Newcastle United surrendered a two-goal lead at home to relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Terry Connor’s first game in charge of Wolves ended in a somewhat surprising – though deserved – point.

With talk of a European challenge gaining momentum, Geordie fans could hardly wait for the visit of Wolves, who had endured a testing week regarding the replacement of the sacked Mick McCarthy. With the returning midfield duo of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye boosting the Magpies’ starting line-up, it looked on paper like it could be a cricket score if the visitors didn’t turn up.

It started as expected too, when Christophe Berra looked hurried and Yohan Cabaye robbed him in a dangerous area. The France international crossed for Demba Ba to test Hennessey with a cheeky back heel. Wolves scrambled clear but Cheick Tiote followed up with a scuffed effort, and Papiss Cisse was on hand to divert the shot past Hennessey to give Newcastle the lead.

Newcastle had started excellently, and looked like a team capable of reaching the European places. Danny Simpson epitomised the confidence flowing through black and white veins when he drilled a speculative effort goalwards, only for Hennessey to superbly deny the former Manchester United player.

The second goal didn’t take long to come though, and what a strike it was. Kevin Doyle didn’t clear a cross far enough and after taking a touch to control, Jonas Gutierrez powered home from 25 yards.

At this point, it looked like the score line could be a cricket score come full time.

Wolves tried their best to respond, the closest they came in the first half was when Doyle connected with Matt Jarvis’ cross, only to see his header float narrowly wide of Tim Krul’s far post.

However, the attacking pendulum soon swung firmly back in Newcastle’s favour, when Cisse’s pacy run ended with a fine cross, but Ryan Taylor couldn’t find a way past a flailing Wolves defender.

With the visitors trailing 2-0 at half time, it was time for Terry Connor to make his inaugural half-time team talk, and it had a marked impact early on in the second half.

Wolves’ first attack of the second half led to the goal that pulled them back into the contest, when Doyle’s fortunate control allowed him to find Jarvis on the left of midfield. The former England international cut inside Ryan Taylor before firing a heavily deflected shot that looped past Krul and gave the visitors a lifeline.

Newcastle needed to respond if they were to kill off the contest, and they nearly did when Cabaye linked excellently with Taylor, but the Frenchman could only drag his shot well wide of goal.

But the next goal was to be the equaliser. Jamie O’Hara’s deep free-kick wasn’t dealt with by Newcastle’s defence and the second ball landed at the feet of Doyle. The Irishman tried to scramble his first shot home but Krul repelled the effort, only for Doyle to stretch and hook the rebound into the unguarded corner.

Alan Pardew responded by throwing on the lively Hatem Ben Arfa and the former Marseille schemer looked like creating something with his impressive dribbling ability, but could only muster a couple of shots which narrowly evaded Wayne Hennessey’s posts.