Yohan Cabaye had his first full game for Newcastle this season today, and he put in a workmanlike performance for the side, and Newcastle looked a good side today at Aston Villa, and for once we even looked a threatening side up front with Ben Arfa and Loic Remy providing a threat on both wings.
Ben Arfa scored Newcastle’s first goal this afternoon
And it seemed like the 4-3-3 formation really suited our players , who are used to playing this type of formation in France and on the continent.
It was good to see Newcastle play so well today and just about deserve the win.
But it was thanks to Gabriel Agbonlahor for missing an absolute sitter in the second half, when it looked easier to score than miss – and the Villa striker didn’t even hit the goal but put the ball wide – even I could have scored with that chance – well maybe not.
Yohan was upbeat after the game, and he now thinks the team is playing like we did two years ago, and seems confident we can do well this season:
“We were playing with same shape that we had in the team two seasons ago and that suits us well.” “They found it hard to play against us. We knew with Hatem on the right, Loic on the left and Papiss as well, we have good energy and dangerous players up front.”
“It was important that we kept the ball well with two touches, three touches, and we did that.” “Aston Villa made it hard for us at the start of the second half, but we stayed solid and in the end we got the win, so it was a good afternoon.” “The best thing is going away from here with the win and three points.”
“We have to keep this mentality around the whole club; if we do that then we have the quality in the team to have a very good season.” “It was a very good win because it is always very difficult to come here and get something.” “There is a nice feeling in the dressing room after that.”
“We now have two wins in a row in the Premier League so we are moving in the right direction and it is good for us.”
Our next game looks like an easy one at St. James’ Park against Hull City next Saturday afternoon, but nothing is easy in the Premier League, and Hull have already put in some solid performances under Geordie manager Steve Bruce.
But if the lads can play as well as they did this afternoon – there’s a decent chance we can get another 3 points and be off to an excellent start to the league.
One of the keys for the season is to keep our top players like Ben Atfa and Loic Remy fit – and we hope that Faye Downey will help us do that – because it will make a huge difference.
And did I mention that Sunderland lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal.
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