The Crystal Palace boss was discussing the former Tottenham striker.
Crystal Palace fans seemed pleased with the 31-year-old's work rate but praising his overall display seemed a stretch considering the fact the away supporters themselves chanted 'that's why you're paying his wages' when he missed.
The former Tottenham man didn't play badly as such but Pardew's heavy praise of the Togolese striker will still come as a surprise to many.
AP: I thought Ade did terrifically on the out ball for us today. His hold up ball was terrific.— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) February 21, 2016
The need for the Crystal Palace boss to praise Adebayor is obvious, however, considering the fact forward is very much a confidence player.
However, Reading dispatched West Brom convincingly in the fifth round and Crystal Palace will have to be ready to work as hard as they did against Tottenham.