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.
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)