‘K-Bull’ Hwang Hee-chan proved himself as soon as he returned from injury. He shook the net in the first minute after being put on as a substitute.
Wolverhampton lost 1-2 to Newcastle 스포츠토토 United in the 27th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at St. James Park in Newcastle, England on the 13th at 1:30 am (Korean time). With this, Wolverhampton (27 points) stayed in 13th place.
The home team, Newcastle, started with a 4-3-3 formation. Alain Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isaac, and Jacob Murphy sortied as the front three top. Joe Willock, Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff led their teammates in midfield. Dan Byrne, Sven Botman, Fabian Cher and Kieran Trippier made up the back four. Nick Pope in goal.
The visiting team, Wolverhampton, had a 4-2-3-1 formation. The attack was led by Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podense, Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore. In midfield, Mario Lemina and Ruben Neves held out. The back four consisted of Johnny Castro, Maximilian Kilman, Craig Dawson and Nelson Semedo. Goalkeeper gloves were worn by Josesa.
It was Newcastle who laughed first. Free kick situation in the 26th minute of the first half Trippier put a cross into the box and Isak finished it with a header to score the opening goal. Newcastle started solidifying with Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson.
Wolverhampton also threw a win. In the 24th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan stepped on the ground with Matheus Nunes and Rayan Ait-Nuri. The effect appeared immediately. In the 25th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan overcame the Newcastle pressure and broke through to the dangerous area. After the dangerous area competition, he calmly pushed the second ball that flowed out of the confusion and scored an equalizer.
Hwang Hee-chan, who came to fruition in one minute of substitution. He met with joy as he performed the ceremony with his colleagues. Wolverhampton pulled the reins for a comeback, but couldn’t laugh at the end. In the 34th minute of the second half, Almiron exchanged passes with Willock and shook the net with a shot aimed at the corner. In the end, Newcastle won the victory, and Wolverhampton swallowed the regret.
Although the result was disappointing, Hwang Hee-chan raised his expectations even more. He scored in his comeback a month after a hamstring injury. He proved his potential by scoring his first league goal of the season under the trust of coach Julen Lopetegui, who had been appointed midway. It is a very encouraging score as Hwang Hee-chan’s great performance is essential to stay in Wolverhampton.
Wolverhampton take home Leeds on the night of the 19th and look for a win again. Hwang Hee-chan will also try to score two goals in a row through selection or replacement.