Revenge would be sweet – Newcastle v Bolton match preview

Posted on February 25th, 2011 | 39 Comments |

Newcastle v Bolton match preview
Toon entertain Bolton on Saturday
This weekend, Newcastle United are out for revenge against Bolton for the 5-1 hammering the Toon suffered at the Reebok back in November.

As I was sat around earlier, practising impersonations of a sprout for my regular stage show, I got to thinking that it feels like about 10 weeks since we last played but it is in fact only 10 days.

The FA Cup schedule meant we skipped a match last weekend, but we’re back to the nitty-gritty of a match day this weekend with a challenging game at home against Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton are one point and one place above us in the Premier League and they gave us a good seeing to back in November at their place, beating us 5-1 and seeing Colo sent off to boot.

History is on our side for this fixture though as we’ve only lost once at home to Bolton in the Premier League, having won seven and drawn two. Furthermore, whilst Bolton have been very strong at home, having only lost two, they’ve been weak away, having only won two.

Elmander is Bolton’s top scorer with 10, followed by Kevin Davies with 8, two of which were penalties against us back in November, and Chelsea loanee Daniel Sturridge has knocked in 3 since joining Bolton at the end of January, so I suppose those are the guys that Colo and Williamson will need to contain.

Zat Knight, Gretar Steinsson, Sam Rickets and Jlloyd Samuel are injured for Bolton whilst we still have Hatem Ben Arfa, Alan Smith, Stephen Ireland, Dan Gosling and Shola Ameobi undergoing treatment. Shola is not expected to be available until next week when we play Everton, so I anticipate Pardew sticking with Best and Lovenkrands up front in standard 4-4-2 formation.

Ahead of the game, Pardew has been saying:

I see this game as pivotal.

We’re doing well away but now we need to improve our home form. We’ve got games now where we have the opportunity to do that.

Many will view this as a game between two mid-table sides but for me this is a big match. They will look at it like us in that it’s a game that’s pivotal in terms of attacking the top 10. If we win we can attack the top 10 but if not then we’ve lost a big opportunity and that opportunity might be Europe.

We’re on the verge of something exciting and these two games will decide whether we’ve got something to go for or whether we’re going to have a season where we’re just seeing things out, and I don’t want that to happen.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has been commenting on the joys of having a few decent players to choose from:

As a manager it’s the best problem to have.

If I look at the squad I have available to me now, there’s probably 17 players who all feel they should be in the starting line up.

The ones that have come in over the last few games have shown their quality.

Newcastle (from): Harper, Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best, Kuqi, Lovenkrands, Ranger, Krul, Campbell, Guthrie, Ferguson (and possibly Saylor and Raylor).

Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Wheater, Muamba, Petrov, K Davies, Elmander, Klasnic, Taylor, Alonso, Rodrigo, M Davies, Cohen, Holden, Steinsson, Blake, Lee, Sturridge, Bogdan.

Kick off is at 3PM on Saturday and Chris Foy is the man in black.

I reckon we’ll win this one. Don’t forget to have a go at our Prediction Competition if you too think you’re a footballing sage.

Toon Toon!

My Father used to say that revenge is a dish best served cold.” – Michael Corleone.

NUFCBlog Author: Hugh de Payen I'm a baby-boomer of the punk rock persuasion, currently exiled in Somerset for crimes committed in a previous life where locals keep trying to poison me with something called 'scrumpy'. Hates sprouts, coat-hangers, Cilla Black, ornaments, Steven Seagull movies and 50 Cent (he's not worth 10). Hugh de Payen has written 634 articles on this blog.

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39 Responses

  1. I’m back in the North East over the weekend. There’s bound to be tickets available for this one isn’t there?

  2. I think Bolton will see a very different NUFC than they did when they won> Barton & Tiote will be on the pitch, which will make a huge difference. And there will be the extra intangible of Tiote having a new deal signed. I think the new contract will provide a powerfully positive lift to the squad. If the football gods don’t intervene, this game should go to NUFC.

  3. i am not so sure if the positive note of tiotes contract deal will outweigh the whispers of enrique deal being finalised between us and liverpool for 6 million sale at end of season. However, i still think we will win this one.

  4. If we beat bolton and 5under1and lose to everton … we swap places and we are in 8th … happy days

  5. you can buy the home shirt cheaper from nufc direct thanthat advert above. They have slashed prices, maybe its costhey aint selling very well as too flimsy?

  6. Up for the weekend and bringing 3 Bolton fans with me to go drinking and looking at girls with me mates from the toon – we owe them big time as they have taken the piss since our mauling at the reebok – hwtl!!

  7. craig … I think they are changing the 1st team shirt design in the summer and so they are being sold cheap … could be wrong but that’s what I understand.

  8. well spotted batty … Bolton have 41 points according to that table …!!

    7th is even better ;)

  9. Bolton are no mugs, so this game will show how far we have come in a short space of time, as we were rightly spanked at the Reebock!

    If we win happy days! draw or lose then we can see where we need to improve.

  10. Bee guy said “I think Bolton will see a very different NUFC than they did when they won> Barton & Tiote will be on the pitch”

    …. and hopefully Colloccini will stay on the pitch this time too. That is a very different proposition for Bolton.

  11. From the BBC:


    • They have scored the most goals outside of the top five (42).

    • According to Opta Stats, Newcastle are the most fouled side in the Premier League this season, suffering 365 fouls. And Bolton have conceded the most (372).

    • Kevin Nolan, facing his former club, needs to score once more to reach 50 goals in his top-flight career.


  12. agree davies. bolton have been playing some good football this season and deserve their current spot in the table.
    i hope the 5-1 is top of mind for everyone on the pitch and the bench and they set things straight tomorrow with a solid performance and a huge 3 points.

  13. Bolton has very strong squad and I think it will be very tough game for us. However football is football, nothing guarantee and anything is possible. This game will be vital game for us ! Show them who deserved to be in European position. HWTL !

  14. Call me a pessimistic old farty pants, but I’d settle for a point tomorrow, we must avoid defeat at all costs…

  15. can any1 read my messages and at least respond with a yes or no! i need 2 know if i can watch the match online or whether i need 2 buy a ticket! plz let me kno

  16. Army69…invariably there are internet links to most games, however, these usually only become known shortly before the kick off..

  17. Howay the Lads…got a feeling we are going to Rip Bolton a new arsehole.

    P.S Ashley Oot and Owl Heed Coot!

  18. worky iam finding the site is running slow ,have you splashed the cash yet too update it from the donations ?

  19. paul toon i rekn we r gna get a sneaky 2-1 win bud !! any1 here think we wil finish in europe?? i never ever wud of thought i wud of been sayn that this time last year haha


    Have a browse around this site before kick off, there are usually a few links to Newcastle games.


    quality of this one is not the best, but better than nowt.

    i’ve got everything crossed for 3 points tomorrow but it will be no walk in the park. coyle has transformed bolton from the scummy tactics of allardyce into a side that play good foozeball and get results. however i think our improvement under pardew could see us come out on top.

  21. batty says:
    February 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    “worky iam finding the site is running slow”

    It’s been running like a dream from all the machines I’ve been using it on. Is it just once or twice recently it’s been “slow” for you? And have you been looking at it through a “proxy” server by any chance ;-)

    Hugh’s the real expert on the new server anyway. It’s his.

  22. worky havent used proxy on here since the 1st week u opened and i pinched stardusts and leakybutt stus nicks

  23. batty, there’s nowt wrong with the server that I can see. Loads are only 0.1 – 0.2 and the ‘blog’s running okay for me.

    I will however run a load monitor over the weekend so that I’ll get notified if there are any spikes in use and then see if I can pin them down to the ‘blog or elsewhere.

  24. For streams I usually find liveziz has quite a few. Just google liveziz and scroll down to see the matches that are on and click on the match for a list of streams

  25. We have to prove we deserved to be in this position, Surely they will think they come to win us easily at St’james park after they killed us last time, Show them how good we are and better team will win today !! HWTL !