It seems that John Carver has been getting along well with Hatem Ben Arfa, who was the difference between the sides once he was brought on after 59 minutes on Saturday, and it turns out that Alan Pardew and John Carver had decided at half time, that if the score was still 0-0 after an hour, the mercurial Frenchman would be brought on.
Ben Arfa in action on Saturday
And sure enough he was introduced at that time, and he was Newcastle;’s danger man for the final 30 minutes of the game, and set up Papiss Cisse with two great chances, and Papiss scored from the second one, after 93 minutes and 14 seconds.
Not sure why the paper’s are saying it was after 93 minutes and 40 seconds?
This is what John Carver has said about Hatem in the Guardian:
“Hatem’s like Chris Waddle, a maverick, a flair player,” “Today Hatem was really focused. He actually listened to my instructions and did what we asked.”
“He’s been out for some time with injury and he’s been back home with his mother because she was ill, but I’ve actually been getting on quite well with Hatem recently, probably the best I’ve got on with him.”
“I’ve had a chance to sit down with him and talk and he’s quite a nice guy when you have a real conversation about family and life, nothing to do with football.”
“It’s brought us closer together. You’ve got to get inside Hatem’s head. You’ve got to give him a cuddle.”
That was Ben Arfa’s 8th assist of the season, to go with his three goals, and while at Newcastle for almost four years, he has played in 82 games with 14 goals and 20 assists – and some of his goals are the best individual goals ever scored by a Newcastle player.
And here – for one more look – is Cisse’s goal – to brighten up your Monday morning.
And it’s taken by one of the fans, and it’s from a different angle than has usually been shown by the networks – but it shows the goal perfectly, and notice how the crowd is scanned after the goal – good camera work there!
I would have thrown the camera in the air. 😀