Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers match banter!

Posted on February 26th, 2011 | 76 Comments |

A (5-1) score to settle?
A (5-1) score to settle?
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to NUFC ‘Blog’s regular “match banter” feature, this time for Newcastle United’s home match with Bolton Wanderers.

Of course, it will not be forgotten by most readers that the Magpies were comprehensively beaten by five goals to one in this season’s first match with the “Trotters”, something that the Magpies will no doubt be aiming to be put behind them in today’s encounter. However in the world of stats, and possibly omens, this game kicks off at 3PM on a Saturday afternoon. The last time Newcastle won a game that kicked off at this time, a time which used to be thought of as the norm for most football league games, was way back was way back on 23 August 2008, when, you guessed it, Newcastle beat Bolton 1-0 with a Michael Owen goal. That would do nicely!

For pre match quotes from respective managers, Alan Pardew and Owen Coyle, team news and all the usual stuff, please check out Hugh de Payen’s most admirable match preview. Just to add a couple of bits to that though, on the team news front, Peter Lovenkrands may be out with a minor thigh muscle strain, though that is not confirmed properly. Secondly, motormouthed manager, Alan Pardew, has had more to say on the upcoming game, assuring fans that it won’t be a repeat of the last Trotter’s stampede.

Looking back at that last encounter, he said:

“I’ve watched that game and it’s one we could have lost by more goals

“I think that on the day, Bolton were the much better team, but this is a different day, and the team has an assurance about it, especially defensively. That should make it a much tougher task for Bolton.”

Despite the wide margin of Bolton’s victory in the last game, the clubs are almost as close as they can be in the current Premiership table, with only a point to separate eighth placed Bolton from ninth placed Newcastle on 35 and 36 points respectively. On this Pardew added:

“I look at Bolton as a big game for both clubs.

“We can jump two points ahead of them and they could go four points ahead of us, so it’s a big game in terms of the season.

“So it’s a big game in terms of the season, they’ve got some good players, the squad is thicker than ours in terms of quality – there’s no doubt about that – and that’s where we should be.”

Finally, Pardew concluded:

“They are having a good season on the back of it, but we think it’s a crucial game and we will try our best to win it”.

When the official team sheets are finally announced, we shall of course endeavour to get them on here as soon as possible.

Howay the Lads!

Venue: St James’s Park, Newcastle.

Kick Off: Saturday, 26th February, 2011.

Referee: C Foy.


Newcastle United: Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands.

Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Nile Ranger, Shefki Kuqi.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Wheater, Alonso, Elmander, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Sturridge, K Davies.

Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, M Davies, Taylor, Klasnic, Rodrigo, Chung-Yong.


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76 Responses

  1. I expect us to win, providing there are no dodgy ref decisions or an out of this world performance by their GK.

    Wonder if PL is injured whether AP will start Ranger or give Kuqi a run out for the first half, wouldn’t be surprised if he opted for the latter.

  2. Funny innit, Best is now being seen as our main man with PL as his partner. To think it weren’t to long ago he was getting a lot of diss. Personnaly I’m always happy to see any player given the chance to show what they can do fully fit and a decent run in the team, looks like he has vindicated himself.

  3. 4 Sky sports lads predicted – 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, & 1-1 – fookers!!

    About Best, I know he has scored but seriously he is not a long term option, you can see this by the runs he makes, his touch, his passing and his shooting – he’s a solid championship and borderline premiership. As an Irishman I’d love to be saying otherwise but ….

  4. dan from france says:
    February 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    all the links have crashed 4 me help me plzzzzz xD

    Dan, Mines been stopping every few seconds so I could do with one as well!

  5. paul toon says:
    February 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    “Dan, Mines been stopping every few seconds so I could do with one as well!”

    Ditto, Paul. I can’t find any perfect ones either.

  6. I can say the team who score the next goal will be winner. 2-1 for this game, hopefully we can do it. HWTL !

  7. Ginkoh says:
    February 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    I can say the team who score the next goal will be winner. 2-1 for this game

    I thought 2-1 to us today Ginkoh. Hope so anyway!

  8. Quite a few chances were created by the Toon during that half and really should have gone at least two-nil up. Moment of madness for the Sturridge goal, as the midfield tried to pass it out of the danger area.

    If we create as many chances in the 2nd half we should be okay.

  9. Liability, right in the middle of the park and under no pressure what so ever, completely needless, idiot, sell him

  10. He had lots of space, took an awful touch that made the ball go away from him, he tried to get the ball back by jumping into a tackle 2 footed! Ref had no choice!! We would be happy with a draw now!!

  11. Ranger wasn’t offside there….just saying…

    Fu3k…Bolton were shit…we should have won…

    No decent striker and R.Taylor did us today….damn

  12. ToonKing says:
    February 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    Ranger wasn’t offside there….just saying…

    I thought he was ok as well ToonKing.

  13. Hugh de Payen says:
    February 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    “We were unlucky in the end I thought.”

    Bolton certainly weren’t as good as they could have been with the extra man today. I can’t work out if we were lucky for that, or, as you write, unlucky for missing out on a second goal, Hugh.

  14. AngelOfDeath says:
    February 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    “disappointed with the chance to go up yet,fail once more.”

    Apart from R. Taylor being rash, I didn’t think that things were that bad, AOD. Bolton are usually a good side, and we were one man down.

  15. @workyticket: Next game:

    Bolton vs. Aston villa.

    Newcastle Vs. Everton

    Arsenal Vs. Sunderland.

    Another chance,hopefully NEWCASTLE CAN TAKE IT THIS TIME,there isn’t such chance anymore.

    I was wondering,ryan taylor out for 3games,barton injured,who is gonna play at Right flank? :shock:

  16. ToonKing says:
    February 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    “Any news on Barton ?”

    I heard towards the start of the game that Barton was feeling a bit ill rather than being injured in some way. May be wrong though, ToonKing.

  17. Guys, not sure what happened today, maybe we were all expecting too much. First half was good, but for whatever reasons, we (Bolton),couldn’t seem to get it together today. Overall, a fair result, and one I’m sure we are all happy with, especially as Sunderland lost. Good to see you guys have kept up the good play since you sold your striker. Good to see Nobby is enjoying his football again. Good luck for the rest of the season.

  18. Gloswhite being the home team cant say i am happy with the result , considering we only had 10 men on the pitch i thought we would get an all out attack from you guys in the last 20-30 minutes but for some reason it just did not happen . To be honest i thought we were the ones unlucky not to get the winner , still another point towards safety .

  19. Gloswhite says:
    February 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    “Good luck for the rest of the season.”

    Thanks, Gloswhite. I suppose that was a pretty fair reading of the game too. Bolton certainly weren’t as good as thay could have been (like in the last game at your place!), and definitely didn’t take as much advantage of the man extra than they could have. Despite that, I thought we could have even nicked it towards the end. That probably would have been a bit jammy though!

    Good look for the rest of the season to your lot as well!

  20. Draw probably fair – but two points to make (apart from the referee!).
    Man of the match for me wads Leon Best – I thought he worked his socks off, won a lot in the air and had some ridiculous decisions given – both against him e.g. for jumping straight up to head the ball! – and some not given, for players being all over him and pulling him down.
    Second point – how come a tosser like Sturridge escapes being booked – what he did after he scored was blatant and prolonged incitement to the home fans – I thought refs were supposed to get tough on that?