Hull City have completed the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle after being granted a deadline day extension by the Premier League
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City boss Manuel Pellegrini praised his players for maintaining their concentration levels as their legs began to tire.
The English champions failed to keep a clean sheet during their pre-season friendly campaign and succumbed 3-0 to Arsenal in the Community Shield, so Pellegrini was particularly impressed to see such resolution at the back.
– Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini
I think the players were both hungry and humble.
We need both those things if we are going to continue winning titles and if we want to improve on what we did last year.
It was so important to me that the players had that attitude from the beginning to the end of the game.
We were very solid at the back and Joe Hart didn't have any problems and in the second half it was normal that we were starting to get tired.
The players are not able to play 90 minutes at the moment but we continued with our attitude and scored the second goal.
Someone really ought to teach Martin Atkinson how to spray in a straight line.
A fan lays flowers as a tribute to Newcastle United supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney who lost their lives in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will embark upon the new season determined to repay owner Mike Ashley for backing him this summer.
– Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
When I signed the new contract, Mike always knew there would be ups and downs for both of us.
He stood by me and this feels like an up time for me. He's armed me again, he's stood by me.
I can always give him an honesty of where we are and he listens - that's why so many players have entered the building. We needed them.
It's that kind of relationship you can only hope for as a Premier League manager, and I'm lucky enough to have it. I hope I can repay him this season.