Bolton routs Newcastle 5-1 in Premier League
Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies scored two goals each Saturday to help give Bolton a 5-1 win over Newcastle to provisionally climb to fourth place in the Premier League.
Davies scored the first and last goals from the penalty spot and Elmander added two second-half goals after Chung-yong Lee had also netted for Bolton before the break.
Adam Carroll pulled one back for in the 52nd for Newcastle, which finished with 10 men after Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in the 76th.
The win gives Bolton 22 points and puts it ahead of Manchester City on goal difference. However, City can reclaim fourth place when it plays Fulham on Sunday.
Kevin Nolan's return to Bolton turned out badly, as he handled an attempted cross by Lee in the box and Davies converted the penalty to Tim Krul's left to give Bolton the lead.
The visitors had a rare chance in the 31st minute when Jose Enrique got around the back of the Bolton defense and sent 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.
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 Jussi Jaaskelainen's left to give his side a glimmer of hope.
But Elmander snuffed it out in the 72nd when he was first to a long ball upfield from Jaaskelainen, shrugging off Coloccini before sliding the ball under the advancing Krul.
It wrapped up a fantastic week for Elmander, who also scored last weekend and then saw his wife give birth to a baby girl on Thursday.
''I knew Johan would be chomping at the bit to play today and his performance was outstanding,'' Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.
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 was shown a red card.
Davies rounded off the rout with a second spot kick in injury time after he was fouled by Enrique in the box.