Pardew: A pivotal win

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his team's performance as they demolished Newcastle United 5-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

James McArthur and Yannick Bolasie both grabbed braces, alongside Wilfried Zaha's strike, as the Eagles came back from Papiss Cisse's early opener to give Pardew the perfect response to last Monday's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland.

"We were really on it today," Pardew said. "It was our reaction on the training ground that got our result today. We were very good.

"It was a kind of pivotal game in our season. Were we going to become mid-table or put ourselves back in top eight contention? We've put ourselves up there with the Evertons and the Tottenhams with that win.

"It was a contrast to Monday. I kept faith with our offensive players today. We took that disappointment into our work this week.

"Some of our deliveries into the box were brilliant today. It was a really outstanding display from [Connor] Wickham. I was pleased he got the Man of the Match.

"The thing with Bolasie is he's always going to skip past someone. He just needs that final product. He knows that. It was terrific today."

The game also had a personal element for Pardew, who managed the Magpies for five years, during which endured a difficult relationship with fans.

"Whatever I say about [Newcastle] gets contrived," he added after sending them back into the relegation zone. "All I can say is I hope their fortunes change and they can turn it around."

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