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Published: 19:10 | 30/4/16

Pardew rues Cabaye penalty miss

French midfielder missed a spot-kick at Newcastle

Alan Pardew believes "the game died" for Crystal Palace following Yohan Cabaye's penalty miss against Newcastle.

The Magpies moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over the Eagles at St James' Park on Saturday.

Andros Townsend scored the only goal of the game with a thunderbolt free-kick just before the hour, but Cabaye wasted a golden chance to equalise after 70 minutes from the penalty spot.

"We got a penalty and that's where the game died for us. It would have made it a very interesting end if we had scored," Pardew told Sky Sports.

"We don't miss penalties, and it was an unusual one. He didn't hit it as he would have liked and it gave the goalkeeper [Karl Darlow] a chance. We are pretty efficient usually.

"I thought we were the better side in the first half and in the little spell we had we should have scored. But we didn't and then in the second half they came out, reacted, and scored right at the end of their good spell, which was a plus for them."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez downplayed the victory, telling his players to turn their attention to the next game, against already-relegated Aston Villa at Villa Park next weekend.

"It could be important for us. I'm sure it's important for the fans and everyone now when you see the table. But we still have to keep going," he said.

"We know that we have to approach the game against Aston Villa like another final, and that's it. We cannot look too much at the table, we just have to be sure that the next game, we will be ready."

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