"This was a big day for Lee in many ways because he has had a slow start here," said Pardew.
"He missed a big chance against Brentford and another one in the home game against Stockport. He's had to move house, move his life and he's had a tough time.
"But here he showed what a good player he is. He worked very hard for us, got two goals that were typical of him and I thought he was the best player on the pitch."