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Pardew hails Newcastle fans for Cabaye support

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew was delighted with the fans' response to Yohan Cabaye during victory at Aston Villa.

Cabaye, for whom a proposed switch to Arsenal this summer eventually failed to materialise and who reportedly refused to play in the West Ham match, returned to the Newcastle starting line-up for the Villa game.

Regarding the midfielder, Pardew said: "It was nice to see our fans applaud him off, and it goes some way towards repairing that relationship.

"I don't think he has fully repaired it, but over the coming weeks he will because he is a very focused individual and I thought he was terrific today.

"There is no problem. He is a French international and he knows the responsibility he has as a footballer to this football club. His focus today was solid.

"All our fans who clapped him off today I'm sure were impressed, but there is still over 50,000 back at home who want to see what he produced today.

"If he can do that, it can all be washed away and we can move on. Hopefully it will, because he is a very important player for us."

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