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Friday 25 April 2014

Pardew hails Cabaye X-factor as French ace ends Palace run

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle Urd 3

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:   Manager of Newcastle United Alan Pardew looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Manager of Newcastle United Alan Pardew looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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.

France international Cabaye had to sit out the 1-1 draw with Southampton after picking up a fifth booking of the season in his match-winning display at Manchester United.

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.''

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