It was a tough game this afternoon against a stubborn and hard working Bolton side, but Newcastle eventually got the breakthrough in front of a sell-out crowd, from the mercurial Ben Arfa after 73 minutes, with a tremendous individual goal, in what was a keenly contested match.
The first half was very close and Newcastle were restricted to zero chances by a hard working and well organized Bolton side.
At the half Alan Pardew brought on Shane Ferguson on the left wing for James Perch, in what was an attacking move by the Newcastle manager.
The game had been very close, with Tim Krul saving Newcastle with a fantastic save from Chris Eagles to keep the scores level in the second half – and it’s not the first time Krul has saved Newcastle this season.
But on 73 minutes, Ben Arfa collected the ball 10 yards inside his own half, and took the ball forward, beat one man, beat another and he was into the penalty box.
And he then beat another man before coolly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bogdan with his left foot – a truly magnificent goal from the mercurial French International.
And it was a goal that deserved to win any match.
Ben Arfa after scoring another absolutely brilliant goal
Then on 78 minutes Ben Arfa made another run and beat a number of Bolton players and when he was just outside the box, rather than shoot he put Papiss Cisse through on his right, but the Senegal striker was offside as Newcastle were going after a second goal.
After 82 minutes Shola Ameobi was through down the right wing, and he took the ball forward and cut the ball across to – you know who – Papiss Cisse, who simply tapped the ball into the back of the net to double Newcastle’s lead in front of a delirious Geordie crowd.
That was excellent play by Shola Ameobi, and the 10th goal in nine appearances by the Senegal striker..
On 85 minutes Ryan Taylor replaced Ben Arfa who got a standing ovation from the Newcastle crowd – what player this lad is.
But when Demba Ba was replaced by Shola Ameobi after 64 minutes he refused the hand-shake or pat on the back from his manager Alan Pardew, so this could be a little problem for the manager’s man management skills.
But this game wasn’t easy for Newcastle, but it was that extra bit of class from Ben Arfa that got Newcastle their 5th win in a row.
It has to be well done Newcastle for a patient display and our third 2-0 win on the trot, and the 4th clean sheet in five games, and five wins in a row against a stubborn Bolton Wanderers side.
And Tottenham were surprisingly beaten at home 2-1 by Norwich City and Newcastle are now in 5th place level on 59 points with Spurs, with Chelsea taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight.
Things are looking way up on Tyneside.
PS – Sunderland were hammered 4-0 at Everton.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, James Perch (Shane Ferguson 46), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 85), Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 64)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling
Bolton Wanderers (4-5-1): Adam Bogdan; Gretar Steinsson, David Wheater, Tim Ream, Sam Ricketts; Chris Eagles (Ryo Miyaichi 78), Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley (Ivan Klasnic 82), Martin Petrov; Kevin Davies (c) (David Ngog 78)
Subs not used: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Marcos Alonso, Zat Knight, Marvin Sordell
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Attendance: 52,264 (1,000 Bolton)