Pardew hailed the performance of Taylor, who not only returned to action after a two-year absence with a knee injury but was actually one of the most influential players on the pitch.
The 30-year-old, who created the first goal and almost set up another in a highly-energetic performance, had been sidelined since August 2012.
Pardew, whose side will play Tottenham in the quarter-finals, said: "Obviously he was outstanding. Professional footballers sometimes get a bad press for the way they conduct themselves and their professionalism but you are talking about a guy who for two years has been injured and conducted himself in the best possible manner.
"He came in with a smile on his face, encouraged players in those two years. He got his reward because of that professionalism.
"He has only had one and a half reserve games and to play like he did was absolutely outstanding and a credit to himself.
"Our staff have been very impressed with his conduct. He is a beacon of light in professional football.
"We are delighted we have been able to give him a platform but he had 10 good players around him and we couldn't have asked for more."
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