There are good signs that Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa is returning to his best form.
Dan Gosling scores on Saturday for his first Newcastle goal
And we also think that another long term casualty at Newcastle, 21 year-old Dan Gosling, seems to be coming along just fine, and hopefully he will soon get back to his top form too.
Gosling was the 100th player to score for Newcastle in the Premier League – and as the commentator said on the nufcTV video review of the game, he will not score an easier goal if he plays until he’s 50.
It was Demba Ba who almost scored, and the Senegal striker got his shot in but Joe Hart blocked it, only for Dan to come through and hit the ball home from all of two yards out, as he was completely on his own.
That goal will do Dan and his confidence a lot of good, and it was good to see him get on the scoring charts at Newcastle.
The 21 year-old seems upbeat about Newcastle’s form and he had this to say to the local press:
“We have had a great start and we are still up there.” “We will be happy if we go to Old Trafford and create the chances we did at Man City again.”
“Hopefully, we will have more luck and put them away.” “I got a bit of luck with the goal the way it ricocheted off Joe Hart.”
“Demba Ba got there first, it came off the goalkeeper and then fell straight for me, so it was good on a personal level to get my first goal.”
“The team, though, is more important and unfortunately, it was a bad afternoon.” “It was great to be involved again.” “I will keep working hard in training and get more games.”
“It was a while ago since I last scored, it was in my Everton days. I should have scored at Sunderland earlier this season.” “Hopefully, there are many more to come for Newcastle.”
“There are a few positives to take out of the game.” “We are disappointed because we feel we could have came away with something when you look at the chances we created, and the ones we missed.”
“There were opportunities to take the lead and we could have been back in it at 2-1 when Hatem hit the post.” “If they go in, it changes the game completely.” “We had a bad five minutes at the end of the first half.”
“It was a handball but you cannot do anything about them sometimes, then we switched off again and they scored a second.” “Take nothing away from City, they passed the ball really well and switched the play really fast.”
“At times we struggled to cope with that.”
It seems to us that even though Dan has not played too many times this season – Saturday was his 5th appearance this season – he’s starting to get to grips with what it means to play in the football-mad City which is Newcastle Upon Tyne.
And it’s hard to criticize his very positive attitude, and it would be great if Dan can also come through, as the mercurial Frenchman, Ben Arfa, seems to be doing.