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The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov.
A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov, Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles, save made by Tim Krul. Dedryck Boyata takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
James Perch on for Yohan Cabaye.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yohan Cabaye on Tuncay Sanli. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Gabriel Obertan goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Taylor from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Shola Ameobi misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles.
Tuncay Sanli delivers the ball, save made by Tim Krul.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Eagles makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Davies on for David Ngog. Ivan Klasnic leaves the field to be replaced by Tuncay Sanli.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Demba Ba. Ryan Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Obertan on Paul Robinson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen gets a block in.
Demba Ba gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Newcastle.Gabriel Obertan provided the assist for the goal.
Hatem Ben Arfa finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Newcastle.The assist for the goal came from Ryan Taylor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Chris Eagles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabrice Muamba.
Martin Petrov has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Simpson.
The ball is sent over by Mark Davies, Tim Krul manages to make a clearance.
Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Petrov by Danny Simpson. Leon Best goes off and Hatem Ben Arfa comes on. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Nigel Reo-Coker. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against David Ngog. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Obertan. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick. Gabriel Obertan takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
David Ngog produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Jonas Gutierrez. Martin Petrov delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Leon Best.
The ball is sent over by David Ngog.
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, save by Tim Krul.
Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Free kick crossed right-footed by Cheick Tiote, blocked by Dedryck Boyata.
Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line to the near post, Yohan Cabaye manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Martin Petrov, Yohan Cabaye makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Martin Petrov.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Taylor from the left by-line, Leon Best has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Taylor, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
Leon Best takes a shot. Blocked by Nigel Reo-Coker.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Dedryck Boyata results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Taylor, clearance by Paul Robinson.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Yohan Cabaye. Free kick taken by Mark Davies.
Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov.
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, Danny Simpson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheick Tiote on Nigel Reo-Coker. Booking for Cheick Tiote for unsporting behaviour. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Cheick Tiote by Ivan Klasnic results in a free kick. Ivan Klasnic is cautioned. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
Demba Ba is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by David Ngog. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Dedryck Boyata sends in a cross, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.
Foul by Mike Williamson on David Ngog, free kick awarded. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
Cheick Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Best is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Zat Knight.
Fabrice Muamba fouled by Cheick Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Nigel Reo-Coker.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Shot comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. David Ngog is caught offside.
Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, blocked by Mark Davies.
The ball is swung over by Dedryck Boyata.
Cheick Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Gary Cahill. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Leon Best.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Cheick Tiote. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Coyle coy on Davies role
Bolton manager Owen Coyle has denied Kevin Davies is excluded from his plans for Boxing Day's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle after the Wanderers captain missed out in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Blackburn.
The striker started the game on the bench but was not called upon during the match at Ewood Park, with Coyle instead choosing a strike partnership of Ivan Klasnic and David Ngog.
Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker's first-half goals were enough to seal the win which lifted Bolton off the foot of the table, with the Trotters now focussing on back-to-back home games during the festive period.
Newcastle the first to visit the Reebok Stadium on Boxing Day before Wolves arrive on New Year's Eve, but Coyle says nothing should be read into the fact Davies was left out of the starting line-up in midweek.
"What we did was make a number of changes, it wasn't just one change," Coyle said. "We do that from game to game because the bottom line is, when you're not winning matches, as we hoped we would be, you've got to change things where you can.
"For his part the skipper's been magnificent. He's an outstanding player, he's an outstanding man and he loves the football club and I think if truth be told he's been trying too hard.
"As captain he takes that responsibility on board and is a terrific ambassador for this football club and an outstanding player. He's got a big role to play at this football club.
"We made the decision the other night and whether we look to change it for Newcastle time will tell, but I certainly can't reveal too much and give Alan Pardew too much information."
Bolton displayed a much-improved performance during the first 45 minutes against Rovers and Coyle has called for his team to use the win as a platform to deliver more points at the Reebok.
The Trotters have only won once at home in the league so far this season, a 5-0 thrashing of Stoke on November 5, but Coyle had plenty to be cheerful about following the Blackburn match.
"From the first whistle, we were terrific," he said. "Equally so, our fans for their part have been magnificent from day one. That's testament to what we want to do but it's time for us as a group of players to show the fans and thank them for their loyalty and put a smile on their face in the Christmas and New Year period. What we have to do now is kick on and win our home games to come."
Marcos Alonso will miss out after surgery to replace a pin in his foot but David Wheater is back in contention after a four-match suspension.
Newcastle striker Demba Ba will not set himself any targets other than having fun on the pitch.
The 26-year-old Senegal international has been a revelation since his arrival on Tyneside, putting all talk of a suspect knee to one side with 13 goals for the Magpies to take his tally since he joined from West Ham in January to 20.
However, Ba, whose double in midweek could not deny West Brom victory, insists he arrived on Tyneside without any landmark in his mind.
He said: "I don't really expect to score 10 or 15 or five or 20 goals - when I first came I just wanted to play, to have fun on the pitch, to show the whole club that the trust they put in me I was going to give it back.
"That's what has happened. I just have fun when I play, and think people see it on a Saturday or a Sunday."
While few would have expected Newcastle to take much more than the one point they did from successive games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, they themselves would have banked on the same return from a trip to Norwich and home clashes with Swansea and West Brom.
Injuries and suspensions have bitten hard into the squad during that period but Ba, who will lead the line once again at Bolton on Boxing Day as the Magpies attempt to end their drought, insists spirits have not dropped as a result.
He said: "I don't think it has affected anybody in the team and personally, it hasn't affected me.
"When you look at the schedule, we have played three of the top teams and we could have got more from that.
"We just missed some of the little things that could have made a victory or something else.
"But it hasn't affected me and it hasn't affected the team, and we are just going to try to get back to winning."
Yohan Cabaye will return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban in midweek but Davide Santon (knee) is being assessed.
Ben ain't Arfa good player
Two goals in as many minutes from Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba earned Newcastle their first win in seven Barclays Premier League games as they beat struggling Bolton 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium.
The Magpies had taken only two points from their previous six games while Bolton's victory over Blackburn in midweek ended a run of five straight defeats, and in the first half it appeared very much a battle between two struggling sides.
But the deadlock was broken in the 69th minute when Ben Arfa netted his first goal in more than a year and the prolific Ba doubled the lead soon after.
Defensive woes have been the problem for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who was able to call on centre-back Mike Williamson for the first time since he suffered an ankle injury in August.
Yohan Cabaye was back after suspension, while for Bolton Marcos Alonso and Gretar Steinsson were unavailable so Paul Robinson and Dedryck Boyata came in.
If fans were hoping for a Boxing Day treat they certainly did not get it in the first half as both sides struggled to string passes together.
There were only two chances of note, one for either side, in almost identical circumstances.
Newcastle dominated the early stages and in the 14th minute Ryan Taylor drew a good save from Jussi Jaaskelainen diving low to his left with a free-kick after Fabrice Muamba had fouled Cabaye 25 yards out.
Bolton's confidence levels did not seem to have been improved by Tuesday's win but they gradually came into the match and were close to taking the lead six minutes before half-time.
Cabaye was harshly penalised for a nudge on Nigel Reo-Coker just outside the box and Martin Petrov's free-kick was heading for the bottom corner until Tim Krul thrust out a hand.
Leon Best had the final chance of the half when he was picked out by Ryan Taylor's corner but he could manage only a glancing header and guided the ball well wide.
Bolton's season was summed up by a sequence of play in the 55th minute. First Robinson found Ngog with a good ball down the left and Klasnic eventually picked up the striker's cross-shot only to trip himself up as he looked to get a shot away.
At the other end, Jaaskelainen blocked an effort from Gabriel Obertan before Newcastle made the first substitution of the afternoon, Ben Arfa coming on for Best.
Bolton were certainly looking more of a threat going forward and Petrov lashed an effort just wide of the far post.
But in the 69th minute they went behind as Newcastle at last put together a move of real quality, ending with Taylor crossing for Ben Arfa to crisply volley in only his second goal for the club and his first since September 2010, shortly before he suffered a broken leg against Manchester City.
And two minutes later the game was all but over as poor defending from Paul Robinson let in Obertan down the right and his cross was clipped in by Ba despite the best efforts of Gary Cahill.
It was Ba's 14th goal of the season, and he almost added another moments later but this time Jaaskelainen was quickly off his line to block, Taylor then fired a free-kick well over the bar.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle threw on strikers Tuncay Sanli and Kevin Davies but it was already a lost cause and even a consolation was beyond the Trotters.
Boos rang out at the final whistle, with the result meaning Bolton stay three points from safety and now only one point above bottom side Blackburn.
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