Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted he was pulling his hair our over some Ben Arfa decisions in the game today against Fulham, which Newcastle won with a superb 86th minute Ben Arfa goal, our first league goal of the season.
Ben Arfa – there it goes – the winning goal
After the game a happy Alan Pardew had this to say:
“The goal came from Hatem and I was pulling my hair out today with him. He was making bad decisions in terms of his selection of pass, he was not really doing what we want him to do in that wide area.”
“And then he created three or four moments in the game that can change it, a couple of balls he slid across and we didn’t connect with, and then the goal was fantastic.” “That’s Hatem.”
“He makes us slightly dysfunctional at times, but he can win us a game at any level and he did that today.”
Newcastle had a so-so first half, but were much better after the break, and looked a good side when Yohan Cabaye was introduced after 65 minutes and then Remy after 75 minutes.
And for the last 25 minutes it was all Newcastle, and we had chances to get a goal, but it took a simply superb effort from the Frenchman after 86 minutes, to get the goal and all 3 points.
And for those who may not have seen the Ben Arfa goal yet – here it is.
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What a match-winner.
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