Newcastle Have Momentum And The Mercurial Ben Arfa – Video

It looked like Newcastle would do no better than a 0-0 draw yesterday at home to Bolton.

Ben Arfa slots in Newcatsle’s first goal – brilliant!

And indeed with just 20 minutes to go it was Bolton who had missed the better chances, as Chris Eagles after 48 minutes and Mark Davies after 63 minutes had seemed to miss open goal opportunities for the Trotters.

And Newcastle had to thank goalkeeper Tim Krul for keeping them in the game with two saves, with the best one being his save from Eagles early in the second half, when it looked like the Bolton forward had to score.

But then after 73 minutes a certain Frenchman called Ben Arfa changed this game, and kept Newcastle’s hopes of reaching the Champions League next season alive, with a wonder goal.

When Ben Arfa scored his goal against Blackburn in the FA Cup, there was very little TV coverage of the game, and that goal has never received the kudos it deserved, but this one is.

Ben Arfa got the ball in his own half and then moved at speed towards the Bolton goal, beat at least three men, kept his head, and poked the ball into the back of the net for a goal that allowed Newcastle to take all three points for the fifth game running.

Papiss Cisse scored after 83 minutes as he was brilliantly set up by Shola Ameobi, although the Senegal striker looked offside, and that’s what Bolton manager Owen Coyle was complaining about at the end of the game to the referee.

We wondered why he was complaining since Newcastle had scored a great goal through Ben Arfa and it was 2-0 so Cisse’s goal didn’t matter, , but of course it’s the goal difference, and Bolton have the worst one of all the relegation fighting sides, except woeful Wolves.

But there’s no relegation fighting going on at Newcastle this season, and the opposite is true with Newcastle now in joint 4th place in the league table with Spurs on 59 points, and the Magpies have momentum on their side for the five game run-in to the season.

Oh, and we also have the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa.  And we cannot resist showing the video of his great goal – again.

Howay The Lads!!

14 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for the video again Ed…what a nice way to start the day 🙂

  • IrishToon009

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Hi Folks,
    I am looking to head over to the City home game, haven’t been to a game this year, first time in a few years! Just wondering from any members here is there many tickets left? I wont be able to buy until public sale but will probably book the flights tonight.
    Help appreciated! Gotta see this boy benny in real like!

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Just looking on SkySports and they have a poll for who people think will finish 3rd and 4th and Arsenal / Newcaslte have a 59% vote. I’m sure a lot of the will be other London supporters etc having a dig at Chelsea and Spurs, but good to be seen up there in the battle and for people to be taking up seriously.

  • redondo77

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    About Ba

    I’m sorry, guys. I couldn’t agree with you on this. I never praise Ba in this blog. Yes, he was great he scored 16 goals for us.
    I just can’t take what he did to AP in front of supporters, media, and teamates. AP trusted him, believed in him, when Stoke didn’t want him because of his injury and that’s how he repay AP.
    I know it’s only his 1st time doin that, I hope AP can resolve this with him soon.

  • Nojdani

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Can´t get enough of that goal 🙂

    Thanks Ed 😉

  • Vask

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    AH! What a weekend, two brilliantly differently different performances from the team. Two very memorable goals scored. in fifth position on points and level with spurs. Nice little rest now before we push on and secure that last champions league spot. HAWAY!!

  • 3110

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Why is it only ever Frenchmen (or Belgians) who are described as “mercurial”? Helcule Poirot is often described as mercurial but I don’t think it had anything to do with his ability to run from the half way line, beat four men and slot it into the bottom corner – if is for that reason then I missed that episode.
    Just musing – sorry I’ve nothing better to do today.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    what i dot get with all the pundits right now is they have still wrote our chances off of getting in the top 4, which in a strange way is a good thing,

    out of the 3 of us going for it, its us that have all the form, we have 5 games left of which are pretty tough, the game against everton is the only game where they have nothing in the league to play for,

    but i think the city game is more than winable, there a team that has just had the stuffing knocked out of them, and by the time we play them , they wil have nothing to play for,

    i think the 2 hard games are wigan and chelsea, both have something to play for,

    i only hope that barca stuff chelsea and they get knocked out of the cup, i dont think demateo is good enough to motovate them, honeymoon period will be over,

  • BillBurch

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    What we don’t need is Ashley breaking up the team by cashing in on our top players! There’ll be cash coming in for our league position and if we qualify for Europe, even more if we get into the CL! We really don’t need to start again with new players, apart from additions of course, who may be new to the Prem/settling in etc. Build on this team and he will see money coming in!

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Apr 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    What length is our pitch?? I timed that run from the halfway line to the goal line at about 5 seconds and that’s with the ball at his feet whilst being tackled… Is there anybody faster in the league?!!

  • blissna

    Apr 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Ed is just trolling me like.

    Mercurial is almost a negative term meaning inconsistent and/or erratic.

    I know he loves that word but it’s far from flattering and massively overused.

  • MacToon

    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Definition: 1. containing or being somehow related to mercury; 2. having a temperamental, active, or unpredictable personality; 3. quick, lively, and shrewd, like the god Mercury

  • 3110

    Apr 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Mercurial – maybe he means that he gets taller as the temperature rises. I must admit he did look a lot small in December. Never understood why it was only ever used to describe a French footballer – or Belgian detective.
    Another overused word in football is “ballooned”. Nothing else in life is ever ballooned apart from a football – as in a Chris Waddle penalty.

  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Benni was brilliant, Cabaye capricious, Shola Shimmering, Cisse scintillating, but without Charasmatic Krull, the story could have been different. Viva St James,


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