Nolan’s Toon crushed by Trotters

Nolan gave away an early penalty and could do nothing to prevent
his old club soaring to the dizzy heights of fourth in the table.
Kevin Davies hit a brace from the spot and in-form Johan Elmander
also scored two as Owen Coyle’s men brushed aside the beleaguered
Magpies, who finished with 10 men after the late sending-off of
Fabricio Coloccini. Nolan’s first appearance at the Reebok Stadium
since his £4million move to Newcastle in January last year had
started with a rousing reception from the home fans but quickly
turned sour as Chris Hughton’s men slid to a dismal defeat. Nolan
could have given his side a stunning advantage after less than a
minute, when he seized on a mistake by Paul Robinson and cut into
the box from the right where he blazed a fine chance high and wide.
Nolan and Newcastle came to rue that miss as the home side began to
get a grip on the game had their first chance in the 15th minute
when Chung-yong Lee crossed from the right and almost found Fabrice
Muamba in front of goal. Nolan’s return got worse three minutes
later when he handled an attempted cross by Lee in the box and
referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot, Davies striking low to Tim
Krul’s left to give Bolton the lead. With Bolton now well on top,
Davies tried a left-foot snap-shot which Krul held at the second
attempt, then he almost shrugged off the attention of three
defenders to create a 27th minute chance before Danny Simpson
intervened. The visitors fashioned a rare chance in the 31st minute
when Jose Enrique got round the back of the Bolton defence and
dribbled a deep cross which was missed in the box by Carroll,
making a sluggish return from midweek England duty. Mike
Williamson’s foul on Elmander led to Bolton’s second in the 38th
minute. Matt Taylor slammed his free-kick against the bar and as
Newcastle blundered their attempts to clear, the ball sprang loose
to Lee who fired low past Krul. Lee came close to a second when he
just failed to connect with a Davies cross, but Newcastle could
have reduced the deficit in the last minute of the half when
Carroll just missed a Danny Guthrie cross. Bolton could have gone
further ahead within two minutes of the re-start when Taylor was
given an alarming amount of space on the left but his cross towards
the unmarked Davies was cut out by Enrique. And the home side did
make it three in the 50th minute when Lee fed Davies, whose superb
short pass sent Elmander clear to coolly dribble round Krul and
convert home his seventh goal of the season. Newcastle reduced the
deficit out of nowhere just a minute later when Ameobi’s attempted
pass struck Stuart Holden’s legs and deflected clear to Carroll,
who fired low to Jaaskelainen’s left to give his side a glimmer of
hope. As the game continued to open up, Gary Cahill rammed a
left-foot shot just wide from long-range and the Magpies fired
another warning with Jonas Gutierrez’s left-wing cross just missing
Nolan and the diving Carroll in the box. Nolan was booked for
barging Elmander as the pair chased a loose ball on the edge of the
box before Taylor slammed the resulting free-kick into the wall as
Coyle’s men pushed for a match-winning fourth. It duly arrived in
the 72nd minutes when Elmander was first to a long ball up-field
from Jaaskelainen, shrugging off Coloccini before sliding the ball
under the advancing Krul. Things got worse for Newcastle in the
75th minute when Coloccini appeared to elbow Elmander as they
battled for possession down the right flank, and the full-back was
red-carded by referee Webb. Williamson slammed a shot over the bar
on 85 minutes and Ivan Klasnic came close for Bolton before Davies
rounded off the rout with a second spot-kick in injury time after
he was fouled by Enrique in the box.