FT: Bolton 1 Newcastle 0 – Magpies In Trouble Again


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This was the worst possible result for Newcastle United in this 6 pointer at Bolton Wanderers today, as the Magpies went down to a single 47th goal from substitute Ricardo Gardner.


The defeat leaves Newcastle down in the relegation zone, and now just a couple of points above second bottom place. Blackburn beat Hull City 2-1 at Hull, to go just 2 points behind Newcastle, and we now are back in the depths of the relegation struggle, yet again.

This defeat could well set off alarm bells on Tyneside, given that the other results have not gone our way today.  It now remains a distinct possibility that we could be relegated this season, for the first time ever from the Premier league, although there are still plenty of points to play for.

That’s the end of our three-game unbeaten run, and with having to face Manchester United at home on Wednesday evening, things will not be looking up at St. James’ Park in the next few days.  Of course it doesn’t help either that our manager Joe Kinnear is not in good health and still recovering from a triple bypass operation.

This game was largely uneventful, and some poor defending from Newcastle’s Coloccini and Steven Taylor, led to Gardner’s crucial winner, early in the second half.

Gardner, the Jamaican international scored with his very first touch of the game as he ghosted into the Newcastle penalty box, after  just two minutes into the second half,  to lift Matt Taylor’s low cross above a helpless Steve Harper from just 10 yards out.

This followed a first half in which the visitors if anything had the better of the exchanges, with Oba Martins having a couple of decent chances that he should have done better with.

Newcastle United pressed for a leveler and had legitimate shouts for a penalty waved away by Alan Wiley, after Fabricio Coloccini’s shot struck the arm of Jlloyd Samuel in the dying stages.  However, we cannot keep blaming the referee for the trouble we are now in.

It was just not to be, and this is a rather crushing defeat for our hopes of avoiding relegation.

Now we have Blackburn, Bolton and Middlesbrough all having gained 3 points on us this weekend, and Newcastle have some tough home games coming up against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

The only good thing is that Hull City were beaten yet again today, by Blackburn, and the newly promoted side have been on a terrible run of late.

We play Hull in a couple of weeks time at Hull, and we must secure all 3 points there, otherwise we will be in very serious trouble indeed.

It’s certainly time for some heroes on Tyneside, starting on Wednesday evening against The Red Devils.

This was a game we just had to get something out of, and this this will be a very disappointing result for Newcastle fans, to say the least.

We’re now right back in the middle of the relegation scrap once again, after seemingly starting to pull away, with 5 points from our previous 3 games before today.

The position we are now in is a direct result of the volcano that erupted in early September between Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle Board, and while we have no idea whose fault it was, the unfortunate victim has been the Newcastle United club itself, of course.

We went on to lose 4 league game in succession after the volcano, before Joe Kinnear was able to right the ship. It’s a pity those involved didn’t put the health of the club first.

This is a damaging defeat for the lads, as it plunges the side right back into the relegation quagmire.

As we said, it’s time for heroes starting on Wednesday night, if we are to dig ourselves out of this hole, which just got a little bit deeper this afternoon.

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240 comments so far

  • Lassi

    Mar 1, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve already started figuring out the best ways to follow Championship football in Finland. It’s looking very, very bleak now. Ed, how about an analysis of the coming fixture lists of us and our relegation rivals?

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 1, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    PLEASE BLOG LET ME POST I WANT TO POST DAMN IT

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  • Kanusti

    Mar 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    what is whe board fault becuse why has not add enough for 1 team whis season.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #5

    We have a good enough team……
    We just don`t seem to be able to put the right players on the field.
    Hughton must take the blame today

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 1, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m really sad and angry today, though don’t want to make a big deal of this defeat, but I’ll honestly tell will to be prepared for the worse.

    Seriously, I’m not like this, but what can we hope when going to face ManU depending on NICKY BUTT or in the worst likelyhood on GEREMI?!

    Can’t stand this. We must win on Wednesday, otherwise all that fucking uproar and fans’ angry will be back troubling the club and make sure the pressure will be mounting on the players.

    FFS, can’t believe Mike Ashley is trusting a f third division manager and a caretaker coach to save our club on its worse situation ever. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE!

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    MAN I’LL KILL MYSELF I WANT TO POST FFS PLEASE I BEG YOU BLOG!

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  • Mehzeb

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Ban this Brazilian Geordie character. He is spamming. In every topic he is posting the same thing. “LET ME POST” and such stupid jargon while he is actually posting. If you can’t post, how are you posting “LET ME POST” “I WANT TO POST” bullsh1t.

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  • NUFCDavid

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Loverkrands terrible, ameobi terrible, coloccini terrible, chris hughton even worse

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone think that it was JFK on the blower to Hughton telling him to do the unthinkable and take Martins off?

    Why take off our only striker with pace and power when the useless Ameobi could and should have gone off instead?

    I dont care what anyone says about changeing managers anymore, we need these clueless cockney tw@ts to sling their hooks ASAP.

    If Keegan would come back i would welcome him with open arms, even though he dropped us in the shit, id rather him back here and not the clueless cockney.

    Another 3 points down the swanny and other results going against us.

    I dont know how much more of this shit i can take 🙁

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #11

    mehzeb

    sometimes when my posts dont show the only thing that will show is when i say why arent my posts showing

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Mehzeb, why would I do that? I’m serious. I just can post small posts like that, but not the ”big” ones I’d like too. Seriously, guy. I just wrote a f big post about the club’s situation right now and lost all of it.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Keep KK away,like he has done much good here in the last year.

    Terrible decisions from Hughton i agree

    How these guys cannot see what everyone else can plainly see….
    Shola should not play unless no other strikers available
    Geremi should never play again for us
    Cannot believe we lost today,gutted!

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    its hard to believe but i actually think shola has improved immensely over the last few years

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  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #15

    ronaldeno,aye i reckon it was like,jfk is as clueless as the rest of them.

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  • Alanmc09

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #16

    We have:
    Man u…(h
    Hull…….(a
    Arsenal.(h
    Chelsea.(h
    Stoke….(a
    Spurs….(a
    Pompey(h
    Pool……(a
    Boro…..(h
    Fulham.(h
    Villa……(a
    We WILL STAY UP!!MARK MY WORDS!WE WILL STAY UP

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #17

    fu<ksake, I keep on writing lengthy posts then discovering everyone’s FO’d to the latest blog 🙂

    (Beye – don’t use swear words, they get blocked automatically – if you weren’t aware)

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    ….sometimes

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  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    alanmc,we will be lucky if we get 10 points from games left mate..

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #20

    thanks rodz

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  • Alanmc09

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I think 10 mite just b enuf!!it was 39 last year we are on 28 nw,and it is so tight dis year less dan 40 points could keep us up!!hitman i agree though,anythin more than 38 will b a bonus!

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  • Amirshearer

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    can’t even beat bolton. next up is man utd. we’ll thrash them for sure.

    not.

    The sad, sad truth, of a Newcastle Fan.

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  • gozzie4

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyone see us getting more than this?

    Hull City (Away) – Lose 0 point
    Stoke (Away) – Draw 1 point
    Tottenham (Away) – Lose 0 point
    Portsmouth (Home) – Win 3 point
    Borough (Home) – Draw 1 point
    Fulham (Home) – Draw 1 point
    Villa (Away) – Lose 0 points

    6 Points….

    I’m not into all this losing talk shite, but we are in serious trouble.

    Us fans have to continue showing our support for the club.

    Sad sad times…. one of the lowest moments or potential lowest moments ever.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Why oh why take Martins off ?
    Ameobi is so so so so bad.
    Shola Ameobi is incredibly lazy.
    If there is anyone who can disprove this hold up your hand.
    Come on Ronaldeano it’s about time you forgot about the cockney twaddle.
    EVERYTHING is about supporting the team, the fans and the board.
    Come on now let’s get behind NEWCSASTLE UNITED rather than provide ammunition for the gutter press.

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  • Alanmc09

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Gozzie lose to hull???draw wit stoke boro and fulham??wat bout manu chelsea and arsenal??we can get a draw at least in 1 of those games!!
    Talk about negativity!

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  • Johno Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Just a thought lads that the reason martins didnt stay on the full 90 mins as he is only back from injury?

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Here here Hugh Jorgan

    I’m sick of all this cockney scapegoating too. Fact is – we are currently just sh1te – simple; our players don’t exude a glint of confidence and the longer all this doom and gloom propaganda goes on – the sh1tter we’ll get. Self-fulfilling prophecy.

    (copied and pasted from previous blog coz everyone had FO’d)

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  • hitman

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    gozzie i think we need to win our home games,pomppy,boro,fullham,to have any chance of staying up.

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  • G-Man

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Well i think that relegation is inevitable now, can’t pick up any point’s against the so called poorer team’s in the league, only the big boy’s to come now apart from Stoke & Hull with respect to them. The team which was put out on the field today should have disposed of Bolton. If Keegan, Robson, or even Shearer with no experience had managed today, i’m sure these players would have put in a performance today, out of respect.. They have a team possible of staying up, but they need a manager now who the player’s respect, this lot are clueless, Ashley it’s all down to YOU…

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  • Johno Toon

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #30

    i can see us picking up 13 points from those games gozzie maybe 15

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #31

    …I see us picking up 22

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  • gozzie4

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    AlanMc09- U really think we will get anything from our games with the top 4 teams?! I left them out on purpose.

    I know i’m being negative but Im so frustrated on what ive just seen.

    Hitman-I agree- i think those games are probably going to be the 3 most important games of recent history for NUFC.

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  • tomc111

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    It was obvious to everyone who watched that ameobi is a waste of space, i can only guess martins wasnt match fit and was tired. That or our best chances did come from set pieces so having the two big guys up front might have been the tactic.
    No one seems to have mentioned him at all but i thought Steven Taylor was shocking again today! Our right hand side was nearly non existent (lovenkrands was also pants), he gave the ball away loads, he was at fault for the goal and at least three times the ball fell to him at the far post and each time he fluffed it. He’s got so much determination and has the physical attributes but i dont think he’ll ever have the positional awareness or skill or general football brain to be a first teamer.

    I think people are going over the top with there criticism of ashley and jfk after this game. We know ashley tried to spend more money in the window on top players and did bring in 3 good ones so cant really blame when he cant exactly make the players perform can he! and kinnear is in bed so how come because of this result he suddenly gets slagged? we’re in a proper bad position but i think some people on here are just lashing out due to the obvious frustration.

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  • jim

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #34

    and what would we have to lose by keegan coming back at this stage in our dire predicament exactly? i tell you what summit needs to be changed! can u see us pickin up points in our next few fixtures with them doolys in charge? i cant ! im not sayin keegans the rite choice but hey-if we go down were in deep sh** – we need a lift-and he can get the place buzzin again

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  • Dan_008

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Im not surprised Newcastle lost for some reason..

    ronaldeano whos the clueless cockney?? are you talking about Kinnear? his Irish.. or Ashley?

    I dont care about winning the league or winning the champions league, all i like to see is a competitive team giving their all to win..

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  • jim

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #36

    WOOPS DID I JUST HAVE A “KEEGAN BACK ” TANTRUM? LOL-FRUSTRATION LADS SORRY-OR AM I?

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  • tomc111

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #37

    as an optimist i can see us picking up 13 points…….but more realistically could be alot less.
    although i think this year theres gonna be a very low survival point mark

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  • Fostino

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #38

    we were useless today…….i cant rememeber watching such a bad performance, we couldnt create anything or string any passes together. our midfield was non existant

    we played so many poor long balls that ya wouldnt see it in my local league, colocinni must have taught he was david beckham wit the amount of long balls he tried

    ryan taylor isnt a cm in fairness, smith should have been given a chance or maybe a youngster like lualua, id have r taylor on the right (he and s taylor looked like a good combo and were what we needed for a hard working bolton side)….in fairness geremi did create a thing or two when he came on but his days must be numbered

    jonas may have a great work rate, but his final ball and finishing is poor…hard to think how he makes the argentina team

    for the life of me, i cant understand what hughton was at today…..why did he leave it so long to change things. viduka should have been on far earlier, ameobi off, and smith should have been given a chance

    we need barton and nolan back quick….we had no creativity today

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Let’s all appreciate.
    We are shit.
    All of our players are shit.
    I am so desperately ashamed to be a Geordie, especially supporting the toon.

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  • Alanmc09

    Mar 1, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Haha rodzilla mayb a bit enthusiastic but dats gud!
    Gozzie ya i think we wil get sumtin out of arsenal….the makems did!!
    I have a bit of hope for a draw against manu and chelski but time wil tell

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