8mins Kevin Davies made a hash of
clearing Huntington's header on the left edge of the Bolton box, allowing Kieron
Dyer to nip in and rifle the ball home at the B.E.N End of the stadium,
in similar style to his effort at Arsenal
32mins Defender Peter
Ramage wasn't on the same wavelength as Pavel Srnicek and nodded past
his helpless 'keeper and into the unguarded United net - the defender helped
on his way by Kevin Nolan's unspotted two-handed shove in the back
Half time: Bolton 1 Newcastle 1
The home side took the lead in what for them is a classic style - long
throw, nod on, another touch on, ball bundled over the line - Anelka
Full time: Bolton 2 Newcastle 1
Glenn Roeder commented:
"It is stating the obvious,
but the two goals we conceded were, by our standards of late, shockers.
They were two woeful goals.
"Srnicek hardly had anything else
to do of any consequence, so after Kieron scored, to concede that goal in
the first half and not get in 1-0 up after for the first half-hour playing
so well, was a huge disappointment.
"No, I do not blame anybody. The
blame game is no good.
"Nolan pushed Ramage in the back,
but you cannot expect referees to see everything. Unfortunately, he has
gone and scored an own goal.
"But you have to live with these
"I didn't call for the ball because I was waiting for Rammy to do
In the end I thought I'd try to get it but it ended up going on. It was a
mistake between us and we have to move on from it and learn from it.
goal put them back in the game. When we came out for the second half, though, we
still thought we could get something.
didn't go to plan because we lost three points in a game I thought we could get
something out of. Bolton are a difficult side to play against but we were
disappointed with the first goal.
thought we'd recover but we didn't. It was a fantastic occasion for me but we
are all disappointed with the result.
to stay positive now because we created chances at Bolton and at times we
controlled the game. In the second half we couldn't quite get back to the way we
started. But we will look to improve at Everton, of course."
Sam Allardyce gave mediamen his best Johnny
Cochrane impression, saying:
"Diouf terrorised the opposition and got some very, very heavy
challenges indeed that were not protected enough for such a quality player.
"We got the free-kicks, but there
were far too many given against him. They tried physically to abuse him
today and they did not get away with it.
"He did not react and he helped
us win a very important game.
"We have had a tremendous run of
victories, but we had that little spell in the middle of it where we were
playing some excellent stuff and ended up losing 1-0 instead of getting
draws or victories.
"It was important today that the
players reacted the right way when we went 1-0 down. A few games, we have
done that and come storming back in the second half to take the victory.
"We are reaping the rewards of a
goalscorer at long last and he (Anelka) popped up in the right area
for a tap-in.
"We have not seen that type of
goal from him yet. We have seen a lot of quality runs and skill and
finishing. Today we saw a goalscorer's goal when he popped up at the far
post and tapped it in.
"He got us going even more again
in the second half to keep continuing pressing Newcastle and we could have
had maybe a goal or two more, but we did not quite find the right final
ball or the right shot.
"But it was a great victory
having gone 1-0 down and having to claw our way back in the first half on
what was a poor performance by us."
"That we can win a game
however we need to win it looks the most important thing to me.
"We did not begin well in
the first half, but in the second half, we turned it around by playing the
sort of game we know we can play and particularly getting the front three
into the game.
"At Manchester City, we
won the game in the first half an hour by exploiting the spaces they were
going to leave by playing at home and us playing with a 4-4-2.
"Changing the style and
the way we play, we are very adaptable and I think that is why we have
continued to get the sort of victories we are at the moment.
"We are keeping it tight
at the back and Nicolas Anelka, El-Hadji Diouf or Kevin Davies are popping
up with the goals."
Toon old boy Gary Speed commented:
"I have just seen the
television replays (of the first goal) and I have to say it looks
like a foul.
"This is a difficult
place to come to and Newcastle will be disappointed that after taking such
an early lead from Kieron Dyer, they got nothing from the game.
"That is why it was such
a good result for us. We have not been playing that well, but we have
winning, and that is good.
"We went through a spell
when we were playing better and losing, so we would rather have it this
way. We know how to get results and that was clearly shown against
"We beat good teams here
and I thought the Newcastle players at the back did very well coping with
what we have up front here.
"I did not know the
right-back (Edgar) or the left-back (Huntington). At 37, I
am twice as old as some of them - and I felt it."
Trotters - Premiership years
2006/07: Lost 1-2 Dyer
2005/06: Lost 0-2 No scorer
2004/05: Lost 1-2 Ambrose
2003/04: Lost 0-1
2002/03: Lost 3-4 Shearer 2, Ameobi
2001/02: Won 4-0 Solano, Robert, Shearer, Bellamy
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1995/96: Won 3-1 Ferdinand 2, Lee*
(All at Reebok except *at Burnden Park)
We wore our blue and maroon change kit for the first time in a
competitive game and David Edgar became the 127th player
to represent us in the Premiership.
The son of our former 'keeper Eddie
Edgar, David was born in Canada and has appeared at international
level for his country - adding another name to our League of Nations
Canadian-born defender David Edgar followed in his father's
footsteps on Boxing Day as he made his first team debut for the club.
It's over 30 years since Eddie Edgar made his only senior
appearance for the Magpies, keeping goal at the Baseball Ground as we
lost 4-2 in the FA Cup to Derby County.
However there was an earlier father/son combo, both of whom also only
featured once at first team level for us.
A 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa in 1929 was notable for the first and
last appearance of one Joseph Wilson - a defender.
Fast forward on 29 years and it was the turn of his son Carl Wilson
to appear for us as a centre forward in a 0-3 reverse at Blackpool.
There have been various other father/son combos on our books, but
Edgar and Wilson remain the only examples we can find where both
players were involved at competitive first team level.
Examples of other pairings where the father played first team but the
son(s) only got as far as junior, reserve or wartime appearances
include: Tom Niblo (and Alan), Stan Seymour (and Colin) Tommy
Cahill (and Tommy junior), Hughie Gallacher (both Hughie
junior and Matty), Terry McDermott (and Neale) and Kenny
Wharton (Paul and Mark).
All four of our defenders today made their Newcastle debut at full
back - a position none of them had previously played at.....
Pavel Srnicek started his first Newcastle game since we faced
Blackburn at home in October 1997. That game finished 1-1, the last
player to score past him in our colours before Ramage being Chris
No Toon players on duty that day remain with us, but a young Damien
Duff did appear off the bench for Rovers.
One-time Toon transfer target Nicolas Anelka had netted all of
his previous goals against Newcastle past Given (five for Arsenal
including one in the FA Cup Final), but hadn't troubled us when
appearing in the colours of Liverpool, Man City and until today,
Boxing Day away disappointments:
2006/07 Bolton (a) lost 1-2
2005/06 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Blackburn (a) drew 2-2
2003/04 Leicester (a) drew 1-1
2002/03 Bolton (a) lost 3-4
1997/98 Derby (a) lost 0-1
1996/97 Blackburn (a) lost 0-1
1995/96 Man U (a) lost 0-2 (played on 27th)
1994/95 Leeds (a) drew 0-0
1993/94 Chelsea (a) lost 0-1 (played on 28th)
1989/90 Stoke (a) lost 1-2
1988/89 Sheff Weds (a) won 2-1
Kieron Dyer's third Premiership goal of the season was only
his 21st in the league for Newcastle in 174 appearances
- and he's in the form of his Toon life:
1999/00: 3 goals in 30 appearances
2000/01: 5 goals in 26 appearances
2001/02: 3 goals in 18 appearances
2002/03: 2 goals in 35 appearances
2003/04: 1 goal in 25 appearances
2004/05: 4 goals in 23 appearances
2005/06: 0 goals in 11 appearances
2006/07: 3 goals in 6 appearances
The last time that Dyer scored in two consecutive Premiership games
was back in April 2002 - Fulham (h) and Derby (a).
For half an hour at the Reebok we dominated
this game, deservedly grabbing a goal and threatening to extend that lead
further as the home side struggled to compete.
Unfortunately we only had Kieron Dyer's eighth minute opener to show for our
bright start and handed the Trotters what proved to be a vital lifeline just
after the half hour mark when Ramage headed past Srnicek.
The illegal action of worky ticket Nolan in shoving Ramage at a crucial juncture
wasn't immediately apparent from behind the goal, but showed up on the TV
replays. In one sense this can be seen as instant payback for the good fortune
of Saturday, when TV replays showed our second and third goals to be
However after Pav called for a ball barely a minute before and halted Taylor in
his tracks to clear, Ramage may have expected a similar shout - and was
waiting for his 'keeper to collect before the Bolton player made his crucial
Pav's post-match comments merely underlined that this was a moment
of uncertainty between two players who had barely played together before.
(Nolan was later to be seen performing his own Haka in an attempt to unnerve Pav
before a free kick, thus confirming what those who read his BBC online column
had already realised - that he's a complete arse).
It was a cruel blow for a patched-up team missing Shay Given and Nobby Solano,
forcing Glenn Roeder to hand reserve defender David Edgar a senior debut at
right back, as well as continuing with Paul Huntington on the opposite flank.
That made it four central defenders playing together in defence - all of them
products of our Academy system - guarding a goal occupied by a man old enough to
be their dad.
However, while Srnicek didn't inspire confidence with a series of punches and
attempted palms rather than catches, the thrown-together back four were never in
danger of being swamped and held their collective nerve, despite some anxious
Having run out of players before the fixture and luck by the 32nd minute, we
showed that our reservoirs of energy and inspiration were also low, as we
couldn't raise our game or mount a serious attempt to regain the lead before the
It was a similar story in the second half with Dyer giving way to Emre ten
minutes in (a pre -planned substitution allegedly, aimed at trying to keep
something in the tank for both players).
Straight after that replacement though, the home side took the lead and we were
moving inextricably moving towards our fifth successive reverse on this
supermarket car park sorry, state-of-the-art sports stadium.
Thereafter we seldom looked like getting anything from this game, Sibierski
notably off the boil and only a Scott Parker shot giving Jaaskelainen anything
to do - the 'keeper grateful to see an Emre raker going just over his crossbar.
Taylor found himself pressed into service as an auxiliary attacker in the final
moments, but we just couldn't get the ball into the final third of the field as
Bolton completed the double over us.
The team left the field though to a decent round of applause from a travelling
army of away fans - a number of whom had donned fancy dress for the occasion and
a great many who had enjoyed substantial pre-game refreshments....
We began the second half of our season by remaining in 11th spot after this
However, victory for Fulham at the Valley on Wednesday would see them climb
above us (a draw would keep us ahead on goal difference).
This remains a difficult place to come to and a tricky side to play against and
the odds were stacked against us before kick-off - not least because of our
ongoing saga of Boxing Day away disappointments (see stats section above).
And after our bright opening, we were unable to maintain our fluid passing style
as the midfield increasingly became a battling ground.
Nicky Butt in particular wasn't holding back and lived slightly dangerously in
the second half when spoken to on a couple of occasions after already being
Basically this is a typical bloody Allardyce team - verging on the unwatchable.
Anyone who ever called for this egotistical gimp to be installed at St.James'
Park should be utterly ashamed.
The danger now is that we crumble in the two games that we face over the next
six days through tiredness and inexperience.
Some fresh faces would undoubtedly give us a boost, but with Given a big doubt
for both our visit to Goodison and the home game with Man United, it remains to
be seen whether Tim Krul is considered as a starter after getting in some
further training sessions.
Middlesbrough's Boxing Day clean sheet at Goodison though proves that the Moyes
Boys aren't firing on all cylinders - although Jonathan Woodgate's display was a
major factor in the visitors getting a point.
Regardless of the efforts of our strikers and midfielders though, the defence
has to keep its nerve on Merseyside as we look for a first win in five trips to
the blue side of Stanley Park.
Whatever the Toffees throw at us, the next visitors to SJP promise to provide a