Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 – Full Match Report


Here’s the game as we saw it – as it happened.

The lads came out with their black tops on and with the words on the back –  Ryan Taylor Over The Top – as a nice gesture to Ryan Taylor, who looks like he’ll be out for up to six months with his ACL knee injury.

Newcastle got a fantastic reception from the St. James’ Park crowd in warm weather and bright sunshine in Newcastle – what!

It was fairly even in the first 15 minutes or so with Newcastle starting to pass the ball around well, with the defense looking solid enough in the first few minutes of the game.

Then after 15 minutes Santon took the ball into the penalty area and simply fell down when challenged,  but in no way was that a penalty – unfortunately.

The Newcastle crowd has certainly turned up today, and they made themselves heard loud and clear, and my brother Rod was there somewhere – but just couldn’t pick him out. 😀

After 19 minutes it was Tim Krul who saved Newcastle, with a good save from a Darren Bent point blank shot, and Darren had an open goal to shoot at, and then Coloccini cleared well for a corner from the rebound, that was close.

Bent then broke well down the left wing, but Tim Krul saved his shot well, at the second attempt.

And then after 22 minutes Aston Villa went ahead when Ciaran Clark headed home unmarked from just six yards out, from a good left wing cross from Bannan.

It was poor defending from Newcastle and certainly Alan Pardew will wonder what his defenders were doing.  After 25 minutes a free kick into the Villa box was headed just over by Steven Taylor, but he didn’t know too much about it.

Then good play by Demba Ba gave Cisse a sharp chance,  but the goalkeeper somehow blocked the shot for a corner – Cisse should have buried that one.

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 it seems.

Then just before half time Cisse had a decent chance but the ball was just too high for him and he headed the ball wide.

Half time came with the score still 1-0 and Newcastle will have a lot of work to do in the second half,  as Aston Villa more than held their own in the first half of this game, and again our front two strikers of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba have not looked anywhere near as sharp as last season.

There were no changes made at half time,  but Alan Pardew will need to change it around a bit if we are as poor up front in the second half, as the lads looked in that first half, we need more bite – where’s Adam Campbell?

Newcastle were far too  flat in that first half,  and we need to show a lot more urgency if we are to get back into this game, but it was Aston Villa who remained on the front foot at the start of the second half.

After 50 minutes goalkeeper Guzan, who was having a good game in place of the dropped Shay Given, was first to a long cross into the box with Demba Ba challenging, and the American was looking very safe.

On 53 minutes Vurnon Anita got in a  decent cross from the right wing,  and it was Ben Arfa whio headed it, but Guzan collected the ball just beneath the cross-bar.

Aston Villa were playing well and seemed more than a match for Newcastle, as our lads seemed to still be struggling, and were still flat in the second half.

A quick Villa breakaway after 58 minutes saw Stephen Ireland hit the ball straight at goalkeeper Tim Krul, who saved well.

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 the Frenchman gave Guzan no chance at all.

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

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 guided missile  – pure technique and brilliance from the Frenchman – again.

Bigirimana was fitting in nicely in central midfield and after 67 minutes he put in a beautiful cross-field pass out to the left wing to Coloccini, who was trying to push up, as Newcastle were pressing Aston Villa for the go ahead goal.

Newcastle were pushing for the winner after Ben Arfa’s brilliance,  and a nice cross into the box from Bigirimana found Demba Ba,  who headed just over the cross bar.

Aston Villa put in a good attack which ended with Bent heading just over the cross bar, and Villa were also looking for a winner, and the former Sunderland man was seeing a lot of the ball.

After 80 minutes Stephen Ireland had an excellent chance from just outside the penalty box, but he somehow managed to shoot wide when he really should have scored – that was a let off for Newcastle.

After 86 minutes Alan Pardew brought on Sylvain Marveaux for Jonas and within a minute Gabby Obertan replaced Demba Ba.

Then with a minute remaining of the five minutes of added time,  Yohan Cabaye almost got the victory for Newcastle,  as his free kick from just outside the box was clawed out of the goal by goalkeeper Guzan, who saved Aston Villa today.

That was it,  and the referee blew the whistle and on the second half display it was 2 points lost.

Newcastle looked a little lifeless in that first half and looked more like themselves in the second half, especially when Ben Arfa’s goal brought Newcastle right back into the game.

But Alan Pardew will remain a little worried about the contribution of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse – maybe it’s time to give young Adam Campbell a chance?

A decent draw after the poor first half  display, but it’s still 2 points lost.

Thank heaven for Hatem Ben Arfa. 😀

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Gael Bigirimana 38), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (Sylvain Marveaux 86); Demba Ba (Gabriel Obertan 86), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano

Aston Villa (4-1-3-2): Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Eric Lichaj; Karim El Ahamadi (Charles N’Zogbia 73); Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan; Andreas Weimann (Gabriel Agbonlahor 64), Darren Bent
Subs not used: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Graham Burke, Jordan Bowery

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 48,245



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48 comments so far

  • ToonIcon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully Pardew will be working on fitness and ball retention during the international break

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #2

    @Toon hopefully he will be working on no dropping 2 points at home by a team that will most likely finish bottom half

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  • Sholadona

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Ben Arfa has a great game today. Bigi was class when he came on. Set plays definitely need some work as Pardew has said after the game. Aston Villa are horrible, didn’t even want a win. Referee and the Lino on the Milburn side were both terrible, we were getting held and shoved all through the game and none of them seemed to spot it.

    International break now so we should have Tiote (Who can make a big difference), Perch and Shola back for Everton.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Am I the only one who thought Hatem really didn’t have a great game?

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Cisse or ba need to be dropped its that simple

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  • Sholadona

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Also seeing the mackem tosser Darren Bent get hit in the face with the ball was fantastic

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #7

    AP: “Our crowd expected us to win today, which gave it an edgy feel – but we should have played a lot better if I’m honest.”

    WTF!!! Should the crowd must expect lose to play well? FFS!!!

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #8

    i wish it was demba ba out for 6 months than ryan taylor.

    demba ba needs to be sold to nott.forest in january for 5 million………

    we then can bring in kevin doyle who can hold up the ball and work hard for the team while cisse bags in the goals.

    team against everton

    ——————–krul————————————

    anita————colo-taylor———————–santon

    ————-jonas—tiote—cabaye————————-

    ———–ben-arfa—–cisse——–marveaux

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  • ToonIcon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    kevy dont you think the players being fitter and keeping the ball more would of beaten villa today ?

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Tds

    No he was poor today.

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  • naptoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #11

    tds
    thought benny was better than most of our team and his individual brilliance got us a point but not my mom

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #12

    AP’s post match comments are very honest and acurate…

    All except he doesn’t once mention that we were in part ragged, woeful and out-played because he insist’s on 442.

    No tactic though, as rightly pointed out by a few on here, is responsbile so several dreadful performances out there today though.

    Cabaye is clearly having a mardy because we didn’t sign Debuchy. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him leave in Jan unless we sign Debuchy.
    On today’s evidence, we wouldn’t miss him – corners are a gift and a simple set piece…just miss the first man for crying out loud.

    Cisse and Ba – there’s little evidence they can work together up top as a front 2…there was nothig to change my mind today…actually missed Shola!

    Jonas is poor and perhaps a spent force. Would really life to see Amilfitano and Marveoux.
    Bigi looks ok, makes a few mistakes but the lad is 18.
    Anita is doing ok, not a world beater yet but he has to be given time.
    Everyone else looked about average and not worth a mention.

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  • Kyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Pardew angers me.

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  • toonking

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #14

    if there is one piece of evidence that can clearly prove why 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1 it is the fact that we had so many shot at goal on thursday against that greek team which would have done a much higher scoreline if it were using our starting 11with only ba/or cisse.

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #15

    @Toon I think if villa did’nt start time wasteing in the first half we woulda won

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Benarfa
    You are a silly little tw@ fella
    you want are only striker whos scoring to be heavily injured or sold?
    Proper cnut you lad fcuking low wishing stuff like that on ppl

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  • Sholadona

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #17

    On formation: We may have to disappoint Ba and play 4-3-3, not convinced about a working partnership between him and Cisse.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Ben-Arfa11

    Clearly you’re one of those guys who goes through life simply trying to wind people up. It’s very annoying.

    Seeing as only yesterday you said that Anita and Bigirimana are not good enough to play for Newcastle, your views can hardly be taken seriously

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  • mattyNUFC

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #19

    anybody else agree cabaye needs a game on the bench after his antics today?

    assuming tiote is still not fit, my team v everton

    ………………..krul……………….
    tav…….saylor….colo….santon
    ………….anita…..bigi…………..
    ……………….HBA……………….
    obertan……………………marvs
    ……………….ba…………………..

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  • kevymartins

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #20

    You can tell the ramadan is clearly effecting cisse but not ba as much must be because cisse has nothing on him were as ba has abit of weight about him and ben arfa11 please watch this you fcuking t i t..

    http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,,16426_7411270,00.html

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  • pardews waxwork lips

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Ben arfas goal was amazing. But he was at fault for the first goal even before he got put upfront in a 4 3 3 he wasn’t tracking back there was a man over behind simpson and the goal was a result of him not tracking back!

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #22

    How can 99% of people think 4-3-3 works infinitely better than 4-4-2 yet we STILL plod along dissappointing with it?

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  • Grafton83

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Really would like to see us play 4-3-3 even if that means both Dembas don’t start.

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  • naptoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    i agree matty

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  • Ben-Arfa11

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #25

    he scored only 1 goal and he is getting in the way of cisse scoring goals

    demba ba is to selfish in front of goal

    our team would play much better if we just had 1 striker up top

    no one plays 4-4-2 noadays

    spurs played that last season against norwich and lost 1-0 but got outrun all game

    you just dont play 4-4-2 noawdays

    pardew knows this but he plays ba up front cause he doesnt want to be smashed in the head with strawberry syrup bottle

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  • Newcastle for alltid

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Both Cisse and ba are now far too comfortable with starting every game. I think they should have a taste of the bench too realise that they have to work harder. Ba looks better than Cisse nowadays, so maybe Cisse should be axed for next game. And why not let Adam Campbell try a game partnering i.e. Demba Ba upfront. It would put pressure on both Ba and Cisse to perform. Vuckic should also have a go in the league behind the striker. His shot is really good, and he’s a real hazard.

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  • chris_g

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    i wish it was demba ba out for 6 months than ryan taylor.
    ————————————————–

    I think most people on this blog would prefer YOU to be out for 6 months (or more!) rather than demba ba or ryan taylor.

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  • Jam only For H.ben Arfa

    Sep 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Naptoon, Would you like to marry me, i’m tunisian French like Hatem, and looks little him 😉

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    So Ben-Arfa11 – I guess your prediction of Anita giving away a penalty didn’t materialize. Perhaps next time…

    In the end I think Anita did a decent job but still needs work. Bigi looks class and has proven he could possibly step up to next level much sooner than expected…

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  • naptoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    waxwork lips
    crosses will come in during the game you cant stop them all i think the goal came about cos a 6 foot 3 defender was unmarked in the box with about 3 yards to the nearest defender whoever was meant to be picking him up is at fault cant understand where you blame benny from

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  • TorqToon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #31

    Fcuk me lads!!! I thought the bullsh1t spouted on here last night was bad…an now we have ‘supposed toon fans’ wishing injury to Ba and happy that simmo is out.

    You are NOT real fans, you dont deserve to be associated with this club. You are pathetic and immature w@nkers. There is no better way to put it.

    We had an amazing season last year and now you are expecting us to turn into Citeh/Chelski overnight!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves and take note of what the real fans write on here.

    As a rule – ignore what Ben Arfa 11 writes – he is seeking attention, getting it and making himself look like a complete tool. School starts again this week do he will magically disappear for a while.

    The blog deteriorates as soon as things don’t go the way it went in FIFA 12 and suddenly everybody is an expert. Yes we could, maybe SHOULD’VE signed some defenders but there is fcuk all we can do about it now.

    Maybe it’s time to step away as I’m usually very calm and the past few days on this blog angers me. Ed does a cracking job but he will lose people if all the bad mouthing continues.

    Ignore the trolls – and they will eventually get bored and go back to the Makem sh1te forum

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  • peterk3

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Why pick on Ba. He looked more likely to score than Cisse. Cisse looks completely out of his depth at the minute. It could be down to lack of service but I’d drop Cisse and play Ba. Both cant play together.
    On the subject of Ben Arfur i thought he was in and out of the game. Not His best but not his worst, great goal though.
    Cabaye certainly not firing on all cylinders and needs to up his game. I think Marveau deserves a chance, he runs at people and frightens them.
    Why are we so frustrating to support. Pass me the vallium.

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  • ashwin say's

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #33

    words of steve mc mohan: ba and cisse didnt look like themselves cause nufc has sold all strikers who can push for start ,so there is no real pressure on them to perform.
    host:shola ameobi
    mcmohan: exactly no real pressure!!
    and all shared a laugh .

    it was bit rude but fact

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  • naptoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #34

    jam lol
    i hope ure not just after a passport

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Shocking that some people on here are celebrating Simpson’s injury……well that’s a positive supporting approach to the team!
    We are already a thin squad with 8 players out and 4 in and then to top it off we’ve got people still banging on about Simpson…..
    Next match against Everton I’d like us to play one Striker and 5 in midfield…based on what I’ve seen so far this season by performance and injuries I think this is our best side:-
    ——————Krul————————–
    Santon——–Saylor——-Collo——–Anita
    ——————–Bigi————————
    Obertan————–Jonas———–Marv
    ——————–HBA———————-
    ———————BA————————
    4-1-3-1-1
    I think this would be our best formation. I would drop Cabaye simply on poor displays so far this season. Jonas can work well in the middle and provide deeper options…..Bigi looks capable on his on in DM.
    Concern is injuries so far:-
    Raylor, Shola, Perch, Simpson, Sammy….is that everyone…..so early in the season this is crushing.

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  • Mystic Mike's Iron Curtain

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #36

    TDS

    It’s a combination of both players being under-par and formation. Formations don’t account for rubbish set-pieces etc, but when you play 4-4-2 you don’t have 3 of the 4 wide players on their unnatural side (4th being Simmo, but let’s not go there), always cutting in compacting the pitch, running into crowds, not utilising the space. It’s ok if you have FBs who can overlap and instantly cross, but we didn’t/don’t usually.

    When we changed to 4-3-1-2, giving HBA licence to roam and stretch the pitch, making us less predictable, and we had Anita who looks like he can whip a decent ball coming from the right, we looked a tad better.

    The supply line was non-existent in the 1st-half, due to playing 4-4-2 with STs with identical/static movement, a lack of natural width and quality crosses necessary for 4-4-2 to work, added to HBA (who we are so heavily relying on it’s worrying) not having his best day, aside from his showstopper and we looked bereft 1st-half all the way through until HBAs goal ignited the team.

    4-3-3 was excellent last season when we switched to it (after similar performances in a 4-4-2 to this one), with largely the same players, and everyone understood and thrived in their roles, knew where they should be positioned had courage on the ball and supported each other in confined spaces – looked comfortable most importantly. I really thought we’d evolved permanently, but AP is blatantly accommodating the 2 up front to the detriment of the whole team chemistry -illustrated best when they were man-marking each other when both open in the box, resulting in Ba tamely heading over – thought they were going to have a big barney at that point, but they’re both softly spoken guys so just exchanged a few words.

    It’s a case of akrasia on APs part, because I know he knows better.

    AP isn’t infallible and the majority of people hold the same opinion and have independently expressed it as I have above, so it’s not just a farfetched, novelty notion, clearly.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Torqtoom
    Exactly lad there are some right divs on here

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  • Jam only For H.ben Arfa

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #38

    No, off course, I’ve got 2 passeport, French & Tunisian, How old are you?

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  • beefman13

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Good old ben arfa with another sizzler, thought all our players worked hard, that said cabaye is certainly not up to spped and looked vacant for a large part of the game, seemed to come to life a bit at the end, bigi has impressed me very much, hes only 18 but fits in easily a great find for sure, av got to say the two dembas just dont work playing up front, love them for the goals they have scored for us but together its pretty poor to be fair, matveaux would be a starter for me quick and desisive were as jonas is stop start fouled, nore to being a prem player than hard graft, anita will only get better for sure and santon had a very good game i thought today, it stifles us at home playing the two africans up, my next prem team would be if fit, krul anita santon colo saylor cabaye tiote marveaux ben arfa ba/cisse but maybe ba playing wider alloowing marveux to wander about like benny for the link ups further up field, think mav n benny would be great at this, jonas for me slows us down good to come on for tired legs second half though.

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  • Kyo

    Sep 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Why are you idiots having a go at Cisse? He has never been a good partner with Ba in a 4-4-2 even at International level.

    Blame Pardew for keeping Ba happy with a central role.

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