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Newcastle United 2-1 Norwich City

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Newcastle striker Loic Remy (right) heads his side in front against Norwich

Newcastle eased to a third successive league win by beating former manager Chris Hughton's struggling Norwich.

The Magpies made the most of poor defending to take the lead when Loic Remy headed in Yohan Cabaye's corner at the far post after two minutes.

Yoan Gouffran pounced to stab in a second after Shola Ameobi's header had been parried by keeper John Ruddy.

Newcastle looked tired - Pardew

Leroy Fer scored a powerful late header for Norwich to give them hope but Newcastle held on for the three points.

Newcastle had registered hard-fought wins against Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two games but the win over Norwich proved more of a routine victory.

Hughton has now lost twice and drawn once against the Magpies, who he managed between June 2009 and December 2010, in the three matches he has faced them since taking over as Canaries boss.

His side's latest defeat again puts him under pressure and once more highlighted his side's defensive problems as they quickly went behind.

Norwich's players stood and watched as a corner bounced across their goalmouth before the ball reached the far post where Remy nodded in for his eighth goal in as many games.

The visitors responded with a brief spell of pressure during which Nathan Redmond latched on to a lofted through ball but sent his angled 15-yard shot well over.

Winger Redmond set up another Canaries chance when he crossed to the far post for Anthony Pilkington, but his looping header went across the goalmouth before being scrambled clear.

However, Newcastle quickly reasserted their authority and extended their lead.

Ameobi's powerful downward header from Moussa Sissoko's inviting cross was only parried by Ruddy and Gouffran reacted quickest to score from point-blank range.

It was the 23rd top-flight goal the Canaries have conceded so far this season, the second most in the Premier League behind bottom side Sunderland.

Ameobi was a constant threat to Norwich and he went close with a well-struck 20-yard shot which Ruddy palmed wide.

Newcastle were in firm control for most of the match as they repelled the visitors' efforts but they started to relax in the latter stages and allowed Norwich to pull a goal back.

Fer out-jumped centre-back Fabricio Coloccini to head in off the post but Norwich could not build on the goal and have now won just three out of 25 away league games during Hughton's tenure.

Hughton frustrated by 'soft' goals

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:

"I thought we looked a little tired in the second half. Norwich had a good second half but I felt we were in control of the game.

"That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win. This was as important as beating Chelsea and Spurs.

"We are looking really solid and and have good influence off the bench. We are in good shape. We deserved to win."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton:

"It was not so much the performance [that was frustrating] but goals we conceded. They were two goals that were avoidable.

"Credit to the players as they came out and showed spirit and character [in the second half].

"At the moment we need to be scoring more goals. We pushed really hard in the second half but goals decide games and if we are conceding soft goals we make it difficult for ourselves."

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Krul
  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 3Santon
  • 24Tioté
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7Sissoko
  • 4CabayeSubstituted forAnitaat 68'minutes
  • 14Remy
  • 23AmeobiSubstituted forCisséat 74'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forBen Arfaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anita
  • 9Cissé
  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 25Obertan
  • 28Ameobi

Norwich

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 4JohnsonSubstituted forHoolahanat 89'minutes
  • 6Turner
  • 24BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forMurphyat 89'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 11Hooper
  • 10Fer
  • 12PilkingtonSubstituted forElmanderat 49'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 5Bassong
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 16Elmander
  • 19Becchio
  • 20Nash
  • 31Murphy
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
51,328

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

  5. Booking

    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Josh Murphy tries a through ball, but Michael Turner is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Russell Martin.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

  14. Post update

    Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathan Redmond.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Bradley Johnson.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).

As It Stood

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1Arsenal1291224101428
2Liverpool1273224131124
3Chelsea1273221101124
4Southampton12642157822
5Everton125611713421
6Man Utd116231813520
7Tottenham1162396320
8Newcastle126241717020
9Man City1161428121619
10Swansea124351716115
11West Brom113531212014
12Aston Villa114251112-114
13Hull12426915-614
14Stoke123451214-213
15Cardiff11335915-612
16Norwich123271023-1311
17West Ham12246914-510
18Fulham123181121-1010
19Crystal Palace12219721-147
20Sunderland12219824-167
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