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Newcastle boss Pardew thrilled for Ryan Taylor over winning Cup return

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew was delighted for Ryan Taylor after last night's Capital One Cup win at Manchester City.

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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