Don’t kick Cabaye! Pardew demands better protection for playmaker

JOY ... Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, right.

JOY ... Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy, right.

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ALAN Pardew’s demanded better protection for Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye.

Cabaye scored a stunning second-half goal in yesterday’s 5-1 home win over Stoke City.

Newcastle took control after Stoke had Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson sent off late in the first half.

Visiting manager Mark Hughes was furious with Whelan’s two yellow cards.

Whelan was booked for for tangling with Cabaye, and then shown a second yellow for a foul on the midfielder.

Pardew felt Whelan’s tackle was indicative of the “treatment” Cabaye gets from the opposition.

“I thought the first booking was slightly harsh,” said Pardew. “But the second one I have absolutely no issue with, because Yohan gets a lot of treatment in our games, and I didn’t think that tackle had any indication of playing the ball.”

On Cabaye’s goal, Pardew added: “To hit it first time like that takes top technique, which obviously has.

“He was brilliant. In the second half, he orchestrated everything we did.”

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