Chris Hughton’s visit to Newcastle didn’t go exactly as he’d planned, and now the Norwich manager is once again hanging on to his job by a slender thread. His Canaries made it all too easy for the hosts, who pounced early, and controlled the majority of the match. That means Norwich are still just a point above the drop zone, and Hughton will once again be having trouble sleeping.
Newcastle got off to a quick start, putting away their first goal before three minutes were up. And who else but Loic Remy? Yohan Cabaye, who was instrumental in France’s win over Ukraine last week, put in the corner. It was his French colleague that rose up to head in the opener, helped along by Norwich defender Bradley Johnson, who watched the ball bounce and didn’t clear the danger.
Norwich had a great chance to equalize in the 15th minute, after Leroy Far slipped behind Fabricio Coloccini. But Shola Ameobi was there to clear up the captain’s blushes, and between the forward and goalkeeper Tim Krul, managed to prevent Fer from pouncing on the ball.
Moussa Sissoko wasted an excellent chance to put his side up 2-0 after 30 minutes. The midfielder was set free on a ball from Shola Ameobi, going one on one with John Ruddy. But, despite having plenty of time to set up his shot, Sissoko but the ball wide of the Norwich goal.
But the Magpies did manage a second goal before the break, demonstrating some lovely teamwork that likely made Norwich cry with jealousy. Newcastle had plenty of time to set up amongst the scattered Canary defenders, allowing Sissoko to put in a cross for Shola Ameobi. The header fell to Yoan Gouffran, who had no trouble knocking it in to double the hosts’ lead.
Norwich did manage to give the hosts a brief scare in the second half. Despite being down two goals, the Canaries still barely threatened. But they briefly came alive about ten minutes before the final whistle. After a few minutes of pressure led to a series of corners for Norwich, the visitors finally managed to get a goal. Nathan Redmond sent in the corner and Fer once again got the best of Coloccini, rising above him to send his header past Krul.
Newcastle: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Cabaye (Anita 68), Tiote, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 83), Shola Ameobi (Cisse 74), Remy
Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Goals: Remy 2′; Gouffran 38′
Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Johnson (Hoolahan 89), Fer, Howson; Redmond (Murphy 89), Pilkington (Elmander 49), Hooper
Subs not used: Nash (GK), Whittaker, Bassong, Becchio
Goals: Fer 80′