ALAN Pardew’s hopeful Newcastle United turned a corner against Norwich City.
Pardew’s side scored from a flag kick for the first time since October 2011 - when Demba Ba netted against Wolverhampton Wanderers - in Saturday’s 2-1 win at St James’s Park.
Loic Remy headed Yohan Cabaye’s corner in at the far post to give Newcastle an early lead.
And United manager Pardew admitted the goal was a particular cause for celebration.
“It’s not something we are proficient at, scoring from corners, so I thought I might celebrate that if we scored from one,” said Pardew.
“But it was well-worked, and Loic got another goal and keeps his run going.
“And the three subs who came on all contributed to the win. They were three real quality subs, as well, in Papiss (Demba Cisse), Hatem (Ben Arfa) and (Vurnon) Anita.
“That bodes well going forward. We have come through again with no injuries, so it’s been a good day for us.”
Remy’s goal was his eighth of the season, and keeping him at St James’s Park beyond the end of the campaign, when his loan from Queens Park Rangers expires, is a priority for Pardew.
However, the 26-year-old, keen to focus maintaining his form for Newcastle head of the World Cup finals next summer, has hinted he will keep his options open.
And Pardew - who last month said the situation was “complicated” - wouldn’t be drawn on the club’s chances of signing him on a permanent basis.
He said: “I think Loic is going to be an ongoing thing.
“We’re probably going to be talking about that for a long, long time. I don’t want to start it now.
“He keeps scoring. I thought he played not one of his best games (against Norwich), actually. He had good opportunities to set some of our other players up.
“He’s still a young player and he needs to learn that sometimes a little (lay-off) here and there would have got us the third goal.”