In truth we didn’t play great in the first half yesterday, and at half-time we looked a little inept up front, and the game was rather boring, with both sides struggling to get going – but it was all change in the last 30 minutes, when Newcastle came to life and as usual were spurred on by the fantastic St. James’ Park crowd.
Hatem Ben Arfa – a maverick – surely not 😀
Alan Pardew must have been a relived man yesterday, although he didn’t show all that much emotion at the end of the game, but he knows it was a great result for Newcastle – there’s no doubt about that.
And Alan talked about Ben Arfa and called the mercurial one a maverick:
“We showed the power we have got but haven’t had available.” “Suddenly we looked like we could get bags of goals.” “It was unbelievable in the second half we could have two or three.
“Fulham frustrate you.” “But we put more pressure on the game.” “We increased our attacking options to get us under the line.” “I’m pleased for our fans.”
“Hatem is such a maverick.” “He is difficult to manage in terms of getting a structure to the team.” “But he’s got exceptional talent.” “Remy came on and we looked like we doubled our threat.”
It’s true what Alan says, and my heart flutters a bit when Ben Arfa gives the ball away in those very bad positions on the pitch – but hey – Ben Arfa is what he is, and he does give the ball away too much.
You can take him or leave him.
We’ll take him – without a doubt – thank you very much.
He was the match winner yesterday with that simply superb goal – another one to add to his growing collection at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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