Ben Arfa provided the Magpies with their only moment of magic as he curled home a great strike to stun Craven Cottage fans.
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "He was short of match fitness, and I thought he struggled in the early part of the game to pick up the pace.
"However, he had some great moments.
"He was tiring and I had to remove him.
"It was a terrific goal and that is what he can create."