Newcastle recorded their third consecutive Premier League win with a straightforward 2-1 win over Norwich City at St James’ Park.

Loic Remy got the Magpies off to the perfect start with a headed goal before Yoan Gouffran netted his second in three games. Leroy Fer scored late on to give the Canaries hope but Chris Hughton’s second visit back to his old stomping ground again ended in defeat.

Alan Pardew welcomed club Captain Fabricio Coloccini back into his starting line-up, with the Argentina international replacing the suspended Mathieu Debuchy in Newcastle’s only change.

Shola Ameobi continued up front with the in-form Remy, who took just two minutes to increase his season’s goal tally to eight. Yohan Cabaye – fresh from helping France overcome a 2-0 deficit against Ukraine to reach the World Cup – swung in a corner which Norwich failed to deal with and Remy was on hand to nod home at the far post.

The home side had exploded out of the blocks and Norwich were already behind when they found any kind of foothold in the match. After conceding, Nathan Redmond could have equalised when well positioned but his finish was wild and posed no threat to Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

Anthony Pilkington also had a half chance when he headed Redmond’s cross back across goal but it was Newcastle who were finding their killer instinct.

Ameobi was involved as he met Moussa Sissoko’s fine cross with a powerful header, only for John Ruddy to keep the Nigeria international at bay. However, Gouffran was on hand to follow up and smash home to double Newcastle’s lead and give the visitors a mountain to climb.

Arguably in his best form for a number of years, Ameobi continued to cause Norwich problems with his powerful play and was unlucky not to score when he struck a fierce shot from the edge of the box which Ruddy saved well.

Despite looking strong on the front foot in the first half, Newcastle eased off and allowed Norwich back into the match in the second period.

Perhaps they’d have been in more trouble if Norwich had posed any real goal threat. Instead, the Canaries have only scored ten goals all season and rarely looked like threatening often enough to mount a serious comeback.

They did get one back eventually though, as Leroy Fer scored his second goal in two games when he rose above Coloccini and headed in off the post, but the strike acted as more of a consolation than a lifeline and Newcastle held on fairly comfortably for the win.