Yohan Cabaye proved Newcastle United's talisman in their 3-0 victory over Stoke City.

The French midfielder struck two classy goals - and created the other - in the triumph.

Pardew said of Cabaye's display: "They were two great goals, but perhaps the pass was better than the goals.

"I was on the sideline and I didn't even see that run, and he was having to manoeuvre the ball with players left, right and centre of him.

"To find that pass was exquisite - it was still a great finish, by the way, but that will go down as one of the best passes I have seen at this stadium."