Since Steve Bruce took the Newcastle job last summer, he has received way more than his fair share of criticism, most of it undeserved when you consider the superior results he has gained compared to revered predecessor Rafa Benitez.
Bruce accepts it as part and parcel of the job with the Magpies Head Coach saying:
"I understand criticism. I've had criticism since I walked through the door 15 months ago and when we get beat then you're going to get criticised.
"It is trying to find that balance but in the whole scheme of it, we have played five games and I believe two of those were against two of the top teams in this country if not Europe and we've come away with seven points, which is a decent enough start."
Many in the game are baffled by the constant barrage of abuse aimed at Bruce by so-called Newcastle fans especially on social media, with Tim Sherwood saying:
Despite last week's 4-1 defeat at the hands of a resurgent Man United inspired by man of the moment Marcus Rashford, Newcastle have a respectable seven points after five Premier League matches and are in The Quarter-Final of The Carabao Cup.
Its the second successive Cup Quarter-Final Bruce has steered the Magpies into in as many seasons already eclipsing Benitez's solitary Quarter Final in his three full seasons at St. James' Park and if Newcastle beat Brentford, it will be the club's first Semi-Final in any competition since 2005.
And after 5 Premier League in Benitez's last season in charge, Newcastle were rooted 18th in the relegation zone with a solitary point from 15, out of the League Cup and wouldn't muster the seven points Newcastle have now until Gameweek 12:
yet still the knives are out for Bruce by a loud yet vocal minority on social media.
In a topsy-turvy season in The Premier League, Wolves come into the game against Newcastle 8th in the table with their tails up having beaten Leeds 1-0 last week, a second successive victory having also beaten Fulham 1-0 in their previous game to bounce back from a 4-0 thrashing by West Ham, who Bruce's NUFC beat comfortably:
That win got Newcastle off to their first winning start in The Premier League since Alan Pardew's Toon side beat Spurs 2-1 on the opening day of the 2012/3 season and another tomorrow at Molineux can propel Newcastle back into the top half of the table and on level pegging with teams like much-fancied Leeds and Crystal Palace.
It won't be an easy game against Wolves who are benefitting from having their midweek free of European entanglements after narrowly failing to qualify for The Europa League and a summer transfer spree of £80 with teen sensation Fabio Silva arriving for £35M of that alongside young talents like Vitinha, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rayan Ait-Nou as well as the more established Fernando Marcal and Semedo.
Yet the loss of two of their real stars Diego Jota to Liverpool and Matt Docherty to Spurs means Wolves had their best XI weakened despite the squad being strengthened while Newcastle's additions of Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, who could be set for his full Premier League debut, has undoubtedly strengthened Bruce's best hand.
The major potential area of concern going into tomorrow's game for the United Head Coach is the fitness of Karl Darlow, who took a knock off Marcus Rashford last week and third-choice goalkeeper Mark Gillespie is on stand-by if he isn't fit.
One intriguing encounter will be that of two of the Premier League's most exciting dribblers on the same pitch - Allan Saint-Maximin and Adama Traore - with the two being most neutrals favourite players from other clubs playing with the freedom and exciting flair that first draws people to the beautiful game. Saint-Maximin, Brighton aside, has started the season superbly, instrumental in the win at West Ham and a phenomenal match-winning performance against Burnley in Newcastle's 3-1 victory.
Traore, meanwhile, has started the season in less electric form than he ended it as one of the real stars of Project Restart with his partnership with Raul Jimenez proving the most fruitful in the Premier League last season although he is still being linked with a £90M move to Barcelona & others and Newcastle fans will be hoping he is as well-shackled as last season exemplified by this tackle by Miguel Almiron, who is expected to start after recovering from international week jet-lag:
It won't be easy but one feature of Bruce's reign at St. James' Park so far has been an ability to bounce straight back from the adversity of a bad result notably beating Spurs after a 3-1 reverse at Norwich and a 1-0 win against Man United after a 5-0 loss at Leicester last season so lets hope that winning mentality and 'bouncebackability' results in an excellent away win.
Prediction - Newcastle United 2 Wolves 1