PAPISS Demba Cisse claimed a crucial three points for Newcastle United at the Sports Direct Arena this afternoon.
Alan Pardew’s side beat Norwich City 1-0 in a scrappy contest thanks to Cisse’s first-half strike.
The visitors never gave up and left Tyneside wondering how they had not found the net.
Paul Lambert’s team enjoyed long spells of possession against an out-of-sorts United, who were without influential midfielder Cheik Tiote.
However, sixth-placed Newcastle were able to hold out to claim a valuable Premier League win which closed the gap on Chelsea, in FA Cup action this weekend, to two points.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Gutierrez; Ben Arfa (Santon 63), Perch, Guthrie, Cabaye; Ba, Cisse (Shola Ameobi 70). Subs not used: Elliot, Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic, Donaldson.
NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury (Hoolahan 82); Bennett, Howson (Holt 77), Fox, Surman, Pilkington (Martin 85); Morison, Subs not used: Steer, Johnson, Crofts, Jackson.
Goals: Cisse 11
Bookings: Bennett 62, Whitbread 78
Referee: Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
Attendance: 47,833 (1,904 Norwich)