Newcastle remain 4th top of the league with a good 1-1 draw on Saturday an Villa Park, in which the lads showed they are a good side.
Ben Arfa – extra training over weekend
Once again Newcastle were not dominant in that first half, but they played very well indeed, and were unlucky to be that one goal down at half time, though a good opportunist goal from the in-form Gabriel Agbonlahor.
But with what seems to have happened in most games this season, Newcastle went into a higher gear in the second half, and Leon Best scored (again) after 57 minutes, and Newcastle were unlucky not to take all 3 points at the end.
A win would have seen Newcastle in 3rd place today, behind the two Manchester sides, but above Chelsea, but we’ll take 4th place!
And there is more good news today as Alan Pardew has confirmed that Hatem Ben Arfa will definitely return tomorrow night at Nottingham Forest.
Leon Best took a bit of a knock on Saturday, but should be available for tomorrow night’s game, and Pardew will have all but Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic to choose from, and it will be interesting to see what team the boss fields, as he will no doubt rest some players.
Ben Arfa did extra training over the weekend, so he is ready for the game, and he’s also been looking good in training.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“Hatem is looking forward to it and he looks sharp in training,” “He will be knocking on the door and it looks like this team has goals already, so it will be nice to have him with us again.”
After their poor performance a week ago at Loftus Road, Pardew and his players said they would be more attacking than against QPR, and they were true to their word, and the lads looked like a good team on Saturday.
But the game will be tricky tomorrow night, because Newcastle will be expected to win against a poor Nottingham Forest side, who lost 2-1 at home to Derby County on Saturday, and have made a poor start under Steve McClaren and are currently 3rd bottom in the Championship.
And then on Saturday Newcastle host Blackburn Rovers, who beat a sad looking Arsenal side 4-3 at home, for their first league win of the season.
We don’t want any shocks in the two games coming up this week, and if we can get two wins by next Saturday night, we’ll be in great shape.