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The Unveiling Of Hope At St James Park – Photo Special

6 years ago
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Yesterday’s spectacle at St James Park had farce written over it, though ‘hope’ also made an appearance.

All three goals Newcastle conceded were feeble, as United crumbled under the most basic pieces of play from the opposition.

There were however a few rays of sunshine as new signing Daryl Janmaat showed determination in his route to goal, while Mike Williamson at last managed a goal, plus the real positive was Rolando Aarons.

His late substitute appearance producing more imagination and penetration than we’d seen in all the cumbersome play beforehand.

The other ‘Hope’ that we saw on Saturday was the banner unveiled in honour of outcast Hatem Ben Arfa, the French genius/layabout depicted as revolutionary/freedom fighter Che Guevara.

Bizarrely and over the top, stewards forced fans to take down the ‘Hope’ banner at Newcastle’s home reserve match with Reading last Monday yet it was positioned prominently at St James Park yesterday, though possibly out of sight of the Directors Box…

Yesterday of course also brought an interview with Hatem Ben Arfa’s lawyer in which he stated the latest ‘dirty tricks’ Newcastle are using to try and get rid of the Frenchman.

Whether Ben Arfa is the answer to United’s struggles, or at least part it, is of course down to opinion.

However, what is for sure is that so long as Hatem remains at the club AND Alan Pardew’s players look so clueless in the final third, then more and more fans will come to rally behind the spirit of Newcastle United’s self-styled revolutionary/freedom fighter.

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