Hatem Ben Arfa's second-half wonder goal lit up a dreary contest with Bolton and set Champions League chasers Newcastle on the way to a fifth successive victory.

Ben Arfa turned brilliantly inside his own half and ran 70 yards before coolly beating keeper Adam Bogdan.

Papiss Cisse made it 2-0 when he tapped home substitute Shola Ameobi's cross.

Newcastle are now level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham while Bolton stay one point above the drop zone.

The game will rightly be remembered for Ben Arfa's stunning 73rd-minute solo effort but it was not in keeping with the rest of a turgid affair which saw the hosts struggle to find their rhythm.

Pardew hails 'special' Ben Arfa goal

Magpies manager Alan Pardew has regularly played down his side's chances of European qualification this season, but that stance has changed slightly in recent weeks.

Four consecutive wins had taken them to the verge of a Champions League spot, and with Tottenham stuttering and Chelsea facing an FA Cup semi-final and two demanding games against Barcelona, the expectation levels have suddenly risen.

But a tired first-half display suggested Pardew's men found the pressure of chasing a top-four spot too much.

Newcastle, who switched to a 4-4-2 formation with James Perch moving into midfield to replace the injured Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini returning at centre-back, looked solid but lacked urgency and any potency in attack.

January signing Cisse, who had scored nine goals in eight games before kick-off, barely had a sniff of the ball and Bogdan cannot have had an easier 45 minutes of football.

Bolton's win or bust

Bolton have only drawn two Premier League games this season and none on the road

The Hungary international keeper's only minor scare in an otherwise chanceless first period came when his punched clearance from Ben Arfa's inswinging free-kick saw the ball bounce back off Sam Ricketts and out for a corner.

Bolton, who turned in an abject display in Saturday's 3-0 home humbling at the hands of Fulham , were resolute, organised and grew in confidence the longer the game remained scoreless.

They barely threatened before the break but Mark Davies twice went close in the second half, forcing Tim Krul into a fine low stop and then failing to connect with a Kevin Davies cross when well placed.

But Ben Arfa's superb run and cool sidefoot finish broke their resistance and the prolific Cisse grabbed his 10th goal in nine games from close range from substitute Ameobi's inviting cross.

Our fate is in our hands - Coyle

The visitors felt the Senegal striker was offside but to no avail and Newcastle were able to close out the victory.

Bolton's only minor reward for a gutsy performance is the fact that they stay out of the relegation zone as none of the sides above them were in action.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle:

"We accept Ben Arfa's finish was quality. But for our part, there was a lot to be pleased about.

"The disappointment is we are left with no points,

"But what I do know is if we offer that level of performance for the total duration of a match, then we will pick up enough points to stay in the Premier League, and that's what we have to do."

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 2-0 Bolton FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Ben Arfa 73
  • Cisse 83

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 52,264
    NEWCASTLE
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Newcastle 56%
    • Bolton 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Newcastle 4
    • Bolton 6

    Attempts off target

    • Newcastle 4
    • Bolton 3

    Corners

    • Newcastle 6
    • Bolton 5

    Fouls

    • Newcastle 7
    • Bolton 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:08 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:03 The ball is delivered by Ryo Miyaichi, clearance by Davide Santon.
    • 90:00+0:56 David Ngog challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:44 Centre by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 85:48 The referee blows for offside. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.
    • 85:45 The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor.
    • 85:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse by Samuel Ricketts. Free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
    • 84:26 Substitution Hatem Ben Arfa leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Taylor.
    • 83:51 Corner taken by Ryo Miyaichi from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 83:41 The ball is crossed by Ryo Miyaichi, Davide Santon gets a block in.
    • Correction - 82:24 The assist for the goal came from Shola Ameobi.
    • 82:24 Assist on the goal came from Shola Ameobi.
    • 82:24 GOAL - Papiss CisseNewcastle 2 - 0 Bolton Papiss Cisse finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Bolton.
    • 81:06 Substitution Ivan Klasnic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Pratley.
    • 80:53 Martin Petrov has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 80:26 Papiss Cisse crosses the ball, Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:45 Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 77:45 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ryo Miyaichi coming on for Chris Eagles.
    • 77:45 Substitution David Ngog on for Kevin Davies.
    • 77:45 The referee blows for offside.
    • 76:37 Davide Santon concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Eagles. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 76:01 Shane Ferguson delivers the ball, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 74:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Mike Williamson. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 72:51 Yohan Cabaye provided the assist for the goal.
    • 72:51 GOAL - Hatem Ben ArfaNewcastle 1 - 0 Bolton Hatem Ben Arfa scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Bolton.
    • 70:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse by David Wheater. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
    • 65:57 Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 65:57 Booking Nigel Reo-Coker is shown a yellow card.
    • 65:49 Unfair challenge on Yohan Cabaye by Nigel Reo-Coker results in a free kick.
    • 65:26 The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson, Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.
    • 64:01 The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies, Shot by Mark Davies. Tim Krul makes a save.
    • 62:56 Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 62:56 Substitution Demba Ba goes off and Shola Ameobi comes on.
    • 62:56 The referee blows for offside against Demba Ba.
    • 62:43 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Davies. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:41 Chris Eagles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 61:41 Booking The referee books Jonas Gutierrez for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:18 Unfair challenge on Martin Petrov by Jonas Gutierrez results in a free kick.
    • 60:01 Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Pratley on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 59:52 The assistant referee signals for offside against Papiss Cisse. Free kick taken by David Wheater.
    • 59:34 Chris Eagles delivers the ball.
    • 56:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Eagles on Davide Santon. Yohan Cabaye crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by David Wheater.
    • 56:20 The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Ferguson. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
    • 55:05 Yohan Cabaye delivers the ball, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:21 Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.
    • 53:27 Corner taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.
    • 52:50 The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov.
    • 52:25 A cross is delivered by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Yohan Cabaye.
    • 51:20 Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.
    • 50:43 Corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line to the near post, Darren Pratley manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:36 The ball is swung over by Shane Ferguson, Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
    • 47:42 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
    • 47:12 Mark Davies takes a shot from 18 yards. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 46:53 Martin Petrov sends in a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
    • 46:31 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Shane Ferguson.
    • 45:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Mike Williamson. Chris Eagles crosses the ball in from the free kick, blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Shane Ferguson replaces James Perch.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:51 Hatem Ben Arfa takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
    • 44:32 Chris Eagles sends in a cross, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
    • 43:48 The ball is swung over by Hatem Ben Arfa.
    • 42:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hatem Ben Arfa on Samuel Ricketts. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
    • 41:22 Kevin Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 40:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Papiss Cisse. Tim Ream takes the free kick.
    • 40:15 James Perch fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 39:47 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
    • 38:55 The ball is sent over by Papiss Cisse, clearance made by Mark Davies.
    • 37:46 Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, save by Adam Bogdan.
    • 36:53 Papiss Cisse fouled by Samuel Ricketts, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Hatem Ben Arfa, save made by Adam Bogdan.
    • 34:04 Danny Simpson sends in a cross.
    • 33:48 Foul by Tim Ream on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. James Perch restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:28 Chris Eagles sends in a cross, save made by Tim Krul.
    • 33:22 A cross is delivered by Chris Eagles, blocked by Davide Santon.
    • 32:47 Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
    • 32:06 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct free kick taken by Yohan Cabaye.
    • 30:45 Shot by Martin Petrov. Save by Tim Krul.
    • 29:35 Shot from 25 yards from Hatem Ben Arfa. Blocked by David Wheater.
    • 28:05 Shot by James Perch from 25 yards. Blocked by David Wheater.
    • 27:42 Davide Santon produces a cross, David Wheater makes a clearance.
    • 25:32 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by David Wheater misses to the left of the target.
    • 25:26 The ball is delivered by Chris Eagles, Davide Santon gets a block in.
    • 24:41 The assistant referee signals for offside against Demba Ba. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:19 Foul by Darren Pratley on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 21:31 Papiss Cisse sends in a cross, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:57 The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov, save by Tim Krul.
    • 19:16 Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Davide Santon. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:49 Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov.
    • 18:37 Effort on goal by Samuel Ricketts from 18 yards. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 18:20 Chris Eagles produces a cross, Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.
    • 17:53 Martin Petrov crosses the ball, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 17:35 A cross is delivered by Darren Pratley, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 16:37 Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, save by Adam Bogdan.
    • 16:29 A cross is delivered by Davide Santon, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
    • 14:46 Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 13:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on James Perch. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 12:12 Demba Ba fouled by Nigel Reo-Coker, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Yohan Cabaye.
    • 11:13 Davide Santon sends in a cross.
    • 10:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Hatem Ben Arfa. Direct free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
    • 9:44 Davide Santon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles. Chris Eagles takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:00 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Fabricio Coloccini results in a free kick. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
    • 5:27 Yohan Cabaye fouled by Darren Pratley, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
    • 5:04 Shot by Chris Eagles. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 3:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Mike Williamson. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
    • 3:20 James Perch challenges Darren Pratley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:42 Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance made by Tim Ream.
    • 1:07 Chris Eagles delivers the ball, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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