Both Newcastle and Bolton played very aggressive strategies in the first half, and it paid them with a goal apiece. The second half looked to be much of the same until Ryan Taylor's reckless challenge on Johan Elmander had him sent off. At that point the attack from the Magpies became much more intermittent, and they began to succumb to the urge to protect the one point they had on the table. Despite the second half play style changes it was an entertaining game for both sides' fans, though Wanderer faithful might feel they've missed an opportunity for points.
The Newcastle side looked very good until they went a man down. It seemed that they should have take a 2-1 lead into the second half, but two very good chances were spoiled in last moment style. The draw leaves the Magpies at 9th in the table, but gives Stoke City the chance to take the spot with a win over West Bromwich Albion (which is almost assured).
Newcastle could have had more today, but you can't be too hard on them for holding on very well with only ten men on the pitch. Though, toward the end the lads looked very close to getting the winner, and did indeed score when Nile Ranger was through alone but called offside. All in all I have to say this game wasn't so much a missed opportunity as a successful salvage mission.
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