Crystal Palace's ex-Newcastle star compares fanbases of the two clubs

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Yohan Cabaye believes Eagles fans are up there with Magpies supporters as the best in the country.

Crystal Palace and former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has told the Eagles' official website that one thing he has learned from his time so far at Selhurst Park is that the club's supporters are up there with those of the Magpies as the best in the country.

Cabaye spent two-and-half years on Tyneside after being signed by Alan Pardew in 2011, where he became captain and scored 18 goals in 93 appearances before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.

After 18 months in the French capital he reunited with Pardew when his former manager made him Palace's record signing last summer, and he has been an integral player in his first season in London, scoring six goals in 37 appearances in all competitions and helping the club reach a first FA Cup final since 1990.

The 30-year-old hailed that achievement and dedicated it to the club's fans, who he believes are only rivalled by those of Newcastle in terms of the vociferous nature and passion of their support.

Cabaye told cpfc.co.uk: "The fans are unbelievable; all year and again today, so I knew before the game that their section was going to be loud and noisy - they’re fantastic.

"For me, alongside Newcastle, they’re probably the best in the country and we won for them as well today because they’ve supported us all season, even when we had a bad run in the league.

"It’s their moment as well so I hope the final will be good for them and to share that great feeling with them is going to be incredible."

Neither Cabaye's current side nor his old flame have enjoyed particularly successful seasons, with Newcastle locked in a desperate battle to preserve their top-flight status and Palace having endured a shocking run of form in 2016.

However, Palace do at least have their biggest day in 26 years to look forward to at the end of the campaign thanks to their 2-1 win over Watford on Sunday.

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