Newcastle United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 26, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Daniel Sturridge scored his fourth goal in as many games as Bolton came from behind to draw 1-1 with ten-man Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Former Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan gave the Magpies the lead with a 13th minute header, before Sturridge, on loan from Chelsea, equalised shortly before the break with a low strike from outside the area.

Ryan Taylor was sent off shortly after the break for a two-footed challenge on Johan Elmander, but neither side managed to find a way through as they were made to settle for a point a piece.

Bolton started well and won a corner in the first minute from which Gary Cahill headed straight at Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, who gathered at the second attempt.

Moments later, the ball was at the other end of the field and Leon Best curled an effort narrowly wide of the target after cutting inside Marcos Alonso on the right flank.

In an end-to-end start in the North East, the Trotters came close to opening the scoring in the eighth minute when Martin Petrov set up Stuart Holden, whose goalbound shot was superbly blocked by Mike Williamson.

That block proved vital as the hosts took the lead on 13 minutes through a familiar figure to Wanderers supporters.

After a corner was overhit, Cheik Tiote picked up the loose ball before crossing for Nolan to head past Jussi Jaaskelainen from close range, making it 11 goals for the season for the former Bolton skipper.

Newcastle could have extended their lead on 27 minutes, but superb defending from Cahill and David Wheater managed to deny Best, who had capitalised on a mistake from Jaaskelainen.

Elmander tried his luck for Wanderers on the half-hour, narrowly missing the target, before the visitors did pull themselves level with eight minutes of the first period remaining.

Elmander picked up possession after a mistake from Tiote and fed the ball to Sturridge, who turned and placed a low effort into the bottom corner of Harper's goal for his fourth goal in as many games.

Tiote attempted to make up for his mistake before the break, sending a 35-yard shot towards goal. It took a touch off Peter Lovenkrands and narrowly missed the target, much to the relief of Jaaskelainen.

The Toon made a bright start to the second half and Jose Enrique was the first to shoot at goal, forcing Jaaskelainen into a smart save with a powerful shot from distance.

Marcos Alonso shot over the crossbar at the other end and Cahill saw a deflected strike stopped by Harper, just moments before the momentum of the game took a dramatic turn.

A 50-50 ball in the middle of the field was there to be won and when Taylor lunged in two-footed on Elmander, referee Chris Foy was left with no alternative but to show the former Wigan Athletic man a stright red card.

Despite their numerical advantage, Bolton failed to capitalise and the game continued to flow from end-to-end, providing an entertaining afternoon's entertainment for both sets of supporters.

Nile Ranger, on as a substitute for Lovenkrands, headed wide with 20 minutes to go after outjumping Jaaskelainen, before Nolan was forced to clear from under his own crossbar just five minutes later after a good run from Petrov.

After seeing one of their own sent off earlier in the half, Newcastle supporters were disappointed to see Alonso booked for a challenge on Tiote with five minutes to go as the game began to peter out into a stalemate.

The travelling fans then had a heart in mouth moment in the final minute of normal time as Paul Robinson chested a routine cross back towards Jaaskelainen. His touch was heavy, though, and Jaaskelainen had to be alert to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Then, in the final action of the game, Ranger headed past Jaaskelainen, appearing to win the game for the hosts. The goal, however, was ruled out, correctly, for offside and both sides had to settle for a point from an entertaining game.

Next up for Bolton is the visit of Aston Villa to the Reebok Stadium next Saturday, where Sturridge will attempt to become the first ever Trotters player to score in five consecutive Premier League games.

The point at St James' Park means Wanderers leapfrog Sunderland into seventh in the table, with Newcastle staying in ninth.

Newcastle United Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique, R Taylor, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez (S Taylor 66), Best (Kuqi 90), Lovenkrands (Ranger 67)
Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Perch, Ferguson
Sent Off: Taylor
Goals: Nolan 13

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Wheater, Cahill, Robinson, Muamba (M Davies 79), Holden, Petrov (Taylor 85), K Davies, Sturridge, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Klasnic, Rodrigo, Chung-Yong
Booked: Wheater, Alonso
Goals: Sturridge 38

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: 48,062

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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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