And on this performance Newcastle missed Tiote and Joey Barton badly in midfield, and perhaps our squad is not as good as we thought it was, and this also cuts our goal difference down to just +1, and Newcastle are now just 4 points above the drop zone.
And of course there’s even more bad news in that Fabricio Coloccini received a red card after 76 minutes, as the Argentine was sent off for violent conduct, and will now miss the next 3 games, and either Sol Campbell and/or Steven Taylor will get the chance they’ve been patiently waiting for.
The good news is that Andy Carroll got his 8th goal of the season, but that came when Bolton were already 3-0 up soon after half time.
So after beating Sunderland and Arsenal in successive games Newcastle have now gone 3 games against Blackburn, Fulham and Bolton, got only one point, scored two goals and conceded 7 goals – and it’s becoming very clear that our back four is just not good enough.
Bolton were a comfortable 2-0 up at half time through goals from Kevin Davies from a penalty on 18 minutes, after Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan on his return to Bolton literally handed Bolton the go ahead goal.
Kevin handled in the penalty box and Kevin Davies sent Tim Krul the wrong way and scored easily.
And Bolton were 2-0 up after 39 minutes when Chung-Yong Lee put in the rebound, after a terrific free kick by Matt Taylor had come off the cross-bar – but there will be questions as to why not one of the many Newcastle defenders in the area, could clear the ball before Chung-Yong Lee hit the ball into the net.
It was 2-0 at the break and once again Newcastle had seemed to lose the game in the first 45 minutes, by not turning up, and playing mediocre football at best, and they had an awful lot to do in this game if they were going to make any kind of come back.
Chris Hughton sent the same eleven out for the second half, even though it looked like we should have more players in midfield, and a come-back looked even less likely when after 50 minutes Johan Elmander rounded goalkeeper Tim Krul to score Bolton’s 3rd goal, and we wondering where the Newcastle defense was this afternoon.
But then on 52 minutes Newcastle did score when who else – new England striker Andy Carroll – pulled one back for the Magpies to to make it 3-1.
But Bolton went further ahead after 72 minutes, when Elmander saw off another weak challenge form a completely out of sorts Fab Coloccini, to get his 8th goal of the season, and the Bolton crowd were going wild as Newcastle were being humiliated.
When Coloccini brought down Elmander to stop him breaking through, he was sent off by referee Howard Webb, and Hughton brought on Sol Campbell in place of Jonas Gutierrez.
And just to make the score-line even worse, Kevin Davies helped himself to another penalty on 90 minutes to make the score 5-1 and send Newcastle to their worst defeat of the season, but more worrying for the Magpies was that Bolton deserved the win, and there will be lots of red flags going off on Tyneside, after this woeful display from Newcastle.
We Newcastle fans tend to over-react to the good results and also to the bad results – and this was a terrible result, and against a middle of the table team too, although Owen Coyle has the Trotters playing very well this season.
With the woeful defending today, there will surely be an opportunity given to our two most experienced Premier League defenders in Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor, and certainly the industrious Cheick Tiote was badly missed today, which again raises the question about how good is our squad in depth – on this display not anywhere near as good as we thought.
Expect to hear Chris Hughton and the players again talk about not over-reacting to this result – but huge improvement will be needed and quickly after this display.
Next up is Chelsea at home next Sunday, and they were beaten 1-0 at Birmingham today, and have now lost 3 of their last 4 league games – so we’re not sure whether that’s good news or bad news for Newcastle – but only a win against Chelsea next Sunday afternoon will be what’s needed after this.
We should really try not to over-react too much to this one result, as we suppose every side is allowed to put in one or two terrible displays during a season. – and this was a terrible display by the Newcastle side today.
As we try to end on a positive not – Cheick Tiote will be back for the Chelsea game, and then Joey Barton will return for the game after that at WBA. On the evidence of this game we need both of them badly.
Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen; Holden, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee, Muamba, Ricketts, Taylor (Petrov, 78); K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic, 80).
Subs not used: Bodgan, Steinsson, M Davies, Rodrigo, Blake.
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Guthrie (Routledge, 70), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Campbell, 77); Ameobi, Carroll.
Subs not used: Soderberg, Perch, S Taylor, Ranger.
Goals: K Davies 18 (pen), 90 (pen), Lee 39, Elamder 50, 72, Carroll 52,
Bookings: Lee 44, Nolan 52
Sent off: Coloccini
Referee: Howard Webb