Newcastle United 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2: Anita banned for three games after dismissal

Vurnon Anita
Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita will miss Newcastle United's next THREE games after being dismissed in the club's defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Newcastle's five-game Championship winning run – six in all competitions – was brought to an end at St James's Park this afternoon.

Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Rafa Benitez's side 2-0 thanks to an own goal from Chancel Mbemba and a strike from Helder Costa.

A lacklustre United could have few complaints about the result, which left the club third in the table.

Anita was also dismissed late in the match by referee Tim Robinson for a high tackle on Wolves' Ivan Cavaleiro

The makeshift right-back will now serve a three-game suspension.

Chancel Mbemba and Matt Doherty, right

Chancel Mbemba and Matt Doherty, right

United, four days after convincingly beating Queens Park Rangers 6-0 at Loftus Road, started badly in front of a sell-out 52,117 crowd.

Jon Dad Bodvarsson struck the crossbar in the ninth minute, and Walter Zenga's side pressured and pressed their hosts until they forced an error in the 29th minute.

Mbemba headed a Bodvarsson cross into his own net to bring an end to Newcastle's 524-minute run without conceding a goal.

Things didn't improve after the break.

Costa put the game beyond United in the 62nd minute with a neat finish.

The goal, which came from an Ayoze Perez error, prompted a double change from Benitez, who brought on Aleksandar Mitrovic and Christian Atsu.

Mitrovic had a chance to pull a goal back 12 minutes from time after he was put through on goal, but Carl Ikeme saved his shot with his legs.

And to make matters worse, Anita was sent off in the dying minutes for a high challenge on Cavaleiro.

The decision infuriated Benitez, whose side take on Wolves again at St James's Park on Tuesday night in a third-round EFL Cup tie.

Newcastle are now four points behind league leaders Huddersfield Town, who beat QPR 2-1.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Sels; Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie (Atsu, 63), Diame, Perez; Gayle (Mitrovic, 63). Subs: Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Colback, Gouffran.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS: Ikeme; Doherty, Iorfa, Batth, Borthwick-Jackson; Oniangue, Edwards, Saiss; Costa (Mason, 75), Bodvarsson (Coady, 88), Teixeira (Cavaleiro, 71). Subs: Lonergan, Hause, Saville, Gladon.

Goals: Mbemba 29 (og), Costa 62

Bookings: Batt 35, Saiss 36, Dummett 40, Diame 45, Ritchie 51, Teixeira 57, Borthwick-Jackson 72, Edwards 79

Sent off: Anita 87

Referee: Tim Robinson (Sussex)

Attendance: 52,117