|Season 2005-06 Result|
|Newcastle United||3-1||Bolton Wanderers|
| N.Solano 34,
| Davies 72.
|Date: 04/03/2006 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 07/03/2006 by Wilf|
Having missed the Everton match, I was particularly looking forward to this and for a change I was not disappointed. No pre - match pint as Sarah stepped in as a late replacement for Kieron, who got held up in a 4-hour job interview. So I have yet to sample the delights of the casino!
The match started at a pretty high tempo with half chances for both sides. We slowly began to take control mainly thanks to Scott Parker’s now trademark ball winning ability allowing Emre, Nobby and Charles to shine. For long spells of the first half Bolton could not live with us. An Emre drive, which bounced out off the inside of the post, was a sign of what was to come. We had a bit of a scare before making the breakthrough with Elliot deflecting a shot onto the cross bar. The goal came on 34 minutes after a spectacular air kick Shola was fouled 25 yards out just to the left of the goal. Perfect range for Nobby to curl it in to make it 3 goals in 2 games for him – is his return to form post Souness a coincidence? 10 minutes later it was two when Shearer broke his own record by nodding in N Zogbia’s pinpoint cross with a little help from the keeper (every Shearer goal now is a record you know). This took us in 2 – 0 up at half time for the first time in ages.
Bolton had a bit of possession in the second half but as Allardyce said they never started playing until they were 3 down. Jaaskelainen sort of made amends for throwing our second goal in by saving a vicious Shearer volley, which really would have made the net bulge! The third came courtesy of Shola who to his credit managed to control a difficult ball and direct it goalwards, despite this he did have one of those game where he looks as bad as some people say he is. Bolton then started chasing the game with several long balls towards our goal most of which ended in shots that hit the middle tier of the Gallowgate. A consolation came when Boumsong failed to prevent Davies turning a high cross into the goal. This was a shame as Boumsong and Elliott had looked a bit steadier with Boumsong looking like he is slowly growing in confidence – perhaps as a result of not having to babysit Titus. Bolton had another disallowed on 3 minutes from time but it was a blatant handball by Kevin Nolan.
Overall I thought this was a pretty decent performance and certainly the most enjoyable game for a long time. If Freddy did have Allardyce in the running for the job I expect he hasn’t now because Bolton were crap, to be fair though this was Bolton’s first league defeat in 2006. It was good to get 3 points on the board but we will see how good we really are over the next 3 games!
A nice touch from Gary Speed at the end – last to leave the field after throwing his shirt into the crowd.