Crystal Palace went up to third place in the Premier League after a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Yohan Cabaye had a goal and an assist for Palace.
Manager Alan Pardew was pleased with his side and hailed midfielder Yohan Cabaye as the player of the game. The 29-year-old Frenchman provided the assist for Yannick Bolasie’s 1-0 goal in the 68th minute and scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 in the 89th minute.
“We approached the game knowing what to expect and we knew we needed to be patient, we played in a controlled manner,” Pardew told The Daily Mail after the game.
“You need someone like Cabaye to orchestrate that and I thought he was great today in everything he did.
“He created the goal at a stage we were starting to worry on the bench and potentially looking for changes.
“I know his character and he knew he wasn’t going to be accepting what was happening at PSG, he wasn’t getting a fair opportunity and he needed someone to trust.
“He wants to play for his national side at the Euros. I hope everyone in France was watching him today because he was excellent.”
Pardew also spoke about the good start his team is enjoying.
“The last time we [Palace] had 15 points in the Premier League, we were eating our Christmas dinner and [now] we’ve got it on October 2, so we’ve got ourselves in a great position,” Pardew said.
“You have periods of form and how long we can keep that we’ll have to wait and see, but I can compare this season to the team I had twice at Newcastle and this is a team that can be as good as that team.”