IS HATEM'S GOAL TOON'S GREATEST? We Recall Best Strikes in Recent United History

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Byline: DAN WARBURTON

HIS mazy run and stunning finish made Hatem Ben Arfa the toast of the Toon.

United boss Alan Pardew hailed the 24-year-old French international's wonder strike against Blackburn on Saturday as "one of the best" he had ever witnessed.

The goal, which came after Ben Arfa had skipped past seven opponents, helped clinch a 2-1 win and Newcastle's progression into the next round of the FA Cup against either Wrexham or Brighton.

But the turf of St James' Park has seen some great strikes in its 130-year history.

And today the Chronicle turns back the clock to recall some of Newcastle's greatest finishes. * It is less than a year since Cheick Tiote smashed home a 20-yard screamer to cap a remarkable comeback against Arsenal after falling four goals behind.

And Laurent Robert's stunning brace against Tottenham in 2003 included a long-range effort from outside the area that sent the Magpies into raptures.

Kevin Keegan's Entertainers secured one of the greatest wins in Newcastle's recent history when they thumped Manchester United 5-0 in 1996. …