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Ben Arfa Blames Plastic Pitch For His Miss
Published : 08 Mar 2013 17:59:34
Hatem Ben Arfa has backed Newcastle United to beat Anzhi Makhachkala next week.
Hatem Ben Arfa: “We can now finish the job – we have a great chance.
“We have the chance to win with our team – St James’s Park will be a different game now.
“I had a chance – I actually tried to chip it high over the keeper.
“I was aiming for more uplift, but on that pitch it isn’t the same as on grass. I hope next game I get another chance – and this time I’ll score.
“It was a good birthday for me still – almost perfect. But 0-0 is OK. We haven’t lost, and we have a great chance to qualify.
“We were solid, and we tried to keep the ball, but it was a night when we didn’t have too many chances to score.
“I think 0-0 though is a good scoreline. We always prefer to score a goal or two of course. Yet this gives us a good chance to get through.
“It was hard on the plastic pitch – it isn’t easy on the knees.
“But that is the game, and we had to play on it. Overall I feel good, and I’m very happy to be going back with the score level.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad