Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Newcastle United

  • March 01, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton climbed into the top half of the table after a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Reebok Stadium.

Ricardo Gardner scored the only goal just two minutes after being introduced as a half-time substitute, his third of the season.

Wanderers had to hold on near the end as Peter Lovenkrands saw an acrobatic effort cleared off the line, but they ultimately took the three points.

Record signing Johan Elmader had the first two chances of the game, first seeing his effort cleared off the line by Jose Enrique inside five minutes, before putting an easier chance over the bar in the 18th minute.

Mark Davies floated a free-kick into the area just before the half hour, but the ball flew just wide of Steve Harper's left hand post after evading everybody inside the area.

Matt Taylor was next to test Harper but he made a simple stop down to his left just two minutes later.

Newcastle then sparked into life and almost took the lead from a Ryan Taylor corner. Obafemi Martins rose highest in the air and Jussi Jaaskelainen had to tip the ball behind.

Before the break, Martins had a better chance to break the deadlock, but unmarked, headed over from six yards with Jaaskelainen stranded.

At the break, Gardner came on for Wanderers as Gary Megson changed to a 4-4-2 formation, with Fabrice Muamba departing the action.

After a low cross from Taylor, now on the right flank, Gardner sent a first-time effort beyond Harper with his weaker right foot to open the scoring.

Ryan Taylor went close for the visitors on the hour, but his disguised free-kick flew just wide of the left hand post.

Soon after, Martins found himself on goal again, but he shot straight at Jaaskelainen after being played in by Nicky Butt.

Shola Ameobi was next to test Jaaskelainen, but the Finn palmed his shot just wide of goal as Newcastle stepped up the pressure.

Substitute Geremi tried a dipping volley from 25-yards inside the final five minutes that, on closer inspection, was closer than it actually looked.

Then, in the final minute, Lovenkrands sent an overhead kick goalwards but former Magpie Andy O'Brien headed the ball off the line as Wanderers held on for the victory.

That win moves Bolton up to 10th in the Premier League table and they return to action on Wednesday night when they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, M Davies, McCann, Muamba (Gardner 46), Taylor, K Davies, Elmander (Smolarek 78)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Puygrenier, Makukula, Shittu, Basham
Booked: Smolarek, Taylor
Goals: Gardner 47

Newcastle United: Harper, S Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, R Taylor, Butt (Geremi 66), Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Martins (Viduka 78)
Subs Not Used: Forster, Cacapa, Smith, Edgar, Caroll
Booked: Butt, Gutierrez, R Taylor

Attendance: 20,763
Referee: Alan Wiley

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