Yohan Cabaye says Newcastle's cup misery has made him cherish Crystal Palace run

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

The French midfielder endured a woeful record in cup competitions whilst on Tyneside.

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye has admitted, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that the misery he endured in cup competitions whilst at Newcastle United has made his run to the FA Cup final with the Eagles even more special.

Cabaye has been an important player for Palace since being brought to Selhurst Park by his former Magpies manager Alan Pardew last summer, scoring six goals in 39 appearances for the club.

One of those strikes came in the FA Cup quarter-final win at Reading in March, and the French international will walk out at Wembley for the first time in a major final this weekend when his side face Manchester United.

In two-and-a-half seasons under Pardew at Newcastle, Cabaye never got past round four of either the FA Cup or the Capital One Cup, suffering ignominious defeats to lower-league sides such as Brighton (two years in a row) and Blackburn Rovers.

The 30-year-old admitted that failure to enjoy any kind of lengthy cup run whilst at St. James' Park has made this year's journey with Palace all the more sweeter, and suggested that it may be done to the different group mentality at Selhurst Park.

When asked if he thought he would ever be playing in an English cup final, Cabaye replied, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "To be honest, no. At Newcastle the cup runs were very bad and now I have the opportunity to play in a big game.

"The FA Cup semi-final was fantastic, the atmosphere was very good and yeah, I am disappointed I didn't get that with Newcastle. The cup has always been important [to Pardew], even at Newcastle. Maybe the group mentality is different."

Palace are contesting only their second ever major cup final, with their previous outing coming 26 years ago when they lost in a replay to United.

If the Eagles can upset the odds to triumph, it will be surely the greatest achievement in the club's history and Cabaye and Pardew, along with the rest of the Eagles side, will cement themselves as legends.

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