Newcastle cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Toon fielded a strong looking side despite having to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, and Shola Ameobi gave the hosts the lead.
A Henrique own goal doubled the Magpies’ advantage before the interval, whilst Papiss Cisse but a gloss on the scoreline in the second 45.
Alan Pardew has admitted that he was pleased with his side’s showing, which ended a 17-match unbeaten run for Bordeaux.
“We played with verve and energy again. We looked more like ourselves from last year and the performance level was fantastic. That’s a good sign,” the trainer told Sky Sports.
“We had to play very well tonight to make that as comfortable as it was. I can’t say the result flattered us because we deserved to win by a distance.
“The nature of the goals was clinical. Our passing in the second half made it very difficult for them to get back into the game and that’s something we’ve been working on – controlling games.
“That’s a team that haven’t been beaten for 17 games or something and it’s a great result for us. We’ve kind of been allowed to relax towards the end of that game and we need to, because we’ve got Manchester United on Sunday,” he admitted.