We Want Ben Arfa To Do Damage In Last Third Of Pitch


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.

Comments welcome.


45 comments so far

  • StuW

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Benny was exceptional today, looked very threatening in the final third, and certainly gives us what we were missing for the past 2 seasons. Once he and Carroll get used to playing together, we should start seeing the goals fly…

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  • ronaldeano

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Even if the bigger clubs come in for him… Do we have first option to sign him? And if so, can they make us pay more than 5 1/2 million?

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  • Satboyslim

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #3

    If anyone’s feeling particularly happy they can sponsor me for tomorrows run 🙂

    http://www.justgiving.com/Sat-Beri

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Great match and terrific team performance. Ben Arfa’s goal was out of this world and to do that on your full debut is amazing. We have to get him tied down asap. Cheick Tiote was extremely effective in the middle of the park and it has to mark the end for Smith (thank God). This team Chris Houghton’s building is looking like it can do much better than just survive. I couldn’t name my man of the match in the end…just so many top performances today.

    Howay the lads!! 🙂

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    If Arsenal (mackems drew by the way), are first on MOTD tonight I will spontaneously combust!

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Or the spuds!

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #7

    this looks very good. Ben Arfa really has the little xtra.

    As CH says, the team looked very good. Splendid 1st half. Everton tried to force their way back by playing Championship League power football and playing only long balls to Fellaini. Luckily it did not work;) But I’m a little disappointed that we stayed under pressure for so long in the 2nd half, as we outplayed them in the 1st half.

    Some player opinions:

    Williamson: NOT good enough today. Seemed very nervous and almost put us in big trouble in some situations. I was waiting for him to finally prove he is human and have a poor game;)

    Perch: Showed an OK display. No mess from him, but it’s easy to see he’s not the quality as JE. But all in all he did the job.

    Carroll: Was run over by the train of the name Distin. Invisible at times, and he should have hit the pass from HBA with his left in stead of giving the defence time to tackle. Under his standards, but not a bad display from him.

    The rest did as we know a good game.

    But CH needs to work on the teams character as we did not try to use Everton’s desperate play to our advantage and go for the 2nd goal.

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  • StuW

    Sep 18, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #8

    @ ronaldeano – If we decide to bid for him, we will have first refusal on him, and the price is set at 5.5m, and it cant be changed.

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  • Toon_fan83

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Williamson was solid today you were listening to much to that everton fan co comentator tbh

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  • moonraker

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #10

    balubasi

    Surely you can’t find anything to criticise today man!!!

    Some people are never satisfied!!

    HWTL 🙂

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  • tom tomb

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Batty you out there mate?

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #12

    balubasi – i disagree, i thought both AC and routledge had chances on the brake but delayed pulling the trigger for some reason,and ended up getting tackled. we also had a good shout for a pen. even collo went bombing forward at one point

    i think we have good threats when we lead games with the pace of jonas, routledge, ben arfa and even barton breaking which will reduce the pressure on the defenders and allow them time to communicate with each other

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    hehe:) sorry guys, did not mean to sound negative.

    I found myself sitting on my knees, screaming on the livingroomTABLE after Ben Arfa’s shot. And I’m very pleased with today’s game.

    But Williamson was balancing on an edge at times today. Very unusual of what Iv’e seen of him earlier.

    And when I say I’m disappointed in the 2nd half, it’s because we don’t have to bow under to Everton’s kick and run tactics.
    We should have used it more to our advantage. Something the ref did not want to help us with –> Fellaini should have been sent off for sure. He lashed out trying to hit one of our players in the face. And also we should have had a clear penalty.

    But today was a good test. The first real one for us after the new signings has settled. This is something real to build on. Loosing 0-2 home to blackpool is a slipup, but winning away to Everton is never a coincidence.

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  • furrygiblets

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Williamson was awesome yet again, what are you on about. Don’t listen to that biased commentary

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    that co-commentator was a joke by the way, the main commentator kept trying to say maybe that was wrong after replays and he just kept saying no no, total biased.

    the commentator said after the replay of fellani’s arm in the face of our defender “he was lucky the ref didn’t send him off their”

    Co-commentator “that’s not his fault he was holding his shirt” as if that made it ok

    same with our penalty appeal, and there very soft appeal.

    he also thought beckford hadn’t fouled harper

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #16

    is one of the commentators an everton fan? If so, I now know why he pissed me off so much. He got all excited as Everton started taking over the game in the 2nd half..

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  • sweendog

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #17

    williamson was very good today .. he had to handle felliani .. he was an 8 / 10 for me ..
    Arfa was pure class.
    Tiote .. really good .. always looking for the perfect pass .. gets stuck in .. I am very very happy with hughton and his team, alot of hard work and skill paid off .. only small negative was the way we got pushed back for the last 15 mins .. hughton push them about 5- 10 yards up when you see that happening ..but anyways

    WELL DONE ….

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Actually.. Everton should have had 2 red cards! Hitting another players face is a RED CARD. So is tackling a player alone with the GK.

    Disgrace from the ref

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #19

    he did have a slight scouse accent balubas1 so theres a good chance he was.

    he said in the second half everton deserve to get something out of this game.

    david moyes didn’t even think they deserved anything from the game

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  • sweendog

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #20

    balubas1 .. agreed everton are too physical and should have had a few more cards .. but barton/nolan/carrol/williamson/collo/tiote all showed them we can rough it up too ..

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  • sweendog

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #21

    slazberger .. have to say we were the better team .. should have been 2-0 and coasting after 80 mins .. but sure .. thats newcastle for you .. keep you hanging on 🙂

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #22

    to right sweendog. i must admit my legs were tensing up at the end trying to kick every ball. i actually felt great after the whistle and possibly better than after the villa game because it was so hard fought.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #23

    slazberger .. agreed .. this was a great result from a hard working skillfull team .. 🙂

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  • sweendog

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #24

    think hughton now is picking the right team .. impressed with his selection .. like ed’s said already he must be reading this blog 🙂

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  • atom

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #25

    What a difference two players can make. I was blown away at how good Tiote and Ben Arfa were. And did anyone else notice how much Ben Arfa was all over the field in the second half? No way he can do that without Tiote. He covered so much ground that it was amazing. What a difference he makes. And Ben Arfa’s goal and play in general pretty much speaks for itself.

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  • jimiley

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #26

    We’ve got two quality players in and what a difference they have made. Do you know why? Because we have been watching too much rubbish for years. We are three QUALITY players short of becoming a good team. Nolan and Barton are not good enough. Neither is Jonas but God how we have praised him because the rest have been so crap. Today is perhaps the beginning of a rebirth but we need better players to be competitive against the best. Not squad players or juveniles Mr Ashley.

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  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #27

    This was a very hardworking game. Very difficult for both sides. We very much dominated the first half, but they dominated most of second half. We still held on to a 1-0 win and never quit. From Ben Arfa to Cheik Tiote and the rest of the team they never quit.

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  • jimiley

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Remember when Tiote and Arfa get injured we are back with Smith and Jonas and no goals. We need better players not just as cover but to replace the weaker first team players.

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  • Toonmania

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #29

    seeing as Harper looks like he’s going to be out for a few months, i think celtic might be getting a phone call asking for our keeper back

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  • rknufc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #30

    nolan and barton=not good enough??<<what are you talkin about?? as for gutierrez he plays for argentina!!!

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  • Davies

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    We scored goals before Ben Arfa and Tiote ever kicked a ball for us. We only recently hammered Villa 6-0. I’m sure, should they be called upon, Smith and Jonas will be able to do their jobs.

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  • furrygiblets

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #32

    jimiley You’re talking out your backside mate. Saying Barton is not good enough lmao. I think you’re a WUM

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  • atom

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #33

    jimiley: Name an English midfielder who played better today than Barton.

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #34

    i know people dont like perch, but am i right in thinking his one match ban for 5 yellows, will be the league cup game? which he probably wouldn’t be playing in anyway.

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  • okkurtgarvilt

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #35

    jimiley
    you need to get a grip…arfa and tiote were not in the match at villa, but jonas and smith were and we got six goals…why not have confidence in our players, smith and jonas are very good back up players and will get the job done.

    anyways…ben arfa is pure class and tiote played very well today, but man of the match for me was Barton.

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  • jimiley

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Everybody is having a go at me for saying that Nolan, Smith, Jonas and Barton are not good enough if we are to compete with the best. Am I right or wrong? ask yourselves how many of those players would get in the top 4 teams. Thats all I’m saying.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #37

    sweendog @20

    Yeah, but our midfield played hard, not any offences over the limit to ugly play. A straight backhand aimed at someones face (Fellaini incident) is definately over the limit.

    Earlier I talked some about being a LITTLE disappointed about us not taking advantage of Everton’s kick and run tactics in the 2nd half, but I have now realised that we would have been 2 goals up, and maybe more if the ref had done his job properly.

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  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #38

    jimiley – what has the top 4 got to do with anything? how many of any other teams players would get into the top 4 teams? that’s why they are the TOP 4

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    jimiley @36

    Yeah… I haven’t had a go at you yet 😉 but that statement don’t really belong anywhere.. I agree that Alan Smith is a horrible player.. but thats it really.

    You should find another club to support really. You don’t like any of our players…. so why bother?

    I hear chelsea have alot of superstars.. and man city is up & coming.. If you are fast you can say that you started supporting them before they became mainstream. Think about it.

    You can have superstars worth millions to cheer for! woopee!

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  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #40

    slaz @34

    Perch was so unlucky with that yellow today! inches from the ball!

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