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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.


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

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Pardiola is a good enough man manager to keep Ba sweet and build his confidence… He’s done a great job with Benny !

    Spuds have lost confidence and we haven’t – the run in teams are irrelevant if they’re losing at home to Norwich. It’s almost too late in the season to pick up a run of form. They were 10 pts ahead of Gooners four weeks ago… See how Chelski perform tonight before we get ahead of ourselves

  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    we need chelsea to drop points, arsenal seem to have third in the bag

  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Well, Great result, flat performance.

    No idea who id give MOTM to. Probably HBA for producing some magic.

    The thing with HBA is that he can be quiet a whole game and still win it for us like today. Thats why he is so important to this team.

    Young Shane looked good out left.

    Shola is def an impact sub. Not sure what to say about Ba. If he is gonna start kicking off then more fool him. If he cant understand that his new role in the team is equally as important despite not scoring then he is not on board with the Newcastle mentality (No player is better than the team).

    I think it was a very contested game and Pardew had a tough time in doing anything about it. Thats the case when you have your flair players being cut off. I think we could have used a fit Marveaux in that game to freshen up our attack.

    But Well done Bolton (they did well) and well done Newcastle.

    Hope Ba and Pards can put that incident behind and move on.


    Of the 14 games we have played this year (Jan-) we have 9 Wins, 2 Draws and 3 losses

    That’s 29 points from a potential 42

    Thats a very good record indeed. We are statistically the 3rd most in form team in the Prem behind Man U and Arsenal. We currently have the second best winning streak on the go.

    17 Wins 8 Draws 8 Losses
    Thast 52% of games won. and a further 24% drawn.

    WE ARE LEVEL WITH SPURS ON POINTS ON SAME NO OF GAMES PLAYED. 16 points clear of Liverpool and 8 clear of Everton. We are 17 points clear of Sunderland.

    What a season we have had so far


  • gaz 44

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #4

    what happened with ba when. he got took off

  • geordiesteve520

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Just listened to Pardew’s very honest analysis of the match – always seems to be that way. I knew this would be a potential banana skin and unlike Spurs, we overcame it. HWTL!

  • toonking

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #6

    if ba were to continue to show the poor form he has shown recently, will he not make it harder to get a transfer anyway?
    surely you want to perform at your best for the chance of leaving

  • Lew Davies

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Dont forget wor 13 clean sheets.
    Joint best in prem with city I think

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #8


    He’ll go for 7M if that’s his buyout clause …

  • JDdubai

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #9

    We looked like a team that needs a break, little energy so thank god we got through it and they can put their feet up for 12 days.

    HBA, most skillful player in the league on form by a mile, Cisse WAY offside but I couldnt care less, fox in the box once again.

    Demba Ba, has had his nose put out of joint by not being the focal point of the team anymore. He actually limits our attacking ability in my opinion when he plays out wide, has no pace and offers little. Needs to be the centre forward or nothing, we would be so much more dangerous if we had Hoilett on the left and HBA on the right behind Cisse……maybe next season?

    If he wants to leave then fair enough, the last thing we need is someone bringing the mood down by acting up, dont think any of the management would allow that any more.

    Overall amazing effort, especially in the last month or so…have a break and then attack the final 5 games, why not Champions League now??

  • toonbrother

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    i say sell Demba Ba and sign Luuk De Jong

  • davis_toons

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Chelsea was lucky to get the extra 2 points with wigan. Fullham will win Chelsea and finish the job at home later..

  • nufc90

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    ba’s annoyed me today with his petulance. fair enough he wants to play all the time but don’t disrespect the manager like that in public. thought he looked lethargic and his touch was poor anyway and the sub was correct one to make.

    other than that fantastic win, i’ll be watching HBA goal on loop for the rest of the week

  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Hatem’s better than Messi
    untill the club and pards say he got a buy out clause..i dont believe it…in jan he was in hot form..if he had a buy out clause fat controller and his poker buddy will have done everything to take that clause out!!! the club is a bit too relaxed about it…anyway Ba is going nowhere!!! esp if we make europe!!! thursday or weds Ba leads the line, sat or sun cisse leads the line…for an example….we neeeeeed Ba!!!

  • gaz 44

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    some people really don’t realise how good ba is.. id rather have him than cisse as he offers more than just goals.. which lets not forget he’s still our top scorer

  • innoculator

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #15

    People might not like it but here it is: Hatem Ben Arfa is the best player I’ve ever seen at St James’ Park.
    I’m not talking about legacy or accomplishments, but about ability, about class. He could become our best ever player, we’ll talk about that when we win something, but for now he is the best, and most exciting player I’ve ever watched in Black and White.
    Take a bow son.

  • toonbrother

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Colocinni was below par oday in my opinion.Perch was more solid at centreback

  • Belly

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Ben Arfa= world class!

  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18


    sorry mate have to disagree…we need Ba…dnt sell him…unless u get 20 mill + for him…but still he has to stay…he is just going thru a faze…just like hatem??? we need him…pards will sort him out 100%

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19


    Think we played 442 to accommodate Ba today.

    Hopefully Pardew will put the team first from now on.

    I’d like Demba Ba to stay but not at the expense of our formation & push for Europe.

  • Shearer260

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Really pleased with the result today. Alan Pardew’s doing Bobby proud. Reckon the Ba incident was probably just frustration, as the 60 minute mark’s still a bit early in the game (not saying the substitution didn’t work a treat though). I wouldn’t say he was the type of player to get in a strop about stuff so hopefully it’ll all be cleared up soon, wouldn’t count on demba leaving this summer. Especially WHEN we qualify for europe.

  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    I would be dissapointed if we don’t qualify for Champions League now. Spurs are not being able to cope with pressure provided by CHELSEA and NEWCASTLE.
    PARKER’s mind game has backfired.

  • nufc90

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    just to clarify… i don’t think ba should go, he’s a fantastic player. just the show of petulance today annoyed me. keep it behind closed doors if he;s got a problem cos we all know SKY will focus on it to try take the gloss off our superb team

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    lol @toonbrother

    Didn’t see Colo doing much wrong.

    Gosling & Tiote back for Stoke!!!

    Liverpool win v Everton.
    Hopefully lots of red cards in the Spurs v Chelsea game.

  • Dannyo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #24

    This slating Ba stuff is getting a bit out of hand. He’s doing what AP asks atm, and not getting his goals.
    Ba will come good once again, he looks sluggish atm. I think the break will do everyone some good and we can come back stronger against Stoke.
    Stoke has nothing to play for, they’re sitting at mediocricy. We have Europe, and now CL to play for.
    We’ll show hunger, energy and quality against them.
    I reckon Ba will come good then, it’s a good time for him.

    His frustration is ok, he hasn’t scored in a while, no striker will be happy about that.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d just love to beat Melted Wellie face to 4th.

    HWTL we can do this!!!

  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Who said PARDEW is a bad tactician? He is the No 1 contender for MANAGER of the SEASON.

  • niafron

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #27

    What a goal, i’m still under the shock.

    And Tottenham collapsing! What a day…

    Do you realize it lads? We got a chance to play the CPL. A real chance.

    What an extraordinnary feeling, damn it’s good.

  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #28

    was going to post earlier but got carried away with watching this over and over and over and over…………………

    right going back to watching it again 😀

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #29


    Ba’s behaving badly when we need to be United.
    I can see his point of view, Cisse has taken his spotlight.

    His attitude in front of the cameras and our fans sucks.
    He’s going to leave for 7M, he can’t hack it.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #30


    you wd have 1 or 2 like this i n france from HBA

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31


  • davis_toons

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #32

    The thing with HBA is that he can be quiet a whole game and still win it for us like today. Thats why he is so important to this team.

    Thats True…alot in here have already say so..but Simpson (RB) needed to help alot more to attack.

    1. Make runs and divert defenders attention
    2. Support attack play

    Simpson (Is good to be our backup player if he is willing to fight for his place)
    He is again trying today to support play once and twice and even try to hold on to the ball when he will usually clear. e.g He pass the ball back to Cabaye and Cabaye clear it instate.

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    5 in a row. Wow, what a run-in we’re having!

    Now we just need Fulham to perform against Chelsea and this would have been one fantastic Easter for the Toon.

    Dare I say “CL here we come”?

    Exciting times 🙂

  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #34


  • Shearer260

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Spot on Dannyo. We’d miss Ba a lot and don’t forget Ben Arfa was much more of a problem and now everyone’s totally behind him. Just a blip in one game, wouldn’t make too much of it.

  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry people…but I do hope Everton stuff the bin dippers. I just cannot stand them. Moreover, if they win the FA cup…it will kill me, as all my flat mates are Liverpool supporters and most of my family too. Sorry, I will be supporting the blue half next week…we will get 4th or 5th…spurs lose to Chelsea next week the pressure will mount on saggy face and they will crack under pressure, they have tough games coming up against relegation sides…and at this stage of the season they are harder games than against mid-table sides…

  • toonking

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    overall ba’s form ATM could be down to a no. of reasons
    it could be because now we have a new goal scorer so he gets less chances to score himself, but i remember him being offered the no.9 shirt first and he was who decided not to take that.
    Also it could be that he is getting tired now or has a little niggle
    finally although unlikely he might be showing this form to avoid getting interest from other teams so he can stay at newcastle next season too

    as for ba wanting a move in the summer well this form will probably make it hard for teams (mainly those which are in europe) to show interest in him

  • indian

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    been following this blog for a longtime …had to get an account ….come from india ….where only top 4 are supported ….spent my life being ridiculed for being an nufc supporter (my generation started following footie after 2004) so they dont know d history …but now im a proud fan again …aproud proud fan…howay the lads …

  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Relegation favorites ending up int the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE spot would be the 8th Wonder of the world.
    Lets hope we finish this season with 10 wins in a row.

  • HatemOrLoveHim

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #40

    i think ive learned a new language by watching it so much! 😀 again for those that are shaking to see it


    Get learning a new language 😉

    and a seperate point just like the goal vs blackburn i bet he gets barely any recognition! i bet if messi was to score that youd see it on bbc news!


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