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Cabaye: I would swap Reading goal for a Newcastle win

The Frenchman opened the scoring for the Magpies with a brilliant free-kick but the hosts went on to lose 2-1 thanks to two strikes from Royals forward Adam Le Fondre

Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has claimed that he would swap his goal in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Reading for three points.

The Frenchman marked his return from injury by putting the Magpies ahead with a finely taken free-kick, but the Royals turned the game on its head thanks to Adam Le Fondre's double.

And the 27-year-old has expressed frustration over a result which has left Alan Pardew's side just two points clear of the relegation zone.

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He told the club's official website: "Words are not going to be enough to explain our frustration. We lost an important game and we are all very disappointed.

“Yes, I scored, but I would prefer to score a goal where the team wins after or to not score at all and we get three points."

Despite the poor result, the France international was pleased to have overcome a groin injury in order to feature.

He said: "It was so long for me. I was missing the game and now I am back much earlier than predicted.”

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