Newcastle humiliated! Bolton 5-1 Newcastle.

Posted on November 20th, 2010 | 102 Comments |

Lee Chung-Yong scoring the second goal.
Lee Chung-Yong scoring the second goal.
Newcastle limply surrendered to Bolton Wanderers today as they got thumped 5-1 at The Reebok in a match that held very few positives for the Toon Army.

Bolton deserved their win, of that there can be no doubt, but they were helped along by some awful individual performances, some poor defending, and some poor decisions from World Cup final referee, Howard Webb.

One thing that has left me seething is the apparent lack of desire on show from the majority of our players. In fact the only player I would give any kind of credit to is Andy Carroll who managed to bag himself a goal and could have had another had his shot been a couple of inches lower and hit the underside of the crossbar instead.

Newcastle started off quite brightly and kept possesion well without causing any real problems for the home side. The balance of power shifted on 15 minutes though when Bolton were awarded a penalty after Kevin Nolan handballed.

I would call it a stonewall penalty as Nolan did move his arm towards the ball, but to be fair he should never have been put in that position in the first place as the defence had numerous chances to clear the ball but failed to do the simplest thing imaginable. I was taught to ‘kick it out if in doubt’ when I was five-years-old, and that appears to be something that our defence needs to learn. Kevin Davies sent Tim Krul the wrong way to put the home side in front.

The match ebbed and flowed from then on although Newcastle continued to look off the pace. There was further misery heaped onto the away side on 39 minutes when Bolton made 2-0. Matt Taylor smashed a free-kick against the bar which fell to the Newcastle defence who had the option to clear the ball.

Again they dallied and again they paid the price. Johann Elmander knocked the ball away from Danny Simpson and into the path of an unmarked Lee Chung-Yong who finished cooly from ten yards. Replays suggest that the South Korean was offside, but Newcastle didn’t get the decision and the goal stood leaving Bolton winning 2-0 at half-time.

There was to be no upturn in performance from the away side after the break either, and just five minutes into the second-half it was 3-0. Kevin Davies slipped the ball through to Johann Elamander who rounded Tim Krul and applied the finish.

There was a brief bright spot in a dull afternoon when Andy Carroll pulled a goal back on 52 minutes after being put through by a combination of Bolton’s Stuart Holden and Shola Ameobi. It was a smart finish that was indicative of a player in form and it was perhaps quite fitting that the only player worthy of wearing our shirt today grabbed himself another goal.

It was 4-1 on 72 minutes after another defensive shocker from the away side, this time from Fabricio Coloccini. The Argentine defender, who has been largely excellent this season, allowed a long ball up front to bounce, which was the only invitation that Johann Elamnder needed to get after him and muscle him off the ball leaving the Swede to run unopposed on goal and cooly finish past Krul.

There was worse to come from Coloccini just four minutes later after he smashed his elbow into the face of Elmander. Howard Webb consulted his linesman and together they reached the decision to send Coloccini off. Replays have shown that it was the correct decision, and Coloccini will now be missing for the next three games as he serves a suspension for violent conduct.

Insult was added to injury in stoppage time when Bolton were awarded another penalty after Jose Enrique brought down Kevin Davies in the penalty area. The Spaniard was booked for his troubles, although it appeared that Enrique got the ball. Davies again sent Krul the wrong way to round off an afternoon of misery for Newcastle.

In summary, Andy Carroll was impressive again, although he got let down by his team-mates quite dramatically today. Bolton played well, but we were also the architects of our own downfall to a certain extent. The only real complaint I have about the referee is the decision to award the final penalty, although losing 4-1 or 5-1 is like asking me if I prefer my right or left testicle.

Still, every team has an off day and hopefully this was ours. We have dished out some thumpings so far this season so I guess we just have to take this one on the chin and hope it can give the lads the kick up the arse their performance today warrants.

Howay the lads!

Bolton – Jussi Jaaskelainen, Sam Ricketts, Zat Knight, Gary Cahill, Paul Robinson, Lee Chung-Yong, Fabrice Muamba, Stuart Holden, Matt Taylor, Johann Elmander, Kevin Davies.

Subs – Adam Bogdan, Gretar Steinsson, Mark Davies, Martin Petrov, Rodrigo, Robbie Blake, Ivan Klasnic.

Newcastle – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll.

Subs – Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Sol Campbell, Wayne Routledge, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger.

Referee – Howard Webb.

Attendance – 22,203.

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  1. Att: 22,203

    Bloody hell man! We deserve better than this. C.H sort it out fast and don’t let a couple of wins get to your head. The team must have been asleep today.

    A couple of injuries and suspentions shouldn’t have this much of an effect, we have one of the biggest squads in the league. Embarrasing performance today. It has taken Sunderland almost no time to go from humiliated to laughing at us again, thanks C.H and all the first team. x

  2. Well we need to use this as a lesson, and also take a lesson from our biggest rivals.

    We spanked the mackems by the same scoreline and since that they have begun to play good football, play with style and have also beaten a good Chelsea team, many pundits think its their title to lose, and done it in their own back yard.

    We need to learn from this, play with style and no fear against chelsea at SJP and start to change our home form.

    I can only hope that CH learns as quickly as fat head does

  3. Raffo

    Yeah, I sure we will bounce back from this in the next couple of games and beat Chelsea at home, who are in freefall and have lost their last 3. We will probably still be Spurs bogey team aswell and get points off them.


    Wait what was that…

    Damn a pig has just smashed through my window.

  4. Good article Toonsy however I’m not sure I’d question the desire of the team I’d more put it down to a lack of quality combined with the team team having an off day resulting in that lack of quality being even more evident.
    I really hate to criticise our own but Smith simply isnt up to it at this level and Guthrie whilst having potential is not a right winger and still looks rusty after injury.

    Colo had a shocker and that elbow wasnt nice.

    DJ one thing CH has done this season is stress that we will have the ups and downs and shouldnt get carried away with either so to sugggest he might be letting it go to his head is way off the mark. Its some of us that have been getting carried away not CH.

    All in all a v dissapointing day however were still in the top half of the table. Sol and Stevie T are back Fit – Gosling’s back in training & Tiote’s back for the next game.

    Lets lot lose perspective boys – survival is, and always has been priority number 1 and wer still on target for that with Andy C performing above anyones expectations and sitting top of the top scorers pile.

  5. Hughton says he does`nt want to let anybody go in january because he won`t be bringing anybody in. Well my advice is get rid of the squad players who are not up to it, smith,and guthrie for a start. You might find hughton by getting rid of these underperformers that you can buy at least one quality player. The basis of the squad is ok but their is no depth and little quality after the first thirteen. Give hughton his due he made a brilliant signing in Tiote so give us another one or two like that and we`ll be on our way again.

  6. Nolan > “I’m just delighted I’m going to be going back to Bolton fit and ready to go and with a Newcastle side we can all be proud of. That’s all I ever wanted, and I think I’ve got it.”

    I wasn’t proud of the side today more embarrassed tbh , and if thats him fit and ready to go :lol:

  7. mossa

    We won’t be able to get rid of Smith in Jan, he is here till 2012 and Nolan 2013. No other club will buy them or even match their wages, we are screwed for giving them such long and affluent contracts but they were the best we could get at the time. It will now be a long transition from these sorts of players to the Tiote’s and Benny’s. But simply by still having them on the wage bill, it will take a long time before we can afford better players. It will be 2-3 seasons before we have a team that can regularly perform at this level. So far it has been very hit and miss. We just have to hope there will be enough wins to keep us up this season.

  8. As Toonsy says, let’s not over-react to this. Off day from many, and definitely a reality check on our resilience to injuries to key players.

    CH will fix it; let’s not take our eyes of the real target and start bitching about individuals.

  9. LIMP!!


    So disappointed I wasted my afternoon watching that trash of a performance by the Toon.

    Without talking about Smith and Guthrie… it seemed like our best players (Jose, Jonas, Nolan, Colo, Williamson, Simpson etc etc) just couldn’t be bothered at all! They still get paid a hefty load even with this wage cap so what the crap were they up to today?!?!

    Jose couldn’t pass or do anything right today and his gestures showed unhappiness during the game…

    SMITH is a PRAT!!!! Seriously.. He gets paid more than most in our team and showed that he has NOTHING to his game!

    I know Guthrie was poor but why take him off and not Smith for Routledge.

    By the way WELL DONE CARROLL and ROUTLEDGE for at least trying!!!

    Chrissy H… I love him but my God he didn’t know anything today and whatever he said at half time was USELESS.

    Not looking forward to play an out of form – to become in form against us – Chelsea next week. They gonna fL1ck us in the 4ss!

  10. Big Dave

    It is a grey area. Some people rate him quite highly, on the other hand he might just be another Guthrie on the fringe of things. What the Everton fans all seemed to say though was that he didn’t have any pace at all.

  11. hi guys
    I had a ticket for the game today but had to go into hospital for tests and one thing another and have only just been let out.
    Had to get a mate to take the laddie.
    Sounds like a good one to miss altough haven’t spoken to him yet.
    Did we do anything good.
    Sorry and some will say just jumping on his back after one game but Williamson after a great first six games has been a disaster waiting to happen. Guthrie on the right. we have been there so many times.

  12. We really need someone for the right hand side in Jan, like Routledge came in and took it over last season in Jan. Unfortunately he can’t do it at this level but we gave him probably his last chance. We should go for Krancjar in Jan IMO if he still wants to move for games. It would be perfect for both parties IMO he would get gaurenteed starts and we would get creativity down the channel and he scores aswell. We should just go in with money, we sold them Bassong who has been average so its only fair. Then next season hopefully we could have something like Krancjar right and Benny left.

  13. DJG tbh I rate Guthrie as being more than a fringe player when he is played in his own position CM but for some reason CH always seems to throw him out on the right where Guthrie himself says its not his position, then brings him off instead of the stationary pairing of Nolan and Smith for Routledge to come on.
    Smith has loads of heart but isn’t up to the prem anymore, and Nolan IMO is useless in the CM the only place he is good at is behind a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1.

  14. We`ve done well to get where we are and I`m not bitching but Guthrie cannot play that wide position and he proved it I don`t know how many times in the championship, square pegs and round holes spring to mind. It does,nt work please Chris give us a fighting chance by selecting a balanced side.

  15. I think the reasoning behind Guthrie is set-pieces as at least he has a decent delivery. Routledge doesn’t at this level.

  16. Yeah people… stop thinking about Krancjar. Not gonna happen..

    I wish we did buy in January but Hoots keeps saying we aren’t!


  17. Cheers big dave
    just got to wait on results.

    Much like the toon really. Fans have to stick with the team and together we will pull through. Second half of the season could be a big test for Chrissie.

  18. Bad day at the office but we can bounce back (the Mackems did :-) ) It will be interesting to see Sol and Williamson at the back…rather it was Sol and Collo as I think they would compliment each other.
    Smith is NOT a Premier League central midfielder…thank GOD Tiote will be back on Sunday.
    carroll was the only one who could hold his head up after today’s performance IMO

  19. we were rubbish all round today and looked a lot like we did in relegation season at the back – the midfield did nothing at all and bolton just walked through them – if tiote and barton are out we need to pack the midfield and play 4-5-1

    oh well i expected to get hammered a few times this season albeit not off bolton like, the key is how we bounce back next week against chelski – hopefully we can get something from the game as they aren’t playing that well at the moment and have terry, lampard and alex out injured ( hopefully cole will be out as well )

  20. Toonsy tbh i’m starting to worry that if we dont keep progressing he might get pissed off with us, I know he is a geordie through and through and bleeds black and white, but he has just to look back at Big Al and see where his Loyalty got him.
    I have allways liked him but he has grew so much as a player in such a short space of time that I would be real surprised if he dosn’t have big ambitions, and if we cant match them no one could really blame him :(

  21. BigDave @17 agree mate , Guthrie is a decent CM and can still improve the more games he plays in that position . It was beyond me when chasing the game that he brought him off and left smith on who hasnt scored a goal in god knows how long . Guthrie is at least a tryer and has much more energie and skill than Smith or Nolan . CH should of brought on Routlidge to add a bit of pace and let guthrie move to cm . There is no excuses for the poor defending today but the cm was none existent and left the defence exposed .

  22. Big Dave

    I always prefer playing people in there proper positions even if it means a younger lad has to come in to cover the suspect position. Guthrie is just coming back and will improve, he was one of our standout performers last season but for some reason he never looks as composed in the prem. He MUST be at least beating the first man though in his deliveries otherwise (like SuperMac said) the skipper or manager should say right this isn’t working let someone else try.

  23. I know R.Taylor is injured now but I would have liked to see him play on the RW for at least a game or to. Toonsy will scoff and snort but the fact is he had the best deliveries from dead balls and COULD play somewhat at this level. Like he did for Wigan. Even if it was just till Jan I think he could have done a job. Smith on the other hand… I won’t even say anything about him.

  24. If anyone knows anyone who know Hoots, please tell them to tell Hoots to tell Smith to FL1K off.

    Get it?

  25. Big Dave says:
    November 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    “I know he is a geordie through and through and bleeds black and white”

    I’m thinking about banning that particular cliché from this ‘blog.

  26. I sometimes think that some of our players feel too secure with their place in the team, Williamson has been a bit suspect for the last few games, and I am a fan of his but he was real lucky to not get sent off today.
    Nolan gave a pen away and was lucky when he ploughed into another player on the edge of the box and just picked up a yellow.
    Jonas is another that has been going backwards and might benefit from being dropped for letting their standards drop

  27. DJG says:
    November 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    “Toonsy will scoff and snort but the fact is he had the best deliveries from dead balls and COULD play somewhat at this level. Like he did for Wigan.”

    I’m not “scoffing”, but being armed with facts helps when making a judgement.

    You say he did for Wigan?

    05-06 11 appearances
    06-07 16
    07-08 17
    08-09 12

    Now I know that goes back to before you started following football ( ;) ) but there was also a lot of sub appearances involved in those figures, aswell as a fair few games at RB.

    To me that is far from doing it for Wigan…..

    Like I have said before. If we could bring him on for set plays, and set plays alone, he would be fine. But this aint the NFL…….

  28. I can remember him playing for wigan actually Simon. :) He was on the left wing at the time. Even though you say he didn’t do it for them 16-17 appearances is more than the 1 or 0 we have given him in the league this season and I remember us picking the ball out the net a few times from him also. ;)

  29. I don’t think we should over react? How are any set of supporters suppose to act after a 5-1 thrashing?

    We do obviously need a reality check and this was it.

    We aren’t a good side, we have a poor quality squad with one or two good players.

    Pretty much like any newly promoted team. Staying up is the priority and we’re still 4 points clear of the drop zone, and 9 points clear of the bottom two.

    There’ll be plenty more thrashings for us and we need luck with our squad.

  30. stuart79

    Do you not think once a club has been down then they come back up they have some championship quality players anyway (why they go down) but they have some more championship quality players like Routledge and Best. If we bring in players in Jan and summer do you not think Ashley needs to spend some money because they can’t all be finds like Tiote and I don’t think we can afford anymore flops. As for the kids like Ranger and Vuckic being good enough, I think that is very hit and miss aswell.

  31. stuart79 says:
    November 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    “Pretty much like any newly promoted team. Staying up is the priority and we’re still 4 points clear of the drop zone, and 9 points clear of the bottom two.”

    I was getting slated not so long back for daring to suggest this.

  32. DJG says:
    November 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    “I can remember him playing for wigan actually Simon”

    The name is Toonsy thank-you. Nothing else!

    “He was on the left wing at the time. Even though you say he didn’t do it for them 16-17 appearances is more than the 1 or 0 we have given him in the league this season”

    This is true. He did have more games for them. It doesn’t take a match genius to work that out.

    “I remember us picking the ball out the net a few times from him also”

    All from set plays……..

  33. Just in from a good night out, and to be honest I had a bad feeling as I turned on the computer…my stomach said a 5-0 defeat…for some reason. But man…what a reality check, and a really disappointing result. Hope it doesn’t dent our self confidence too much…

  34. stuart79 i have to disagree , we have more than one or two good players , with every one fit and available we have a decent first 11 . You are right that the squad lacks quality in depth and today was proof of that , without Barton and Tiote in the side we will struggle but with those two the defence will be protected and Andy Carroll and Shola will get some sort of service to score . Then there is HBA to come back as well

  35. Axel, agree mate, our squad is short on quality and depth, but with everyone fit we should be ok. Still a bit disappointing result today though, back to the roller coaster toon..beat Arsenal, Chelsea and the makkems, lose big time to Bolton. Really interesting season so far !!

  36. whey, not me best away trip ever :-(

    On the plus side jay jay isn’t as short as he makes out…..he’s almost 4′ 10″……… and a half :lol:

  37. We struggled cos our midfield is depleted with JB and the fantastic Tiote missing add that to Benny being missing who’s the one player we have capable of unlocking defences.

  38. Danny Guthrie IS a capable premier league centre midfielder but if there is no place in centre midfield for him, for me he doesn’t play. No matter how good his delivery is. Got to agree with Big Dave aswell, the only place for Kevin Nolan is behind a striker in a 4-4-1-1 (away from home). Unfortunately, like other ‘big names’ before him, big Kev has plenty heart and he pops up with a goal or two, but his bread and butter (passing, tackling, bossing the midfield) falls well short. Newcastle need a captain and centre midfielder that has the craft and vision to outplay the likes of Holden and Muamba, not lose his discipline,try too hard and give away silly freekicks and penalties.

  39. If we’re relying on Barton and Tiote to stay up then we’re fcked! The way they both play means they’ll pick up suspensions and possibly injuries.

    The fact remains we need to add to the squad but I cannot see us doing it.

    My honest opinion – I think we could well be in a relegation scrap and once we’re in that it could come down to who’s lucky with their squads.

    I just hope Carroll never gets injured because the likely hood is we’d never win another game without him. Depending on him so much is a little scary really.

  40. I think the guys are right this is a bit of a reality check and the main objective this season is to not get relegated. The disappointing thing for me is and I said this at the time was if this run keeps continuing how much are we going to regret not getting the home points against the likes of Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan. I’m not being disrespectful but really that should be classed as 14 points lost in our home fixtures. The season is only going to get harder if we keep getting injuries and suspensions. I’m not blaming this on CH or the players I think they are doing their best, I think it is Ashley’s fault for not backing Hughton with the funds when we were promoted. However I refuse to get too down hearted I think we are still able to turn things round and hopefully we have a few more gems like Andy Carroll in the reserves that can surprise us.

  41. toonsy says:
    November 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    The name is Toonsy thank-you. Nothing else!

    yes sir, sorry sir, detention for me. :lol:

  42. Im still waiting for that money from betclic to donate to the blog. I asked them for it last Monday or something and they sent an email saying it can take 2 days plus 2/3 for the bank. Why have I still not got it I had to upload a copy of ID aswell, i’ve never had bother withdrawing money like this before. Don’t use betclic anybody they are cack.

  43. Toonsy dont start throwing the toys out :(
    Where is the Morale officer when he is needed :lol:
    Does anyone else think that the lack of backroom staff isn’t helping as im sure there must be too much work for CH, I thought he would have had a new No2 by now

  44. Munich Mag says:
    November 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    “today was just one really bad day at the office…why the heck are we so unstable ?”

    The team? Or the supporters, München Mag? :-)

  45. toonsy says:
    November 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Damn right you got issues, mate. Having Ron Jeremy posing like that would give anyone issues…

  46. Brett – Do you expect his to slate the team publicly? I think you’ll find that may well happen, but it will be behind closed doors, which is good man-management.

    Never air dirty laundry……

  47. Toonsy dont know if it will help but I have this saved in my favs and anytime I am feeling shit or down I watch this, and 99% of the time I feel like I dont really have problems, as no matter what we go through its fuk all compared to what they went through and still have to go through.

  48. I like their manager. He will do well methinks. Even in his interview he didn’t gloat or anything just sounded very sensible and honest.

  49. Toonsy – I kinda disagree mate. You see a lot of managers giving their honest opinions after the game. Just sounds a bit odd at the end when Hoots says we gave it our all until the end…

    Anyway, roll on Chelski… Uh oh!

    Can’t believe that sodding Spurs result. Pissed me right off!

  50. Bolton are living proof that you CAN build a decent team out of limited money, talent and fashion. Lets not forget they were in a right pickle just last season and take some hope from it.

  51. Richie we’re you driving mate ?
    Brett I couldnt understand that part of CH’s interview either as for me there was only one player that put a shift in today, I didn’t agree that we didn’t deserve to lose 5-1 I think we we’re lucky to get away with that :lol:

  52. Anyone know where I can d/l or stream movies from? I’m looking for Rise of the Footsoldier as I really fancy watching it again. Was driving past Rettendon the other day and it reminded me of it, thats all :)

  53. Big Dave says:
    November 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    “I didn’t agree that we didn’t deserve to lose 5-1 I think we we’re lucky to get away with that”

    I agree that we didn’t deserve to win, Dave. However we didn’t desrve to lose 5-1. One of their penalties was a complete travesty of justice after a good tackle by Enrique, and Carrol should have had one for being pushed over in the box too.

  54. Was really hoping Brum got a battering from Chelsea today to get rid of the backlash after their poor performances. But no, they beat them so we get the backlash, brilliant!

  55. Right, I’m away to watch my snidey film ;)

    Cheers Dave.

    Lets hope I get out of bed on the right side tomorrow :D

  56. Toonsy-Alex and Cole played today, there was no talk of any injuries I dont think so I imagine they’ll be fit. I know Lampard is still out, wouldn’t be surprised if he found some magical fitness midweek though. Nee idea about Terry. We’ve beaten them once this season? :D

  57. Jesus Christ. There’s about 6 blue shirts standing round the ball and they’re all saying “you clear it, no you clear it, no you” for that second goal like. That’s pathetic to be brutally honest, one of you just boot it.

  58. Whilst, to be honest, aye thort wee plaid bad, they’re were sum encura… encurrig … gud sines four us.

    But are lads done aboot as well as a gordie spellchek, to be honest, and the clichys we rite r funny. Whilst im knot a spellin natsy, unbeknownst to thou or aye sumtimes it al pisses me of

  59. Off friggin’ day? So that’s what it was? Are you serious? I watched it but I guess we saw two different matches. I saw a team that couldn’t compete if their lives depended on it. They all had a collective heart-ectomy. Must be what you call “off.” Sheesh.

  60. poor poor performance. smith is no where near tiote’s standard. he couldn’t tackle and looked really lazy. this kind of performance doesn’t justify the wage he’s getting at nufc. we looked like a pathetic bunch of headless chickens, really missed tiote and barton. im still not sure about guthrie, saw his crosses and wasn’t impressed. though enrique mispassed many balls but he did made some brilliant endeavour down the left flank that jonas wasn’t doing. colo’s performance last night was terrible, might have been due to the lack of protection from smith. i guess we just have to move on from this game and find back the hunger we had when we played arsenal and sunderland. and most importantly, we have to remember that our top priority is survival. cheers.

  61. Worky – we did deserve to lose 5-1 because they scored five and we only scored one. You mentioned the final penalty, well if Webb had of seen Williamsons ridiculous challange on Elmander in the first half we’d have been down to ten men earlier and it could have been worse.

  62. Toonsy…will give it a go then, not one to snuggle up on the sofa with wor lass tho I tek it? :-)

  63. Shocking display, can’t believe I stayed up to the early hours to watch it live. CH needs to frshen things up, for Chelsea I’d go with:


    S Taylor—-Sol—–Williamson—-Enrique