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There are some games which are decided by a single, sumptuous moment of skill that makes you feel privileged to have witnessed it and this is one of them.

Forget the dreariness of the first half or Papiss Demba Cisse’s tenth goal in nine Newcastle appearances, this game will always belong to Hatem Ben sidefooted.

Newcastle appeared to have run out of ideas against Bolton, their Champions League chase dashed on the rocks of a well organised defence and a packed midfield until Ben sidefooted produced one of the best individual goals you will see this season or any other come to think of it.

With the ball played in to his feet inside his own half, Ben sidefooted flicked it with the outside of his boot and spun round in a flash leaving Mark Davies on the floor.

In a split second, the France international was sprinting through the heart of Bolton’s previously immovable midfield and down on a back peddling defence.

Using Cissé as his decoy, Ben zipped past Sam Rickett and delicately sidefooted the ball past Davies in front of an ecstatically shocked Gallowgate End.

It was a breath taking contribution to an otherwise drab encounter, Newcastle making sure of a fifth successive victory – the first time they have managed such a run since 2006 – when substitute Shola Ameobi turned away from Tim Ream and crossed for Cissé to score with a sidefooted volley with seven minutes remaining.

Newcastle are now level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and have as good a chance as any of securing that final Champions League spot.

Not that they played well for most of this victory. It is never a particularly encouraging sign when one of your centre-backs looks the most likely source of a goal and it was Newcastle’s captain Fabricio Coloccini who gave the home side their two best moments in the first half.

Striding out from defence, Coloccini produced a perfect pass to find the run of Demba Ba, but not for the first time, the striker – who has not scored since the start of February – failed to control it on the edge of the area.

A curling shot from Coloccini was also saved by Bogdan, although the young Hungarian’s main job was to pluck a succession of high crosses out of the air inside his six yard box.

Bolton had some joy down the left flank, although Kevin Davies was too isolated and Martin Petrov was the only player to force a save from Tim Krul, which he dealt with easily at his near post.

Bolton had the better chances at the start of the second, Chris Eagles taking advantage of some hesitant defending to beat two Newcastle players inside the area, only to be denied by the feet of Krul.

Krul was also required to make another good stop to keep out Mark Davies, although the midfielder should have done better, completely missing the ball with his first attempt at a shot, which allowed the goalkeeper to get out to smother. It was a costly miss.

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