Boro trot to victory
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Boro remain in third place with their two goal success - there first ever over Bolton in The Premiership.
Ugo Ehiogu (pictured) headed home his first goal of the season from Geremi's corner after 23 minutes to give his side the lead.
The Teessiders then sealed the victory after 68 minutes when Bolton, in vain, tried to play offside but that proved suicidal as Jospeh Job and Geremi broke through and the latter finished with ease to grab his second in two games.
Newcastle made it a double success for North Eastern sides, but they made hard work of their win over West Brom at St James' Park.
The Baggies actually took the lead after 26 minutes when Igor Balis saw his shot slip under Shay Given after the Irishman had got a hand to the ball.
Newcastle, though, were back on level terms when Alan Shearer blasted home a free-kick from just seven yards.
Slovakian Balis became the villain when his back-pass was picked up by Joe Murphy. The resulting set-piece from just outside the six-yard box was taken by Nolberto Solano, who rolled the ball to Shearer and the Toon captain made no mistake and hammered the ball home.
It was Shearer who then grabbed the winner for Sir Bobby Robson's side with a goal after 69 minutes.
Laurent Robert managed to break down the left before pulling his cross to the back post for Solano to again create the goal with a knock-down header which Shearer stroked home.
The win sees The Magpies climb five places into sixth.
Brett Ormerod was the hero for Southampton as he followed up a midweek hat-trick against Tranmere with another two goals to give his side a 2-0 win over Manchester City.
The Saints first came after just 45 seconds when Wayne Bridge broke down the left and crossed for Ormerod to head home from 12 yards.
Ormerod's second again came from Bridge, whose brilliant through ball put the former Blackpool man clear and although his first attempt was blocked by Peter Schmeichel, he made no mistake with the second as he fired into the empty net.
Ormerod was not given a chance to complete his hat-trick as he limped off after a few minutes of the second period after a clash with Sun Jihai.
His replacement - Marian Pahars - also failed to finish the game as he received a second yellow card in the final few minutes for a dive in the area.
West Ham remain at the bottom of the table after Birmingham took all three points from Upton Park with a 2-1 success.
Like Ormerod, Stern John had grabbed a midweek hat-trick in the Worthington Cup and he like the Saints man hit another two goals to give his side a vital win.
The first came when John latched on to a Robbie Savage chip and out-witted Gary Breen before firing low past David James.
The Hammers levelled matters when Paolo Di Canio broke clear brilliantly and unselfishly played in Joe Cole on the left, who planted an angled drive past Nico Vaesen.
John grabbed his second just few minutes before half time. He picked up the ball from Stan Lazaridis and then danced past Tomas Repka before unleashing a shot to beat James again.
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