Cabaye shows why he’s a super buy

Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 22, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 22, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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YOHAN Cabaye celebrated Newcastle United’s win with a quiet night in.

However, while the midfielder relaxed with his partner and baby, the city’s bars and pubs were anything but quiet.

And Cabaye’s name was sung long into the night.

Newcastle, it seems, has a new hero.

And the unassuming 25-year-old has been embraced by Tyneside.

Cabaye, in turn, has embraced his new surroundings, the midfielder leaving St James’s Park – where his 81st-minute winner had given Newcastle a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic – with a broad smile on his face.

Things could not be going much better for Cabaye or United.

Cabaye, like his midfield partner Cheik Tiote, looks a steal.

Technically-gifted with an eye for a pass, the France international is also able to compete in the middle of the park.

And Cabaye had to roll his sleeves up on Saturday.

The previous weekend’s visit of Tottenham Hotspur had been labelled as a barometer of United’s progress this season.

Last season, however, the team wasn’t found wanting against the Premier League’s better sides at St James’s Park.

Instead, it was the fixtures against the division’s lesser teams where they came up short, with the likes of Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers having taken three points from their trips to Tyneside.

And it had taken an injury-time equaliser from Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle to claim a point from this game last term.

As such, the visit of Roberto Martinez’s side was a more significant test than that six days earlier.

If anyone had though Wigan, reeling from five successive defeats, were going to be pushovers, they were quickly reminded that little can be taken for granted in this division.

Alan Pardew’s side were on the back foot for long spells and had it not been for Tim Krul, they would have been behind, the goalkeeper superbly stopping an effort from Victor Moses in the fifth minute.

There was also a wayward shot from Hugo Rodellega later in the half and Ali Al Habsi had just one shot to save at the other end, with Leon Best heading a Jonas Gutierrez cross into his grateful hands.

United, presumably, were grateful to reach the interval still on level terms.

Wigan’s passing had been as crisp as the bright Tyneside afternoon and the introduction of Hatem Ben Arfa for the second half was not a surprise.

Newcastle were better after the break, but they still found chances hard to come by, with Martinez’s team both dogged and determined.

Cabaye’s name was sung as the half wore on.

Maybe the crowd sensed it was going to take something special to break the deadlock and that he was the man to provide that je ne sais quoi.

Ryan Taylor – who had been outstanding at left-back – swung in a ball which was laid off to Cabaye by Sylvain Marveaux.

Cabaye made the rest look easy, his right-footed effort sailing beyond Al Habsi and into the net – game over.

It was harsh on Wigan, but United have dropped enough Premier League points at St James’s Park in recent seasons not to feel sorry for Martinez’s players.