His Attitude Was Just Spot On – Pardew

Alan Pardew has today talked about the maturity of Hatem Ben Arfa, who came on late in the game, and Alan Pardew has praised the players’ attitude,  after being surprisingly dropped from the side yesterday.

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Ben Arfa – attitude was spot on

Alan is showing what a good man manager he can be, and it seems the spirit in the Newcastle camp is high, and it augers well for the future, because if we can get a couple of good wins, we can quickly climb the league table.

The Newcastle manager has praised the maturity of the mercurial one today:

“Hatem is a great player for us. His application and acceptance of the decision was spot on,  and he is growing as a person.”

“I don’t think some of the things that are said about him are actually true. He’s actually been very good this week.”

“He trained very well and got his rewards today because he walked off  at the end as part of a winning team.”

“I also said to Yohan that his performance in the first-half was as good as I’ve seen in a black-and-white shirt. He was truly at the top of his game.”

“He then worked hard for the team. He’s not 100% yet, which is a nice thought for us.”

Yohan was great yesterday, and he’s keeping his promise of repaying the Newcastle fans by what he does on the field, after the  mistake he made at the beginning of the season.


Yohan Cabaye – paying Newcastle fans back

But more committed performances like Yohan gave yesterday will ensure the Newcastle fans quickly forget about what happened in August – and in reality – it’s already behind us.

Howay The Lads!!

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118 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #1

    He was so unlucky not to score from that free kick that hit the post; he hit it so sweetly, nobody had a clue what he intended.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    This is what the Independent said;
    “He has decided he can no longer ignore the indolence of the extravagantly talented Hatem Ben Arfa, who has made precisely two tackles in seven Premier League appearances this season”
    2 tackles in 7 games – explains why he got benched.

  • Fostino

    Oct 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    next match at liverpool will be fascinating. the pool are beatable and a win could set us up for a great season.

    who the back four that day will be key. goofy or ben afra??

  • the bloody geordie

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    we are going to need a well damed positive attitude not just from him but from everyone else especially in our next five games….

  • archaeomag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Goofy works so hard off the ball, he marked Baines out of the game first half against Villa.

  • archaeomag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    ** DURR Everton

  • Fostino

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #7

    could goofy be the next jonas..except he actually scores a few goals

  • toonking

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #8

    HBA I think has to remain on the bench in the next game.

    teams such as Fulham hull and west ham might sit back defending until a goal is scored but when Liverpool are the team coming to st james park we expect them to threaten our goal from the moment the ball gets kicked.

    so when a team we know is a threat from the moment the whistle gets blown the last thing we want is a player who has so far did very little work defensively because it will make space get more open for the opposition in the centre of the pitch.

    santon might be getting a lot of blame but it was mainly debuchy’s side that was our weakest area defensive and that was the same area HBA was on both santon and debuchy are poor defensive but atleast santon has help from remy. debuchy but was always needing CM to cover which then opened up the middle of the pitch.

    the fact that this is a team that is doing excellent ATM also means that really a start for dummett would be the worse of games so all we left with is santon and debuchy hadaira maybe.

    anita might have been dropped despite being on decent form but tiote showing good form yesterday is just what we want because now we have 3 CM for only 2 positions sissoko tiote and anita (cabaye is also a CM but of a different sort) so they will now want to show better performances knowing they could dropped.

    as for our CB partnership willo doesn’t have the skills and trickery of mbiwa but that is not the most important part of a defence, the most important part of defences commands organisation balance and team play the things willo brought into our back line.

  • toonking

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #9

    as for our CB partnership willo doesn’t have the skills and trickery of mbiwa but that is not the most important part of a defence, the most important part of defences commands are organisation, balance and team play the things willo brought into our back line.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Said it a while back, Ben Arfa is our most talented player but the team is stronger without him! That 2 tackles in 7 games stat is shocking for a player whos been playing right midfield in half our games and Right wing in the others! Its what seperates him from players like Suarez, Bale, Ronaldo etc
    his goals and assists ratio over his newcastle career and even his whole career aren’t imposing enough to carry him when we don’t have the ball! Especially when we already carry cisse! Its not enough that he goes past 2 or 3 players a time on the halfway line snd scores 2 or 3 screamers a season! Top players offer more than that

  • yo-yo

    Oct 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11


    what did you think of Sakho for the fools yesterday ?

  • gazzaforever

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #12

    He s a a winger or a cam, he doesnt have to tackle, that’s insane. And Toonking, pls, stop, or you will be ridiculous once again when benny will shine again. Do you guys remember that he saved us a few times , he had two shet games, get a grip. Especially the wnkers that say we are better without him.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    If all fit I think Pardew will start the team that started at Cardiff as sadly HBA does not give the defence any cover for Liverpool’s counter attacks.

    Maybe he will go with two up front dropping Cisse for Anita or his favourite Guiterrez.

    For all the suppose to be troubles this season I have enjoyed watching the TOON – they have tried to play football this season and not Hoofball.

    Seam to be greating a lot more chances -like to see how many attempts they have had on target since the first two games this season.

    When the TOON have been good this season they have been good to watch .

    But when they have been bad they have been awful.

    Which TOON will turn up!!

  • FrankfurtMag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    So the reason to drop a playmaker is lack of tackles. Sounds fair if you want 11 players behind the ball.

    Wonder what his excuse for dropping Anita was. It can’t have been tackles, ball retention, distribution, work rate or form……….

    I really don’t like him. Dropping Anita was the ultimate punch in the face. Anita should go to develop his football under a real football manager.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Good results for us so far today, Swansea beat off Southampton means they’re 3 points behind us with the same GD, and Norwich are in the same situation with a worse GD.
    Spurs and Arsenal wins would be the icing on the cake for this weekend with our run of fixtures, means we can keep at it with Villa, Hull etc. who both have Tottenham & Everton to play in their next 2.

  • Fostino

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #16


    your argument on anita is a dated dated..you need to rotate the team to keep it fresh. changes were needed after everton…and their was a good reaction yesterday. anita was very quite against everton..im sure you’ll agree, cabaye offers more and tiote recently is showing signs of his old self. I don’t think anita has done enough to be a certain starting 11…in my opinion only remy, colo (just about), cabaye have played well enough to be guaranteed a place which is worrying

  • lochinvar

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    All top teams need that “spine” of quality that sets them apart – we have Krul – Colo – Caba-Remy. As they take more control of games the confidence and energy of the rest of the team increase and the collective result is a winning team mentality that imposes results on the opposition. HBA could be pent up to come on as game changer against the better teams without risking his lack of his defensive energy in the physically more intense earlier parts of matches. When games open up bring him on ( crowd lifts as well ) and max the hell out of the attacking threat that he brings. Sounds like a plan.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #18

    jayphoto…that is a very simplistic way of looking at it; it is not like we are great without Benny!

    …maybe we should look at that first and find a reason for that. The problems we have at Newcastle are far bigger than lack of signings or whether or not we are afford to carry Benny.

    Now I don’t think we are carrying him; I think it’s the other way around. But Benny reminds me of Laudrup at times – he was a worldclass player, maybe the best, but only when he was surrounded by equal great players.

    That is never going to happen to Benny at Newcastle!

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Since liverpool play 3-5-2, i’d love it if we lined up the next game with:

    Williamson Tiote Coloccini
    Debuchy Sissoko Cabaye Santon
    Ben Arfa Remy Gouffran

    Bench: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett, Anita, Jonas, Marveaux, Cisse.

    That team is without Haidara, S.Taylor, R.Taylor, Bigi, Vuckic, Obertan, Sammy, Shola & Campbell

  • FrankfurtMag

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #20


    I totally disagree. Pardew called for consistency and ball retention. Both of which Anita has provided in abundance. He did nothing wrong against Everton but the whole team was poor in that game.

    If Pardew cried he needed more steel and creativity I would agree Tiote and Cabaye would be the best bet. He is whining that we dont retain the ball and we arent consistent which Anita gives both.

    Baffling and I still don’t like him or his confusing interviews.

  • juanpeterbeardsley

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #21

    We didnt miss Anita yesterday at all so I cant see why people are moaning .Only players out out of form are Cisse and Krul would be a worry if Remy gets injured.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #22


    ben arfa should take cisse’s place next game, the only other possible change he could make is which two play out of tiote, sissoko and anita. good dilemma for once

  • scout

    Oct 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #23

    We should be giving any premiership team a game.

  • askar

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    IMO I do not know what these Pardew and Arfa relations are, but I am bound to say that there is an unacceptable moral arrogance behind benching our best player after two bad games which is unworthy of a PL coach.

    7 games, 10 points = Arfa 6 points + Remy 3 points + 1 team point

    Thank you so much dear Arfa, NUFC Fan love you 🙂

    IMO He should never be dropped from the side even after one or two bad games. Play him, he is our playmaker and tackles are not part of his job. Give him free role and ask him to make magic things 🙂

    Next game:
    Win, 3-2 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t want to sound harsh but Ben arfa is a luxury.

    Sure he gets the odd goal totally by himself but the amount of times he attempts to do that and gets nowhere/loses the ball also hinders the team.

    If you look at the top teams like Bayern, barca, Madrid, they all have players in Ben arfa’s positions who offer more goals and assists but also work damn hard to assist the defence.

    I have said it before, I have not seen a player skip past people with the same style as Ben arfa since zidane, he’s brilliant for it. However he needs to learn when to beat a man, when to pass, when to cross, when to shoot, etc as currently he doesn’t make the right decisions. His goal and assist tally throughout his whole career backs this up.

  • mattnufc

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #26

    I don’t believe Anita or Sissoko have brought much to team performances so far, neither defensively or attacking wise. Would like to see Marveaux being given a chance in one of the 3 CM’s positions as he can provide a forward pass unlike the two formers.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27


    Nobody has free roles these days.

    Even messi and ronaldo have to work hard where there teams don’t have the ball to get it back. Teams are too good these days to allow a player not to offer anything defensively.

    I don’t want HBA to be like jonas and spend 80% of the game in our half, but he has to work harder to get the ball back and help out the team.

    He may get goals but think could he cost is them too with his sloppy play at times and his attitude to defensive duties.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #28


    I have nothing against Anita at all and happy to see him play but agree with you on him.

    He is praised for keeping the ball and making simple passes. That’s something our whole 11 of international players should be able to do, it should not be the exception it should be the rule.

    Cabaye does that but also offers more final/killer passes as wells as a fee goals. Anita is good but needs to add more to his game.

  • Harley

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Roy (from the last article)

    I don’t get that post. You said,

    Coloccini is totally overrated but if he hadn’t got injured we’d have been relegated?

    Surely the second part of that sentence contradicts the first. Or have I read it wrong?

  • nut meg

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Sage @25
    I fully agree with what you say.He has a great talent but no football brain,he doesn’t know how to play the game properly & you have given the reasons why in your last paragraph.IMHO only

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #31

    TS…I usually don’t say this by that post of yours about Benny is a load of tosh!!!

    …sorry mate!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #32

    @TS Agreed. 90% of Anita’s passes must be sideways or clipped into the channels. For me, he needs to attempt more forward passes or tackles to be a part of the starting eleven. I believe a lot of people are enticed by the unknown, e.g. Anita, Marveaux, Campbell playing more, Santon on the wing, different formations etc.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #33

    @jesper – i disagree mate! In france HBa played for 2 of the top teams, surrounded by other great players in sides that dominated games! Even then he was crazily inconsistent and found himself in and out of the team! Hes a really talented player but his goals, assists and chance creation do not warrant building a team around him and to suit him! For me he is great from the bench around the hour mark to throw on and offer a unique threat! He should be developed as a free role number 10 really but he seems to disappear when tried there!

  • Fostino

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #34

    someone mentioned ben afra replacing cisse as striker..this could be an interesting option.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    jayphoto…each your own a guess 😉

    …but I am glad you are not picking the side lol

  • Harley

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36


    Doesn’t matter, I just read it again and I know what you meant.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #37


    Can I ask why?

    I only say this because look at his record in title winning teams in France. Never really had even one big season for goals or assists when compared to say some like hazard who got 20+ goals on one year for Lille.

    Talent wise HBA is streets ahead of hazard for me but hazard has the consistency and can be much more ruthless.

    Benny has never found himself settled in one positions and one club, he’s always changing around for some reason, I rate him very very highly as natural talent but just don’t think he can apply it often enough, but when he does he is bloody exciting.

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #38


    Pardew tried that once, the away game to Anzhi.

    Was Ben arfa’s first game back after months out, in freezing temps on a plastic pitch so unfair to judge, he could be good there. Holds the ball up well to bring others into play.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #39

    TS…he has been a spoiled brat no doubt and the verge of every manager he has had!

    At Lyon and OM he never really played in his best position and was not a regular (maybe because of age or temper or maybe because both Lyon and OM at that time where huge compared to Lille?), but it seemed it was enough to get calls up for France.

    I wouldn’t build or team around Benny either, mainly because our tactics are shite and we are not using Benny in a way that can create havoc for the opposition.

    We are more concerned about whether or not a player gives something back in return defensively! I think if ever a club misunderstood how to set up a modern offensive tactic it’s Newcastle.

    Next time you watch Bayer, Barca or Madrid take a good look at Ribery, Messi and Ronaldo and watch how much or less the add defensively 😉

    Benny’s problem is that it’s so easy marking a player who basically only have one option and that is to take on a player. Every player should have ad least two options – you don’t have that at Newcastle. Other players are watching in ave when Benny has the ball in stead of moving!


    Oct 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #40

    So after one win Pardew is back on form HBA isn’t needed in teams and Willo is no longer league 1 quality 🙂 I do love mags haha

    For me Pardew was brave to drop Benny and Mbiwa and full credit to him for it because both have been poor of late imo Benny needs to know he’s not undroppable and his work rate must improve (Debuchy has looked crap since joining us because in defence he’s alone and when Benny doesn’t work spaces he has no one to pass too) and Mbiwa well he was a shambles against Everton whereas Willo was faultless

    Mbiwa will win his place back for Liverpool because we need intelligence and pass rather than size and strength…Benny though I can see missing out with Gouffran preferred

    Still didn’t keep a clean sheet though and it was just Cardiff we played so am not jumping up and down for joy just yet but hey 3 points closer to safety


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