Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cabaye gets credit from Newcastle's Pardew

West Ham 1 Newcastle 3

Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll vies with Newcastle United's Ivorian midfielder Cheik Ismael Tiote during the English Premier League football match
Carlton Cole of West Ham United holds off the challenge of Yoan Gouffran

Nicholas McAvaney

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was full of praise for Yohan Cabaye after yesterday's victory at West Ham, labelling the France midfielder "a class act".

Cabaye sealed the win in the final minute after having opened the scoring in the first half, much to the frustration of the Upton Park crowd.

Loic Remy was also on themark for Newcastle before Mike Williamson's own goal in first-half injury-time set up a more competitive second-half, before Cabaye intervened again.

Pardew said: "He has a great role for us, for the team. He gets almost a free role in the team in the number 10 shirt and I think he's enjoyed that.

"He's added goals to his game. The first one was a real class, individual goal -- the touch, and the way he moved, and the sublime moment he took to finish it. And I thought he was a class act all day.

West Ham counterpart Sam Allardyce was clear where his side's problems lay.

"We have five defenders who are missing at the moment and one that should have been playing, this morning pulled out, so our back four today (Razvan Rat, James Collins, Roger Johnson and Matt Taylor) has never played together at all this season," he said.

Irish Independent

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