Pardew – Ben Arfa Was Sublime – We Were Really Good

It was really a very welcome win for Newcastle at Villa Park yesterday, and the lads played very well and we are now on 7 points along with the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea – so we haven’t made too bad a start to the season, and who knows we could be a lot better than we think. However it would have been good to have gained a few points on those teams after the first four games

Just kidding. 😀

yoan gouffran scores winner at Villa Park

Yoan Gouffran after scoring a very good goal

The mood of the Geordie fans at the end of the summer transfer window was not good but now Newcastle have won three game sin a row, including the Capital One Cup[ and then you looked at the starting eleven today it was strong, and the bench was very strong.

It’s not too surprising that Alan Pardew was delighted with the performance, and this is what the Newcastle manager had to say after the game:

“We were really, really good. For the first time we had an offensive look to us which I don’t think I have seen from the sidelines since Demba Ba left and it bodes well for games coming in the future.”

“Injuries last year were a massive problem and it sounds like an excuse that the manager keeps rolling out.”  “But to have the quality of Gouffran coming off the bench fresh makes the difference.”

“That’s what Newcastle teams should look like today,  and in Hatem Ben Arfa he was sublime. He was doing things anybody would pay £50 to watch.”

Loic Remy is going to be an excellent player for us, and he had a good game yesterday, and if he’s as good as we think he is, we should sign this lad permanently in early January.

And Ben Arfa was simply magnificent for Newcastle yesterday, not only because he scored a goal and made one, and made other chances that were not put away, but the lad also worked his socks off for Newcastle –  a part of his game that is improving all the time.

ben arfa congratulated aftter scoring

Ben Arfa being molested after scoring first goal – made by Loic Remy

We think Ben Arfa saw what happened on Wednesday night at the Steve Harper benefit, and saw himself coming back to Newcastle after he retires in a good few years time, and being welcome back as a former legend.

And if Ben Arfa keeps up the form he has shown so far this season, he will definitely become a legend at the club.

And a note to the powers that be at Newcastle – sign this lad up for another five years – and quickly too.

He’s the type of player that gets people to football grounds, just  as Alan Pardew says above.

It was a very good performance from our lads yesterday – we are proud of them.

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43 comments so far

  • Jamie McKellar

    Sep 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Cracking win, seeing as I have developed a hatred of Villa recently. Debuchy is still awful haha

    anyone know what has happened to Mike Williamson?

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Jamie McKellar @1……

    Great win, team selection, tactics an sy stituations.

    Could Pardew have seen the light and experienced a Damascian conversion?

    Or could Wednesday night have influenced his adoption of seeming Special K-like tactics and cavalier, attacking football?

    If he has seen the light and we played football, he clearly has been inspired as we are all are, by Special Kinnear, a super human being.

    Joe Kinnear must take the credit for that along with that due for encouraging the US and Russia to come together over Syria.

  • lesh

    Sep 15, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #3


    • Great win, team selection, tactics an sy stituations.=

    Great win, team selection, tactics and substutions!

    Ps…… Just what did happen to Williamson?

    Pps….. Anyone hear the Newcastle fan who phoned into 5 Live on Saturday night. He was singing the lads’ performance and then appealed to Ashley to spend on new players, £50m. The presenter along with Robbie Savage suggested that if we were to spend money, transfers should be left for Carr and Pardew to complete – without involving Kinnear!!

    Great stuff and getting the Ashley issues raised on radio phone-ins might be a useful way of getting the change group’s message out.

  • p

    Sep 15, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Credit should go to JFK, he was the one that signed Ben Afra after all

  • xiaofeiii

    Sep 15, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Well, Remy do makes the difference. However, Cabaye looks rusty in his passing and we fail to make some proper passing as a team. But the astonishing part is the defence. What a difference Mbiwa makes! His pace, his tackling. What concern me is the Sissko play. It seems like we put so much trust in Remy and Ben Arfa that he is playing also a defensive role, not going forward as much.

    Good win anyway!

    P.S: its too long I see a proper #14 since the great David Ginola.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Good effort by all the players and a super result, best performance since Chelsea at home last year, looking forward to Hull next week.

    Could Pardew change and start become an offensive coach? Villa playing hoofball yesterday, we were so much better than them, Up the Toon.

  • Constanstine

    Sep 15, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought our passing was really good, fast and not hoof ball. My only disappointment was Cisse, we need to drop him asap.

  • melbourne geordie

    Sep 15, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Yep. drop Cisse and play Remy up front , with Goufran and Ben Arfa either side. Much more mobile.

  • Magickit

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #9

    cisse play bad yesterday but his linkup play of 2nd goal is brilliant !

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Best things about the game – Attacking formation, players on the field who have earned their spots…and cabaye, good substitutions, good first half intensity.
    Bad things – Cisse

  • Owldman

    Sep 15, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Lets not get carried away! Aston Villa were a shadow of the team that tanked Arsenal or did we just make them look poor , not to critisise vast improvement on last season , long may it continue, weekend of joy complete seeing the Makems at the bottom.

  • sparky55

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #12

    BRILLIANT BRILLIANT WIN…but the scaredy cat went defensive after the break and we let them back into the game again didn’t we!!!

    when will he learn…we had the game by the scruff of the neck…we came in at half time 1-0 up and went out to contain them when in fact they should have gone after them again because we are the worlds worst for protecting a 1-0 lead aren’t we?

    The man has no balls and he needs to man up if we’re to achieve anything this year.

    don’t get me wrong…great result…great first half performance…but can you imagine what a 3-0 away win would have done for everyone concerned rather than another nervous second half performance because they’ve been told to go defensive and HBA worked his magic again and gouffy cleaned up.

    WE CANT RELY ON HBA TO COME UP WITH A BIT OF MAGIC EVERY WEEK…we have to be more positive as a team to do better this year

    Hopefully one day he will learn but christ knows when


    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Lets get a few more points before we start singing Hallelujah eh!

    Villa were not good yesterday, the real test will be when we start playing the likes of Swansea and Norwich who unlike us have spent Millions builiding up their squads in the summer.

    We still need at least one Striker and a Centre Back brought in?

    A good win yesterday, but only a start !

  • bills-son

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #14


    When are you going to admit you got it dead wrong constantly predicting that Ashley would sell HBA, Cabaye and Cisse this summer?

    And as for Pardew telling the team to shut up shop in the second half – have you never seen home teams come out bombing at the start of a second half if they are behind? Doesn’t mean the away team are under orders to sit back.

    You and your like will take any obscure opportunity to criticise Pardew and Ashley and I hope they both ram it right up you with more performances like yesterday.

  • sparky55

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #15

    hahahaha…good old billson…yes they wanted to leave but no they didn’t go so yes I was wrong…that any good for you????

    and Pardew hasn’t become a good manager overnight either just because we beat a poor Villa.

    we went from going at them any opportunity to playing to preserve the massive 1-0 and you’re telling me I have no right to comment on Pardew just because Cabaye et al didn’t go…

    the sun goes up, the sun goes down and Billson never changes either…happy days!

  • jackostoon

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning people,
    Haven’t posted since just before the window closed but have read each day, it all became very monotonous to read the same depressive rantings day in day out, I don’t have the patience to try and explain to someone why I’m not in the same way of thinking to those who are readying the nooses and pitchforks, me, I say give it time, give them a chance man the season has just started, well done Newcastle, a good, encouraging performance and an excellent result, also pleased to read the thoughts of other positive posters, a welcome, refreshing change, howay the toon.

  • sissoko-is-a-beast

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Maybe this will silence some of the doubters. Yesterday we played good attacking football and more than deserved to win.

    We had a good season 2 years ago when we finished 5th, last season was an anomaly where we had injuries that no team in the world could’ve coped with.

    Granted I still think we should’ve bought a winger and a striker in the summer, but if we keep most of the team fit we will do ok.

    Outside of the top 6 there isn’t a team that scares me, and there is no reason we can’t finish 7th, which would allow us to build for the future.

    Give Pardew and the team a break- it isn’t all doom and gloom!!!


    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #18

    hw much transfers did ul get for game week 5 in fantasy league?

  • Spuggy

    Sep 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Fantastic performance from recent games.

    Cisse needs to start firing. And Cabaye get fitter and we need to stay injury free which is unlikely.

    We are literally 3 player off a top top side. CB who can play RB, powerful striker (imagine benteke up front for us) and another creative midfielder/winger.

  • stu mel

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not peeing on the BBQ but, look defence again got pulled apart by a free kick for there goal, and ab should have scores, Alastair that is football, yes be happy pardew but not complacent there is still work needed.
    Plus Chelsea need a slap shocking game, Alan h not rating ba the only reason he’s not scoring goal is he’s painting a picture of Jose and eto in the changing room. Joke. I total feel for ba he’s a wicked player

  • JDdubai

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Cisse is the weak link for me now, really think we should go with Remy up top and Gouffran on the left.

    Think Remy is better at holding it up, is quicker, better finisher from what iv seen, cannot possibly be offside any more than cisse, cant see any attribute that cisse is currently better than Remy at…

  • Harley

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d happily swap marveaux, gosling and obertan for 1 striker and 1 winger.

    I’m happy with the defence. Colo and mbiwa 1st choice, Taylor and willo back up. I don’t care what people say about willo he was great when he came in at the end of last season and is as good as you’ll get for 4th choice.

    Over the moon with yesterday’s result and performance. Really looking forward to hull.

  • sparky55

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #23

    @5 IMO sissoko should be exactly that…a strong defensive sitting midfielder…that is what he played in france for the last 5 years so he knows the role well and one thing he ain’t is a no 10.

    Tiote SHOULD be finished now…only certain games and a sub or injury replacement from now on but unfortunately it’ll be Anita that gives way.

    IMO Sissoko should be the sitter and cabs and Anita providing the short sharp passing to get us up the field with HBA wide right and Remy wide left and gouffy should be given a chance up front til Cisse finds his form again.

  • toonbrother

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #24

    pardew’s comments about not having the resources to put out a team like that since we lost demba ba are laughable. The defining attributes of yesterday’s team were:
    1. Sissoko played in his rightful position and not as a support striker
    2. No Jonas.

    Problem last season was his lack of gumption and refusal to change despite the poor results.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Hansen on Ben Arfa – “just show him the line and get him onto his right foot”.

    That will start happening immediately, I would suggest.

  • toonbrother

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #26

    the same idiots saying drop cisse are the same ones who will shamelessly label him the best striker in the world when he comes out his rut. Fans are so fickle its ridiculous


    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #27


    Uuuum! Villa scored from a corner? Don,t know where the Free-kick was your on about?
    Just saying like!

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28


    with most comments…

    Tiote can be the holding role, when winning or when we need a more physical presence. Anita is a better passer, better brain, better everything but size. Which teams try to exploit. i really like Sissoko… getting a mixed start but he is improving….

    To me Debuchy was not that bad yesterday at all..

    Anybody know why Santon had a no. 5 on back ?


    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #29

    At the end of the day it don,t matter coz we still played well enough for the three points !

  • sparky55

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #30

    all those out there who think maybe Cisse is a little off form at the minute and daring to think maybe Gouffy should be given a chance til cisse finds him form again…for gods sake don’t dare put your thoughts in writing for fear off being told you’re an idiot by the bloggers whose opinions are the only one’s that matter of course!

  • saxonfenken

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #31

    What a pleasure to read the blog this morning, A great result and good start to season despite 4-0 to City

  • stu mel

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Rut cisse might as well have stay at home, I don’t do the slagging off are player thing but something happen with him and the guys a shadow. Really has no effect on a game has for a season and a bit but don’t worry he’s going threw a rut. That a kany rut coach need to pull him apart build him back up as he just dosnt seen to be hurry and knows he dosnt need to be

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Ha! Those in glass houses fella…….

    Your an idiot bills, and a gutless one, constantly going back on your own word, twisting any arguement to defend Ashley
    It’s pathetic
    At the start of the window it was if he hasn’t signed a top CF with 2 other decent players he’ll get both barrels now its be grateful you little oiks we haven’t sold any players (though that should be pointed out cabayes only here because he was priced out of a move)
    It’s cringeworthy


    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Years Team Apps † (Gls) †
    2004–2008 Lyon 64 (7)
    2008–2011 Marseille 63 (9)
    2010–2011 ? Newcastle United (loan) 4 (1)
    2011– Newcastle United 49 (11)

    arfa has more goals scored dan any previous clubs

  • stu mel

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #35

    Chill, I didnt read it like bill was on his high hourse. But I stop commenting on the blog while you all where banging on about revolution. Just as rightly bill is spout tripe and pedaling we’ve all had to endure the toon fan production of les mes ha ha, a loney guy sing about all his lost friends can be heard out of the window of strawberry

  • bills-son

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #36

    Tds @ 33

    You and your like bore the ar$e off me.

    I’ll say it for the last time on here – Kinnear is Ashley’s worst ever mistake and not signing another CF and CB doesn’t chuff me either.

    However, Ashley effectively told other clubs to f off trying to sign our players unless they were prepared to stupid over the top money – which none would. Is that the action of a greedy profit grabbing owner – no.

    How many teams in the Prem are only short of 2/3 players in their squad? Ask their managers and I bet everyone one will say they are at least that short. In that respect we are no different and probably better off than most.

    The hysterical baying for Ashley and Pardew’s blood is a total over reaction. You’d thinkAshley had sold every top player, signed Carlton Cole type replacements and changed the strip to red and white.

    I’m not the only fan on here who can see that things aint nowhere near as bad as the screamers make out.


  • jimmysmith

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Skysports gave Cabs 8 out of 10 for his performance and Mbiwa 6. They’ll just rattle off any old load of rubbish, won’t they!

  • stuart no9

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Ashley out !

  • thai-mag

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Cisse really needs a couple of goals from anywhere, his confidence is is shot, if he does I think he will come good again

  • bishopblaize

    Sep 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #40

    Joe Kinnear’s role of late has been behind the scenes at St James’s, most of which are financial fair play trading.

    We are currently developing some homegrown pies (Gregs recipie operator “Sheila” has awarded some winning ideas to the board that have blown over our chief taster Mike Ashley) Joe has the hard job getting them from under Mikes Nose in Hasting and getting them on general sale at the Clubs canteens n kiosks.

    Until we sell all the buys we won’t be making any big signings soon, especially if MA keeps eating into the profits!


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