Newcastle made it six wins in eight games as they comfortably seen off Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Yohan Cabaye gave Newcastle the lead before a Danny Gabbidon own goal doubled the Toon’s advantage at half-time. Hatem Ben Arfa added a late penalty as Newcastle kept up their push for a European place.

Alan Pardew made one change to the side that drew with Southampton last time out, with Cabaye returning from suspension in place of Shola Ameobi.

The midfielder was at his best in the opening 45 minutes, too, as he created the first chance of the match. His corner was met by Mathieu Debuchy but the header drifted just wide of the post.

But just five minutes later, the breakthrough came for Newcastle and Cabaye.

Moussa Sissoko skipped past Marouane Chamakh and pulled back for Cabaye, whose shot took a slight deflection as it flew past Julian Speroni.

Palace immediately responded by creating a chance of their own, when Chamakh found Cameron Jerome inside the area, but the former Stoke City striker’s shot was easily saved by Tim Krul.

The Dutch goalkeeper was then beaten when he failed to claim a corner and the loose ball hit the unknowing Mike Williamson. The rebound was heading in but Vurnon Anita was on hand to clear off the line and spare the centre-back’s blushes.

With the pressure soaked up, Newcastle again started to assert their dominance and the second goal came courtesy of an unlikely source. Debuchy’s excellent cross from the right was just too far ahead of Loic Remy but a diving Gabbidon poked past Speroni to double Newcastle’s lead.

The second half seen both sides continue to struggle with the wet and windy conditions and the weather almost helped Newcastle grab a third goal. Again it was Cabaye who was central to it, his long range free kick swerving and dipping towards Speroni, who could only palm away uncomfortably.

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Palace spurned their best chance of the match with 20 minutes to go, when Jerome had the chance to half the deficit. However, the powerful forward fluffed his lines when well positioned, volleying over the bar to all but end his sides’ hopes of making a comeback.

Alan Pardew made a double change as he attempted to see out the remainder of the game and it worked when Ameobi was felled by Jonathan Parr. Fellow substitute Ben Arfa stepped up and smashed a powerful effort past Speroni to send Newcastle to their second successive away victory and keep up the pressure on the top five.