Newcastle got their first win in seven games this afternoon at the Reebok Stadium, when goals from Ben Arfa and Demba Ba (who else?) within a two minute spell in the second half, gave Newcastle all 3 points.
And with Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool all drawing their games today, Newcastle have gained two points on those three teams above them in the league.
The game was rather dull, with very few chances being created, but then Ben Arfa, who had been brought on as a a sub for Leon Best after 60 minutes, scored the first Newcastle goal.
The Frenchman got onto the end of a cross from Ryan Taylor, and he rifled home from the center of the box and into the bottom right hand corner in great style to send the Newcastle fans into delirium.
It was the kind of goal a class player can get when the side seems bogged down, and this was a good goal for Newcastle and Ben Arfa’s second goal ever for the Newcastle side, and his first this season.
Ryan Taylor did well to get down the left wing and the Liverpudlian hit a perfect cross and Ben Arfa simply hit it first time into the right hand corner with his left foot – what a class goal!
A lot of our readers wanted Ben Arfa to start this game, and it looks like he’s almost a certainty to start at Anfield on Friday, with Leon Best again unimpressive.
And would you believe it, but just two minutes later Demba Ba shot from the center of the box about 7 yards out put the ball into the top left hand corner, after he had received the ball from a good cross from Gabriel Obertan.
And the Senegal International can hit them all right and it was suddenly 2-0 to Newcastle after a rather dull first 69 minutes but an exciting two minutes of two goals for the Magpies.
That goal was Ba’s 14th of the season, and he is now in second place in the Premier League with 14 goals, just two goals behind leader Robin van Persie, but one above Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero.
Mike Williamson came into the side and did nothing wrong and Fabricio Coloccini was again majestic at the heart of Newcastle’s defense after the Argentine had a rather so-so game on Wednesday night.
The defense was hardly ever tested by a lack-luster Bolton side and Newcastle had the class in Ba and Ben Arfa to get all three points.
The good news for Newcastle is that it was their second clean sheet in the last three games, and their sixth clean sheet of the season.
That’s exactly what Newcastle need to do in future games to get back to their winning ways.
Next up is Liverpool at Anfield and Blackburn held them to a 1-01 draw at Anfield after going 1-0 up at the interval.
We need to get the first goal on Friday and we could be in that game with a chance.
But a very welcome three points this afternoon form Newcastle, and the win will give our lads loads of confidence.