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Posted Sat 20 Nov 10 at 17:55 PM

Report: Bolton 5 Newcastle 1

Bolton maintained their run of impressive results by thumping ten-men Newcastle United 5-1 at the Reebok Stadium, moving into the top-four of the Barclays Premier League in the process.

It was to prove a miserable return to his former club for Kevin Nolan, who had helped set the ball rolling by conceding a first-half penalty, which Kevin Davies duly dispatched.

Chung-Yong Lee made it two five minutes prior to half-time before Johan Elmander's superb second-half display helped to ensure Wanderers made it back-to-back victories on home soil.

The Sweden international rounded Krul to make it 3-0 shortly after the restart before completing his brace late-on with another classy finish.

Sandwiched in between the striker's double had been Andy Carroll's consolation, while Fabricio Coloccini saw red for thrusting out an elbow at Elmander 14 minutes for time.

Victory was wrapped-up deep into stoppage time when Davies netted his second penalty of the game as Wanderers scored five goals in a Premier League game since the famous 5-0 victory over Leicester City on the opening day of the 2001/02 season.


Nolan, who had netted exactly 50 goals in time at Bolton, had an early opportunity to score against his former employers. Indeed, just two minutes had been played when the Newcastle captain robbed Paul Robinson of possession on the touchline but, after the carrying the ball towards goal, his left foot shot sailed way over the crossbar.

Wanderers began to settle into the game after the early fright and the opening exchanges proved to be an evenly matched affair. Jussi Jaaskelainen made a great save to deny Ameobi, even after the linesman had raised his flag, and Fabrice Muamba was just millimetres away from making a connection on Chung-Yong Lee's searching cross from the right-wing.

It was Bolton who took the lead with 15 minutes played as Kevin Davies bagged his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot. Nolan was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area - with replays backing up Howard Webb's decision - and the skipper once again led by example by sending Tim Krul the wrong way from 12 yards.

Owen Coyle's men weren't content to sit back after grabbing the initiative as Matt Taylor tested Krul from the edge of the box and Johan Elmander was denied at the very end of a marauding 60-yard dash when he lost his footing just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Gary Cahill, still seeking his first goal of the campaign, also nodded wide from a Stuart Holden corner, while Taylor's second effort on goal inside the first-half was a tame header that trickled the wrong side of the post.

Equally, the visitors were also looking threatening - a point well emphasised when Jose Enrique's cross somehow evaded Nolan and Ameobi inside the six-yard box. Andy Carroll also attempted to capitalise on a slip by Jaaskelainen, however his first-time lob comfortably cleared the crossbar.

Bolton doubled their five minutes before half-time through Chung-Yong, who seized on some hesitant defending by Newcastle. The diminutive South Korean winger found the back of the net with an instinctive first-time finish just moments after Taylor had been unlucky to see his 25-yard free-kick thunder back off the crossbar.

The Whites were well worthy of such an advantage, however on the stroke of half-time Carroll was inches away from halving the deficit. The 21-year-old attacker, fresh from making his England debut in midweek, couldn't quite make contact on former Wanderer Danny Guthrie's teasing delivery into the six-yard box, meaning Bolton went into the break with their commanding lead intact.

The scoreline was to get even better five minutes after the restart as Johan Elmander scored yet another goal to make it 3-0 to Bolton.

The Sweden international's seventh strike of the season - his first at the Reebok since March - might not have involved as much skill as his solo effort at Wolves, but equally it was another goal right out of the top-drawer. After a patient build-up, Kevin Davies managed to weave a delicate slide-rule pass to Elmander, who rounded Krul and slid the ball into the empty net.

However things were to get interesting just moments after Elmander's goal as Newcastle pulled one back through Carroll. Ameobi managed to thread a ball through Bolton's back-four and the big number nine made no mistake with a clinical side-foot finish.

At this point the pace was relentless. While Carroll's goal had given the visitors hope, it was still Wanderers who were on the front foot and bossing proceedings.

Cahill and Elmander both drilled wide from outside the area, Holden was unlucky to skew an effort from eight-yards and Chung-Yong almost caught Krul out at his near post with a delicately placed effort.

With 20 minutes remaining, Newcastle boss Chris Hughton made his first change of the game to try and thrust some extra attacking threat into his side. Guthrie was replaced by Wayne Routledge, but just seconds after the change, Elmander bagged his second of the game to wrap-up all three points.

After a long punt forward by Robinson, Elmander brushed aside Coloccini's feeble challenge before advancing on goal and coolly slotting under Krul to send the Reebok into raptures.

It was to get worse for Newcastle as Coloccini was sent-off for elbowing Elmander in the face on 76 minutes. Again replays proved that referee Webb had made a correct decision as the Argentinean had lunged out his right arm and decked the flying forward.

Elmander left the Reebok to a standing ovation with Ivan Klasnic taking his place shortly before full-time as both bosses made a flurry of changes. One of those substitutes was Rodrigo, who played a big part in Wanderers fifth goal of the game.

The on-loan winger carried the ball half the length of the pitch before playing a sublime through ball to Davies, who was sent crashing to the ground by full-back Enrique. The captain picked himself up off the turf to convert his second spot-kick of the game and round-off what had been a truly memorable afternoon for all those associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Muamba, Taylor (Petrov 79), Holden, Elmander (Klasnic 81), Knight, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Chung-Yong (Rodrigo 85) (Subs not used: Bogdan, Steinsson, Mark Davies, Blake)

Newcastle: Krul, Coloccini, Enrique, Nolan, Williamson, Guthrie (Routledge 70), Carroll, Simpson, Smith, Gutierrez (Campbell 77), Ameobi (Lovenkrands (Subs not used: Perch, Taylor, Ranger, Soderberg

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