For a side fighting relegation Bolton looked good yesterday, and they were also unlucky, but when you miss some golden opportunities, you really only have yourself to blame.
Ben Arfa after scoring wonder goal – he’s in there somewhere
If Bolton could have scored from the two big chances they had in the second half of yesterday’s game at St. James’ Park, they could have even won the game (maybe), but they didn’t and that could be why they are fighting relegation.
Newcastle on the other hand looked jaded in the first half, and even a bit worse in the second half, until they came around and Ben Arfa scored his wonder goal and rescued all 3 points for Newcastle United.
Papiss Cisse added a second goal near the end, his 10th goal in 9 games for the Magpies, to make the scoreline just a little bit flattering to the Magpies.
But we’ll take it, and the fact we had Ben Arfa on our side yesterday allowed us to win the game.
Our defense was again very solid yesterday, with Tim Krul saving us on a couple of occasions in the second half, and Davide Santon again looking like an improved player at the back for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew as usual, was down to earth after the game, and told the truth, and it’s good he doesn’t get too carried away – like some of us.
This is what Alan had to say yesterday:
“It was a tough game. Bolton did we what did at Swansea and made it difficult for us.” “They pressed us all over the pitch.”
“We were a bit tired in our thinking but we wouldn’t be denied – we just kept pushing and pushing.”
“I did think the extra day’s rest would count in that last 15 minutes, that something might give, and I thought Shola Ameobi would make the difference today in the final stages.”
“As it was it was Hatem with a truly special goal. He went right through the middle of their team and there’s not many players who have the ability to do that.”
“Of course, that really changed the look of the game and we went on to get the second goal, which flattered us.” ”It was a really good day for us, because that was a tough game.”
It’s unbelievable and almost like a fairy tale what is happening to Newcastle this season, but lots of neutral observers are backing us to finish even higher than the London teams, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
And let’s face it, it’s always very good for the game when another team starts to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the two Manchester sides.
Our 2-1 loss to Arsenal six games ago, the game before we went on this five game winning streak, probably means we cannot catch the Gunners.
But we’ve already caught Tottenham and are now 2 points ahead of Chelsea, and we could finish above both teams and in 4th position in the league table.
But Newcastle need to keep winning because if we are level on points both Chelsea and Tottenham have much superior goal differences.
But this season is far from over, and we now need to try to win all of the five games remaining.
Miracles are now possible again at Newcastle United Football Club.