Bolton Wanderers 5-1 Newcastle United

  • November 20, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved up to fourth in the Premier League table after a stunning 5-1 victory over Newcastle United at the Reebok Stadium.

It was the first time since the opening day of the 2001/02 season that Wanderers had hit five in the league, when they sealed a 5-0 win over Leicester City at Filbert Street.

Kevin Davies opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 19 minutes after former Bolton captain Kevin Nolan, who scored twice in that 5-0 win in August 2001, handled inside the area.

Lee Chung-Yong added a second six minutes before the break after turning and shooting from the edge of the box, moments after a Matt Taylor free-kick had cannoned back off the crossbar.

Johan Elmander made it three just five minutes after the break when he rounded Tim Krul in the Magpies goal, before Andy Carroll pulled one back at the other end just two minutes later.

On 72 minutes, Elmander got his second and Bolton's fourth when he outmuscled Fabricio Coloccini before slotting beyond Krul. The Newcastle defender was then shown his marching orders four minutes later for a blatent elbow on the Wanderers striker.

Then, Davies wrapped up the points in stoppage time with his second penalty of the game after being brought down inside the box by Jose Enrique.

The big talking point before the game was the return of Nolan. The Newcastle captain made 345 appearances during his time at the Reebok, scoring 50 goals before joining the Magpies for £4million in January 2009.

The 28-year-old had been widely tipped to score against his former club and came close inside the opening few minutes when he capitalised on a mistake from Paul Robinson before cutting inside and shooting over Jussi Jaaskelainen's crossbar.

Soon after, Jaaskelainen made a good stop to deny Shola Ameobi, but the Newcastle front man had already been flagged for offside.

Krul in the Newcastle goal hadn't had a shot to save inside the early exchanges, but Bolton were, literally, handed the lead on 18 minutes when Nolan controlled the ball with his arm inside his own box.

Davies stepped up to take the resulting penalty and sent Krul the wrong way, putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net, to break the deadlock.

The Wanderers skipper soon brought Krul into another save, before getting away from three defenders moments later, only for his final ball to be cut out by Danny Simpson.

Just after the half hour, Jose Enrique got beyond the Bolton defence and put a low cross into the box which both Nolan and Carroll failed to prod goalwards.

Then, on 39 minutes, the hosts doubled their advantage. After Taylor's free-kick crashed back off the bar, Simpson's clearance rebounded off Elmander and the ball fell kindly to Chung-Yong who struck his shot into the bottom corner.

The South Korea international was inches away from getting his second just before the break when he narrowly missed a cross from Davies, while Carroll also came close at the other end when he headed a Danny Guthrie cross wide of the target.

Wanderers came out strong after the interval and would have gone three up had Enrique not been alert to the danger when Taylor tried to pick out an unmarked Davies.

They didn't have to wait long for that goal though and it came on 50 minutes when Davies, who had received the ball from Chung-Yong, fed the ball to Elmander who raced beyond the Newcastle defence before rounding Krul and tapping into the empty net.

Newcastle were back in with a shout just two minutes later though as Stuart Holden's tackle on Ameobi saw the ball fall straight into the path of Carroll. England's newest international took the ball in his stride and beat Jaaskelainen with a low shot from just inside the box.

With the visitors pushing for a second, Bolton were beginning to hit them on the counter attack and Gary Cahill almost curled a shot into the top corner just after.

Then, just as they did in the first half, Nolan and Carroll found themselves in goalscoring territory, but the cross from Jonas Gutierrez's cross was just too far ahead of the duo.

Nolan was then booked for a silly shoulder charge on Elmander, before the Wanderers striker made it four on 72 minutes. Picking up on a long ball from Jaaskelainen, Elmander shrugged off Coloccini before cutting inside and poking beyond the advancing Krul.

Coloccini was sent off four minutes later for an elbow on Elmander and Newcastle's afternoon was made worse in stoppage time when Enrique was adjudged to have fouled Davies inside the area, although television replays show he won the ball.

The penalty was given though and Davies stepped up to claim his second goal of the afternoon and Bolton's fifth, completing the victory which moves them into the Champions League places ahead of next week's game with Blackpool.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 86), Muamba, Holden, Taylor (Petrov 78), Elmander (Klasnic 80), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, M Davies, Blake
Booked: Chung-Yong
Goals: K Davies 18(pen),90(pen), Chung-Yong 39, Elmander 50,72

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, Guthrie (Routledge 71), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Campbell 77), Carroll, Ameobi (Lovenkrands 72)
Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Perch, Taylor, Ranger
Booked: Nolan, Enrique
Sent Off: Coloccini
Goals: Carroll 52

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 22,203

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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