Alan Pardew Says Yohan Cabaye Has Been 'Perfect' Since Window Shut

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Alan Pardew Says Yohan Cabaye Has Been 'Perfect' Since Window Shut
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If it was questionable whether Yohan Cabaye really was withdrawn two minutes from time because he was "tired" – the more popular theory was Alan Pardew wanted to give the travelling fans a chance to show the Frenchman he can regain a place in their hearts – there was no reason to suspect Newcastle United's manager was being anything other than sincere when he spoke about the playmaker's influence on the team. "He's just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United," Pardew said.

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