Newcastle 2 Bolton 0 – Ben Arfa Brilliance Does It


It was a tough game this afternoon against a stubborn and hard working Bolton side, but Newcastle eventually got the breakthrough in front of a sell-out crowd, from the mercurial Ben Arfa after 73 minutes, with a tremendous individual goal,  in what was a keenly contested match.
The first half was very close and Newcastle were restricted to zero chances by a hard working and well organized Bolton side.

At the half Alan Pardew brought on Shane Ferguson on the left wing for James Perch, in what was an attacking move by the Newcastle manager.

The game had been very close,  with Tim Krul saving Newcastle with a fantastic save from Chris Eagles to keep the scores level in the second half – and it’s not the first time Krul has saved Newcastle this season.

But on 73 minutes,  Ben Arfa collected the ball 10 yards inside his own half,  and took the ball forward, beat one man, beat another and he was into the penalty box.

And he then beat another man before coolly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bogdan with his left foot – a truly magnificent goal from the mercurial French International.

And it was a goal that deserved to win any match.

Ben Arfa after scoring another absolutely brilliant goal

Then on 78 minutes Ben Arfa made another run and beat a number of Bolton players and when he was just outside the box, rather than shoot he put Papiss Cisse through on his right, but the Senegal striker was offside as Newcastle were going after a second goal.

After 82 minutes Shola Ameobi was through down the right wing, and he took the ball forward and cut the ball across to – you know who – Papiss Cisse, who simply tapped the ball into the back of the net to double Newcastle’s lead in front of a delirious Geordie crowd.

That was excellent play by Shola Ameobi,  and the 10th goal in nine appearances by the Senegal striker..

On 85 minutes Ryan Taylor replaced Ben Arfa who got a standing ovation from the Newcastle crowd – what player this lad is.

But when Demba Ba was replaced by Shola Ameobi after 64 minutes he refused the hand-shake or pat on the back from his manager Alan Pardew, so this could be a little problem for the manager’s man management skills.

But this game wasn’t easy for Newcastle,  but it was that extra bit of class from Ben Arfa that got Newcastle their 5th win in a row.

It has to be well done Newcastle for a patient display and our third 2-0 win on the trot, and the 4th clean sheet in five games, and five wins in a row against a stubborn Bolton Wanderers side.

And Tottenham were surprisingly beaten at home 2-1 by Norwich City and Newcastle are now in 5th place level on 59 points with Spurs,  with Chelsea taking on Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight.

Things are looking way up on Tyneside.

PS – Sunderland were hammered 4-0 at Everton.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, James Perch (Shane Ferguson 46), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 85), Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba (Shola Ameobi 64)

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Mehdi Abeid, Dan Gosling

Bolton Wanderers (4-5-1): Adam Bogdan; Gretar Steinsson, David Wheater, Tim Ream, Sam Ricketts; Chris Eagles (Ryo Miyaichi 78), Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley (Ivan Klasnic 82), Martin Petrov; Kevin Davies (c) (David Ngog 78)
Subs not used: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Marcos Alonso, Zat Knight, Marvin Sordell

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Attendance: 52,264 (1,000 Bolton)



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38 comments so far

  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1

    8 seconds between HBA skinning the first defender and slotting past bogdan,,, wow

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  • purpleboots

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Arfa is racking up plenty of assists and is popping up with the goals here and then. On fire along with Cisse who is red hot.

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  • pardew no 1

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #4

    ba was shocking he is loosing his magic i think we should star shola big and strong for a team like stoke and ben arfa take a bow

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I said OMG 4 times on Benny’s goal !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • purpleboots

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    So is Cisses record officially the best or has that Coventry player still got it?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7

    And, Pardew took Arfa off course he knew he would get a standing ovation and deserved it.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t wait to see that goal again.

    HBA gets Pardew out of jail.

    442 sucks Pardew … don’t suck up to Ba.

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  • super magpie

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Also its now official!

    after being infront of the mackems for so long we are now officially the North east top dogs once again 🙂

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    curt the ablla cors ro? erm ed

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Bolton, u’ve just been HatemBombed,

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    @Rotonda
    I made my one year old cry from my screaming, lol.

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  • Tiote4PM

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    “That Coventry player…”

    That was Mickey Quinn – Newcastle legend fella, not anybody.

    Pay some

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Hatem Ben Arfa. Nuff said

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Yep with five games left we’re 17 points ahead of the scum!!

    That’s more than half a league ahead of them …

    Toon Army.

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  • joppadoni

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Ba is fantastic, he is a brilliant player. he will come in to his own over the next few games. being annoyed with your manager taking you off is part of being a footballer. tonight he will be delighted with it and will move on without a thought. great game today i thought, we held defence well and bar a few sloppy passes beat a tough bolton team. tim krul deserves a mention for his positioning and his steady hands.. if not his kicking to much haha

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  • stoonley

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Krul – 8.5
    Coloccini – 7
    Santon – 7.5
    Simpson – 6
    Williamson – 6.5
    Perch – 7
    Cabaye – 7.5
    Ben Arfa – 8.5
    Gutierrez – 7
    Cisse – 7
    Ba – 7

    Ferguson – 7.5
    Shola – 8
    Raylor – 6

    Krul, Ben Arfa and Shola for me made the difference today. Ferguson looked very confortable I thought, Ba played well, definately on a par with Cisse.

    Howay!!!!!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    lol Mickey Quinn

    When footballer’s physical fitness was a joke and you could play pissed.

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    more worried about our everton match than city/chelsea. gonna be a tough last 3 games, if were not in top 4 by then cant see us finishing there like

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  • tarie4

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #20

    did you see that goal from ben arfa???? hahaha goal of the season.. crouch sit down son!!!

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  • lukes26

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #21

    We’re level with Tottenham on pts…however, they do have a much easier schedule ahead.

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  • josh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Missed the goals due to my stream developing the personality of a menopausal woman. But sounded like a hard fought win. Let’s not be too hard on ba lads. Granted his attitude stank, but you can understand how he is due to the limelight being taken from him. Team player and all that jazz but its only human nature. If pards can work his magic that he’s been working on the field I’m sure he can do it man to man with big demba. Let’s enjoy this one boys. HWTL

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  • joppadoni

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #23

    one more thought before going back to play some wowage, ben arfa is nowt like messi… however he has always been brilliant with the ball, and i am as glad now as i was when we got him on loan as he is a fantastic footballer. both skilful and can change a game yeah, but messi is shorter. 😛

    TTBaWA

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Everyone was criticizing SHOLA, but today Shola turned the game around. We were unable to hold ball in 1st half. But as soon as SHOLA was introduced we were able to hold ball up.

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  • Oleg G

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    In the last 6 games the only team that is better than us is Man U, nice.

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  • Korzic

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Spurs supposedly have an easy run in but they’re playing so badly that every fixture will be difficult.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Ba’s a class act going through a difficult time of it…he’s got passion and he’s top.
    Some of the comments about Ba are bang out of order…..we should be supporting and nurturing our top scorer. Support our players coz’ they’re our team eh!
    HWTL

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  • josh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    @ NEPAL. Love shola, always have always will.. iv never bad mouthed him, and scoring or not scoring he continues tp contribute. NUFC legend

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  • josh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #29

    To* iv had a few ….

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Now we should be immensely dissapointed if we don’t qualify for Champions League now. We won’t get better opportunity to break into top 4. And Europa League is not good enough for us especially with Stars Like BENNY MESSI in our team.

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  • Dearka

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #31

    for 70 min the game was so dull and bolton were the better team but after Ben Arfa goal newcaslte became the better team until the end and thx whatever god you believe in that the players get a two week rest.

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #32

    @ josh. thanks Josh, at least there is someone other than me who can understands SHOLA’s loyalty towards the GEORDIE nation.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Well, Great result, flat performance.

    No idea who id give MOTM to. Probably HBA for producing some magic.

    The thing with HBA is that he can be quiet a whole game and still win it for us like today. Thats why he is so important to this team.

    Young Shane looked good out left.

    Shola is def an impact sub. Not sure what to say about Ba. If he is gonna start kicking off then more fool him. If he cant understand that his new role in the team is equally as important despite not scoring then he is not on board with the Newcastle mentality (No player is better than the team).

    I think it was a very contested game and Pardew had a tough time in doing anything about it. Thats the case when you have your flair players being cut off. I think we could have used a fit Marveaux in that game to freshen up our attack.

    But Well done Bolton (they did well) and well done Newcastle.

    Hope Ba and Pards can put that incident behind and move on.

    5 WINS ON THE TROT GUYS

    Of the 14 games we have played this year (Jan-) we have 9 Wins, 2 Draws and 3 losses

    That’s 29 points from a potential 42

    Thats a very good record indeed. We are statistically the 3rd most in form team in the Prem behind Man U and Arsenal. We currently have the second best winning streak on the go.

    17 Wins 8 Draws 8 Losses
    Thast 52% of games won. and a further 24% drawn.

    WE ARE LEVEL WITH SPURS ON POINTS ON SAME NO OF GAMES PLAYED. 16 points clear of Liverpool and 8 clear of Everton. We are 17 points clear of Sunderland.

    What a season we have had so far

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  • only magpie of nepal

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #34

    after SHOLA’s retirement, his no. 23 shirt should be retired as the mark of respect to Shola’s Loyalty toward the club. Even if it is not retired, it should be given to most loyal player in the squad.

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  • HarryHarrison

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Since our last minute loss to Arsenal we have played 5, scored 10 and conceded just 1 (against WBA) Krul must surely be on for Golden Glove!? Also had we not conceded that last minute goal we would be joint 3rd today but who’s to say we would have gone on this run having drew with Arsenal hmmmm who knows but one things for sure, we are flying, hope we can make it a season double over Stoke and then beat Wigan, Chelsea are certainly beatable and Man City also, Everton to me looks like our toughest game remaining! MEGA LOLZ!

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  • stretchintoon

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    im in dreamland HWTL

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    First of all great win today- what a result to put us level with Spurs. Secondly if there indeed is criticism directed towards Ba it has to stop as without him we wouldn’t be were we are now, and probably wouldn’t have been able to convince Cisse to join him here with us. We should be supporting Ba and letting him know he is greatly appreciated here. Don’t forget he still has that 7M clause in his contract and if he’s being disrespected now he will hold that as a deciding factor.

    Big respect to BOTH Dembas, Benny Arfa and Pardew.

    Santon had a good game today too and Krul saved our bacon again or else it could have been very different.

    HWTL

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  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m happy with Pardew for doing what he thinks is right, without too much concern if Ba gets upset at being taken off. I wasn’t at the match today but it sounds like Pardew made the right decision and Shola played much better when he came on.

    Of course we love Ba for what he’s done for us his year, but remember he (or his agent) insisted on wholly mercenary release clauses in his contracts with both West Ham and Newcastle, even including a big slice of any (already low) release fee. He is clearly hugely ambitious and motivated by money as well as football glory and Pardew will have a tough job convincing him to sign a new contract with no release clause.

    Ultimately, if he exercises his release clause and leaves, it would only demonstrate an attitude we don’t really want at the Toon. I really think CL qualification and some early transfer activity this summer will be needed to convince him it’s in his best interests to stay.

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