The one highlight last night was the return to the first team of the great Hatem Ben Arfa, who had been out of the last few games with a hamstring injury, but he scored a great goals and is our Man of the Match with 41% of the vote, with Vurnon Anita is second place on 27%.
Ben Arfa – after scoring terrific goal last night
And Alan Pardew withdrew the possible match-winner early last night, because of the Frenchman’s lack of match fitness, and he was replaced by Shola Ameobi, who is hardly the threat of a Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa had already hit a superb goal after 54 minutes, when he literally scored a goal out of nothing.
This is what the Newcastle manager told the local press today:
“He was short of match fitness, and I thought he struggled in the early part of the game to pick up the pace.” “However, he had some great moments.” “He was tiring and I had to remove him.” “It was a terrific goal and that is what he can create.”
He may not have been match fit but Ben Arfa was the best player on the Newcastle side last night – and to try to cheer up our readers this morning, take a look at his magnificent goal last night – maybe a few times.
And if you haven’t already voted for your Man of the Match – here’s your chance.
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