Pardew Tribute To Ben Arfa – Frenchman Feels Great, Thanks Fans

It was a very important win today for Newcastle, as they kept their 6th clean sheet in 18 league games, with a nice 2-0 win at the Reebok Stadium.

Ben Arfa – after scoring Newcastle’s first goal today

And the all important breakthrough goal was scored by Hatem Ben Arfa,  who came on after 61 minutes for Leon Best.

Alan Pardew had been holding the French international back a little,  to ensure he comes back into form and back into the swing of things nice and easy, after his double leg fracture of last year.

And Ben Arfa  scored the all important goal with an excellent first time left footed shot today, from a perfect Ryan Taylor cross from the left wing on 69 minutes.

And Alan Pardew had this to say about the French International today:

“Hatem is still on a long road back. He had a terrible injury and he still isn’t at his best, I promise you”

“You could almost sense it was made for Hatem Ben Arfa today,” “We got in between their lines, create a cross and once it landed on that left-foot of his you knew it was only going one way.”

“Hatem is still on a long road back. He had a terrible injury and he still isn’t at his best, I promise you.”

“I’ve seen enough of him to know that at the moment he’s limited to cameos for us but that’s the sort of cameo that will give him belief on the training ground to get back to his very best.”

There were over 4,000 Newcastle fans who traveled to Bolton for the game today, and it made all the difference,  and after the game Ben Arfa thanked the Newcastle fans for their support.

And it was appropriate that both Newcastle goals in the 69th minute and two minutes later though Demba Ba,  for his 14th league goal of the season, were in front of the traveling Geordie support, and as soon as Ben Arfa scored he hailed the Newcastle fans.

Ben Arfa talked after the game and said he felt just great:

“I was very happy to be on the pitch and to score that goal. It feels great.” “I think I’m just coming near to 100 per cent after my injury.”

“I feel sharp and I feel good.”  “And I’m really happy because the fans are behind me and supporting me, which is important to me.”

“I was very surprised when I came out of the tunnel to see that 4,000 fans were here to support us, but I think it’s a great thing.”

“I just hope that the goals are going to come one after another now,”   “It was important to get a win today because the next game is going to be very hard and very important.”

“It’s a good start.”  “The atmosphere at Anfield is very special but the most important thing will not be the ground – it will be the three points.”

Newcastle with 30 points from 18 games are just one point behind Liverpool, after Liverpool could only draw 1-1 with bottom side Blackburn at Anfield this afternoon, so there is a chance Newcastle can get something out of the game on Friday night.

The first goal will be important, and there’s now reason why the lads cannot take at least a point at Anfield,  and a win will now take Newcastle 2 points above Liverpool into 6th place.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Demba_Ba

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Ben arfa should always be in the team he can produce a moment of magic , ppl have been saying he loses the ball to often , he needs match time . For me today simpson lost the ball far to easy many times and on another note best dose not deserve to be in the first team ! he couldnt even break a smile at the end of the game Rant over

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Without Suarez Liverpool are nothing special. Carroll will be fired up for it but Williamson can keep him quiet. There’s nothing to say if we play well against them we can’t take something from that game. Would be nice to see Bellamy not playing if possible as well 🙂

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #3

    class act is wor benny

  • BigKirky

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    It was a fantastic finish by Benny and Ba. Great delayed run by Demba. And that’s all Obertan has to do. Down the line and cross it in.

  • Oleg G

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Well, Hopefully the next so important 2 games, HBA will start. When he is there in the middle of things, the other teams are more afraid. He makes everyone better.

    I almost never write these things but:


    Simmo Colo Will Santon/Raylor
    (Prefer Santon but don’t know how long is he going to be out)

    Vuckic Cabye Tiote Jonas



    * Of course would like to have Saylor back, and a better Right winger, but still want to see Vuckic play, coming from the side into the middle with HBA Tiote, Cabaye and Ba in front.
    I think that Vuckic isn’t a winger at all, but a “winger” doesn’t have to run on the side line, he can also get the ball on the side and take the ball into the center of the pitch.

  • warwick

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #6

    “I was very happy to be on the pitch and to score that goal. It feels great.” “I think I’m just coming near to 100 per cent after my injury.”

    So can all the stick Pardew has been getting over the last few weeks for not starting arfa be put to bed now?
    The kid HIMSELF is stating that he is only getting back to 100%
    The doom mongers won’t apologise for having it wrong though, they’ll just find something else to whinge about.

  • GeordieCoaster

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Anybody who went to the match and used the stadium carpark will know how much of a pain in the @rse is was getting out of there! Atleast I saw Simpson driving away in his Bentley.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Well, well… To me this seems like Pards will start Best again on friday…


    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew the king of Newcastle again now then since we won? Talk of Europa/CL returned?

    Didnt see the match but heard it was pretty crap two fairly good goals from us though also heard we dominated the midfield, that right? Oh and did honest Mike play well or was he pretty rusty?

  • GeordieCoaster

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #10

    @WWJBD We missed his height the past few games so that was a big bonus for us today but he did pretty well.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Mike played steady and well


    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Cushty mate I was a bit worried that he hadnt played in so long thought he would be rusty as hell but am glad to hear he played pretty well. Am quite the fan of Willo he is just a good honest English CB


    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Great to hear mate cheers

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I think people fotget just how serious HBA’s injury was, it’ll take a long time for his to get back to his best

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #15

    AP won’t stop playin Best and Shola,they need game time before BA leaves.
    Good plan as they will then be more ready for the challenge.
    But changing Shola for Obertan today?
    Thought Sammy shoulda been on

  • geoff777

    Dec 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #16


    Both teams were poor for 60 minutes.
    As soon as HBA came on we improved and started to pass along the floor instead of hoofing it.

    Willo did really well, but Bolton’s strikers are poor.
    He was gassed at 80 minutes but played the full 90+.
    Colo was brilliant.
    Tiote rash at times got a yellow.

    Both goals were good.
    Bring on the Bin-dippers.


  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #17

    If HBA isn’t ready to play the full 90min then why Pardew doesn’t start with Vukic I don’t know????
    The kid has proved that he’s good enough and we can then stop playing the long ball

  • Brutooon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #18

    People complain HBA lose ball too often

    i think Shola Ameobi lose the ball MORE during his 11 season with NUFC

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    WWJBD ,no bother at all
    He was looking weary near the end and maybe AP shoulda subbed him seeing we were coasting.
    Hope he ain’t exhausted now for Friday.
    He climbed high for every ball and Tiote and Cabaye worked hard to get the dropping ball.great display defensively by the team.
    Even Obertan worked hard to get the ball back

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    JackButler, I suppose it’s because he sees things on the training ground and we don’t.

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #21


    agree mate, but we are lacking any creativity without HBA, and the kid showed against West Brom that he can handle himself well enough


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Cheers bud. Rather backs up what I heard which I am fairly happy with tbh 🙂 played a team fighting for their life so I wasen’t expecting much of a classic. A win is all I wanted so chuffed

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Jack butler,
    Vuckic is quality but he didn’t show on his display the other day the defensive duties needed.
    He’s young and still learning but important to remember he has stuff to learn about playing as a team.
    Cabaye showed how much better a team player he is than Vuckic,may be that he’s still young but he’s def quality.
    Any of bolton’s attacks you’ll see Cabaye was there in around the box throwing himself around to block and tackle.

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #24

    I would replace Best with Vukic until HBA is up to speed


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Aye maybe Willo could of come off early but am sure he was begging to stay on, first game back and sticking in a good shift. Id be fuming if I was taken off in his situation

    Back to old ways then eh with us building on our defense 😀 good to hear


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #26

    But then come Jan what are we going to do? We need Best to be out there as we will be needing him to be our main striker while Ba is on his jollies

  • JackButler

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #27


    It’s a mine field mate I know, but I would replace ba with Best when Ba is away at the ACN, or can we dream of signing anyone???

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28

    What he said!


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #29

    Aye but if u do that Besty will lose all confidence (look at him when we first signed him he was very down on himself and couldnt perform, got a goal against West Ham last season and was a different player)

    I’d stick with Best and Ba for now then come ACoN have Vuckic getting 20-30 minutes on for either HBA or Best


    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Haha anyway lads am off to watch MoTD have a good one

  • Ben_W

    Dec 26, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Would love to be able to have Ba, Best and HBA playing. doesn’t quite work with our formations/players though. It’s hard because Ba has to start. And then HBA and Best are so different that it’s hard to decide who you’d play. I think starting best and bringing on HBA is a good idea for the time being just because ben arfa will play well, and him against tired players means he can do pretty much what he likes!

  • kingkev9

    Dec 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Cabeye and Williamson made the difference, yes Vuckic had a few good shots V West Brom but the game passed him by.

    But we again played with 10 men for 60 mins with Leon Best contributing nothing, Obertan very poor again but had his first shot of the season! Lost the ball so many times but at least he works hard unlike Best

  • toon tom

    Dec 27, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #33

    pardew sees ben arfa in training every day and is bringing him back gradually, but today it looked like we need a striker more than we need a centre back

  • Sav

    Dec 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #34

    Best had a poor game by his own standards but we have to keep faith in him as he could well be the one to carry us along when Ba goes off to the ACN.


    Dec 27, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Five days to the Window lads!

    Curious to see whats going to happen if anything!

    A point will do us at Anfield, three will be better.
    Will probably need to man-mark Carroll to keep him at bay, if we let them run at us the we,ll have real problems.
    Can,t wait!

  • NUFC_4_Life

    Dec 27, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #36

    Good goals and a good win but overall we looked terrible, how is it we have some of the most skilled players in the Premiership but we resort to booting the ball long every time hoping for a knock down to Ba. If we keep the ball and pass it on the ground we showed that we can open up teams and it’s really frustrating knowing how we can play and then watching us play Sam Allardyce Football…Saying this it was good to see Williamson get back in the side and play good football…Good to see Ben Arfa get a goal but we need to start playing real football before he becomes a regular player, I don’t think our predictable long balls everytime work with Ben Arfa’s style of play…Happy for the win still expecting a top 7 finish, hoping/expecting us to start playing proper football again against Liverpool

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #37


    Spot on

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Warwick @ # 6

    You beat me to it Pardew says he is not quite there yet so is getting cameo roles as he comes up to peak.

    The lad himself says he is not 100%

    And yet we have doughballs on here shouting he should be starting the next game and have had him in their line ups for the last god knows how many months.

    Ample proof I think to show why AP is a football manager and they are not.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #39

    …that’s the sort of cameo that will give him belief on the training ground to get back to his very best.”

    HBA body have recover from the injury but not his brain/mind/soul.

    Time is needed..

  • Paul P

    Dec 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #40

    A win is a win, especially on a ground where we ain’t won since 2001. 2 bad teams for 60 mins until Ben arfa come on, we looked a better side straight away. The 2 centre halves were solid, tiote was better, cabeye you could see what a difference he makes to the team, obertan was hopeless as was best. Overaul a good win


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