Newcastle vs Bolton – Match Preview


The game against Bolton is a really important one tomorrow afternoon, because a win will see Newcastle overtake Bolton in the league and into at least 8th position.

And of course there’s one other reason why the lads must go all out for all 3 points tomorrow, and that’s because at the Reebok Stadium on 20th November, Bolton took us apart and inflicted our worst defeat of the season, by a score of 5-1.

And it looks like the defense will be unchanged from that game, with Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini again at the center of the Newcastle defense.

Fabricio was sent off in the second half, after elbowing the big Swede Johan Elmander, and that was shortly after Johan had embarrassed Coloccini down the left wing, by stealing the ball and going through to get an unlikely goal – a terrible error by the usually classy Argentine.

And in the first half Mike Williamson seemed to hit Johan in the chest, and after the game he was charged with violent conduct, and so both Coloccini and Williamson we suspended for the next 3 games.  And as we all know by the time they could return, manager Chris Hughton had been sacked, and that was partly because of the terrible defeat we suffered at Bolton.

So, in short, it was a terrible game for the Magpies.

And in case we needed another reason to win tomorrow, the Evening Chronicle has a story today, saying that Newcastle have not won a Premier league game that started at 3:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon, since August 23rd, 2008? Who looks up these things up? 😀

Kevin Keegan was still at the club at that time, and was in charge of Newcastle, and Kevin Nolan was still at Bolton.

That was the second game of what turned out to be a relegation season, and it was a close game, but Michael Owen scored the winner after 71 minutes, but that was after Kevin Nolan had missed a penalty for Bolton after 59 minutes,  with Shay Given well saving to his left.

That’s the last time the lads won a game that kicked off on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm – apparently – and just for the memories – good or bad – here was the team that day:

Beye  Coloccini, Taylor
Milner Butt (c) Guthrie  Gutierrez
Duff, Martins

Subs: Harper  Enrique  Owen Bassong Smith Geremi  Edgar

Only 7 players from that squad of 18 are still at the club – amazing.

And since we captured 4 points from the first 2 games that season, who would have ever thought we would have ended up relegated?

Well – let’s forget about that – I’m starting to get a headache.

Even though Steven Taylor seems to be fit again following his hamstring injury, we expect Alan Pardew to name an unchanged side from that which did so very well at Birmingham a week last Tuesday night with a great 2-0 win.

Shola Ameobi is not yet fit, and Ben Arfa, Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie and Alan Smith are also out injured, so here’s that side with the likely subs:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Best Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Campbell Perch Taylor (S) Taylor (R) Kuqi Ranger

That’s a decent side, and on or near their best form, the lads could well collect all 3 points.

The defense will need to be on their best form, and hopefully can add to their 4 clean sheets so far in 2011, and of course they were terrible at the Reebok, so this is a good chance to make up for that very poor performance.

The other key to Newcastle wining is whether we can take our chances, and both Best and Lovenkrands showed they could just that the last time out, and all the players should be full of confidence, with only a single defeat in our 8 league games this year – forget about Stevenage.

There’s no doubt that a second league win on the trot, will bring back the feel-good factor to Tyneside, and put Newcastle up to at least 8th position in the league.

And if Sunderland don’t win tomorrow at Everton, Newcastle will be up to 7th place.

So there’s everything to play for tomorrow, and through the end of the season too, and who would have thought Newcastle could be in with a fighting chance for European qualification in our first seaosn back?

Howay The Lads!!

45 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #1

    newcastle to win 3-1 .. best,barton, then Boom cheick the room to score ..

  • Drona

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #2

    irony how enrique was on bench and n’zogbia who was played out of position was at lb. who would even think of putting enrique on the bench now? 😛

  • tdt

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Notice we would only have 1 midfielder (R.Taylor) on the bench with that line up Ed. However the likes of Ben Afra, Guthrie and Goza should be back soon. I would prefer routeledge on the bench over Perch, but obviously he’s away the now. There’s not many other midfield re-enforcement available the now is there. The youngsters are useful but most of them are away in that u-21 comp abroad. Fingers crossed for a win and clear bill of health (and discipline)!

  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #4

    drona .. shows you .. we’ve kept with enrique and its paying dividends .. top player .. so is n’zog but he was a bit of a liability at LB ..

  • sweendog

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    a win tomorrow and we’re as good as safe .. wonder will the bull sign up then…

  • coolcatcarter89

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Ugh, that 2008 team looks so jumbled together it’s unreal. What strikes me most is, who actually spoke on the pitch? Zero leadership.

    2-0 tomorrow, Best brace! HWTL!

  • tdt

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    We need a couple of really good players in the summer to have a great team. I think we need 1 top striker and 1 top winger, but it would be good if they were signings like Tiote, by that I mean cheap(ish) but cracking players who actually perform on match day.

    Then we will have a good team. To have a good squad however, I think we need 3 or 4 great youngsters (LB, RB, winger and Striker) in addition to the two 1st teamers.

    If we can get this done, as well as keep are good players that we have at the moment, then we have a great chance of (relative) success next season.

    But to be fair to the current squad and the potential within the youngsters we have at present, I think we can do better next year than we’ve done so far this year even without additional players, due to the young nature of the current squad. If we keep everyone that is.

    The moral of the story is keep our quality players as a minimum and add a couple here and there. It’s not rocket science! Mon the Toon

  • chuck

    Feb 25, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Would be happy to get a draw here, this aint the old BSA side we knew.
    Yeah some of the same guys, but playing a different kind of football, under Owen Coyle.
    Though not successfull away from home, still a tough side to beat.
    If we get a win here it will be a feather in pardews cap, lets see ?

  • DarloGeordie

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Bolton, Everton, Stoke, Wolves and Villa all winnable games I will eat my shoe if Pardew pulls that one off…

    I believe we are safe this year anyway, thanks Hughts n the team 🙂

  • Dai

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #10

    There’s such a mix of sceptical views on MA on the blog. Some say you simply can’t trust him. Others say he’s actually completely in touch with the modern business model in the premier league (in fact better than most).

    Personally, I think we are all too emotional about what we regard as “the glory days”( a la KK). Big money signings. Big money wages. Lots of razamataz !! Always in the headlines. Always satisfying the fans desire for constant information on every single thing that is going on with the club.

    Yes, we are the fans and we pay our money as season ticket holders and we have some rights. However, lets not allow the press to use us as their tools to generate false headlines and negativity towards the club.

    We all support the club and there is a good general belief that we have turned a bit or a corner. We were all against MA when he came. He made lots of mistake, but in business it’s true to say that making mistakes makes you more experienced, wiser and stronger. Perhaps this is what is happening with MA?

    You will always find the sceptics saying that whatever MA does is in his own interests. He likes to gamble and therefore anything he does that is positive …is a gamble. If he improves the club…it’s only to bump up the price he can sell it for, etc, etc.

    Let’s, perhaps, look at ourselves a little nit closer. Whilst it would be nice to know what is going through MA’s mind and it would be nice for him to tell us absolutely everything he is doing or thinking of doing, it is not realistic to run a business that way. Particularly when a lot of the business that you do involves doing things before someone else gets wind of it.

    The recent business model appears to be just great: Tie down our good players. Those that want to go, can go, but the fans will clearly understand that it is the players choice, we will get a large fee, which will be reinvested. We cannot stop players wanting away (perhaps as Jose does), but we are led here y the London press and their games. But if he does want to go, let’s get the best fee we can, don’t use it as an opportunity to criticise MA and give the player the grief.

    Lets not follow the London press on this constant “wages cap” thing. Who would be surprised on old saggy cheeks Harry was behind all that ( after all, he does control the London Press).

    We are doing well.

    AP has done VERY WELL since he came. Lets move on from CH….we are where we are.

    Key players have done well and it would be great to keep them, but if they want to go, lets not allow them to blame the club through the media.

    The contract for Tiote today shows that we are prepared to pay good wages. If players still don’t stay, then it is not the club’s fault and we, as fans, should not blame the club or MA, we should blame the players and their agents (together, not just the latter) for their greed and we should stop idolising their images instead of the reality.

    If Joey and Jose refuse to discuss contracts until the summer, even when we are safe, then we as fans can interpret that as we should….the players are only interested in money, not the club, and any statements given to the press are just lip-service.

    I think given what has happened in recent months, we owe it to MA to start always referring to him as Mike, because he appears to be getting to grips with things a bit more, and perhaps we should not expect detailed information as a right.

  • henock1989

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #11

    bolton is going to take point of dis game

  • Mac

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Great post.

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #13

    a 2-1 win for newcastle. best and nolan for newcastle. sturridge goal for bolton. 🙂

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m sitting on the fence in regards to MA, hes done some great things with the club – ie sorted out the financial side of things and stabilised us in the long term – this shows he is a great business man. But when it comes to making footballing decisions he has done some very strange decisions. Appointing Wise a few weeks after hiring Keegan for example. We can’t blame him for accepting a £35m fee for AC, that is great business sense and also AC’s been injured for the past 2 months and is probably still a month or so away from match fitness anyway. And if we do manage to somehow end up in a europa league position, can you then blame him for sacking Hughton for a more experienced manager in AP? He maybe could have handled it better but hes a business man and businessmen make ruthless decisions.

    Also if it wasnt for him, we would have been in serious debt last season but some would say, if it wasnt for him we wouldnt have ended up being relegated in the first place.

    That is why im reserving my judgement of MA untill the summer, then we’ll see where his intentions lie. If he does re-invest AC’s money + the TV money into the club in some way or form (Offering Jose, Joey a new contract, improving training facilities, signing new players etc…) then that’ll be great but whether he does or not remains to be seen.

  • Gilesy

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Going to the game tomorrow, I’m north for the first time in a while, feeling pumped about it.. Got a feeling its gonna be a bit like the forest game last year.

  • Dai

    Feb 25, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Well, I suppose Mike should take it as a compliment that some people are now “reserving judgement”.

    I suppose thats a step forward.

    Until of course the London gutter press start spouting garbage that we all start believing again.

    Patience and tolerance towards Mike is what is needed now and not jumping to criticize at the first press-prevoked opportunity.

  • Thump

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said, Dai. Take a bow son 🙂

  • balubas1

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #18

    good post dai.

    As for the Bolton game… this is a real 6 pointer! And I think McLoven is injured still, so it might be Ranger or Kuqi who must step up.
    Stoke lost which is good for us and if we manage 3 pts here it would be some of the sweetest points so far this season.

  • sammydolan

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #19

    One thing I can’t understand is why MA doesn’t think… If I come out n tell the fans how much I supposedly love this club…. Or what marque signings I want … Basically trying to win fans over… It’s like he doesn’t care if he’s hated or loved. Personally I’d love 52k fans chanting “there’s only one sammy Dolan!”

  • balubas1

    Feb 25, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #20


    the general supporter doesn’t know of the financial puzzle of NUFC. MA has invested HEAVILY in the club, and we could very well be in league 1 if it wasnt for him. No offence meant to anyone, but alot of fans speaking against Ashley are either very young or uneducated… It makes it very easy to hate on a fat rich bloke if you are ignorant to the facts of the matter.

    The man is flawed, but who isn’t? Sometimes things just doesn’t work out like in the Keegan drama… We are so sensitive when it comes to our heroes.. just look at the keegan situation.. and then the CH sacking.. Both were desicions that MA had to make in order to run the club the way he feels will work out best for the club.. Leaders sometimes has to make unpopular desicions for the best of the club.

    MA WANTED to please us by appointing King Kev… it didnt work out.. Im sure he was as upset and angry as we were at the time that it didnt work out. He fell… now he is picking himself up again.

    I’m not Ashleys biggest fan even though it might look like it in this post.. I just want the “blind haters” to realise that there are more than 1 side to every story, and that they should look at some cold, hard facts before they hurt the club further by their craptalk about not going to homegames, boycotting sports direct, and make all these conspiricy stories up….

    For example the 10 year deal on season tickets.. its a GREAT deal.. not only for the supporter, but also for the club. MORE season tickets will be sold…. more money made, and the long term supporter will benefit as the price will go up due to inflation like everything else… “the haters” were saying this was only a trick from Ashley to make money…. Well is that bad? The CLUB making money.. is that BAD?

    Not as good of a post as yours Dai, but I just wanted to ramble on with my thoughts on this one;)

  • carrollsinger

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Grrrrrrrrr people really need to get there facts right the last game Newcastle won on a Saturday at 3pm was away to everton on sept 18th 2010.

  • lobacka

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Last home win on a Saturday at 3pm was Bolton, last away win and you’d be correct i’m afraid 🙁

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #23

    2-0 – Best in 15 minutes of first half – Nolan in 75 minutes of second half after increasing Bolton pressure
    tell me I’m right!

  • john_cena163

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #24

    New 8-2 Bol

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 25, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #25

    sorry john_cena163 – I can’t see bolton scoring twice

  • toonfan09

    Feb 25, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Was in nandos today lads and got a photo with jose and colo made my day They were there with what seemed to me as a agent the only reason i call him an agent cos of the way he was dressed and had a briefcase lol

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Pardew says Barton likely “to perhaps see what happens in the summer” re contract – According to the times 🙂

  • TimToon9

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Dai: Pure class.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Our team improve compare to that of 2008, butt and guthrie in the middle? Haha

    Perch i would like him to play as one of the (backup) winger, cos i wont trust him as a defender

    With arfa, ireland coming soon. They will gve bonus and headache for alan pardew

  • sheznufc

    Feb 26, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m glad some 1 pointed out the everton game. Maybe ed meant to put 3:00pm Saturday HOME game lol

  • ginkoh

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #32

    They will think they are better than us after they destroyed us last time. We have to show this is different game and show them who’s beeter team now !! HWTL !!

  • Mat Nufc

    Feb 26, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Good post Dai..Newcastle is trying to follow Arsenal model and in Arsenal if players wants to leave, so be it but at the right price. Arsene let Henry, Adebayor, Gallas, Ashley Cole, Reyes etc leave when they have no more heart to play for Arsenal..we should do the same and retain players who really wants to play for us. Of course, we must have sufficient back-up, something again it seems Newcastle is trying to do by targetting and bringing in worthy youngsters.

  • shearermania

    Feb 26, 2011 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #34

    This is the way for Mike ashley to win every fan over:

    Bring us a trophy

    and we’ll chant your name….i would even settle for the carling cup…maybe we’ll win the uefa cup next year…(ah maybe we should qualify first before i start dreaming)

  • RedMissionBells

    Feb 26, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Hi guys,
    Not too long ago, we all wanted to ship out Leon Best as most of us felt he was not good enough.
    I guess many of us made such a judgement as he did not score any goals towards the end of last season in the lower division. I, too, was one of the many Newcastle fans that didn’t fancy him.

    However, times have changed. Leon Best is beginning to look like a great capture for us. He has showed great composure in his finishes, considering he never played at such a level. Even if Leon Best is not fielded from now till the end of the season, the man has exceeded ours and maybe even his own expectations.

    I am very pleased at Leon Best. He scores with his left and right foot. He has also shown he can score with his head. With more games, I am sure he can improve on his all round game and could be a good team player that add depth to our squad. If we buy a top striker like Gervinho, Leon Best could well become our very own ole gunnar solskjaer. =)

    Keep improving Leon!

  • Dai

    Feb 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Thanks for the position feedback in your posts lads.

    I don’t post much on the site, much prefer to just read it. However, I do get fed up (as a lot of us clearly do) of the doom-mungers and wrist-sliters who’s glass is always half empty, hence my occasional rant.

    Lets all get behind the team, the Board and Mike at this time of potential ….dare I say it…..”stability”. Wow, strange concept for us lot. Lets not let the London gutter press blind us with omens of problems.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 26, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #37

    you are right too long have we held our heads down and allowed the southern gutter press to get under our skin, from now on i think we should start thinking,saying and doing the exact opposite.
    Imho the clubs signing of tiote has clarifed a couple of things for most toon fans, and it also shows the direction the club & “mike” wants to go in, and i’m dam sure if the “good players” want to stay we will make the provision for them too stay, if they want silly contracts and have had their heads turned then i’m happy to see the back of them i.e Carroll he would have got an inproved contract in the summer but got greedy shame as he “could” have been a legand

  • andre29

    Feb 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Newcastle vs Bolton live online on

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #39

    Newcastle v Bolton Pre match review

  • ramboreilly

    Feb 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #40

    Iam reserving my judgement on ashley also.The most important signings we will make in the summer will be barton and enrique,any replacements will be inferior.
    We still need to replace carrol,bests reccent record is good,but he has looked poor in all but 5 or 6 games for us,so he has a long way to go.50 goals in 70 games not 5 in 7 will ake him a top premiership player.


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