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Newcastle 2 Bolton 0 – Full Match Report


Here is a report of the game against Bolton this afternoon.

Here is how it went this afternoon –  from our viewpoint – live as it happened.

The game kicked off with Bolton in blue shirts, blue shorts and blue socks, and Newcastle in their traditional black and white stripes.

On 8 minutes Eagles put Kevin Davies through but Newcastle cleared easily.

In the first 10 minutes were both sizing each other up as Newcastle tried to start the game quickly.

Newcastle had a good attack going on 12 minutes but then Davide Santon crossed the ball too far and the ball went for a goal kick.

Newcastle had a free kick out on the left win but this time Yohan Cabaye put the ball too far for a goal kick.

On 15 minutes Cisse put Demba Ba through in the inside left position but Ream cleared well after a heavy first touch by Ba.

A good cross ball by Cabaye was brilliantly controlled on the left win by Davide Santon and his cross was blocked for a corner, which was caught by the goalkeeper.

Rickets was in on goal after 19 minutes but Coloccini put ina good block for a corner which Newcastle cleared.

But Newcatsel were giving the ball away, and twice Davide Santon cleared the ball to a Bolton player.

After a quarter of the game had gone by Bolton had managed well to limit Newcastle to no chances at all, and the Magpies had not been at their best.

Demba Ba then set up Cisse with a header from Santon’s throw-in but the shot was blocked but Bolton were successful in slowing the game down and wasting as much time as they could at goal-kicks and throw ins..

Petrov tried a left foot shot form the edge of the penalty box but Tim Krul saved easily.

Fab Coloccini then had a shot from 25 yards out which was taken high to his left by goalkeeper Bogdan.

A free kick by Ben Arfa was punched away by Bogdan but straight against a Bolton defender and the ball went for a corner – the ball could have gone anywhere.

Ben Arfa tried to get clear on the right and was forced to cross with his right foot but goalkeeper Bogdan collected the cross easily, as Bolton continued to frustrate Newcastle.

Ben Arfa made good run inside and ht the ball with his left foot but Demba Ba got in the way and the ball was deflected off him for a goal kick, and the half time whistle was blown.

Newcastle had been restricted to zero chances in the first half, and Boltom had successfully frustrated Newcastle and will hope to do exactly the same thing in the final 45 minutes.

Newcastle must try to raise the tempo of this game if they are going to get all 3 points, but they must also stay patient for the potential breakthrough, and ensure they at least get the draw if they cannot get the win.

At half time Newcastle made a tactical move, and it was an attacking one with Shane Ferguson coming on for James Perch.

Chris Eagles then had a free kick deflected for a corner, but on 47 minutes eagles should have scored when he was straight through and it was only a brilliant save from Krul that kept the ball out, as he deflected the ball with his left leg.

That was a let-off for Newcastle and Bolton had started the second half fast.  Ferguson then got the ball on the left wing and ran at the Bolton defense and his cross was deflected for a corner.

Bolton were starting to cause Newcastle some problems at the back and a good cross come shot from Petrov went only narrowly wide of Krul’s left hand post – the game was starting to open up a bit.

Then Ben Arfa on 54 minutes made a run down the right and he got a corner ad his cross was blocked but his corner was way too far and went for a Bolton throw in – an example of how Newcastle were playing this afternoon.

Cisse got a corner on the left wing and Cisse took it and then the same player forced another corner as the tension in the game mounted.

After an hour of the game had gone, it was still anybody’s game as Newcastle tried to raise their game to make the break-through, but Bolton were giving as good as they got.

On 63 minutes Shola Ameobi came on for Demba Ba  but what we didn’t like to see is Demba Ba brush away Alan pardew’s pat or hand-shake – and that was not good to see.

And then two minutes later Bolton had another glorious chance when Mark Davies should have really scored, but Krul smothered his shot from three yards out..

On 66 minutes Cabaye was brought down 10 yards outside the box and received a yellow card for his efforts, and after  some delay Ben Arfa’s shot was just wide of Bogdan’s left hand post.

A free kick 10 yards inside his own half was lofted into the box by Tim Krul but Adam Bogdan collected it at the second attempt.

Then after 73 minutes Newcastle made the breakthrough,  and what a magnificent goal  it was that broke the deadlock.

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 beat another man and then coolly slotted the ball past Bogdan  – a truly magnificent goal from the mercurial French International.

The on 78 minutes Ben Arfa made another run and beat a number of Bolton players, and 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.

Then on 82 minutes Shola Ameobi was through down the right wing and he took the ball forward and cut the ball back to – you know who – Papiss Cisse, who simply tapped the ball into the back of the net to doubrle newcatsle’s lead in from of a delirious Geordie crowd.

That was excellent play by Shola, who looked good after he came on, and Newcastle were now 2-0 up and surely could see out the remainder of this game.

Then on 85 minutes Ryan Taylor replaced Ben Arfa, who got a standing ovation from the Newcastle crowd – what player this lad is – and a good move by Alan Pardew for the man who made the win possible today.

That’s 5 wins on the trot and four clean sheets in there, and at 59 points the best points total in the Premier League for the Magpies since Bobby Robson had us on 69 points and 3rd place back in 2003.

And with Spurs losing 2-1 at home to Norwich,  Newcastle are tied on points with Tottenham,  and we suppose we are now in joint 4th position in the league table,  with Chelsea playing at Craven Coottage  tonight at 8:00 pm.

Come on Fulham!

This is all unbelievable.

Teams:

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)


76 comments so far

  • niafron

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #41

    @Indian Magpie

    To be honnest, he’s now far better than he was in France.

    He really improved defensively and physically but also, he make more clever choices.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #42

    @Hatem
    Ba’s attitude in front of the cameras suck? And towards the fans too? Then u’ve seen more than i have, cause i haven’t seen him activly behave like what u’re saying.
    I’ve seen a frustrated man, i’ve seen a man a bit angry at his manager cause he’s not playing where he wants to, and on top of that he’s not scoring the goals.

    Give him time, back him up, he’ll come good, easily. To slander him after not being able to score for some games is fickle. The man has given us 16 goals this season, and once he goes on a drought people want him to leave?

    Now that is little tought through…

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #43

    Wouldn’t make to much of the ba incident, he’ll come good after this break – in dreamland at the mo, whoever thought we’d be joint 4th and 2points behind 3rd with 5 games to go, certainly not many although I do have a 10 quid bet on at 28/1 to finish in top four made back in jan – wish I’d made it a 100 quid now

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  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #44

    Dannyo

    here here… didnt rooney do the same thing around dec??? all strikers do that…its just how the manager handles it..thats all…as fans we need to keep our cool and get behind the lad.. we defo NEED BA AT THIS CLUB!!!

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  • dodgeviper1

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #45

    Im in dreamland im sure you guys are two, Im from Wolves so i was the only Newcastle fan in the pub screamed the place down !

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #46

    NEWCASTLE in Champions League next season and just imagine MESSI vs BEN ARFA.

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  • Kris

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #47

    Krul 7
    Simpson 7
    Willo 7
    Colo 7
    Santon 8
    Benny 7
    Perch 7
    Cabaye 7
    Gutierrez 6
    Cissé 7
    Ba 3

    Ferguson 7

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  • lukes26

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #48

    woh. woh. disappointed if we don’t qualify for Champion’s League? I think we should be happy to qualify for Europe and if CL happens, it happens.

    I would still be happy if Newcastle remains within the top 7 next year. Its important that fans realize that we’ve over-performed this year.

    As for Ba… I think he’s upset at himself. He realizes how poor he’s been…..I think the commentators were wrong to assume he was disgruntled. I’ve never heard Ba say anything negative…seems to be a classy guy.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #49

    @Indian Magpie

    He refused to shake Pardew’s hand.
    Looked miserable when Cisse scored v Swansea.

    I guess we played 442 to keep him happy instead of our better 433.

    We don’t need Demba Ba ruining our team spirit.
    C’mon Demba get behind the team …!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #50

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    its bcoz he wants to preform, he will come to his senses

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #51

    0-2
    1H 41′ West Ham United
    Birmingham City

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  • niafron

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #52

    Even if Ba’s behavior was bad (wich i’m not sure, it was confuse), he still deserve some credits.

    So i will wait to see what Pard have to say about it before i talk much of it.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #53

    LoveHim (as there is no way I could hatem him 🙂 )….I can’t view the video, the quality is terrible. Is it me or the website? I need to see this HBA goal 🙂

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  • niafron

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #54

    Got to go lads.

    BOnne soirée messieurs.

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  • alip123

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #55

    Absolutely fantastic from HBA.
    Didn’t play well but again we got the win which is good
    I was disappointed with Ba’s reaction but hopefully he’ll calm down. I think Pards should give him a full go in the centre v stoke. Maybe it is tiredness
    But I hope that Ba was just frustrated as a one-off and that it was just emotions getting the better of him. Every player will have that and Pardew is a good enough man-manager to know that.
    Demba has been immense for us this season, perhaps tiredness is coming in an maybe a lack of confidence, which will flood back when he scores. Don’t slate him too much yet for a one-off incident.

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  • Barras

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #56

    Ba to score against Stoke.

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  • toonmadfan

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #57

    I AM ON CLOUD 9.ok we didnt really perform to how we can play but its the sign of a great team when you dont particularly play well but still get a result.good subs by pards.think he should get manager of the season.a fantastic display from ben arfa again with a wonderful goal.cisse is on red hot form and with 12 days before our next game with tiote to come back who knows what we can achieve.HWTL

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  • indian

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #58

    supported d club through thick and thin btw!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #59

    @Indian Magpie

    No I get it .. there can only be one fairy on top of the tree. … not sure Demba will like my metaphor.

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #60

    haha same! ibizatoon il get you another one

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #62

    Those giving Ba a hard time…Get a grip. Without him we’d not be anywhere near the position we are. Not even close. He has been moved to a different position and will need to adapt. If it turns out he wants to leave in the summer, for whatever reason, then he’ll go and we’ll replace him. To say he should leave after his recent form is nothing short of ridiculous.

    Keep things in perspective. There is certainly a place for him still. Do you not think eventually cisse will hit a dry run? Maybe Cisse’s a bad example 🙂 I can see him scoring like this for all of eternity 🙂

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  • toonking

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #63

    tarie 43
    i agree with you right now ba has probably entered a goal drought most top strikers get this i can name 3 others right away.
    rooney torres and carroll

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #65

    ibizatoon, quality is not the best but im stilling watching it! better than nothing lol!

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #66

    still* need to get a grip lol -__-

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #67

    Cheers Hatem..Can’t believe I had to miss it due to work. If we keep this run up i’ll not be able to miss another game. Heck, if we keep playing like this i’ll have to move to Newcastle and get a season ticket!

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  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #68

    quick question..
    HOW MANY POINTS IS KRUL WORTH this season???

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  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #69

    Hoots stuffing fat Sam too, this day just gets better and better.

    Howay Fulham!

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #70

    ibiza no worries! same tbh i live there for 16 years but moved to london. i do go up now and then for the matches i can make but uni doesnt like that idea lol! going to get tickets for the chelsea game 😀

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  • toonmadfan

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #71

    MACAMS WELL AND TRULY STUFFED LOL

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  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #72

    anyways catch everyone later going gym to see alot of unhappy chelsea and spurs fans! time to have to some 😀 hmm maybe i should put on my HBA shirt and walk in? 😉

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #73

    Stoke losing 1-0 to Villa, we could do with Stoke getting a few red cards.

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  • magpie6699

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #74

    Not a great performance but unlike others I wasn’t expecting one. I think there were a lot of patched-up players on both sides. Bolton are a tough team – lots of fouls by Kevin Davies – some he got away with but how he wasn’t booked for persistent fouling I don’t know. And lots of holding and nudges by Bolton defenders.
    Took a stroke of genius from Bennie but we have players like him and Cisse who can turn games in a n instant. My MOTM will probably be a surprise – I thought Cabaye worked his socks off, put some good tackles in and never stopped battling.
    I remember thinking (and Pardew saying) when we reached the last 10 games, if we could just win 5 and get to 59 or 60 points we’d be in with a chance of 6th and definitely 7th. Well, we’ve won 5 out of 5, anything more is a bonus for me – and we are mathematically certain of a top 8 finish, unlikely to be lower than 6th, and in with a shout of top 4. Unbelievable!

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  • r and r

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #75

    Good shout NUFC90, Sky will focus on the negativity with Ba.Pardew needs to explain to Ba that the Geordie fans have waited six years for this and keep any feelings behind closed doors.
    We’ve seen it all before with the Owens,Viduka’s ,Dyers and Bowyers in the past ,over paid and little respect for the paying public.

    Today’s result was vital and Ba should join in with the joy of the Geordie nation and celebrate .
    Bring on Stoke, let’s stick it up the team full of ex Mackems and time wasters!

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  • giimps

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #76

    Tarie, I reckon Krul has been worth 12-15 pts this season at least.
    Another solid display from the best keeper in the league and 2 or 3 excellent saves to keep it at 0-0, a goal to Bolton would have been difficult to turn over as they would have sat back even more if possible.
    Defence was good too, and needed to be as Bolton were more attacking in 1st half.
    Quality always rises to the top though and both goals were quality, one individual piece of brilliance, then another team goal starting with Benarfa at the back.
    Amazing and proud to be a Geordie and delighted i didnt go to the loo (I stood up to go just as benny picked the ball up in our half).
    WHAT A GOAL, totally out of place in that game but that’s what he is capable of.
    HWTL

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