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Loic Remy scored his eighth goal in as many Barclays Premier League matches as Newcastle United recorded a 2-1 victory over Norwich City.
The France international put the hosts ahead inside two minutes, before compatriot Yoan Gouffran scored a second before the break.
Leroy Fer pulled a goal back for the visitors 10 minutes from time, but it was too little too late for Chris Hughton's men.
Newcastle have now won three consecutive Barclays Premier League fixtures for the first time in 19 months, while Norwich have just one victory from their last six matches.
Alan Pardew made one change from the side that beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 prior to the international break, with Fabricio Coloccini coming in for the suspended Mathieu Debuchy.
Former Newcastle manager Hughton, meanwhile, made two changes to the Norwich XI that won 3-1 against West Ham United last time out, with Bradley Johnson and Nathan Redmond replacing Robert Snodgrass and Johan Elmander.
It did not take long for the hosts to break the deadlock, as a second-minute Yohan Cabaye corner evaded the Norwich defence to find Remy lurking at the back post, and the Frenchman made no mistake in heading his eighth goal in as many appearances.
The visitors caused panic in the Newcastle defence after 13 minutes as an Anthony Pilkington free-kick resulted in a goalmouth scramble, but Shola Ameobi was on hand to clear the danger.
Moussa Sissoko screwed an effort narrowly wide of the left post just after the half hour, and Newcastle were almost made to pay for that miss as a Pilkington header crept just wide of the target.
However, Gouffran doubled the home advantage seven minutes before the break when John Ruddy spilled an Ameobi header into the path of the winger, who prodded home the rebound for his third Barclays Premier League goal of the season.
Ameobi drew a terrific diving save from Ruddy on the stroke of half-time from 25 yards, with the goalkeeper doing well to push the ball beyond his right-hand post and out for a corner.
Pilkington was forced off with a hamstring problem just after the restart, and the visitors continued to struggle to pose too much of a threat to Tim Krul’s goal.
Newcastle switched to a more defensive approach in the second 45 minutes, rarely venturing too far into the Norwich half.
With goalscoring opportunities at a premium, Fer managed to get his head to a Martin Olsson cross in the 73rd minute, but sent his effort harmlessly over the crossbar.
However, Fer made amends seven minutes later, rising brilliantly to send a powerful header into the bottom right-hand corner of the net from 12 yards after Nathan Redmond’s corner, but it proved mere consolation for Norwich.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I thought we looked a little tired in the second half. Norwich had a good second half but I felt we were in control of the game.
"That is a third win on the trot and a big, big win. This was as important as beating Chelsea and Spurs.
"We are looking really solid and have good influence off the bench. We are in good shape. We deserved to win. I don't think we were brilliant but the most important thing was the three points."
Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "It was not so much the performance [that was frustrating] but goals we conceded. They were two goals that were avoidable.
"Credit to the players as they came out and showed spirit and character [in the second half].
"At the moment we need to be scoring more goals. We pushed really hard in the second half but goals decide games and if we are conceding soft goals we make it difficult for ourselves."
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