By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
West Ham United 1 (C Cole 45)
Newcastle United 3 (Cabaye 16, 90, Remy 33)
Yohan Cabaye's brace helped Newcastle United return to winning ways on Saturday, as they triumphed 3-1 away at West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League.
The French playmaker netted either side of half-time at Upton Park - and either side of a Loic Remy effort - to hand the Magpies maximum points and end a run of four successive defeats.
The Hammers had just a solitary Carlton Cole goal to show for their efforts as they only stay off the foot of the table on goal difference.
United raced into a two-goal lead - Cabaye stroking home the opener before an excellent close-range Remy finish gave the visitors breathing space.
Carlton Cole reduced the deficit right on the interval and West Ham piled on the pressure in the second half, but Newcastle held firm and secured the victory when Cabaye curled in a late free-kick.
It was the Magpies' seventh away victory of the season in all competitions and keeps them within touching distance of the top six.
The hosts had plenty of early possession but it was Newcastle who created the better openings.
On eight minutes, Cabaye split the Hammers' defence to pick out Remy, who cut back inside but saw his right-foot shot deflect off Roger Johnson and fly inches wide.
Davide Santon was next to try his luck, firing well off-target from distance, shortly before Remy drove straight at goalkeeper Adrian from similar range.
West Ham carved out their first chance in the 15th minute when Matt Jarvis' right-wing cross was attacked by Matt Taylor at the near post, only to see his header fail to trouble Tim Krul.
And the Magpies promptly raced up the other end to deservedly break the deadlock.
Yoan Gouffran was given time and space to stride forward before squaring to Cabaye on the edge of the box.
The French international midfielder took the pass in his stride before calmly sidefooting past Adrian and into the corner from just inside the area.
It was a superb opener, and United immediately went in search of number two, first Gouffran almost netting from close range following a corner, before Cabaye sent Sissoko through one-on-one, only for Adrian to smother his shot at the second attempt.
Cabaye was pulling the strings and turned Mark Noble inside out before firing narrowly the wrong side of the upright.
A rare West Ham attack saw Stewart Downing hook tamely at Krul but just past the half-hour mark Newcastle doubled their advantage.
Remy - sporting the number five following a knock to his head which left blood over his original shirt - provided a clinical finish to Sissoko's delivery.
A slick, passing move saw the ball worked out to Sissoko on the right, and the powerhouse picked out Remy at the far post, who controlled on his chest before stabbing home.
The Hammers were in disarray and were thankful to Adrian that the result wasn't out of sight before the break, the Spanish goalkeeper flying to his right to beat away Cabaye's 20 yard strike.
And deep into two minutes of stoppage time, the home side dragged themselves back into the contest.
Carlton Cole was first to Razvan Rat's high, hanging cross, and followed up his own touch to bundle in from close range.
The second period belonged mainly to the hosts but they were unable to seriously test Krul again.
On 53 minutes, centre-back James Collins rose highest at the far post to meet a Noble free-kick but failed to hit the target, before Carlton Cole was guilty of a shocking miss.
Racing into the box unmarked, the big front man slid in to connect with Matt Taylor's cross but, from eight yards, he prodded well wide when he should have at least hit the target.
Former Magpie Andy Carroll was introduced just past the hour mark for his first appearance of an injury-hit season and soon after skied a great chance that came his way.
With time running out, West Ham bombarded the Newcastle penalty area with high ball after high ball in search of an equaliser, but the visitors held firm and put the result beyond any doubt in stoppage time.
Carroll bundled over substitute Hatem Ben Arfa 20 yards out and Cabaye did the rest, curling a fine free-kick over the wall and in off the post to send 3,000 travelling Geordies into raptures.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Razvan Rat, James Collins, Roger Johnson, Matt Taylor; Mohamed Diame (Andy Carroll 62), Mark Noble (c); Matt Jarvis (Joe Cole 73), Jack Collison (Ravel Morrison 46), Stewart Downing; Carlton Cole
Subs not used: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Leo Chambers, Alou Diarra, Modibo Maiga
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 74); Vurnon Anita (Shola Ameobi 60), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy (Hatem Ben Arfa 78), Yoan Gouffran
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Bookings: West Ham United - none; Newcastle - none
Attendance: 33,343 (3,000 Newcastle)