Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 – Ben Arfa Brilliance Rescues Magpies


Newcastle overcame a lackadaisical first half today when they went one goal down after 22 minutes, but came back strongly in the second half and another simply magnificent Ben Arfa goal – this time with his right foot – got the point for Newcastle but we pressed so much after the goal that the lads were unlucky not to get all 3 points.

The game started out very even with Newcastle passing the ball about well, but then out of the blue Aston Villa went ahead with a headed goal from Ciaran Clark.

Ciaran Clark seemed to be completely unmarked six yards out and he easily headed the ball past Tim Krul, from a good left wing cross from Bannan.

It was poor defending from Newcastle, and Alan Pardew will hardly be happy at that goal.

Then after 37 minutes Danny Simpson went off with a hamstring injury, and 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana came on for his Premier League debut in central midfield and Vurnon Anita went to right back.

This was the second player we had lost with injury in successive games, with Ryan Taylor out for up to six months with a serious knee injury – our squad is already being stretched.

And then Newcastle equalized after 59 minutes  – and what a simply fantastic goal it was from Ben Arfa – who from 25 yards out and with the ball on his right hand side rifled the ball home  with his right foot – what a player this lad is – and just what Newcastle needed in this game – a goal out of absolutely nothing and it gave Guzan no chance at all.

It was almost against the run of play but the goal put Newcastle right back into this game, when they looked to be struggling.

Ben Arfa after scoring brilliant goal for the Magpies

And the Villa defenders made sure he didn’t move to his left, so he took the opportunity and hit it with his right foot like an absolute bullet – pure technique and brilliance from the Frenchman.

Newcastle then went all out for the winner, but it just wouldn’t come, and Aston Villa had their chances too,  with Stephen Ireland missing a sitter after 80 minutes.

And four minutes into injury time Yohan Cabaye almost got the winner for Newcastle, when his free kick was only just kept out by Villa goalkeeper Guzan, who had a good game this afternoon in place of the dropped Shay Given.

But with Newcastle’s second half display it will be looked on as 2 points dropped, but it looks like we now have Danny Simpson out injured along with Ryan Taylor.

18 year-old Gael Bigirimana came on for the injured Simpson and played very well, and he looked a first team player this afternoon – this lad could well become a Newcastle great – and he can be very happy with his Premier League debut so soon after arriving on Tyneside.

Disappointing result for Newcastle this afternoon, but a good display in the second half and with a bit of luck we could have had all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 37), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez (Sylvain Marveaux 85); Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 87), Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Brad Guzan; Eric Lichaj, Ciaran Clark, Ron Vlaar, Matthew Lowton; Karim El Ahmadi (Charles N’Zogbia 73), Barry Bannan; Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland, Andreas Weimann (Gabriel Agbonlahor 64); Darren Bent (c)
Substitutes: Shay Given, Graham Burke, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Jordan Bowery

Referee: Lee Probert
Attendance: 48,245



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50 comments so far

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #1

    1st again lads as always

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m so foo king piss’d off international break next week and ba and cisse stand around all game doing nowt I feel like stabbing paul lambert for his arrogance the small chubby specky tw@t!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Marvuex to start for me next match over Jonas.
    Jonas needs a kick in the ass to get going properly.
    He can run and work hard and get free kicks, but that’s it.
    And we don’t need 15 holding midfielders ffs.

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    5 mins of injury time given in which a minute is taken to take a Cabs freekick coz of Villa players whinging. Guzan booked in injury time for time wasting. The ball goes out on 5 mins and the ref blows when Guzan restarts play. WTF??

    The very fact you have booked someone for time wasting surely means you have to add some more time on. Am I missing something?

    Might sound like clutching at straws but FFS shouldn’t we employ the rules – otherwise we might as well all play handball. Oh wait, Villa did.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #5

    The game was about as tedious as this blog, just ridiculous how we only switched on after Benny’s goal and realised we were actually at home!

    On the plus side, Anita, Bigi and Ben Arfa were good, and Obertan is showing a lot more confidence, he could have maybe came on earlier, but nevermind!

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  • pawl250

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    We had a poor first half. Not too bad second people are overreacting!

    Not like we lost for god sake! It was a poor performance but this melt down is exactly the same as the melt downs when we lost every game last season!

    It happens! 2 week international break but if we win against Everton I would have been overjoyed with 7 points in 4 games! Especially given we would have played Chelsea, Everton and Spurs!

    I know its jumping the gun but wait and see! I am sure some of the negativity from the fans doesnt help the team also! I mean the talks of protesting against the club this week was ridiculous!

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  • Klam3r

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #7

    442 is for lesser teams that can’t dominate a match. Why do we play 442? We have players that, together, will outplay 2/3 teams in the league. Still we have to use two strikers and play long ball? We don’t play on our midfielders strengths.

    I don’t get it Pards, and perhaps it’s just my frustration talking…
    It’s gonna be a long evening.

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  • martoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Just left the match to be honest Villa deserved a draw.

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Poor all over really Simmo will be a loss hopefully he gets fit again soon

    Cabs, Cisse and Jonas didnt look up to much imo. Ba and HBA ball greedy but had decent games. Bigi cross field passes show his vision but short range he struggled to gauge speed/power required will learn quickly if given games in the PL. Santon and Anita looked good but Villa aimed to hit us on the break so didnt get tested much. Saylor and Colo were good barring the goal

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Joining the 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 crew full time over here now.

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  • MagPieMan

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Ben-Arfa11  Sep 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    IM OFF LADS

    i be back 2moro after the match to talk about anitas poor showing and cisses stunning 2 goal performance.

    mark my words it will be

    newcastle 2 aston villa 2

    with cisse scoring 2 goals and anita giving away another penalty.

    we will also see a severe injury to jonas

    which i hope he recovers really well from

    peace out lads!!!

    remember

    keep the faith

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #12

    @HBA BLOOD spot on mate .

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  • phonics84

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    This business with being outplayed in the first half every game is very bad. AP is gonna have to get the boys to up the tempo from the off otherwise were gonna get done every game. Watched the game and ba and cisse look lazy. Think trying to make one player happy (ba) for the sacrifice of the teams formation has got to stop. Although benny seemed to have a free roll today which was good.

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  • ToonIcon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    For me i think Cabaye Ba and Cisse are way of the standards of last season only really Ben Arfa started this season well Pardew needs to sort them out we cant afford to be carrying 3 of our 4 best players

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  • MagPieMan

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #15

    BenArfa11 what have you got to say?

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #16

    @HBA Blood Twister

    I couldnt care about injury time

    Injury time isnt the reason we played so poorly in the first half or why no-one can take a set piece.

    Pardew is starting to make some tactical mistakes here, its either his stubbornness or he is completely blind when it comes to what works and what doesnt with the team.

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    magic pie man atleast i got the result right and there was a nasty injury just wrong player

    im the only person to predict a draw and an injury in todays game

    all of you said that it was going to be an easy game

    if you want someone to slag

    slag the guy who said we were going to win 6-0 again today haha

    also it was funny the guy who did the 5 pound accumulator with 5 teams and all he needed was a newcastle win against a woeful villa side to get 450 quid

    it could be worse we cud be this guy ha

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  • Kyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Why the fook do we play 4-4-2? To keep Ba happy? Last time I checked our strikers haven’t scored in a 4-4-2 in over a year.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Disappointed with the result but I think there were definitely positives to take from the game.

    Our two new signings were great, obertan looked up for it, santon was a threat going forward, great save from krul and I don’t understand the criticism levelled at ba – he looked lively and had great control and definitely wants to have a crack at goal a lot. Ben arfa was mostly extremely wasteful but his goal was superb.

    Negatives – colo looked beaten for pace almost all the time, gabby destroyed him. Taylor was ok but in the first half was all over the place. Shame about simpson going off, was having a good game until then. Cisse looked a bit disinterested at times. Cabaye was absent for most of the game. Our crossing throughout was mostly awful.

    Overall I think a draw is fair but it was a game we should have got 3 points from. Everton away is a terrible game for us to have next.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    @WWYCD
    I’ll let u do the talking, that’s pretty much my words on display right there.
    After calming down 😛

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  • seancavaz

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Hatem Ben Arfa £6million
    Eden Hazard £32million

    May cause a debate but the Toon in my opinion have a better value player! Wonder strike today, shame we didn’t get all three points but HBA outstanding, Anita as a right back looked a class apart and much more comfortable there then centre mid and Bigi wey all I can say is £1m and the lad just looked unreal!

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  • toonking

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    my team for next game
    krul
    anita colo saylor santon
    tiote cabaye
    obatan HBA marvo/jonas
    cisse/ba
    but if pardew still insist on 442 with both ba and cisse up front i don’t care if fane start calling for his head as he deserves it. think back to early part of last season what was the biggest thing we blamed it on no plan B which is just what he seems to be like ATM.

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  • pawl250

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #23

    ALSO all those praising Ben Arfa like he did everything right he was woeful today! 1 goal was his contribution he lost the ball several times and his passing was awful!

    He could have even possibly won the game for us at one point! Him and Obertan linking well with Cabaye on the end of the 6 yard box with no one around him! He passed to a Villa player?! It was a 2-3 yard pass and he didnt do it!

    He was not that great! He looks better than the rest because of 1 goal and our team all played badly, he was very VERY average.

    Bigi and Anita played well, but Anita only started fitting into the team when he went to right back! He suits that position 10x more and can actually cross the ball!

    Formation was not to blame both Ba and Cisse movement was woeful today, but Ba edges it for me. Cisse is living on last years reputation but Ba has played 10x better than him so far this season…. and that statement speaks volumes of Cisse form!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Steven Taylor is crap. Come on and shoot me down but that kid is really shite. Sorry my opinion

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Simpson cost us the game again. He was at fault for their goal. He didn’t block the cross and was out of position. I’m glad he’s got injured.

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #26

    @marc f u ck off how the fcuk could you come on here and say that you pr!ck …fcuking spast!c

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  • MagPieMan

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #27

    I was actually asking about your thoughts on Ania today

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  • WWYCD

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Dannyo
    Haha dont get me wrong am fairly annoyed but we got a point (should of been 3) . Over the season though we will beat some we shouldnt and get hammered by some we should run all over thats football 😀

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Yes Danny Simpson injured.
    Say hallelujah.
    Hallelujah!!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #30

    SHould be beatin teams like Villa at home

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard)

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Wtf? Was I at the wrong game or something??!!
    We tried to play a little game called football. Villa tried to play a little game called lets kick the sh1t out of these especially the little ones.

    And Ed, I love you but haway, our goal was against the run of play? Get real. We were the best side all the way through that match.

    Yes we dropped points, villa were ridiculously lucky not to have been hammered. I mean they started time wasting at 36 minutes.

    Good points –
    Ben Arfa has clearly been working on his right foot.
    Bigi looks fantastic. It’s almost unnatural for such a young lad to fit in so comfortably, especially as a sub.
    Anita is a very good right back.
    We dominated possession.
    Our players are starting to click. Cabaye looking sharper. Still long way to go.
    Obertan looked decent when he came on.

    Bad points
    We let them score
    We were a bit ropy at the back sometimes.
    Cisse is still miles away in terms of form.

    Those saying Pardew got it tactically wrong. We play an ultra attacking 433, it wouldn’t have worked.
    Villa stopped us from playing football, mainly by kicking us.
    We would have been vulnerable to counter attack, with bent a constant presence behind our defenders, they would have scored.

    Yes we are dissapointet to drop points, but give yer heads a shake. We were by far te better side and deserved to win.

    “Ben Arfa rescues magpies”
    Try
    “cheating villa scrape by with a point after 60 minutes of time wasting and UFC style tackling.”

    HWTL

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #32

    All those saying they’re glad Simpson is injured should take a long look at themselves, it’s terrible to wish injury on anyone but a Newcastle player?

    You’re not proper fans of this club and should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #33

    spurs have drawn at home to both norwich and west brom both winnable games for them they be regretting it

    we had a huge chance today to move forward and we failed.

    i expect us to finish 9-10th this season

    people who say we are top 6 are talking through there ass

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Bigirimana got better as the game went on, but Abeid is miles ahead of him at the moment. I can’t believe he’s not in the squad.

    Where was James Perch today?

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #35

    I love it when fans use their crystal balls to predict end of season standings.

    If I had one I would use it for the lottery.

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  • JDdubai

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #36

    @Conaldo 30

    “Cabaye looking sharper”?????????????????

    @Pawl 22

    “The formation was not to blame”

    Seriosuly you must be on another planet, this formation is:

    wasting our playmaker,
    it has 2 CF’s who do not have even 1 percent of a partnership in them, they are both finishers unless Ba moves out wide,
    we struglle to get fluid passing going as too many times we try to go long to the front and it keeps coming back at us

    This formation, and Pardew’s perverse insistance on it is the biggest issue we have right now. If we actually had ambition to challenge for the top 4 this season or try to replicate last year then Pardew needs to switch on and realise we need to lose the 4-4-2.

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  • geordiemacc

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Gobsmacked at the amount of people wishing our players to get injured. How backwards is that? One breathe you say our squad is paper thin, the next you want ba to get injured so Cisse can play up front on his own. Surely it would be less costly and more intelligent to change the formation rather than wish injuries on your own team. This blog was set up for toon fans to voice their opinions (regardless of what they may be) not for secret mackem lovers to condemn our team to injuries. What a bunch of total f**k wits.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Kets your knowledge of newcastle and football is terrible.

    Abeid and bigi are completely different sorts of players. I would explain how but I’ll wait til you’ve actually seen either play so you can find out yourself.

    Perch injured. Again, know much about your supposed team?

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #39

    ketsbia

    perch had neck injury

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  • bucktoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Hate reading all of the negativity on this Blog. This ones shite, that ones shite etc etc. Some players have had a slow start – granted. But I remember having these same arguments with so many people last year about Ba. He turned out Ok, and im sure he and Cisse will be back firing soon – class is permanant, form is temporary. Why do we always have to put our players down?????????????

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