First of all, the way the Newcastle team played yesterday, with verve and passion, and attacking the opposition as much as they could – even when they were down to 10 men – it’s really hard to criticize the players – and we’re not going to.
Ryan Taylor – after being shown red card
But Newcastle created so many chances in those first 35 minutes, that they should really have put the game away in the first half.
And it would certainly not have been against the run of play, if Newcastle had been two goals or three goals up, before Sturridge scored a good goal for Bolton on 37 minutes.
It was a good goal from a Bolton perspective, but not good from the Newcastle defense, as fan favorite Tiote gave the ball away, and within a few seconds the ball was in the back of the net, and Bolton were level, though they hardly deserved to be.
And then on 54 minutes Ryan Taylor was sent off, as his first touch was poor, and he went into a two legged lunge on Johan Elmander, and referee Chris Foy was forced to give his first red card in the Premier League this season.
But even with 10 men and at home, this Newcastle side were hardly going to surrender and they gave another shows of guts and glory in the second half, and again with a little luck they could have won the game.
It seems that Alan Pardew has already realized what Newcastle fans want to see from their team, and that he is going to provide it – go out and try to win every game, and attack the opposition where their weakness are.
So on the day, it was an excellent result because Newcastle didn’t cave in with 10 men, but there again a win would have put us to 7th place, so it’s a little bit like 2 points lost.
It would appear that in each of the remaining 10 league games, Alan Pardew sees each game as a battle to get all 3 points wherever Newcastle play, and whoever the opposition is.
Sounds good to us.
We just have to hope the lads become just a little bit sharper in front of goal, although in that first half Leon Best again looked the part, and was a little unlucky on a number of occasions not to score.
And with most other teams, than an in-form Bolton side, we would have won the game in the first half.
But more performances like this will satisfy the Newcastle fans – and we were again proud of our lads yesterday.