Ben Arfa screamer lifts Newcastle over Fulham

Ben Arfa screamer lifts Newcastle over Fulham
By Eurosport

01/09/2013 at 02:27Updated 01/09/2013 at 04:59

Premier League, St James’ Park – Newcastle United 1 (Ben Arfa 86) Fulham 0

Hatem Ben Arfa produced a late moment of magic to hand Newcastle United their first win of the season 1-0 against Fulham.

For much of this encounter it had looked like Newcastle were going to extend their scoreless run to three games until Ben Arfa popped up with a stunning left-footed curler in the 86th minute.

It was just reward for a strong last 20 minutes that saw Loic Remy make his debut for Newcastle, shortly after the wantaway Yohan Cabaye had been introduced off the bench to a mixed reception.

Newcastle named an unchanged side from the one which drew 0-0 at home to West Ham United last weekend. Cabaye was restored to the bench after refusing to play against West Ham following a rejected bid from Arsenal.


PRE-MATCH: Fulham hand a full debut to Darren Bent after scoring as a substitute against Arsenal last weekend. Bryan Ruiz is also on the teamsheet, with Adel Taarabt and Pajtim Kasami the men to make way.

21' DEBUCHY SHOT: Mathieu Debuchy registers Newcastle's second shot on target of the season, but it's straight at David Stockdale from long range,

63' NEWCASTLE PRESS: Ben Arfa has a deflected shot saved and Papiss Cisse's shot is blocked as the home side increase the pressure.

66' KRUL SAVE: Newcastle keeper Tim Krul dives to his left to push away a Bryan Ruiz free-kick.

77' CISSE HITS BAR: The Newcastle number nine slams his header against the woodwork from a Ben Arfa cross.

86' GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Fulham: Ben Arfa wins it with a moment of magic, bringing the ball down, jinking inside and curling a left-foot shot into the top corner. No chance Stockdale.

TALKING POINT: Yohan Cabaye came off the bench and put in a decent shift, suggesting his spell of mental turmoil over a proposed move to Arsenal is over. If Cabaye is still a Newcastle player on Tuesday morning it will help their top-ten aspirations immensely.

KEY STAT: Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in all three matches he has played against Fulham. Six of his12 Premier League goals have come against London sides.


Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle): The Frenchman was red hot in the second-half and lit up St James’ Park with his weaving runs and stunning 86th minute winner.


NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul 6; Debuchy 6, Coloccini 7, Yanga-Mbiwa 7, Santon 6; Ben Arfa 8, Anita 6, Sissoko 6, Marveaux 6; Shola Ameobi 5, Cissé 6. Subs: Cabaye 6, Gouffran 5, Remy 6.

FULHAM: Stockdale 7; Riether 7, Hangeland 7, Hughes 7, Riise 5; Kacaniklic 6, Sidwell 5, Parker 6, Ruiz 6; Berbatov 5, Bent 5. Subs: Briggs 6, Taarabt 5, Rodallega N/A.