MATCH REPORTS

Newcastle 2 Norwich 1

Celebration

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 2 (Remy 2, Gouffran 38)

Norwich City 1 (Fer 80)

 

 

Newcastle United recorded their third successive win on Saturday with a 2-1 Barclays Premier League triumph over Norwich City at St. James' Park.

 

First half goals from Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran gave the Magpies deserved breathing space at the break, but Leroy Fer's late header meant a nervous end to the contest.

 

Remy headed home a corner after just 115 seconds and with Shola Ameobi particularly impressive, United had further chances before Gouffran finally extended their advantage with the interval approaching, netting from close range.

 

Norwich made a better fight of it in the second half but could only reduce the arrears by one goal - through midfielder Fer - as the hosts held on for another three-point haul.

 

United went on the attack from the off and were rewarded with less than two minutes on the clock.

 

Norwich failed to deal with Yohan Cabaye's right-wing corner and as it bounced all the way through to Remy at the far post, he nodded home from a couple of yards.

 

It was the Frenchman's eighth goal of the campaign and the first goal United had scored from a corner since 1st October, 2011, when Demba Ba netted away at Wolves.

 

Norwich had offered precious little in the opening exchanges but threatened an equaliser in the 11th minute. Redmond beat the offside trap to race on to Michael Turner's long ball, but could only blaze high and wide, under pressure from the back-tracking Fabricio Coloccini.

 

The visitors went even closer almost immediately; Ryan Bennett cutting back a deep free-kick but a combination of Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Shola Ameobi scrambling the ball clear from inside the six-yard box.

 

Newcastle's repsonse came courtesy of Cheick Tiote and Cabaye, but the midfield duo both failed to find the target from ambitious long-range efforts.

 

On the half-hour mark the hosts should have been two up. Some intricate passing worked the ball from out on the left to Shola Ameobi, whose inch-perfect through ball set Sissoko free.

 

The French powerhouse raced in behind the Canaries' defence but dragged his shot across the face of goal and wide of the upright.

 

The second goal did arrive though before half-time and it came via Gouffran.

 

Ameobi was key to the goal, starting the move with a superb turn deep inside his own half before finding a gap in the visitors' backline for Loic Remy to exploit wide on the right.

 

And when Sissoko swung in a cross to the far post, that man Ameobi was there again, rising above Russell Martin to plant a downward header goalbound, which Ruddy couldn't hold and Gouffran stabbed home.

 

Ruddy redeemed himself right on the stroke of half-time, however, flying to his right to parry clear Ameobi's fierce 20-yard drive which was heading for the back of the Gallowgate End net.

 

Forced into an early change due to an injury to Anthony Pilkington, Norwich were much more vibrant in the second period. However, they failed to test goalkeeper Krul, with Gary Hooper and Redmond firing off target, and Leroy Fer heading

 

United boss Alan Pardew replaced Cabaye and Ameobi - who had both been away on international duty - with Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse, switching his side to a 4-5-1 formation in order to see the game out.

 

But they allowed the Canaries a foothold back in the game with ten minutes remaining. A string of fruitless corners finally ended with midfielder Fer rising highest to thump a header agonisingly out of Krul's grasp and in off the post.

 

Cisse nodded fellow sub Hatem Ben Arfa's cross narrowly over the top as the hosts tried to regain their two-goal advantage but a third goal wasn't needed as United secured yet another win.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 67), Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 83); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 73), Loic Remy

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan

 

 

Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond (Josh Murphy 89), Bradley Johnson (Wes Hoolahan 89), Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington (Johan Elmander 49); Gary Hooper

 

Subs not used: Carlo Nash, Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Lucianno Becchio

 

 

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - none; Norwich - Bennett (90)

 

 

Attendance: 51,328 (1,800 Norwich)

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