Pardew says his own club’s problems are due to his foreign contingent not yet being battle-hardened to the demands of the English top flight.
He admitted: “One of the problems I face with this group is not a language problem or a cultural problem.
“It’s been one of inexperience on the pitch.
“What Kevin has is a real knowledge of how to win games in the Premier League.
“West Ham’s manager, Sam Allardyce, has that too and that’s what we are up against.
“Nous is a word I used a lot about Kevin as he used to find positions on the pitch. Just through his own nous, he is sniffing chances out and he is a worry for us.
“They’ve also got the likes of James Collins, Mark Noble and Matt Jarvis. These are also players who I know very well and who are very experienced in the Prem.”