St. James' Park
Barclays Premier League
By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
Newcastle United 2 (Remy 2, Gouffran 38)
Norwich City 1 (Fer 80)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+5mins: It was a nervy final ten minutes when it had previously looked like a routine victory, but Newcastle have won 2-1 against Norwich City. Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran's first half goals proved the difference despite Leroy Fer's late consolation for the Canaries. Click here for the match report.
90+4mins: The first booking of the game comes as Martin takes out Sissoko as he races onto Tiote's clever chipped pass, but at least it eats up more time for United and gives United the chance to keep the ball in the City half.
90+2mins: More good defending from Williamson allows Newcastle to break and Sissoko plays in Remy, whose curler goes behind off a Norwich defender.
90mins: There will be five minutes of stoppage time as Norwich force a corner when Hoolahan's free-kick deflects off the Newcastle wall. Williamson matches Michael Turner's jump to clear the danger.
89mins: A late double substitution for Norwich. Bradley Johnson makes way for the creative Wes Hoolahan while Nathan Redmond is replaced by young forward Josh Murphy.
87mins: Cisse has the ball in the net but he's flagged for offside. Remy's delighful touch allowed Sissoko to play the striker in, but as he sidefooted past Ruddy, Mike Dean's whistle had already sounded.
85mins: In his first action since coming on, Ben Arfa receives the ball from Anita, carries the ball towards the corner flag to draw in a couple of defenders and then dinks in a lovely cross which Cisse meets but sends dropping just over the bar.
83mins: Newcastle's third and final substitution sees Gouffran come off and Hatem Ben Arfa come on.
80mins - NORWICH CITY GOAL (2-1): But another Norwich corner proves costly for Newcastle as Fer rises above his marker to send a header past Krul, who can't quite keep it out. It's game on again now.
78mins: Redmond's corner is met by the head of Martin, then hits his own team-mate in Fer to take it wide but another flag-kick is awarded. United deal with it well, though.
74mins: After Leroy Fer steels in front of Santon but heads wide for the Canaries, Newcastle replace the superb Ameobi with Papiss Cisse.
71mins: Ameobi shows more wonderful skill to create space for a shot - then sees his effort swerve horribly wide as he falls to the ground, off balance, to affectionate cheers from the home fans who can happily forgive him that as he's played so well.
66mins: Nathan Redmond embarks upon a great run on the left and, after drifting inside, sends a dipping effort wide.
55mins: Martin Olsson jinks in from the left but sees his low strike saved by Krul at his near post.
53mins: Lovely footwork from Ameobi sees a chance open up but his shot is weak and trickles into arms of Ruddy.
50mins: Hooper does well to get in a snapshot from 12 yards out and it whistles just wide with Krul seemingly beaten had that been on target.
49mins: Norwich midfielder Pilkington went down inside the first minute of the half after what looked like a bad landing on the turf and is now stretchered off to be replaced by Johan Elmander. The stricken former Stockport and Huddersfield player is warmly applauded off and let's hope that does not keep him out for too long.
46mins: There are no changes for either side at St. James' Park, where the attendance is 51,328. Norwich take kick-off with Newcastle now attacking towards the Leazes end.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+1mins: It's half time and Newcastle have bossed the opening 45 minutes to deservedly lead through Loic Remy and Yoan Gouffran's goals. United flew out of the traps to take the lead inside two minutes and had chances to add to that before Gouffran snaffled the second seven minutes before the interval. Click here for the half time report. Also, well done to Dave Watson's under-18s who have won 2-0 at Everton today - click here for the report from that game.
45mins: There'll be just one minute of stoppage and just as fourth official Robert Madley holds up the board, Ameobi unleashes a thumping strike which Ruddy does well to turn behind.
44mins: After a long spell of possession, Remy goes for goal from distance and it's nowhere near the goal but, like most of his team-mates, he has been too good for Norwich during this first half.
38mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (2-0): Yoan Gouffran makes it 2-0 to Newcastle but it owes much to the brilliance of Shola Ameobi. The Nigeria international turns Bradley Johnson before finding Remy in space on the right. Ameobi races into the box to meet the resulting cross and although Ruddy gets down well to parry his header, Gouffran is on hand to stab the ball over the line.
35mins: Santon passes the ball inside to Tiote who tries his luck from more than 30 yards out but it's a poor effort and goes well wide.
33mins: Norwich almost equalise at one end as Pilkington heads across goal and Gary Hooper just fails to force it home, then Newcastle come close to a second once more as Remy dribbles towards goal but sees his goalbound shot blocked. Those are the fine margins we're dealing with here and the next goal really is important.
31mins: It should be 2-0; Shola Ameobi plays a wonderful through-ball for Moussa Sissoko, who streaks into the box but drags his shot across goal. United are dominating but need a second goal against a side who came from behind to win at West Ham in their last fixture.
26mins: Mike Williamson of all people gets in a great low cross from the left which Remy controls, then turns and shoots but it skews off target.
21mins: Turner tries to tackle Remy but the ball cannons off Martin and almost flies past John Ruddy but instead flashes wide.
19mins: Now Cabaye himself sends a long range effort wide and this has been a superb start from Newcastle, who have been committed and classy in equal measure.
18mins: Cabaye makes a superb tackle, then slides in again to keep the ball in play and divert it into the path of Davide Santon. He in turn finds Cheick Tiote and his powerful strike isn't too far away from its intended target.
13mins: That dogged defending which served Newcastle so well at Tottenham two weeks ago has proven crucial again. Bennett gets a touch to Anthony Pilkington's free-kick and Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini both make excellent and vital interceptions to prevent the Canaries from taking advantage of a real goalmouth scramble.
11mins: Michael Turner spots the run of Ryan Bennett, who looks to be offside but isn't flagged, and the City striker brings the defender's long ball down before blazing the ball over the bar from just inside the box. He might have had a little bit more time than he thought there - perhaps he was expecting to be pulled up for offside and wasn't fully concentrating.
2mins - NEWCASTLE UNITED GOAL (1-0): United win another flag kick and this time Yohan Cabaye's delivery from the left is headed home from three yards out by Loic Remy at the far post. "We've only scored from a corner," the Strawberry Corner supporters sing, for United haven't managed that for some time. It's a dream start for the Magpies.
1min: Norwich City captain Russell Martin wins the toss so Norwich will attack towards the Leazes end in the first period with Newcastle getting to take kick-off as they go in search of a third successive win against Chris Hughton's Canaries, who are wearing yellow and green. Straight away, United force a corner but the visitors scramble it clear.
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 68), Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 83); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 74), Loic Remy
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, Luciano Becchio
Referee: Mike Dean