Yohan Cabaye picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday, and will serve a one match suspension on Wednesday night against WBA.
Ben Arfa – could get a start on Wednesday
Yohan picked up his yellow card on 62 minutes, and it was interesting that Pardew brought on central midfielder Haris Vuckic on 82 minutes, so perhaps that will be a hint that Alan will give Haris the start on Wednesday night.
The other player in contention will be fellow 19 yellow-old Mehdi Abeid, and quite honestly we would be happy if either youngster got the start on Wednesday.
And West Brom will be an opportunity for Newcastle to get back to their winning ways, and we thought the lads played well against Swansea.
It was one of those games where Newcastle controlled the game but just couldn’t get that goal, and on Wednesday you can bet your life Newcastle will be looking for that first goal right from the start.
As usual, the team spirit is excellent at Newcastle, and manager Pardew doesn’t think he needs to pick up the lads’ spirits too much:
“Yohan Cabaye picked up his fifth booking of the season, which will sideline him on Wednesday.” “But we are in good fettle for the next game, and that’s what you have got to be.”
“We haven’t been beaten, we have got a clean sheet, played reasonably well. We are disappointed we haven’t won, disappointed to lose Yohan to that booking.”
“We are frustrated, but hopefully we are armed by that on Wednesday night and we win.” “Ben Arfa will be frustrated that he didn’t get a game, but maybe that will fuel him for Wednesday night.”
“I don’t think I need to lift them. As professionals you know if you’ve played well or you haven’t,” “We played well in my opinion – we looked a strong side and if on another afternoon one of those goals went in we’re looking at a different story.”
“At the same time you have to pay tribute to the opposition – they played well.” “I was a bit frustrated about the referee but the less said about it the better,”
There were a lot of comments from readers after the game about Newcastle not being able to open up the Swansea defense, so why didn’t Pardew bring on the creative Ben Arfa?
The Frenchman hasn’t played in the last two games, but he’ll get his chance against WBA no doubt, and Newcastle need to have more creativity in that game.
Maybe Ben Arfa could even start out on the right wing in place of Gabriel Obertan, or up front behind lone striker Demba Ba.
Of course the former Marseilles player could even start in the middle of the park, since he’s played there for France, so there are plenty of positions Pardew can use Ben Arfa in against WBA.
All we need is all 3 points on Wednesday night, and then we can go to Bolton and be in good spirits to get a win there too.
And we can make up for the 5-1 loss there last season, which turned out to be a disastrous game for Newcastle, with both Coloccini and Williamson picking up three match bans in that game.
Anything but a win on Wednesday night will seem like points lost.
Give us a win Newcastle – please!