Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was left praising the 'X-factor' given to his side by Yohan Cabaye after the midfielder returned to the starting line-up with a starring role.
But he returned at Selhurst Park and opened the scoring as the Magpies secured an easy win, with a Danny Gabbidon own goal and a late Hatem Ben Arfa penalty sealing the win -- ending Crystal Palace's run of three straight clean sheets at home.
It is a far cry from when Cabaye looked set to leave for Arsenal and was jeered by the Newcastle fans, with Pardew praising the 27-year-old's character and the impact he has on his sixth-placed side.
"I was honest with him all the way along," said Pardew. "He added an X-factor for us. When you are at the top of the Premier League you can't stay there unless you have got X-factor and he gives us that.''