Last Updated: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:41
Alan Pardew has admitted the secret of Hatem Ben Arfa's success has been to leave him to his own devices when he is on the ball.
The 25-year-old Frenchman fired the Magpies into the thick of the race for Champions League qualification with a stunning individual goal which set them on their way to a fifth successive Barclays Premier League victory and left Bolton deep in the relegation mire.
Ben Arfa endured a difficult first year on Tyneside after suffering an horrendous double leg fracture in just his fourth game for the club, but has shown in recent weeks exactly why he is so highly rated on both sides of the English Channel.
Pardew, who saw the former Marseille man score a similarly impressive goal against Blackburn in the FA Cup in January, said: "I am sure it is going to be highlighted enough this week, about how many players could actually score a goal like that - and he's got two of them.
"I don't give him too much information offensively. Somebody like Hatem, you have got to let them have their world - it's his world when he has the ball.
"My world is when he hasn't got it, and that's really where I have focused on him and given him the freedom to go and express himself. It was a fantastic goal, absolutely fantastic."
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