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Alan Pardew – “If He Can Play Like That Every Week We Will Be A Fantastic Team”

8 years ago

One player doesn’t make a team but a ‘fantastic’ individual can help put your team on another level.

Alan Pardew was at pains to spread the credit around but there was one player who really stood out for him and everybody else watching today.

The manager was also surprisingly honest about the limitations of his team in past matches, this is what he said when interviewed on NUFC TV;

“We have put a team on the pitch with so much more offensive credentials and it showed today.

It is what our fans want, it is what I want.

Since Demba left we have not really had that many options but today we did. Remy did well, Cabaye did great, then you had the option of Gouffran or Marveaux to come off the bench, or Sammy Ameobi. It makes a hell of a difference.

But we had the outstanding performance on the pitch today from Hatem Ben Arfa and our fans would have loved that. He holds onto it, he goes past two players in a moment, it is wonderful – if he can keep that concentration and play like that every week, we will be a fantastic team.

When you are sitting in the dressing room you want to look around and think ‘we’ll score goals’.

We used to look around at the back end of last season and think where are the goals coming from?

Today though we had numerous chances and that is how it should be for a Newcastle team.”

The right players in the right formation with the right outstanding individual. More please.


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