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Hatem Walks Man Of The Match Award But Second Place Suggests Chance of Redemption

8 years ago
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Thanks as always to everybody who voted in our man of the match poll after the Villa match, there was of course only going to be one winner.

It was a case of just how many votes Hatem Ben Arfa got and it was a canny few, ending up with a massive 81% for his excellent match-winning display.

Interesting though to see who came second, even if he was trailing way behind Hatem.

Mathieu Debuchy has had a tough time adapting and I think unfairly been singled out as a scapegoat for much of what has gone wrong at Newcastle in recent times.

The full-back came second in yesterday’s fan poll with 6% (Sissoko third with 4%) and maybe it is no surprise he had struggled previously when he’d made his reputation as an attacking full-back getting up and down the pitch but Newcastle have been largely woeful in an attacking sense ever since his arrival. The departure of Ba and injuries to Cabaye and Ben Arfa really blunting any cutting edge Newcastle had previously.

Against Villa, Debuchy once again did well in the air which is one of his strengths and his defending was better as Newcastle pressed the opposition rather than sitting back and letting the opposition have a run at them.

A big part of this season has to be making the most of Debuchy and Santon’s ability to get forward, all of the top teams look to their full-backs to create as well as defend. In these two I think we have one of the best combinations in terms of attacking abilities and that has to be used to the max.

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