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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Magpies crush Bolton
Turning point: Jaaskelainen throws his goalkeeper's jersey to Hansen
He's off: Jaaskelainen throws his shirt to Hansen
Bolton 0-4 Newcastle

Newcastle secured an emphatic victory at the Reebok stadium as 10-man Bolton suffered a second half goalkeeping crisis.

The Magpies owed much of their superiority to a crucial moment that struck with half an hour of the game remaining.

With Bolton still in the game at 1-0 down, their goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was sent off for handling outside the area.


The sending-off had a dramatic effect on the the game
Newcastle boss Bobby Robson

To make matters worse, Wanderers had no susbstitute keeper on the bench, following a midweek injury to number two Steve Banks - so midfielder Bo Hansen had to take the gloves.

And just to compound Bolton's agony, Laurent Robert scored direct from the resulting free-kick.

That incident put the visitors 2-0 ahead and they made light work of the rest of the game, with goals from Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy completing a comfortable win.

Reebok row

Newcastle took the lead through a controversial goal from Nolberto Solano, as the Peruvian got the finishing touch to a Shearer header across goal following Laurent Robert's cross.

The Bolton players were angry that an offside flag had not been raised and several home players made their feelings clear to the referee as they went off at the interval.


The officials have got it very, very wrong
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce on Newcastle's opener

But the visitors should have taken the lead prior to Solano's opener.

Bellamy's pace twice saw him break clean through onto the Bolton goal in the first half but the striker was denied by keeper Jaaskelainen's impressive saves.

In between Bellamy's chances, Bolton's Dean Holdsworth and Hansen could not capitalise when goalscoring openings came their way.

Newcastle were proving as wasteful in front of goal and Nikos Dabizas was the next to squander a chance.

The ball fell to Dabizas after a Robert free-kick cannoned off the Bolton wall but the Greek defender shot wide.

Bo Hansen in an unaccustomed role
New job: Hansen tries his hand at keeping
Newcastle's Solano then scored after 41 minutes to the fury of Bolton's players.

The home side have not won a league game in their last six outings and their cause was not helped when Ricardo Gardner spurned a glorious chance after 56 minutes.

But Bolton's attempts to force their way back into the game were ended on 61 minutes.

When Jaaskelainen handled a Robert pass to Shearer just outside the area, he was instantly red carded.

Hansen's first task as deputy keeper was to pick the ball out of the net after he was soundly beaten by Robert's sweetly struck free-kick.

Shearer added the third goal 10 minutes later with a trademark header from Robert's cross.

And the Newcastle captain then set up strike partner Bellamy for the fourth to complete Bolton's capitulation.


Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Whitlow, Johnson, Bergsson, Charlton, Barness, Warhurst, Southall, Gardner, Holdsworth, Hansen. Subs: N'Gotty, Nolan, Ricketts, Wallace, Diawara.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Dabizas, O'Brien, Elliott, Solano, Speed, Lee, Robert, Bellamy, Shearer. Subs: Acuna, Harper, Ameobi, Distin, Bernard.

Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

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"The responsibility of having to take the initiative at home is proving a bit of a burden"
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"Confidence is quite high in our camp"
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