 win at Molineux.

And here’s the statistics behind the result.

GOALS: Wolves 2 Newcastle United 1

Hwang Hee-chan celebrates with Marcal of Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

A Hwang Hee-Chan double either side of substitute Jeff Hendrick’s equaliser was enough to consign United to their fourth defeat in seven in the top flight so far this season.

POSSESSION: Wolves 52% Newcastle United 48%

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is tackled by Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

Exactly the same as last week’s draw against Watford, but this time without a point to show for it.

United have struggled this season in terms of possession, but continue to out perform last season’s dire statistics on this metric.

SHOTS: Wolves 7 Newcastle United 8

Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans following defeat in the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

United had more attempts on goal than the hosts in the 90 minutes, but the all important goals tally tells its own story. One miss by Allan Saint-Maximin at 1-1 probably sums up United’s season so far.

Score and United may well go on to win. But he missed, and United lost.

SHOTS ON TARGET: Wolves 3 Newcastle United 2

Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United battles for possession with Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolves managed to net from two of their three shots on target - it must also be remembered that they hit the woodwork, too. That, of course, does not count as a shot on target, though.

United’s two shots on target was an embarrassment in a game they were targeting as a pre-international break win.

CORNERS: Wolves 0 Newcastle United 4

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United is challenged by Marcal of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on October 02, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.

United failed to create anything meaningful from their set-pieces on the day - something that has become increasingly obvious this season, compared to campaigns gone by.