YOHAN Cabaye ended Newcastle United’s four-game losing streak at Upton Park this afternoon.
Two goals from Cabaye, and another from Loic Remy, gave the club a 3-1 win over West Ham United in front of watching England coach Roy Hodgson.
The pair put a pacy and purposeful Newcastle into a 2-0 lead, but Sam Allardyce’s side clawed a goal back before the break after Mike Williamson inadvertantly put the ball into his own net.
West Ham, woeful in the first half, fought back after the interval.
But Carlton Cole and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll – who came off the bench – both missed clearcut chances.
And Cabaye scored with a stunning late free-kick to end hopes of a comeback.
Alan Pardew’s team remained eighth in the Premier League after the final whistle, but the result dropped West Ham into the relegation zone.
Pardew had named an unchanged side for the game against his former club.
And a spirited Newcastle took control of the game after a brief spell of early pressure from West Ham, and Remy shot narrowly wide in the ninth minute after getting the better of Matt Taylor.
Defender Davide Santon also tried his luck as the visitors steadily grew in confidence, and Remy drove another effort into the arms of goalkeeper Adrian in the 13th minute.
Taylor headed a Matt Jarvis cross wide at the other end, but the momentum was with Newcastle, who broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.
Forward Yoan Gouffran found Cabaye on the edge of the home box, and the midfielder skipped past an attempted challenge from Razvan Rat before coolly side-footing the ball past Adrian with his right foot.
Moussa Sissoko tested Adrian midway through the half, and Cabaye shot wide in the 25th minute.
Newcastle were causing problems going forward, and West Ham lacked ideas with the ball and intelligence without it.
The second goal came with 33 minutes on the clock. Sissoko broke down the right and his cross was missed by Taylor. Remy chested the ball down and rolled it past Adrian.
West Ham fans were becoming increasingly restless as the half-time break neared, but their team somehow contrived to find the net in first-half injury-time.
Rat’s cross was missed by Steven Taylor and Cole’s attempted shot was blocked, only for the ball to strike Williamson and roll into Newcastle’s empty net.
And Pardew’s players left the field wondering just how they had conceded.
Cole somehow put the ball wide of an empty net in the 56th minute after Taylor’s right-wing cross eluded two defenders.
Pardew sent on Shola Ameobi in place of Vurnon Anita, and former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll replaced Mohamed Diame in the 62nd minute to make his first home appearance of the campaign.
By the time Carroll made it on to the pitch, West Ham were the dominant force.
However, Newcastle slowly recovered their composure, though Carroll should have levelled when Stewart Downing found him unmarked six yards from goal with a right-wing cross.
And the 3,000 travelling fans had to endure a nervous last 15 minutes at Upton Park.
But Cabaye made sure of the points, and Newcastle’s first win of the year, with a stunning late free-kick.
WEST HAM UNITED: Adrian, Jarvis ( J Cole, 73), Rat, Collison (Morrison, 46), Taylor, Noble, Collins, Diame (Carroll, 62), Downing, C Cole, Johnson. Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Maiga, Diarra, Chambers.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Santon (Dummett, 74), Williamson, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Anita (Shola Ameobi, 60), Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy (Ben Arfa, 78), Gouffran. Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Obertan, Cisse.
Goals: Cabaye 16, 90, Sissoko 33, Williamson 45 (og)
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)