Alan Shearer held his press conference this afternoon for the Stoke City game, and yes, his beard has a little bit longer, and it was a very short press conference of less than four minutes.
Alan Pardew’s beard is a little worse – make that longer – than this shot of him
With Aston Villa winning at Reading this afternoon and QPR beating Sunderland 3-1 at home, the pressure is on Newcastle to win tomorrow, and if we can win by two goals we can climb at least three places in the league table, and go above Sunderland, Norwuch and Stoke.
Alan was asked about Ben Arfa’ fitness, and he said the Frenchman was a bit stiff today, but that Alan was hopping to have him available for tomorrow’s game, and the manager also had this to say about the mercurial winger:
“It’s important that he has come back at maybe a crucial time because we have still managed to stay in the Europa League.” “We have done well in that competition and we have got a great chance on Thursday after the 0-0 draw in first leg.”
“But the most important thing is to get this win in the Premier League to give us some breathing space, and if we can get through this week, then Hatem is going to be very, very important to us.”
“He’s a massive player at this level. He’s our Suarez – he’s that different player, someone who in a tight game can create something out of nothing.” “He’s a fantastic player, tremendous technique and a great mentality to be one of the best players in the world.”
“That’s what he wants to be. That’s his target and all I am trying to do is drive him towards that goal.”
We hope Ben Arfa can start the game tomorrow, because we know he can make goals out of nothing, and we need a few goals tomorrow to get the win against a Stoke side that we should be able to beat, if we can show something close to our best form
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