YOHAN Cabaye’s confident Newcastle United can keep their nerve in the Premier League run-in – and qualify for the Champions League.
Cabaye scored twice and set up another goal for Papiss Demba Cisse in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Stoke City.
The result moved the club into the top four of the Premier League with four games left to play.
Cabaye’s performance was the talk of Tyneside after the game.
The 26-year-old’s disguised pass for Cisse’s goal was labelled “exquisite” by United manager Alan Pardew after the game, while his second goal in what was a sixth successive victory also won praise.
“Obviously, I’m happy with my goals and my pass for Papiss,” Cabaye told SportMail.
“It was a difficult pass, but I like to be the man who provides deliveries and assists for my team-mates.
“I’m not a striker like Papiss or Demba, so my job is to help them score. I was lucky to score twice. I really enjoyed it.
Asked if it was his best performance for Newcastle since his move from Lille last summer, Cabaye added: “This one or Manchester United was my best game. I enjoyed the games immensely.
“I’m happy because we got what we deserved, which was to win the game.
“At half-time we talked about the Wolves (when United lost a two-goal lead) game - we didn’t want to do the same thing.”
Cabaye left the field in the 61st minute with a slight knock.
However, Pardew expects him to be fit for Saturday’s game against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
The fixture is followed by games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.
While the club’s run-in looks tough, United have momentum behind them, and Cabaye – who played in the Champions League with Lille – isn’t fazed by the task ahead of them,
“Now this team has four games left, and each one is very important for us,” he said.
“We aim to stay in the race for the Champions League.”