Todays’ effort by Newcastle was a great team effort, as every single player had a job to do, and the lads fought like men possessed in that second half, to get all 3 points after last week’s disappointment against Blackpool.
Ben Arfa – his absolutely brilliant goal wins game at Goodison Park
And that’s one thing Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was adamant about after the game, that it was the team effort that won the game.
Chris talked to Sky Sports after the game:
“It was very much a deserved result. I thought we were excellent from the first minute to last,” “It was an excellent all-round performance. I know Ben Arfa will probably get the headlines and granted because of the quality of the goal he scored.”
“But today was very much about a very good team effort, coming to a place that has been very difficult for us in the past and very difficult for any side that comes here.” “They showed their quality certainly later on in the game.”
“It was a period we didn’t want to go through because at that stage I felt we should have had a penalty, and that would have given us a little bit more leeway.”
And Newcastle fans today saw the magic of new signing Ben Arfa, who scored a magnificent goal, and looked so at home in the Premier League, on his very first start for the club, and we have to hope there is a lot more to come from this lad with the magical left foot.
He certainly threatens to set Tyneside alight with his fantastic play.
On Hatem Ben Arfa, whom Chris Hughton had called a cracking player before Newcastle even signed him – he was right about that – said after the game:
“He’s a young player of very good ability. He’s one that we knew but it’s about fitting him into a team formation and working with the philosophy that we have in the team.”
“He’s certainly got off to a good start. He’s a lad of wonderful ability and it’s about getting him into the areas where he can hurt the opposition.”
“We want to see him do his best work in the final third and whether that’s a quality cross or getting himself into areas where, as we saw today, he scored a magnificent effort.”
And Kevin Nolan after the game said that when Nicolas Anelka was at Bolton, he had told Kevin what a fantastic young player was coming through the ranks in France – and that player was Ben Arfa.
Well, rather amazingly the lad is now on loan for a full season at the Magpies, and maybe we should sign the lad sooner rather than later, in case the big clubs come a calling for him.
It’s a thought.