Hatem Ben Arfa came on yesterday after 57 minutes in the 1-0 win against Manchester United, and played well and held the ball up fairly well, especially towards the end of the game as Newcastle played out the three minutes of stoppage time to get a historic win – the first win at Old Trafford since way back in 1972 – and Newcastle were no less than magnificent – and made us all proud.
Ben Arfa tackles Wilfried Zaha yesterday
Certainly it seemed that Alan Pardew made some good substitutions yesterday and Ben Arfa for the hard-working Yoan Gouffran was the first attacking move, and Newcastle scored the winning goal just four minutes later through Yohan Cabaye, and Yohan was brilliantly set up by the ever improving Moussa Sissoko.
Alan Pardew was pleased with the contribution of Hatem Ben Arfa, who made his first appearance for Newcastle after a number of games out of the side – and this is what the Newcastle manager said after the game:
“The substitutes made a difference, particularly Hatem Ben Arfa. He is getting to grips with how I want him to play. He was terrific.” “If you want to win at a top club, you can’t keep turning over the ball.”
Yesterday’s performance was terrific, and it will provide a base for the upcoming rush of games in December, and most fans think the next three games – at home to Southampton, on the road at Crystal Palace and at home to Stoke – will be easy games, but we don’t think so.
Southampton were the better side in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City yesterday at St. Mary’s, and the Saints are maybe even a better side on the road than at home.
And Crystal Palace are in a resurgence under new manager Tony Pulis, and have 10 points and three wins in their last five league games, and a reviving Stoke side beat Chelsea yesterday 3-2 at home.
So as seems to be happening more than ever this season in the Premier League, any team can beat any other team on the day.
What Newcastle need to do is to play each game as it comes, and treat Crystal Palace in the same way we treat Manchester United, Arsenal or any other team, and only if we can keep doing that will Newcastle continue to have the great results the lads have produced in the least six games – with a very good 15 points.
Howay The lads!!
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