Ciaran Clark opened the scoring for Newcastle

Newcastle United’s goalscoring woes disappeared as they found their cutting edge to ease past a woeful West Ham and move four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Steve Bruce’s side, who had scored once in their previous five games, led when Ciaran Clark lost his marker from a free-kick to head in the opener.

The visitors doubled their lead from another set-piece when Federico Fernandez outjumped Hammers keeper Roberto, who wandered off his line, to head into the empty net.

Newcastle had plenty more chances to extend their lead, finally grabbing a third when Jonjo Shelvey clipped in a precise free-kick after half-time.

West Ham pulled one back when Fabian Balbuena bundled in from close range and set up a grandstand finish through Robert Snodgrass’s neat effort in injury-time.

But a dramatic equaliser would have been unfair on Newcastle, who hung on to spark wild celebrations in the away end at the full-time whistle.

More to follow.

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