In a first half of few real chances, Bolton and Newcastle were still deadlocked at 0-0 at half time, inom their crucial game at The Reebok this afternoon.
This was a fairly even first half, with Newcastle having the better of the few chances the two sides had carved out.
The game started with Bolton immediately going on the offensive in this vital 6 pointer between two relegation candidates.
After 19 mins Bolton got through Newcastle’s strong back four but Swede Johan Elmander was unable to finish a good move. Johan hit the ball way over the cross bar from close range, with a decent chance, after Matt Taylor had delivered a good ball in from the right hand side.
Ryan Taylor was taking all the corners for Newcastle, and was doing another good job like last week, and after 33min another Ryan Taylor corner had Nigerian Oba Martins connecting well. But Oba was denied the opening goal by the fist of Finnish International Jaaskelainen right on the goal-line.
That was a good good chance and Newcastle almost opened the scoring.
Then on 41 minutes Newcastle broke quickly out of defense with Ameobi on the ball and the Magpies had a three-on-two situation. The ball eventually spun free to Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, who got the ball quickly to Oba Martins, who headed the ball wide, when it seemed so much easier to score.
That was a good chance for Newcastle and Martins should have done better.
But as the half came to an end the Newcastle defense, again looking strong, and with Ryan Taylor doing a more than decent job in the middle of the park.
The lads now need to push on for the all important win, in this crucial game.
On the evidence of the first half that’s now very possible.
Howay The Lads!!
Bolton: Jaaskalainmen Samuel O’Brien Cahill Steinsson M.Davies Muamba McCann K.Davies Elmander
Sub: Al Habsi Shittu Basham Puygrenier Gardner Smolareck Makukula
Newcastle United: Harper, S.Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique Lovenkrands R.Taylor Butt Gutierrez Martins Ameobi
Subs: Forster Edgar Cacapa Geremi Smith Viduka Carroll