Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2: Pardew praises ‘unplayable’ Ben Arfa

Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 2: Alan Pardew says Hatem Ben Arfa was "unplayable" after a narrow win at Villa Park

The Sport Review staff
By    
Aston Villa
1
Newcastle United
2

Alan Pardew heaped praise on “unplayable” Hatem Ben Arfa after the Frenchman played a pivotal role in Newcastle United’s slender win at Aston Villa.

Ben Arfa put the Magpies ahead in the 18th minute after combining with compatriot Loic Remy, who joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers in August.

Paul Lambert’s men did level through Christian Benteke midway through the second half before Ben Arfa’s long-range shot was parried into the path of Yoan Gouffran, who duly netted a 73rd-minute winner.

“We carried a lot of offensive threat,” Pardew told BBC Sport.

“We haven’t had enough threat, but we’ve got it now.

“Hatem Ben Arfa got a lot of headlines last time he scored against Fulham but I thought he did just OK then. Today he was unplayable. Hatem was on fire today.

“He has the ability to hold on to the ball and give us a rest, then burst past one or two players. If he can get consistency not only will he be a threat for us, but a threat for France at the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Lambert was critical of his side’s first-half performance, whilst also conceding the Magpies were just too strong at Villa Park.

“We never really got going in the first half,” said Lambert.

“Credit to Newcastle on that side. We got back in the game with Christian’s [Benteke] goal. The second goal was a poor goal to concede.

“You pick yourselves up when you go behind and go again. We gave it a right go but you can’t start the way we did.”

MORE: Latest transfer news and gossip

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Photo: Alexis Sanchez posts worrying cryptic message to Arsenal fans on Instagram
The Sport Review
Pundit: Man United record signing Paul Pogba isn’t even worth £20m
The Sport Review
Dele Alli: 15 photos of Tottenham midfielder’s stunning girlfriend Ruby Mae
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Bastian Schweinsteiger: 17 photos of Man United midfielder’s beautiful wife Ana Ivanovic
The Sport Review
Seven players Man United could sign in the January transfer window
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Seven strikers Liverpool could sign in January transfer window
The Sport Review
Top 26 Christian footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd players feature
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher examines how to stop Chelsea in title race
The Sport Review
Thierry Henry makes claim about Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Man United
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher replies when asked if Tottenham can win the title