Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Yohan Cabaye hailed United's right-side combination as the Magpies eased to a 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

All Newcastle's goals at Selhurst Park came from the right - Cabaye sweeping home the first, Danny Gabbidon turning the ball into his own net for number two, before Shola Ameobi was bundled over inside box for a late spot-kick third.

The first two owed much to the link-up play of the outstanding Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko, who terrorised the Eagles' defence throughout.

And Cabaye paid tribute to the duo, claiming manager Alan Pardew has two players down that flank who are at the very top of their game.

"Moussa and Mathieu are in great shape at the moment," he told nufc.co.uk following the final whistle.

"We have to enjoy them when they are playing together like this.

"We have done very well down that side, especially today. The way they were together, their passing and crossing, was brilliant.

"A lot of our attacks came from that side and that helped us win the game, but everyone was excellent all over the pitch."

With struggling Palace rejuvenated under new boss Tony Pulis, a tight game was anticipated.

But Newcastle rubbished any notions of caution with another fine, away performance - their sixth victory on the road in all competitions this season.

"It is always difficult to play against a team who fighting relegation," said Cabaye.

"We knew this place would be hard, with a small pitch and a good atmosphere, but we had a good mentality.

"To win, score three goals and keep a clean sheet was perfect before two home games.

"It helps us stay high in the league, where we want to be."

Cabaye's strike was reminiscent of his winner at Old Trafford earlier this month - another fantastic away victory in the Magpies' yellow third kit.

And the midfielder revealed he knew exactly where his teammate was going to put the ball.

"Moussa is always looking for the little pull-back and I just try to be free and then make sure I can hit the target," he explained.

"I'm happy to score, happy to do it for the team and if it means we get three points then that is even better.

"We love playing in this yellow kit. We have worn it three times now and won three times.

"It may be the third kit but we like it and maybe we should always wear this kit away from home!"

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