Goal Was Special – Magpies 19 Points Better Than Last Term


Alan Pardew was rightly full of praise for Hatem  Ben Arfa,  after the Frenchman’s tremendous individual goal after 73 minutes this afternoon,  got Newcastle the breakthrough they needed against Bolton.

Newcastle players celebrate Ben Arfa’s wonder goal

Ben Arfa received the ball 10 yards inside his own half in the middle of the park,  and dribbled at some speed  towards the Bolton goal, beating at least three Bolton players on the way, before slipping the ball into the net past the goalkeeper.

That brought a huge Geordie roar from the Newcastle crowd,  and big smiles from manager Alan Pardew,a dn 10 minutes later Shola Ameobi set up Papiss Cisse nicely for his 10th league goal in just nine games.

Alan Pardew had this to say after the game, about the mercurial Frenchman:.

“You don’t see many goals like that and I’ve been lucky enough to see two of them this year – both from the same player. It was a truly special goal.”

“He’s going to get all the plaudits and so he should for a goal of that quality.” “I’ve been pushing this for a while and he should definitely have a chance for the French squad.”

“The French manager needs to understand not only did he get that goal today, he had a hand in our second one as well.”

“We said if we were in there with six games to go, we would give it a go and that’s what we will do.”

“I’ve never ruled it out and if we don’t make Europe with this points total, it will be difficult to take.”

Newcastle got their 5th win on the trot this afternoon, and with Tottenham losing at home 2-1 to Norwich, who were the better side, and Chelsea only drawing 1-1 at Fulham tonight, Newcastle are now clear in 5th position, two points ahead of Chelsea and level on points with Tottenham.

Newcastle’s last five games of the season are against Stoke (H), Wigan (A),  Chelsea (A), Manchester City (H) and Everton (A), and it will depend on how many points the lads can pick up in those games, which will determine  whether we can automatically qualify for a European place.

Newcastle are also 19 points better off than we were at this time last season after 33 games, when we had only 40 points, so there’s been some significant progress this season, but somehow that seems too much of an understatement.

Comments welcome.


182 comments so far

  • stk85

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    eciting times in toon land!

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  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Who is really thinking about Europe now? I’m thinking Champions League. Bloody hell… !

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  • stk85

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    whatever happens, this season has been immense.

    it is ours for the taking now.

    and the best thing is we are still underdogs and the pressure is off. we can play how we want.

    as long as we keep on winning, we won’t need to rely on anyone else

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Right now were making a few london clubs feel a little insecure : D

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  • stk85

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #5

    i think we can dream, but we need to be humble about it.

    i still don’t like saying it out loud, esp if we lose to chelski and citeh, then we prob will need others to get us a result.

    then we can really start laying into refs for chelski’s last 4 pt gift!!

    these refs have to have some deals going on, too many dodgy calls

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Bit off topic, but referee’s are absolutely shocking these days. The whole system/profession needs shaking up. When we get the camera’s in things will improve, I would say there’s numerous points swung around by decisions each year. The referee’s have a say on a season when they shouldn’t. It opens the doop to corruption..

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Not off topic it seems : D

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Ben Arfur’s goal was really top drawer and he was like a rabbit at full tilt, skipping and weaving his way through their defence – wonderful to watch.

    And… as for our Mr Cisse, what can one say? Has he scored a goal that he didn’t make look easy? He’s a wonder and I wonder what Mr Shearer’s got to say about him. Was he born the son of a sheetmetal worker and went to school in Gosforth I wonder?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s been as good a season for Newcastle fans as it has been for Utd fans. Yes Manchester are going to be Champions, again….. but Newcastle have lost plenty players over the last year, but come back with even better players. We were more likely to be relagated than to reach the top 6 this season. The top six is ours now, and we’re in with a little shout at Champs League spot, truely amazing.

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #10

    pbNcl – agreed. Williamson had a penalty awarded against him for shirt pulling, why not anyone else today?

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  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #11
  • GeordieToon89

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently dutch reports are saying weve opened talks with Douglas

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #13

    geordiejamie89 – you’ve touched a nerve with me. Who is Utd as you put it? Don’t fall into the trap of referring to Utd when you mean Manchester United – there are more than ‘United’ in football you know!

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  • stk85

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #14

    and we are united too!

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Remind me just how many points the bin-dippers are adrift from us. Ho hum and eat your heart out Jose.

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  • GeordieGesus

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #16

    There is only one UNITED.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew get the rocky III album out.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZLnaN0aJ94

    Watch until 2.04 minutes Hatem Is the new Munez:)

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye, as well as Newcastle United, ‘United’ is such a vague term and could refer to Torquay, Hereford, Southend, Rotherham, Sheffield and oh, nearly forgot, Manchester United!

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  • lesh

    Apr 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Newcastle United!!!!

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  • If Demba Ba was in Call of Duty.. (Formerly toonfan_Ew Ew)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #20

    At the start of the season everyone thought the top 5 would comprise of ManUre, Shiteh, Spuds, Arsenal and Chelsea. How weird is it seeing Newcastle in the mix!! Is it too much to believe that Arsenal will succumb to a draw/loss against Wolves after seeing us chase up behind them? haha. Ben Arfa’s goal was something special today, though I still prefer his one against Blackburn.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #21

    we are the only United!

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  • soundoid

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #22

    How the film Goal about Hatem ben Arfa was made before he joined newcastle I’ll never know. graham Carr is played by some scottish fela Pardew by Sven, and Hatem by a mexican?????

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  • BigKirky

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Wow, I was privileged to watch that goal today in the ground. Hatem is amazing. Non believers, now U can start believing. Simply brilliant!

    My dad and I went beserk when it went in. Wouldn’t have begrudged him shooting when he passed to Cisse after another amazing run.

    Demba needs to keep his temperament in check. Other managers may have bottled taking him off to relieve themselves of Demba flack. Pardew still took him off and rightly so. I’m sure he calm down after a bit of more. He can’t keep doing that though.

    Anyway… Lets talk more about Ben Arfa!!! Hehe

    AMAZING!!!

    Santon played well as did Fergie I thought. Krul was excellent.

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  • stk85

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #24

    holloway on football league show… god he looks like he’s put on ten years!!!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #25

    @lesh I think the vast majority don’t like Manchester’s short name being “Utd” but most accept that until their team starts winning leagues and Champions Leagues, there’s not much to argue about.

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  • ConsettToff

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #26

    First visit to SJP in a couple of years today, and what a day to go! I’ll never forget Hatem’s goal as long as I live; from the moment he got the ball in the centre circle and turned his man, you just knew something special was gonna happen.

    And today was the first visit for my son as well. He’s only two and a half, but the electric atmosphere showed him what it means to be a Newcastle fan and he loved every minute. Suspect this may become an expensive hobby, especially when he starts asking for a season ticket for his birthday.

    Happy days to be a NUFC fan, HWTL!!!

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  • ImightBe Wrong

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #27

    How unfair will it be if Everton get in the europa league and we don’t!
    We slug it out all season to get as high in the league as possible. Everton win a few games, get to play a cup final at Wembley and take our european place. What a f**king Joke!

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  • Sambo from belgium

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Hehe… dreaming with my feet on the ground. Time to prove everyone wrong this year. It’s only a matter of time now…
    If Demba Ba could only cut in more like Ben Arfa can… Imagine what a front 3 we’d have? Bang Bang Bang! But I still have this weird feeling that Ba and even Ben arfa might leave this summer…

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #29

    @Sambo

    You’re a grumpy guts. Cut it out!

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #30

    I think if you ask 99 out of one hundred whether they follow Utd, they’ll either show you a Manchester United shirt and say yes, or say no. In Newcastle people might not, that’s fair enough, as Newcastle United are the biggest thing going. But the rest of the country, ie the majority of the population of the UK, would accept when you say Utd, you’re refering to Manchester Utd. Nuff said.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #31

    And to be moaning on a Newcastle United forum about the term Utd, when Newcastle have just witnessed one of the best goals for some time, and currently in a Europa League place, is pointless.

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  • MacToon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #32

    Nuff said indeed, just think your diggin’ a bigger hole tbh!

    Not right on a NUnitedFC blog 😉

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #33

    Even though I lived in Manchester for three years, in my narrow minded view of football ‘United’ means Newcastle United, nuff said.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Even when Manchester fans say ‘United’ I still think they’re talking about Newcastle until they say otherwise….come to think of it, I might be brain washed?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #35

    Yawn. Yawn and again, Yawn. You travel to twelve cities in England, Newcastle and Sunderland not included, and if I’m wrong you can have my car. Until then bore off tunnel vision twats. And to question my support of the club, season ticket holder for 8 years, (only 23 now) and buy three shirts every season without fail, and even bought signed shirts at charity events, well then. . . know sweet F.A.

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  • MacToon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #36

    😆 ooooo how impressive, there’s still only one Utd 😉

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  • voodoo85

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #37

    against the team in our last 5 matches (stoke, wigan, chelsea, man city and everton) last season, we got 7 points

    vs stoke – got beat 2-1
    vs wigan – won 1-0
    vs chelsea – drew 2-2
    vs man city – lost 3-1
    vs everton – lost 1-0

    with those same results, we would finish on 66 points – 20 above last season (wow)

    reckon we can even improve on this tho. fancy us to beat stoke and wigan, the other 3 matches could go anyway but fancy at least 8-10 points

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #38

    And being in the military I know fans of Sheffield, Hereford, amongst other clubs, and asked whether they support Utd, they’d say: “no hereford” etc etc. Knowing that when somebody says United, the club that’s as good as won 20 titles, is the club which most merits being refered to as United, as much as the rest of us don’t like it.

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  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #39

    geordiejamie89 – you’re missing the point…. the more folk refer to Utd, Manchester United”ll copyright the term ‘United’ as theirs thereby only allwoing that term to be used in the context of that club, as its brand name!

    See wher I’m coming from?

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #40

    MacToon you’re a little homo.

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