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Newcastle beats Bolton 2-0 in Premier League

Updated: December 26, 2011, 12:22

BOLTON, England(AP) Newcastle scored two goals in a two-minute span in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory over struggling Bolton in the Premier League on Monday.

Hatem Ben Arfa scored his first goal in more than a year in the 69th minute and Demba Ba added the second two minutes later to end a run of five straight losses for the Magpies.

Both sides struggled to create chances in the first half, although Newcastle's Ryan Taylor drew a good save from Jussi Jaaskelainen with a 14th-minute free kick. Bolton nearly took the lead six minutes before halftime, as when Martin Petrov's free kick was heading for the bottom corner until Tim Krul thrust out a hand.

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