Newcastle boss Alan Pardew praised the manner in which Hatem Ben Arfa responded to being dropped at Cardiff, and believes it is a sign of the Frenchman's growing maturity.
– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
Hatem is a great player. His application and acceptance of the decision to leave him out was spot on and he is growing as a person.
I think some of the things that get said about him are not true.
He accepted it, he trained very well all week and he got his reward by walking off as part of a winning team."