Pardew Picks Out Guthrie And Ben Arfa For Special Praise

Alan Pardew was simply delighted with the performance of his team yesterday, and especially in the  second half.

Danny Guthrie challenges Jamie Mackie in yesterday’s game

The game turned when Yohan Cabaye had to leave the field with an ankle injury after 20 minutes, and Ryan Taylor again showed his versatility  as the  emergency central midfielder and did very well, and Danny Guthrie had a terrific game to ensure Cabaye was not missed.

When Cabaye went off it meant that only Davide Santon, who had another very strong game, was the only man on the field who was brought in over the summer, and the lads got the job done.

Up until the time Yohan had to leave the field it had been all QPR, but the jolt of losing one of Newcastle’s best players seemed to be a positive jolt to the home team.

Leon Best scored the all important goal that gave Newcastle all three points after 37 minutes, and he showed class and skill to put the ball into the back of the net, after sending one of th QPR defenders the wrong way.

His goal was met with thunderous roars from the Newcastle crowd, which was just under 50,000,  and Leon looked absolutely delighted to score his first goal since  September 17th at Villa park in the 1-1 draw,  and it took his total to four for the season.

Alan praised the players who were all here last season:

“A lot of these players did the job for us at the back end of last season,”   “Danny Guthrie’s come away as the man of the match and Best’s got the goal and that will give us confidence going forward.”

“There’s money available to me and I think we’ll take a player if we think they will work for us, financially and for the team. I’ve got a really tight bunch here, we’ve got Hatem Ben Arfa coming alive.”

“He’s  making little cameos and getting stronger. His work-rate was terrific, and his play defensively.” “We find ourselves sixth above Liverpool after 21 games and not only because of what happened yesterday.”

“It’s now about the next period of games. If we can get a couple of wins before the lads come back from the African Cup of Nations, we’ll get a huge boost.”

“That question will be better answered when we get through this period without two great players, because Cheick and Ba are great players,”

“We’ve overcome two hurdles since they’ve been away – Blackburn, which was a tough game we won and we won again yesterday, so so far flying colors.”

Ben Arfa coming alive was a good way to put it because when he came on when Cabaye left the field on a stretcher, he looked full of confidence and in great form, and he worked his tail off for the side.

It’s hard to ask much more than that from a mercurial player,  whom Alan is wary of starting because of his poor work rate at times, but his work rate yesterday was simply  tremendous.

Newcastle are now level on points with Arsenal with 36 points, but are behind because of a slightly inferior goal difference to the London side, who lost 3-2 at Swansea in a later game.

A win at Fulham on Saturday could see Newcastle consolidate that position, or even move up into 5th place in the league.

That cannot be bad at this stage of the season, after 21 league games played.

Howay The Lads!! 

19 comments so far

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    virgin money playd 3 won 3 🙂

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Just a quick one on Mevlut Erding, there are some who have criticised his goal record (despites not being that type of prolific striker) and I went onto the PSG website, and it actually tells you how many minutes of football they have played.

    Kevin Gameiro 1619 minutes – 9 goals (1 goal every 179.889 minutes) so in fact 1 in every 2 games.

    Mevlut 133 minutes played -1 goal (so he hasn’t even played the equivalent of 1 and a half games.

    He could be a fella who scores 1 in every 3 games or so for us, but also relieve the pressure as he is willing to run the channels a bit like Bellamy.

    Personally I would love him and hope it happens, we need a different type of player and he fits the bill.

  • ToonIcon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    @RP i was thinking that could turn into a great lucky sponsor maybe we need a 15 year deal with VM lol

  • rotherschild

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    The Game against the strangers was not one of the most enjoyable games I will watch this year at St James . Technically the defence played exceptionally well that was the reason we came away with three points Williams is outstanding coming back from injury not playing for several weeks and now having to play 90minsand playing to this standard in such a short time is exceptional he is a true professional. Someone in the crowd coming out mentioned that we had only had one shot on target all game is this correct?

  • radja in Indonesia

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    nice….!! HWTL

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    48Marty-Toon // Jan 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Great team display.
    Krul- like a rock.
    Simmo- tracked their attacks well but not best game
    Willo- composed and solid
    Collo- nuff said
    Santon- Babayaro wouldn’t tie his laces
    Jonas- top performance,made some great runs in midfield
    Guthrie- get him a new contract,great player
    Rayls- what a pro,we can use him anywhere and he does a decent
    Job,really good in cm yesterday
    Ben Arfa- classy player and worked hard for the cause,some brilliant cross field passes
    Best- the boy has talent,great goal with great feet
    Shola- not his best threatening game but made some good runs
    Gosling- talented but we will have to see with more time
    Perch-way ahead of Smith who’s on 6times his wage,AP must see something in the lad.
    Agree with an earlier post that if KK hada used tactics like AP we’d have won the league,of course then we may have lost the name “entertainers” so screw that lol

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    The stats also said 1 on target but we scored with one and Rayls had one saved by Kenny so we had a huge 2 on target

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8




    ——–Jonas———————-Ben Arfa


    *or Vukcic

    For Next game Please.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    upss sorry mest up a bit.

    Simpson needs to cover HBA and Jonas could cover Santoon. Also we couldtry Benny upfront and R.Taylor on the wing that would be good def balance away from home.

  • magicbus

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Still a cause for concern though we play against the 3rd from bottom team and manage only 2 shots on target the whole game.

  • martoon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I could not understand Sky stats as they clearly showed Raylors shot was saved by Kenny so that is at least 2 shots on target I can remember. Do they not watch there own output?

  • rotherschild

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Thank you martoon Sky seemed to think raylors shot was deflected !!!! must have been Harrys lads comment

  • ArtyH

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I think we should sign ” fingerbunny,27 ” , as a mascot at least!!!

  • drongo

    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    just re shots on target – what about Jonas’ opportunistic curler when their keeper was in the middle of nowhere. I thought that was in till Ferdinand got back and saved the blushes.

    Workmanlike performance on sunday – nowt special, but 3 points taken

  • ArtyH

    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Just as a point of interest, the foul on Cabaye, as the game was all in QPR’s favour at that time, do you think it was gamesmanship on Cabay’s part to stop the play at that point? Play held up at least 4/5 minutes, and with the substitution completely changed the course of the game.

  • martoon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    ArtyH @ 13 – Agree with you about Fingerbunny27 – she uses the ‘two up top’ very well 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Jan 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #17

    martoon @ 16 LOL same sence of humour, A1 M8.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Only one shot on target until the second half, more shots (though not many) after the 60mins or so.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Guthrie and Ben Arfa are improving

    Shola Ameobi is a Consistent performer – Consistently SHIT !!!!!! (and Lazy)


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