By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle United 3 (Cabaye 25, Gabbidon og 39, Ben Arfa 86pen)
Newcastle United recorded yet another away-day victory as they triumphed 3-0 at Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League.
United were superb from start to finish at Selhurst Park. Confident in possession, solid at the back and always a danger in the final third, they broke the deadlock when Cabaye swept in Moussa Sissoko's cut-back.
Although Palace briefly threatened to equalise, it was the visitors who extended their advantage, coming courtesy of home defender Gabbidon, who prodded a brilliant Mathieu Debuchy cross into his own net.
Manager Alan Pardew will be delighted with the performance of his troops, as they recorded a sixth away victory of the season in all competitions.
In testing conditions, it took 14 minutes for either side to register a shot but Davide Santon's long-range effort was going to have to be something special to test Julian Speroni as it flew harmlessly wide.
Palace responded immediately through Barry Bannan's 25-yard free-kick, which goalkeeper Tim Krul was equal to, plucking the ball comfortably out of the top corner.
United have been almost prolific from set-pieces in recent weeks and almost added to their tally in the 19th minute through Debuchy.
Having seen his cross initially cut out to force a corner, the French right-back then proceeded to rise highest at the near post but could only glance Yohan Cabaye's delivery across the face of goal and wide.
And the visitors finally broke the deadlock on 25 minutes.
Some patient build-up play saw the ball worked to Sissoko wide on the right flank. The former Toulouse man turned Marouane Chamakh inside-out before cutting the ball back for Cabaye, whose low strike took a slight deflection on its way past Speroni.
United were controlling proceedings, keeping the ball well and frustrating their opponents, but the Eagles had two great chances to level almost straight away.
First Krul did well to divert Jerome's shot behind with his legs before, from the resulting corner, the Dutch stopper flapped at the cross and was thankful to see Vurnon Anita hack clear off the line.
But Palace failed to take advantage of their brief spell of pressure and were made to pay six minutes before the break.
Again it came from the right-hand side, this time Sissoko feeding Debuchy, and when the full-back whipped a superb delivery into the six-yard box, defender Danny Gabbidon -stretching - could only divert it past his own keeper.
The hosts clearly hadn't learnt their lesson as, with half-time approaching, another attack down the right ended with Cabaye skipping past Dean Moxey but unable to beat Speroni at his near post.
Palace made a couple of changes at the break, with Jonathan Parr and Yannick Bolasie replacing Moxey and Barry Bannan, but it remained business as normal in the second half.
With 11 minutes gone, Cabaye almost deceived Speroni direct from a free-kick, with the Argentine just getting a hand to his swerving effort at the last minute, before Mike Williamson headed the rebound well off-target.
At the other end, Chamakh headed Adrian Mariappa's cross high and wide, before strike partner Jerome missed an absolute sitter - volleying wildly over the top when completely unmarked seven yards out.
United hit back and Cabaye wasn't too far away with a dipping effort, having cut inside from the left touchline, shortly before he raced through but placed his side-footed shot too close to Speroni, who was left with a comfortable save.
That was the midfielder's last action of another eye-catching afternoon, replaced by Hatem Ben Arfa on 79 minutes. And his replacement made an immediate impact.
First, Ben Arfa jinked in from the right to tee up Yoan Gouffran, who curled a strike against the woodwork, before having a go himself but being denied by Speroni.
And the substitute capped an impressive cameo by putting the result out of sight with time ticking away. Fellow replacement Shola Ameobi was bundled over inside the box by Parr and Ben Arfa stepped up to drill home the resulting penalty.
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Julian Speroni; Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey (Jonathan Parr 46); Barry Bannan (Yannick Bolasie 46), Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak (c), Jason Puncheon; Marouane Chamakh, Cameron Jerome (Dwight Gayle 77)
Subs not used: Lewis Price, Jose Campana, Jonathan Williams, Kevin Phillips
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 79); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy (Shola Ameobi 75), Yoan Gouffran
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Bookings: Crystal Palace - Chamakh (84); Newcastle United - Tiote (64), Coloccini (67)