If last Sunday the Lads were entering the field watching Old Trafford's bandwagon fans displaying the text of “More Goals Please” to turn us down and trying to remind Toon players of our last meeting with their side, it didn't work out the way they wanted.
But today, more than 50,000 genuine Toon fans will cheer them up and give massive roars when they coming out from St. James's Park tunnel, with only one mission to complete which is to beat the Trotters and get the first three points of the season.
Keegan will be hopefully to have the Magpies skipper ready to make his debut of the year after being cleared to play, but it's look like Michael Owen will be drop in the bench. Steven Taylor who has a slight ankle problem from the OT game, also fit again to pair with Argentine Coloccini in our central defense, while Mark Viduka is still need at least two weeks away from achilles injury to make his first-team return.
Last season match against them at St. James' saw Keegan's first game in charge resulting only goalles draw, but the situation will completely different this season. The Lads are in the good mood to continue performing well.
And for our new boys, Coloccini, Gutierrez and Danny this is their first appearance for Toon in our homeland in a real competitive match, especially for Coloccini. Having saw the impressive 12,000 Toon Army coming to see them in training, they will feel the great-great atmosphere of a full house St. James's Park this afternoon.
Our Premierships records against the Trotters are quite impressive, with 6 wins, 2 draws and only one defeat in 2006-2007 season. The most notable win over them is in the 1997-1998 match when Ketsbaia scores the winning goal and make a massive celebration that every real Toon fans will always remember, great player!
Newcastle United vs Bolton Wanderers – Premiership Years
2006/07: 1-2 (Ameobi)
2005/06: 3-1 (Solano, Shearer, Ameobi)
2004/05: 2-1 (Bowyer, Dyer)
2002/03: 1-0 (Jenas)
2001/02: 3-2 (Shearer 2, Bellamy)
1997/98: 2-1 (Barnes, Ketsbaia)
1995/96: 2-1 (Kitson, Beardsley)