Gardner's first touch buries Newcastle
Ricardo Gardner scored with his first touch of the game to help Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson celebrate his new contract with a 1-0 win over visitors Newcastle United at the Reebok Stadium. Megson brought on Gardner at half-time and the Jamaica midfielder had an instant impact, scoring in the 47th minute from close range.
Gardner's third goal of the season moved Bolton up to tenth in the table while Newcastle remain 15th, two points above the relegation zone. The Magpies mustered 19 shots to the hosts' ten, but could not find a way past Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Trotters had previously gone 14 league games without keeping a clean sheet, by far the worst record in the top flight.
Bolton announced earlier that Megson had agreed a new rolling contract. The Lancashire side said the deal had already taken effect, agreement having been reached late last month. Megson arrived in October 2007 and led the side to safety after they had been mired in a relegation battle.
Meanwhile Chris Hughton is still in temporary charge at Newcastle, as manager Joe Kinnear recovers from a heart operation.