Certainly Ben Arfa has looked what he is – a great player for Newcastle United – and his brilliance got us a penalty after 18 minutes, which he simply converted in brilliant style right in front of the over 1600 travelling Newcastle fans – who went crazy.
The mercurial one in action at QPR yesterday
And captain Coloccini again showed what a great defender he is for Newcastle, and he marshaled the Newcastle defense brilliantly throughout this game – and played a captain’s game yesterday.
These are just two of Newcastle’s top players who have been missing for far too long with injury this season.
The 2-1 win at QPR was absolutely massive for Newcastle United, and saves us from getting relegated for the second time in four years, which would have been a catastrophe for Newcastle.
Ben Arfa had another good game yesterday, and he talked to the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“We’re all very happy; all the team are very happy for the supporters of the Club.” “We fought hard for that and we’re very happy to be safe.”
“Everybody fought for the win – defensively and offensively, we stayed together and helped each other.” “We all fought for the Club and today we are very happy because the objective was to be safe.”
“I scored and then we scored the second goal. After that, everybody stayed together and now we’re very happy for our supporters.” “They were very important for us today because they came a long way, to London, and they supported us.”
“It was very important because they saw that we’re all together. They give us so much and we gave everything on the pitch for them.”
Those are good words from Ben Arfa, and the Newcastle side stood up to a barrage from QPR in the second half.
And then for the last 9 minutes of the game we played with 10 men, after Rob Elliot had managed to get himself sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty box.
But Newcastle’s performance makes a nonsense of the reports that Newcastle’s team spirit had fallen apart, and our lads battled hard for the win – which could be the biggest win since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.
It’s time to celebrate that we’ll be in the Premier League next season, and yes, Newcastle found the hardest possible way to do that yesterday.
But now we have a chance to strengthen the squad further in the summer.
We’re now looking forward to the summer. 😀
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