FT: Newcastle 0 Bolton 0 – Newcastle Unlucky

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Newcastle United camped out in the Bolton Wanderers half, in the last 45 minutes this afternoon, but were unable to get the goal that would have given Newcastle a well earned victory.

Bolton came into this game to try to get a draw, and packed their midfield, and played a spoiling game to try to stop Newcastle playing, and it basically was successful, as the Lancashire side came away with a point. From the Bolton viewpoint it was a well earned draw, and they played a good containing game – and looked well coached by Gary Megson.

In the first half it was an even game with no chances at all to either side, but in the second half Newcastle increased the pace of the game and it seemed Bolton were willing to try to absorb the Newcastle pressure. The problem Newcastle had in the first half was that Rozehnal and N’Zogbia couldn’t get a hold of midfield, but in the second half Newcastle controlled the game well, but didn’t have any cutting edge up front.

There were not too many clear cut chances and a couple of times Ameobi seemed to be brought down in the penalty box, but TV replays showed Ameobi looking each time for the penalty. The nearest Newcastle got to scoring, was when a cross from James Milner forced Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen into his first save, as he tipped the ball over the cross bar.

Newcastle played well, especially after the interval, and looked well organized, particularly in defense. However, Newcastle could have done with capturing all 3 points this afternoon, which they really deserved. But then again Newcastle didn’t have enough of a cutting edge.

And then after 90 minutes Bolton almost pulled off the complete smash and grab raid when JLoyd Samuel, following a corner, had Bolton’s only chance of the game, but he had his shot well saved by Irish goalkeeper, Shay Given, as he blocked the shot well with his left leg.

If Bolton had scored then it would have been really rough justice on a decent performance from Newcastle.

True to his word Kevin Keegan had Newcastle moving forward, especially after the beak.

The back four played well for Newcastle and both full backs Carr and Enrique had good games. Rozehnal started slowly in the first half but had a much better game in the second half as Newcastle United dominated. The question was then whether they could get that one goal and 3 points. As it turned out they couldn’t, but it wasn’t for the want of trying.

Smith and Butt will both be back for the game at Arsenal next Saturday and Keegan will have a full week to prepare the side.

We would have liked all 3 points, but the performance from the lads was encouraging, with lots of our players unavailable.

Comments very welcome.


Newcastle United: Shay Given, Stephen Carr, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Claudio Cacapa, David Rozehnal, James Milner, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, James Troisi, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua

Bolton Wanderers:
Jussi Jaaskelainen, Kevin Nolan (c), Ricardo Gardner, Kevin Davies, Gretar Steinsson, Danny Guthrie, Gavin McCann, Joey O’Brien, Lubomir Michalik, Andy O’Brien, Matt Taylor
Subs: Ali Al Habsi, Jlloyd Samuel, Stelios, Ivan Campo, Tamir Cohen

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 52,000 plus

110 comments so far

  • ChrisL

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Happy with the result. Keegan can not wave a magic wand & it will take till next season. We’re work in progress. Bring on next season.

  • AlexW

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #2

    “times Ameobi seemed to be brought down in the but”

    i dint know he was that way inclined lol

  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #3

    You’ve got to admit Bolton came with a game plan and it worked. What we’ve just witnessed is exactly what a game involving Bolton is all about. They aren’t interested in playing football. Their tactics were epitomised when Mcann left the pitch (eventually). He’ll always be a Mackem as far as I’m concerned.

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Bolton is an annoying team. They never had intentions to play football. If this is the way they play every week, then for me they can go down ASAP!!!

    On the other hand we weren’t able to create a descent chance. KK has lots of work to do.

    Milner – really poor performance ‘again!!!
    N’Zogbia – runs too long with the ball, can’t kick a descent free kick

    Rozehnal – really played a good game. A few fantastic long balls ehind their defenders.
    Our defence was very good (Cacapa and Taylor played full of confidence; Enrique starts to play good and Carr did an okay job)
    Thank you Given to save that last minute Samuel strike, cause if that went in it would have been one of the most undeserved wins of the season.
    Ameobi – played good (remeber that it has been a long time since he played on this level)
    Owen – did not get good delivery, but that will better when KK has got the time to work with his players.
    Duff – was okay, but did nothing special today.

  • Callum

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Its a clean sheet so its a starts 🙂

  • Howie

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    in my opinion we need a big striker who can hold the ball. viduka always unfit. sholas a donkey. we also need a creative influence in midfield.

  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope KK saw enough of Ameobi tonight.

  • Gilly

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Need that spark in the middle of the park to break teams down.

  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    well, at least we stopped at 4lost on the trot right? its a gd start, look at the positives.. clean sheets, missing 1st team players, bolton came with a plan to destroy the party and not play football, we dominated, we attacked, we PLAYED football..

    KING KEV’s the Special One, but not GOD and will not have instant result. be patient. i believe this is the time to start believing..

    ~am stil in KEEGAN WONDERLAND

  • MattyDread

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #10

    phoonCK – well said.

  • lull

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Was a good game on our side me thinks. Gary Megson were planning to ruin the party and he did 🙁 He’s tactic was 8-2-0 😀 The only downside is Ameobi on the pitch

  • goalcentre.com

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Same old story.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #13

    “Newcastle Unlucky”, Ed?? more like Newcastle Poor. but there were positives and if the ref wasn’t a mackum we could have got at least 1 penalty.
    It isn’t the best result as we got some tough games coming our way…we should have done better today. the big players like Zog and Duff should have risen more to the occasion. Owen was starved of balls again. Shola is still shite even with Keegan 🙂 and so is Milner.

    I can’t wait for the players were missing to come back.
    I can honestly say that my favorite players today were Rozy and Carr. The only ones to really fight with passion and stuck in, Carr actually was really good in the last 20 mins.

    KK’s got a lot of work.

  • Loisss

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #14

    To me, considering the circumstances (injuries, suspensions, players at the ANC), it was a good performance, way better than the ones with Big Sam… Having Viduka fit (damn calf injuries), Newcastle would have won… It’s easy to say after the game, but I actually had the same idea than Keegan : putting Rozenhal in CM with N’Zogbia. And it worked… He needed time to adapt but he progressed during the game… Ironically, we get a clean sheet… while playing the ball to the ground, and attacking, with most players playing at their natural positions…
    That’s what we were saying all along, right Sam?

  • milnerfan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #15

    sounds like a good result, we’ve a few first team players out due to suspension or ACN. So personally 1 point out the game is alot better than us losing. bolton would have come here with a lot of confidence due to us having a weak team fielded

  • stantos

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    it could be worse we could be bolton fans travelling to watch tactics like that. Pathetic excuse of a team. With a bit more invention we would of murdered em, KK will make massive changes, bolton were always gonna play like that. Frustrating !!!!!!

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    ToonKing – I completely agree Carr and Roz played a good game and showed their fighting spirit on the pitch.
    Also the young LuaLua immediately was in the game; almost a cracking opening pass. Good for our future all those youngsters.

    We need the time to build things again and then we will back be the force of the 90’s.

  • JJ

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Happy with he second half. I though Rozenhal played superbly in midfield (far better than Butt or Smith).
    I would like to see a work horse who can keep possession up front ie: Smith in a Strikers role plus he has more pace than Viduka.
    Zog isnt ready for CM role but I think at the moment is a better LM than Duff so would have him there.
    Erique impressed me except for looking a bit too casual occasionally.
    Taylor and Casapa look good but Taylor needs to stop giving possession away with sloppy passing.
    Carr is crap so we need Beye back and our defense should be ok.
    BUT in midfield we still desperatley need a creative player like Arshavin or Emre to be in the team.
    Bridge would be great at LB and Wright Phillips would give Milner some stiff competion and add great pace and depth to the squad.
    Transfers: Sell nobody. Buy: Wright Phillips, Bridge and Arshavin please.

  • JJ

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Ps: Lua Lua did look very good as an impact player : )

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #20

    We played well. The result is the only thing lack from this match. We controlled the 2nd half, without doubt but well, we aren’t creating much. Honestly, I enjoy watching the team played today compared to previous matches.

    Maybe we lack of something…. confidence, creativity?

    I have never thought our team will be threaten by relegation until this season. Everytime when we started badly, I know, we still can move up the table and achieve respectable position. But under BSA, the worry really came to me. We never play football except in a few matches, and don’t seems convincing at all.

    Thank god. If today’s performance is the benchmark, 40 points is not a problem at all. Don’t write the season off, because this might be the beginning of a great era. An era started not when it’s at the top, it’s started at the bottom. Though people only remember great times, but hard work is being done in difficult times.

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #21

    good platform for kev to start on, we were poor but it only highlights what areas need strengthening, i can see a few transfers hapening next week.i think keegan will sign 3 quality players who will go straight into the team,hopefully before the arsenal games. bring on next season

  • JJ

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Your right Loiss, play play football, we attack, we keep possession and our defense is under less pressure which results in a clean sheet. (note to Big Sam).

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    buy, bridge,v,der vaart,carrick

  • Neil A H

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #24

    It looks like Rozehnal could be great cover at defensive midfield. He had two brilliant passes, one in the first half which Owen’s initial touch on the ball ruined and the other that was just a tad too far for Milner. He was very good after a slow start. Enrique was good but still had lapses. Ameobi was awful. I wish Carroll had started instead.

  • Normag

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Milner cant manage to put in a decent cross!

  • Ashton

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    f***in bolton are disgrace to football !!
    they were playing with 10 defenders bollocks !

  • Kevin

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Agree with ToonKing and Obafan. I couldn’t believe that I was consistently happy with Carr’s performance tonight. Although I know Roz was playing a bit out of position – but he was still poor for me tonight. Many spoiled opportunities and possession because of his sloppy ball control. Milner and Duff were off – they’ll be back. But consistency is somthing which has been lacking for a while, and it’s necessary in today’s game.
    Owen and Ameobi were only fine. Neither of them are ready yet. But again – all these excuses are not acceptable for a premiership team. Period.
    SuperShay – once again – saved our humps tonight.

  • Kevin

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    One other thing I’d like to address is the “fans” streaming out of the stadium in the 88th minute!! What’s that about??

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    JJ – would be three good signings and i would add by those 3 Dean Ashton, as he really is impressing me this season.

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    i hope kk pulls the strings on some transfers, we are desperate for creativity and a good right winger.

  • carl

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #31

    kevin, you ever tried getting out of st james on a match day? its only to beat the traffic

  • ToonRich

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m with the guys that have praised Roz and Carr for tonights performance. I thought Roz may have has a stinker, but he did settle & looked half decent in the 2nd half. Is it just me, or has Carr regained some lost pace?or perhaps boltons players made him look quick!!!

    Dont rate shola much, wouldnt mind giving Smith a shot up top with MO as he isnt as lazy as Viduka!
    I think Zog and Enrique need to learn to pass a little quicker and milner needs to work on his crossing.

    Definately need a creative mid, and I’m sure KK had players in mind.

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Ashton – indeed I was really frustrated by the way Bolton played. Every tile a team plays to stop the amusement the FA should take points away from them. So Bolton would be under nil.

    Kevin – I thouhgt Roz payed very good, but indeed his ball control is not always of a high quality, which costs him time or possession.

    Taylor was announced MOTM, I thought Cacapa deserved it a bit more.

  • Obafan

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #34

    ToonRich – maybe DECO to fill the creativity hole which we have now…

  • ToonRich

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Also, great to see young Lua Lua getting some game time…He looks a confident young man, should certainly develop under KK with flair and attack in mind 🙂

    It was annoying to see Nolan telling his players from the sideline to nail people…

  • Greg P

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    We kept the ball down which was a bonus, but without a central midfield, and with Owen and Cacapa who were frankly disgraceful it was a decent point. Bolton were excellent (whatever you think of their tactics).
    We’ve got some decent players, but need a central midfielder and defender in the next week or so, and then let KK assess what he has.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #37

    im not disappointed, the fact of the matter is we had a depleted squad, and the Alladyce rot will take time to evaporate-

    the menatity of attacking football must become second nature to the players-, but we saw today that caution and the inablity to get into forward space, the tendency to pass back, and remain in rigid positions is something King kev has to work on

    but i do hope he has noticed a few things

    Milner- folks we have to admit milner is not class- hes good, hardworker, but his first touch is awful, and his imgaination is not the same level as Zogs and his passing is almost half hazard and no pace- if we get SWP milner will be benching it.

    Poor lad, that might be the last game he plays for newcastle, I hope, he is so lethargic its unreal- he looks half injured- no evident burst of pace, no strength, no awareness – I think carrol may start a few games

    the usual suspects
    Carr- I agree he had a good game, showed some heart- but bloody hell canty wait for super Beye to come back

    Rozehnal- guys i really dont think he will be playing for us next season- dangerously kamikaze in some of his play- though again i agree better in midfield than Butt or Smith

    Taylor and Cacapa

    ok- were not tested, thank god- Cacapa looks like a liabilty- gives needless free kicks- again cant wait for Faye to come back

    wish lua lua come on earliar- looked like a livewire and that pass almost was splendid looked brave daring too

    all in all we have t accept that we have issue- let us thank godthat we have a manager and chairman that know this and are prepared to do what is necessary to bring silverware, however long that maybe (3 1/2 years)

  • Greg P

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Bring back Faye/Beye and stop the liabilities of Cacapa and Carr and I’ll be much happier!

  • ToonRich

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #39

    @Obafan, Deco is/was a great player…I’m just not sure what his motives would be to play for us. How old is he now, 30? He’s never really made a song and dance about playing in the EPL, so perhaps only money would get him to SJP. I’d personally like to see some one younger fill the gap, someone with bags of pace, strength and tricks 😀

    any suggestions on that?

  • phoonCK

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Kevin, they probably just didnt want to be caught in a human traffic jam if all were to leave together. and some might have night programs? hahaa.. but stil, i enjoyed tonight’s game. with that line up, i thot we played decent, and we finally PLAYED how football shld be played

    Howay the Lads


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