Gabriel Obertan’s goal earned Newcastle United their first Premier League win since May as Leicester left Tyneside pointless.

The winger, who has enjoyed a renaissance in recent weeks, started back to back league games for the first time in over two years and repaid his manager’s faith with a second half goal that was enough to see off a decent Leicester side in a drab affair.

Kick-off was delayed by an hour at St James’ Park as the club decided to keep turnstiles closed due to a giant LED screen becoming unstable in high winds.

After the delay, Alan Pardew kept faith with the majority of the side that drew with Swansea, with Steven Taylor replacing the injured Mike Williamson in the back four. Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul and Paul Dummett all started despite pulling out of their respective international squads earlier this week.

The closest the home side came to scoring in the first half was when Moussa Sissoko found Fabricio Coloccini in the box, only for the Toon captain to fire wide.

Nigel Pearson – a former caretaker manager at Newcastle – then watched on as Matty James squandered a good chance on his first ever Premier League start. The Foxes continued the pressure and Marc Albrighton did beat Tim Krul, only to see his cross-cum-shot hit the goal frame.

After the break, Papiss Cisse had a golden chance to continue his fine form when he intercepted an under-hit backpass, rounded Kasper Schmeichel but unbelievably hit the side netting with the goal gaping.

However, Obertan was on hand to earn the points for Newcastle. Briefly switching to the left flank, Obertan cut inside Ritchie De Laet and Liam Moore before firing a shot back past Schmeichel to earn Newcastle the much-needed points.