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!!