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Friday, November 16, 2012
Ben Arfa: Home form is key

Kristan Heneage

Hatem Ben Arfa has warned his Newcastle team-mates they won't match last season's top five finish in the Premier League unless they rediscover their home form.

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The Frenchman was upset by the defeat against West Ham last weekend, and has underlined the importance of making St James' Park into a fortress if Newcastle want to be successful.

Swansea visit the North East this weekend and Ben Arfa is determined to claim three points and start a winning run.

"Now I'm better, but I was very upset this week and everyone else was too because we should have won the West Ham game," he told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"We have to start to make the most of the games at home. Now we have to start winning games. If we don't, it'll be very hard.

"It's not a cup final tomorrow, but it's very important for everybody. If we don't win, maybe we will lose a little confidence. If we win, we will build. To have a very good season, you have to win three or four games consecutively. Now it's not good for us after losing."

A key component of the Newcastle attack, Ben Arfa also confirmed that he has undertaken extra training sessions in preparation for Saturday's game as he is eager to see Newcastle score more goals.

"It's very, very important against Swansea  we have to get points. We're in the middle of the league, and that is not our ambition. We have to win, and we have to try to score more goals to move up to the right end of the table," he said.

"I've been practising a lot more. In the last game, we created some situations, but didn't score. If you want to win games, we have to score, that's how simple it is.

"I'm happy to be on the pitch. When you're a footballer, you want to be on the pitch. But I'm happier when we win. When we lose, I'm very sad.

"When I play and we win, I'm very, very happy. That's why Saturday is a very big game. We didn't have all the players. Cheick [Tiote] and Colo [Coloccini] weren't here. Now Jonas [Gutierrez] isn't here. It's very hard for us  he's a very important player. This game is very important."

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