Bolton Wanderers vs Newcastle United Boxing Day match banter.

Posted on December 26th, 2011 | 21 Comments |

Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United.
Toon tackle the Trotters!
Good afternoon Geordies and welcome to our Boxing Day match banter for Newcastle United’s away trip to play the Trotters of Bolton.

Firstly, hope you all had a very happy Christmas and that you all got what you wanted from Santa!

Now getting on with the game, you can always check out our regular match preview for a more in-depth look forward. Here you can check up on all the latest team news, squads, stats and stuff like that. One thing I didn’t feature on that though, which I usually do, is what the managers have been saying in the run up to the game, so I’ll put that here!

Looking forward to the game, Alan Pardew said:

“Hopefully we will get a win at Bolton, although I’m sure Owen (Coyle, Bolton manager) has got other ideas about that.

“If we do what we can do, and do it well, then we should win this game. We’ve had a fantastic first half of the season and are looking to build on that in the second half.”

Meanwhile Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to make his Reebok stadium a fortress again after their recent home victory over Blackburn Rovers. Starting on their next two home games, this one against us amd their next one against Wolves he said:

“We have to start getting our home form back to the kind of standard it was last season.

“In isolation, if you looked at nine points from our away games, you would have thought it would be backed up by a better home record. If it was, we’d be sitting in mid-table.

“We know the things that have gone against us, but as I said the other night, it’s time a line was drawn in the sand.

“The lads want to do well and these two home games give us the opportunity to gather points and catapult ourselves into the five or six teams above us.

“If we do that, we all know it becomes very interesting.”

Moving on to todays opposition (us) in particular, he then continued:

“They started the season on fire and even the couple of games of recent times, the margins have been so fine,” he said. “They could easily have drawn the game against West Brom the other night.

“We’re well aware of the strengths they have but, equally, we have to see if there are any deficiencies and try to make in-roads.

“There will be two very attacking sides. Newcastle have quality in the wide areas in Jonas Guitierez and Gabriel Obertan.

“Demba Ba has been at his best, while Yohan Cabaye has come in and Cheik Tiote has been excellent. Alan Pardew has assembled a squad of real quality and very much to his credit.”

Moving on, just another reminder that we will be running a new score prediction competition in the new year to cover the second half of the season. Like the last one which is currently reaching an exciting climax, this one will once again have a first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25 so don’t miss out and don’t be late!

That just leaves the usual notices that I will be posting the official teamsheets below when they are announced, and also if you have any good links to the game, which will not be shown on UK TV, please feel free to share them. Finally, if you have any ideas for our next NUFC Blog poll, please feel free to share those too!

Howay the Lads!


Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2): Jussi Jaaskelainen (G), Dedryck Boyata, Zat Knight, Gary Cahill, Paul Robinson; Mark Davies, Fabrice Muamba, Nigel Reo-Coker, Martin Petrov; Ivan Klasnic, David Ngog.

Subs: Adam Bogdan (G), Sam Ricketts, David Wheater, Darren Pratley, Chris Eagles, Tuncay, Kevin Davies

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Leon Best.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Haris Vuckic.

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21 Responses

  1. starting 11: Krul Simpson Williamson Coloccini (Captain) Ryan Taylor Obertan Tiote Cabaye Jonas Ba Best

    Subs: Elliot Sammy Ameobi Shola Ameobi HBA Perch Vukic

  2. nice to see vukic again, a lot will be chirping on if best doesn’t do the businesses and a call for ben arfa will be loud and clear…but then again pardew would rather throw in both ameobi’s ;)

  3. Best and Obertan? Can’t believe.Pardew must have been blind what they offered on the pitch last games. Ben Arfa’s going to leave the team if he continues to start from the bench.
    still hope for good away win

  4. sirjasontoon says:
    December 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Aye, I was just gannin’ to post that one SJT

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  5. well its a match of a physical kind mostly in he midfield, seems that everytime when we look decent on the attack best seems to break it down and for obertan well no comment

  6. ameobi for obertan and perch for cabaye. pardew is a moron, why not give sammy and vuckic a game ?

  7. I fell asleep through some of that, I was glad when I woke up though.

    Did both teams just carry on playing very direct “route one” football throughout the game?