Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote both had very good debuts yesterday, with the young Frenchman scoring a goal that not many players could score these days.
Hatem Ben Arfa - fantastic play from the youngster
And as we said last week, this lad is fast becoming the Darling of Tyneside, as Newcastle fans start to see just how good he is – and he only wanted to come to Newcastle – let’s pinch myself to make sure this is all real. :D
You cannot say that the lad doesn’t work hard either, as his concentration throughout the game yesterday seemed first class.
Ben Arfa looked a terrific player and Cheick Tiote, especially in that first half, gave an exhibition of how you win the ball, and he looked such a class player in his very first appearance for Newcastle.
Two great buys for Newcastle in the summer is a bit of an understatement about these two lads, from yesterday’s performance.
Chris Hughton delivered what he had promised the Newcastle fans – a performance that was so professional and sustained throughout the 90 minutes, that it deserved all 3 points after last week’s huge let-down against Blackpool.
A delighted Chris Hughton talked after the game:
“I thought Ben Arfa had a very good debut, but it was very much part of a very good performance,” “I thought both the new lads acquitted themselves very well.”
“But I thought they were able to do that because the quality of the rest of the performance was so good.” “You can have quality individuals on the day but the options and positions they have are made by other players.”
“That’s what happened, it was a really good team performance.” “Last weekend was a real disappointment because it was a home game and we know how valuable points are in this league.” “We saw that (Blackpool defeat) as three points lost.”
“Is Goodison an ideal place to come after a result like that?” “Probably not, because of the quality they’ve got here but I thought we produced an excellent performance from first minute to last.”
“To be honest, the most important thing for me is the performance.” “Even if we’d gone back without having won I think the performance meant that the supporters would have seen a team that had given everything.” “That’s what they want to see and at the moment that’s what they’re getting.”
And did fans see Ben Arfau pulling Joey Barton away from a melee in the second half, when Jory had been badly tackled and wanted to get involved again, which was probably not wise. It was an interesting sight.
Ben Arfa and Cheick seem to have fitted right into the Newcastle mold of play – and you have to give credit to the players and coaches at Newcastle for just how well they have settled in at the club.
We’re not getting carried away with things, but during yesterday’s game Newcastle looked a good side to everybody who was watching – including Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.