Yohan Cabaye sent an inviting free-kick into the penalty area for Gouffran to dive and head home.
Pardew said: "I just asked him to hit it on the back of their back four with shape and a bit of pace because we weren't really getting any joy from balls going into their box.
"He went for glory, really, but he executed it on the money and I am not going to try to take any credit for that.
"You have to be a top, top player to hit that ball in, and Gouff connected brilliantly and gave us a platform then."
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