Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has declared Yohan Cabaye as "world class" after victory over Stoke City.

Pardew has handed the midfielder the captaincy in Fabricio Coloccini's absence.

"He has been like that since he came back from that groin injury," he said. "He wasn't quite right in the first half of this season but in the second half he has been outstanding for us.

"You can talk about the spirit of the side, to come back from a goal down, but you need a world class player to put that in the top corner, which gave us the foundation to win the game, and that's what he is."