Fantastic Late Ben Arfa Goal Gives Newcastle Excellent Win


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Make no  mistake about it, this was a huge win for Newcastle United this afternoon, but Newcastle found it hard to get the breakthrough after missing several chances in the second half – but then a piece of real magic from Ben Arfa (what – again?) when the 26 year-old as he moved into the box and swung that magical left foot of his, and the ball flew into the top corner of the net – a fantastic goal from the French International and one that deserves to win any game.

The game got off to a hopeful start from Newcastle, when Coloccini went close with a header from a  corner, but the ball hit Papiss Cisse and it was obvious early on that Newcastle again had not cutting edge up front.

Mathieu Debuchy hit a long shot that was straight at the goalkeeper, and then Moussa made a good surging run up the inside left channel but then shot wide, when Papiss Cisse we much better placed inside.

But it was a forgettable first half,  with both sides looking mediocre and Newcastle obviously needing to show  more threat in the final third of the field.

But Newcastle came on well in the seocnd half and mounted some pressure on Fulham.

Newcastle were starting to create some chances and then after 65 minutes Alan Pardew made a double change with Yoan Gouffran and Yohan Cabaye coming on for Shola Ameobi and Vurnon Anita.

Yohan received both applause and boos from the crowd – after he had refused to play in the two previous league games, and then after 74 minutes it was Loic Remy making his first appearance for the club, when he replaced Sylvain Marveaux as Newcastle were getting on top of the visitors.

And Remy got a great reception and immediately  showed what’s in store for Newcastle fans as he immediately made a very good run up the left wing – an excellent effort from the Frenchman to good applause from the appreciative crowd.

It was all Newcastle in the second half with Ben Arfa prominent on the right wing and it seemed like Ben Arfa had created a goal as his delicate right wing cross found Gouffran, but Yohan mishit his header  from just six yards out – another glaring miss from Gouffran – who really should have scored.

And then Ben Arfa set up a chance for Papiss Cisse who got in a powerful header but the ball thudded against the cross-bar.

After 84 minutes Debuchy headed over from a left wing corner,  as Newcastle were surging forward and trying to get that winning goal – with the crowd again roaring on the players – urging them to get that vital goal.

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Ben Arfa being congratulated after great goal – YES!!!

And Newcastle started to play much more aggressively, and then it happened after  86 minutes, as the influential Ben Arfa produced a bit of his magic that has made him a darling on Tyneside.

He got the ball on the right wing and moved inside before releasing a wonderful shot with that left foot of his – and the ball flew into the back of the net – and Newcastle had made the breakthrough.

It was a great 3 points for the lads, and with a little luck we could have had a second goal, but this is just what the doctor ordered – a win – a good win – and an excellent second half performance from Newcastle today at St. James’ Park.

With Cabaye and Remy on in the second half – Newcastle even looked to be  a very good side. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Yohan Cabaye 65), Sylvain Marveaux (Loic Remy 74); Shola Ameobi (Yoan Gouffran 65), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Loic Remy

Fulham (4-4-2): David Stockdale; Sascha Riether (Matthew Briggs 73), Brede Hangeland (c), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Alex Kacaniklic, Steven Sidwell (Hugo Rodallega 88), Scott Parker, Bryan Ruiz; Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent (Adel Taarabt 82)
Subs not used: Neil Etheridge, Derek Boateng, Giorgios Karagounis, Damien Duff

Referee: Chris Foy



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326 comments so far

  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Incredible that certain absurdists are taking the time to knock Ben Arfa – enjoy ffs.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Would rather have HBA than Messi.

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  • toonking

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    HBA world class what the hell is it with people

    if a player was ever world class then he would never ever be in this football club

    a world class player is a player that will be in the starting 11 of a team that is always going to get to the late stages of the CL also the teams will spend a massive amount of money to buy him and finally will be the one of the first names that a fan who does not support the club it is from would mention if asked who is his best player.

    we Newcastle fans might think HBA is so good but he really is a Europa league team stater
    if I was asked world class players the first names in my head are bale Ronaldo messi van persie agueo.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    A weak first half by us but much better in the second. Benny was the difference again. He forced Fulham to fall back and defend time and time again. His shot is class as well. Cisse should take notes.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    @Eddie true, Bloody call them selfs Nufc fans, Asshole’s.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Battle of 04s

    Schalke vs Bayer leverkusen.

    Don’t want to watch the Mackems

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    David Silva is considered world class,rather have benny in my team.People say he is not world class,then compare him to Bale,Ronaldo and Messi,like there are only 3 world class players in the world.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think any one actually thinks HBA is world class. its all in the heat of the moment to why there are such statements.

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  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    This “world class” talk is, frankly, irrelevant.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Good that we didn’t sign Bent

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  • gazzaforever

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Toonking you are an idiot. Benny could have played for many bigger clubs but was injured 2 times as the worst moment. You are just blind, he could play in any team in the world.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Eddie

    Insane isn’t it. Especially given that the term ‘world class’ is hardly scientific.

    The fact is that he’s a player that always wants the ball, always wants to make things happen himself, and is willing to shoulder the responsibility himself. Those are attributes that I’m not sure a single other member of our squad possesses, bar perhaps Colo.

    He messes up a lot and hits wayward efforts from 40 yards all the time, but let’s be honest, there’s more chance of him scoring from the half way line than there is of our team successfully working the ball into the box to create a clear cut opportunity.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

    That’s not to say HBA is world class.

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  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe we can all just agree that Ben Arfa is “class”.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #15

    I cant say cabaye played great or remy was magnificent but their mere presence spurned everyone on-players and crowd.
    It was like signing two new players.

    Thats the difference keeping yr players and getting new ones can make.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #16

    @NufcCarter The closest goal scored like a Messi Goal was Ben Arfa vs Bolton, What about his goals vs Blackburn, Everton and all his other goals, Takes a world class player to score goals like them end off.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I meant that’s not to say HBA is a class act.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #18

    I’ll agree he’s a very good player. Not knocking him, just responding to a statement I disagree with. If that makes me an @sshole kevy then so be it.

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  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    TDS – Quite right. As you say, if not Hatty then who, for crying out loud – it’s not like we have first dibs on the creme de la creme 🙂

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #20

    HBA is not world class,he’s interplanetary class,if a species of alien landed with 16 legs and 12 arms he’d wipe the floor with them in a game of knockouts.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #21

    HBA is our best player for me. World class and great are word which are abused a lot.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Remy looked different class when he came on….his energy levels, touch, vision just so much better than we have seen lately at this football club.

    The problem is this result is going to pave over the cracks…we still need a new manager because with the players we have we should have beaten a team like that today 3 or 4 nill.

    Thats is one of the best squads we have had for a long long time but Pardew still fails to get the best out of them.

    We still have no style of play, we don’t attack as a team and to rely on single players to get you a result each time will more often than not fail to work.

    I would take a new manager over any amount of signings in the next few days.

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  • hatemorloveit

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #23

    World class players are consistent, Ben arfa is not

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway, must be off here chaps.

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  • NUFCarter

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #25

    I think we have all acknowledged Hatem Ben Arfa is NOT world class

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  • The puppy formerly known as prince

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    You have to accept HBA for what he is at half time I thought he’d be lucky not to get subbed and then he comes out plays like that. He is frustrating, outstanding, and everything in between but if we was constantly outstanding he wouldn’t be playing for NUFC, so if he can find a way to win games like that with out attracting attention from other teams I’ll be a happy puppy.

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  • gazzaforever

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Genius are inconsistent.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I believe we’ve only ever had 3 World Class players in my time as a Newcastle fan…..Shearer, Andy Cole and Beardsley.

    I think we potentially another one on our hands with (and no its not Ben Arfa) Tim Krull.

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  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #29

    IM – you’re right, the words are abused – but who cares? It’s not like we’re writing a report for the UN. And what difference does it make if we all agree that Hatty isn’t “world class” – i’d stilll love him for his performance today.

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  • keeganjr

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #30

    what is this blog fantasy league nr???

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31

    jonas and taylor to come back?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Manx

    My point is, Fulham didn’t test us in midfield or attack our defence, it’s not a positive if they don’t pose a challenge for crying out loud

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Awhhhh what happened to the sit down? Was really looking forward to the 6 or 7 people making a stand 3 games into the season…

    The only real negative in that game was we need a bit of confidence in the final third, and marvaux went missing once again.

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  • toonking

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #34

    gazza
    I am not an idiot what I am is a realistic person

    world class players are those who are consistently doing this week in week out and will not even be dropped by the best of teams

    demba ba was scoring loads last season is he world class?

    HBA I call an excellent passionate player.
    but you ask any fan of the club he was at before moving to us and I can guarantee they would call you pathetic

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Although the term ”World class” is fictated around Bale Messi and Bale to much and let’s get this straight there is no way Bale is worth 2 million less than Messi and 20 mililion more than Ronaldo…Real madrid being stupid bidding that much has just made him a better player? Ribery, Robben both far better than Bale,

    David Beckham was a world class player, Hendrik Larrsson was once a world class player, Fernando Torres, and tons more, Ben Arfa certainly fits the bracket for me.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    manxpie // Aug 31, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    so ruddy it had nothing to do with us then?
    hahahahahahaha
    sorry if that was a serious statement you just made i thought it was a joke!
    so collo n mbwia cutting out everything brilliantly was pointless then and sissko n anita pressuring and tackling was also pointless they shouldn’t have bothered really!!!
    hey??
    your an intelligent guy ruddy but tbf thats your stupidest comment you’ve made!

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  • geordie157

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Flat first half but better second half and finished the game very strongly, should really have won by more. Sissoko probably put his best performance for some time, him and Anita could form a nice partnership in the middle.

    Couple of signings still needed but glad we’ve got the win and we played some decent stuff second half.

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  • Eddie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #38

    Maybe it all hinges on how big and inclusive you like your “world” to be.

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  • hatemorloveit

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Consistent doesn’t necessarily mean 10 times out of 10- mess and Ronaldo have their offdays, but ben arfa has far too many

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #40

    A ”world class” player is someone who can be the difference in a game, win a game, Something we witnessed today and Wednesday from Ben Arfa and plenty other times aswell.

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