Crystal Palace new boy Yohan Cabaye impressed by Norwich City
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Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye admitted he will remember his Premier League debut at Norwich City for much more than his match-sealing goal.
The Eagles' club-record signing was impressed by the Canaries in a hard-fought encounter at Carrow Road Palace edged 3-1.
'We won the game but it wasn't simple. It's a tough place to come and play our football and for me Norwich did well,' said the French international. 'They were sharper than us but more importantly we won the game.
'When they got it back to 2-1 they made it difficult for us and we were under pressure but we stuck together and fought to keep the score in our favour and at the end we scored a third.
'I was happy to get the goal. I wanted to start well because it is a new season with my new team so I think it was the best way to start, especially as last season wasn't simple for me.
'Now I want to focus on Palace and do my best for the team and for the club. It means a lot to me to be back in the Premier League, as I enjoyed my time at Newcastle.'
Palace boss Alan Pardew expects Cabaye to take time to re-adjust to the English top flight after his bit-part role at French champions Paris Saint-Germain last season.
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The Eagles open their home campaign at Selhurst Park this weekend against Arsenal.
'I have had a fantastic welcome from the club since I arrived and I want to do my best to help them get the best position possible in the league,' said Cabaye.
'We have to keep working hard and I think we can do better - we have to keep hold of the ball better, but it is the start of the new season and we have plenty of time to play together. But we know that we have a tough start and we are going to have to be ready this week.'