Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew looks forward to more ‘magic’ from Hatem Ben Arfa

Hatem Ben Arfa scored a stunning goal in the FA Cup tie against Blackburn.
Hatem Ben Arfa scored a stunning goal in the FA Cup tie against Blackburn.
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HATEM Ben Arfa has been backed to produce more “magical moments” for Newcastle United – with Queens Park Rangers next in the firing line.

The forward marked his return to the starting XI with a stunning goal in last weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers.

And Ben Afra is set to keep his place for Sunday’s home game against QPR.

“I think we saw all the sides of Hatem (against Blackburn),” boss Alan Pardew said.

“There was some loose stuff, but there were some magical moments which no one else in our team can produce.”

Read more of Alan Pardew’s thoughts in today’s Sportmail.