We were not at our best in that first half today, but Stoke manager Mark Hughes after the game was stretching it a bit when he said Stoke were well positioned and would have gone on to win the game, if they hadn’t had two players sent off just before the break – but we would have seen a different Newcastle in that second half, after a very lack luster first half showing, and some harsh words from manager Pardew.
Ben Arfa and manager – the Frenchman gave an exhilarating display
Ad that’s what we got, albeit against 9 men, but lots of Newcastle players showed some top form and Ben Arfa is back – and he gave the fans a tremendous display of skill and determination tis afternoon.
A delighted Alan Pardew had this to say after the game:
“I look at the team and we have got some tremendous assets who haven’t been seen for a while – Hatem did some unbelievable things today and Papiss scored.”
“Shola made another telling contribution and Massadio showed his influence with that left foot of his, with which he hit some great balls in.”
“We have got a lot of assets in the background, and it’s about just keeping rolling along and trying to win as many games as we can.”
“We have been on an incredible run, really. I’m not sure any team has beaten that run over the last nine or 10 games this season, even Arsenal.”
“So we have set ourselves up for what will be an intriguing encounter, and we will probably know a little bit more about this team after Arsenal.”
And it’s not surprising that Hatem is currently leading our Man of the Match poll with 73% of the vote so far, followed by Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy.
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