Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1.
Newcastle United 2-1 Norwich City
Newcastle eased to a third successive league win by beating former manager Chris Hughton's struggling Norwich.
The Magpies made the most of poor defending to take the lead when Loic Remy headed in Yohan Cabaye's corner at the far post after two minutes.
Yoan Gouffran pounced to stab in a second after Shola Ameobi's header had been parried by keeper John Ruddy.
Leroy Fer scored a powerful late header for Norwich to give them hope but Newcastle held on for the three points.
Hughton has now lost twice and drawn once against the Magpies, who he managed between June 2009 and December 2010, in the three matches he has faced them since taking over as Canaries boss.
His side's latest defeat again puts him under pressure and once more highlighted his side's defensive problems as they quickly went behind.
Norwich's players stood and watched as a corner bounced across their goalmouth before the ball reached the far post where Remy nodded in for his eighth goal in as many games.
The visitors responded with a brief spell of pressure during which Nathan Redmond latched on to a lofted through ball but sent his angled 15-yard shot well over.
Winger Redmond set up another Canaries chance when he crossed to the far post for Anthony Pilkington, but his looping header went across the goalmouth before being scrambled clear.
However, Newcastle quickly reasserted their authority and extended their lead.
Ameobi's powerful downward header from Moussa Sissoko's inviting cross was only parried by Ruddy and Gouffran reacted quickest to score from point-blank range.
It was the 23rd top-flight goal the Canaries have conceded so far this season, the second most in the Premier League behind bottom side Sunderland.
Ameobi was a constant threat to Norwich and he went close with a well-struck 20-yard shot which Ruddy palmed wide.
Newcastle were in firm control for most of the match as they repelled the visitors' efforts but they started to relax in the latter stages and allowed Norwich to pull a goal back.
Fer out-jumped centre-back Fabricio Coloccini to head in off the post but Norwich could not build on the goal and have now won just three out of 25 away league games during Hughton's tenure.
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 and have good influence off the bench. We are in good shape. We deserved to win."
Norwich boss 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."
- 4CabayeSubstituted forAnitaat 68'minutes
- 23AmeobiSubstituted forCisséat 74'minutes
- 11GouffranSubstituted forBen Arfaat 83'minutes
- 10Ben Arfa
- 4JohnsonSubstituted forHoolahanat 89'minutes
- 24BennettBooked at 90mins
- 22RedmondSubstituted forMurphyat 89'minutes
- 12PilkingtonSubstituted forElmanderat 49'minutes
- Mike Dean
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) because of an injury.
Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).
Offside, Norwich City. Josh Murphy tries a through ball, but Michael Turner is caught offside.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Russell Martin.
Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.
Attempt blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).
Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathan Redmond.
Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Bradley Johnson.
Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.
Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).
Foul by Davide Santon (Newcastle United).
Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Hatem Ben Arfa with a cross.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Hatem Ben Arfa replaces Yoan Gouffran.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.
Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Goal! Newcastle United 2, Norwich City 1. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tim Krul.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.
Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Papiss Demba Cissé replaces Shola Ameobi.
Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.
Attempt missed. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.
Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Vurnon Anita replaces Yohan Cabaye.
Attempt blocked. Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.