10 man Newcastle miss chance to go 7th.

Nolan scored his 11th of the season.
It was an afternoon which provided incentive for Newcastle should they be victorious. Three points would have seen the lads jump above today’s opponents Bolton in the table and really made some noise for a European place.

Europe talk aside, who can forget the humiliation of the 5-1 hammering at The Reebok earlier in the season? It was our biggest defeat of the season to date and a day many of us wish to forget. Even the scorer of our consolation goal that afternoon was Boyzone loving, money grabbing,grubby shitbag Andy Carroll, who is also a thing of the past we’d like to forget.

With that result fresh in the mind of both the players and supporters, Newcastle looked to get revenge on Bolton and pick up all 3 points at St James’ Park. The afternoon didn’t get off to the greatest of starts as Joey Barton was injured during the warm up and forced to withdraw from the starting line up. Step in Ryan Taylor, the versatile Scouser returned to senior action for the first time since sustaining a training ground injury after a collision with Sol Campbell.

Newcastle started the game well, Leon Best saw his decent left foot effort sail just wide of the post. It was then Peter Lovenkrands who saw an effort dealt with by Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who pushed the ball out of play. Ryan Taylor’s resulting corner was a disappointing one, it failed to find anyone and looked as if it was going to go out for a throwing on the other side. But Cheick Tiote was able to pick the ball up and deliver a wonderful cross which was met by captain and former Bolton man Kevin Nolan, who perfectly glanced the ball into the back of the net. 1-0 Newcastle United on 13 minutes.

Bolton had their moments in the first half, their front line looked organised and proved a handful for the United defence. Newcastle though looked the better team and hoped to build on the 1 goal advantage. That could have been the case as in form striker Best looked as if he had a good shout for a penalty midway through the first half. Leon was brought down in the box, only to see the linesman waving his flag for offside therefore no spot kick.

Best looked good again today and was unfortunate to not get on the score sheet after a couple of half chances in the first half. Bolton certainly weren’t ruling themselves out the game and on loan striker Daniel Sturridge was able to capitalise on a rare Tiote mistake towards the end of the half. Tiote gave the ball away in a dangerous area, Sturridge was able to collect the ball a slot it past Steve Harper for a Bolton equaliser.

The second half dealt a huge blow to Nufc when the returning Ryan Taylor was shown a straight red card following a two footed lunge on Johan Elmander. After watching the replay of the incident it’s hard to complain about the outcome, the tackle was unfair and reckless. With the former Wigan man off, Newcastle were down to 10 men against a very good footballing side.

Pardew knew he had to compensate tactically, soon the gaffer replaced Lovenkrands and Jonas with Steven Taylor and Nile Ranger respectively. It was a move that saw us play with 3 centre halves and use full backs Simpson and Enrique in a more offensive wing back type role.

On another day Bolton may of used the extra man to their advantage, but Newcastle were holding on for something. Substitute Nile Ranger thought he may of won it for Newcastle at the death as he saw his header hit the back of The Wanders’ net. But before the youngster could celebrate his first goal of the season he looked up to see the linesman’s flag raised. It was a tight call, but Nile maybe was slightly off.

Manager Alan Pardew was frustrated with the outcome today and disappointed with the performance of referee Chris Foy. On a day that offered a lot of incentive sadly we failed to take maximum points, although if you look at the sending off we should probably be satisfied with a draw… well just.


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.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 48,062

About MarkToon

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24 thoughts on “10 man Newcastle miss chance to go 7th.

  1. I was at the 5-1 defeat, Tiote and Barton didn’t even play which proves how vital they are to us.

    Pardews made us a difficult team to break down, apart from the Arsenal first half, we just need a class striker to kill games like today off. Against Blackburn, Jose was putting in class balls all game and we could never find the killer touch.

    If we beat Everton todays result will look a good one, just like the blackburn point when we beat Birmingham.


  2. andrew-agreed.
    we certainly need a quality striker in the summer. best looking good, but hes a 5-10 gaol man imo! need prolific target man


  3. In the summer I would sell Lovenkrands, keep best and loan Ranger out for the season. I’d rather see him play week in week out rather then him come on for 10 minutes here and there for us, then back in the reserves.

    When Shola got injured I wanted Pardew to give him 4 or 5 starts to see what he’s really about.

    He’s still 19 though, we forgot how young he is.


  4. yeah i’d like to see nile go to the championship for a bit, someone like forest if they dont get promoted.
    loven- i like him but i dont think he’s a consistant pl player, i’m sad to say that.
    best yeah defs worth keeping… shola will never leave and i’d miss singing the ameobi song too much if he did 🙂


  5. Mark – sending Nileto Nottingham is a bad idea. Have you seen the crime rate? 😕

    Nice see Best actually changing opinions as well. The lad asked for a chance/has been gifted it, and boy gas he taken it. I’ve been really impressed with him.


  6. I watched the game on the internet but the stream kept going off. I watched it later when it was shown on the tv on a tape delay. I thought NCL were very unlucky not to have won the game. I think the biggest decision against us was when Best was given offside. On the tv when I froze it at the point of the pass leaving Nolan, Best looked to be exactly level with a Bolton player. so for me it was not offside. Then if the offside had not been given Ncl would have had a penalty and a sending off of the Bolton player after he shoved Best to the ground. I’m sure that would have given us the win. Ranger was fractionally offside when he scored. Just the tip of his shoulder protruding past the Bolton player.
    I thought it was a very hard fought game and Ncl deserved the win. They did very well to hold Bolton off after going down to 10 men.


  7. Personally I’d like to see Ranger get a start for us rather than go out on loan. I think the lad is ready to step up. He is definitely a handful for the oppositions defense. I think he is better than Lovenkrands or Ameobi. I’m sure once the goals start coming for him he will be better than Carroll! If only he can get his head together and knuckle down. I’m sure the likes of Nolan and Barton could be mentors to the lad.


  8. Jill, keep missin ya.Thanks for the congrats the other week 😀

    Toonsy….you off to look for players fishing at Seaton Sluice ❓ 😆


  9. I really don’t rate loven.
    Bought himself some time with his goal the other week. Hope Rangers come in for him and take him back to Glasgow. A poor league to make him look good like old times.


  10. Anyone see Bagpuss’s post game quotes “we seem to save our worst for Everton…”

    I think he is coming down with alzheimers.


  11. Moreno – Im in and out fella so carry on cracking on to yourself 😆

    Got to say though – Pardews first major F up is now for all to see. Wayne Routas is tearing the ground up at QPR and we have no right wing.

    Of course he let him go on loan for nowt and dropped us in the clarts. Major Major F up!


  12. Love the way fergie is blaming the press for rooneys forearm smash yesterday – fvck me if that was barton he would be thrown out of football for good


  13. I see in the Sunday Sun it says we’ve started negotiations to buy Gervinho! If it’s true that is great news.


  14. agreed about jose-
    i would understand a barca move..and tbh it would be easier if he were to leave that he went abroad. seing him in a liverpool shirt would make me sick.


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