Hatem Ben Arfa wants to score more goals

Ben Arfa aiming to show Toon fans his true colours after demolishing West Brom

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17:57 GMT, 25 March 2012

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17:57 GMT, 25 March 2012

Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa hopes to start showing his goalscoring form in front of Newcastle's fans after inspiring a 3-1 win at West Brom.

Ben Arfa scored once and also set up two for Papiss Cisse as Alan Pardew's side strengthened their Champions League claims.

Shane Long replied for West Brom in the second half, but Ben Arfa had done enough by then to inspire the Magpies to a win.

Star: Hatem Ben Arfa was the key man in Newcastle's win over West Brom

Star: Hatem Ben Arfa was the key man in Newcastle's win over West Brom

Now he wants to show Newcastle's fans what he can do after scoring the fifth away goal in his total of six this season.

Asked if he could score more at home, the Frenchman told Sky Sports: 'I hope so next week against Liverpool.'

Ben Arfa praised Newcastle's forwards following the win too.

'Demba (Ba) and Papiss are very good players and I enjoy playing with these players,' he said.

Quality: Ben Arfa hailed Newcastle's strikers, including Papiss Cisse

Quality: Ben Arfa hailed Newcastle's strikers, including Papiss Cisse

Defender Mike Williamson admired the work done by Ben Arfa.

He said: 'When he goes on those mazy runs he can go past four or five players. 'We've just got to take every game as it comes. If we keep this momentum going anything can happen.'

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admitted his side had not dealt well with Newcastle's counter-attacks in the first half.

'We were 3-0 down at half-time from their counter-attacks. I don't think we dealt with that very well,' he said.

'All we could do was try to make a game of the second half.

'We made a fight of it but at 3-0 against a side of Newcastle's quality it was going to be hard.'

Consolation: Shane Long got one for West Brom

Consolation: Shane Long got one for West Brom

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew praised the way his team had controlled the game in the first half.

'We had a real good control of our passing today and our movement was terrific. Our best players stepped forward today.'

The win took Newcastle level in the table with fifth-placed Chelsea.

'To have the same points as Chelsea at this point is phenomenal really.

'We have eight games (remaining). Of the last 10 games we've won two out of two so far.

'We look forward to Liverpool, the city will look forward to that game.'