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Pardew: Cabaye Provides X-factor

Following his side’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the English Premier League, New castle United manager admitted that goalscorer Yohan Cabaye provides the X-factor in his team.

The manager, though, also went on to praise the rest of his team and was extremely pleased with his side’s overall performance.

“His contribution is very important - he gives us X-factor, and that's what you need,” added Pardew.

“When you're a team at the top of the Premier League, you need to have real quality. Hatem [Ben Arfa] gives us that too, coming off the bench.

“But you still need a platform for those players. [Fabricio] Coloccini, [Mathieu] Debuchy and [Cheick] Tiote were immense today. It takes all those ingredients, so I don't put Cabaye above the others. I thought they were all terrific.”

Pardew added that it was also nice to come back to a club where he had spent time as a player and get a good result.

The manager, though, points out that keeping possession was key to the victory that took them to sixth on the league table, only six points behind league leaders Liverpool.

“As an ex-player, to come back here with a team that plays as well as that, is almost dreamlike,” added Pardew.

“It was a great performance from us.

“Palace had their tails up, and I don't think many teams will come here and win 3-0. I'm absolutely delighted with my players. They were terrific, and it's a sweet feeling.

“I think the key was to control the possession, and make sure the ball didn't come in our box. The best way to do that is to keep it.

“We did that well today. Sometimes it's not always easy to do that on this pitch and with the conditions that we had. But we couldn't have been more accurate today, and we had some great play.”

“It says we've got a good spirit, and a good hard-working attitude.

“We're difficult to break down - I don't think Palace had many chances today. And we score goals in open play.

“The only thing you would have to say about us is we could still do a little bit better on set-plays, and there's always room for improvement.

“But I'm not complaining. I've had a really lovely day, and it all makes for a merry Christmas - and the dinner will certainly taste sweeter than it did last year!”

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