The Dutchman was back to his normal unflappable self after his spat with compatriot Robin Van Persie at the Emirates and saved brilliantly to deny Zak Whitbread.
Newcastle are willing to let him leave this summer and the so-so show demonstrated why as he struggled to contain Anthony Pilkington.
The Newcastle skipper seemed to be one step ahead of Norwich every time they attacked.
He does the simple things well but the way he was caught in possession when trying to play his way out of defence showed his limitations.
He used to be a figure of fun at Newcastle but he made light of Cheick Tiote's absence with a tenacious midfield display.
H. Ben Arfa
The mercurial Frenchman clearly drives manager Alan Pardew mad because he just does his own thing in the most dangerous of situations and paid the price by being brought off.
The makeshift left-back set up Cisse's opener but looked better going forward than he did when he had to defend.
The French international was not at his fluent best yet would still have scored but for a wonderful John Ruddy save and was always a willling outlet.
He has turned down a Newcastle contract offer but he did little to suggest a new deal will be in the offing.
He has now gone five games without a goal and while nothing came off for him in front of goal there can be no faulting his work-rate.
The Senegalese striker scored with the most difficult of his three first-half chances to take his tally of Newcastle goals to three.
He stopped Newcastle moving out of sight in the first half with a couple of saves that showed why they are touting him for England recogniton in Norfolk.
The left-back never seems to let Norwich down and this tidy performance was no exception to the rule.
The on-loan Tottenham right-back got better as the game went on.
It looked as though he would never get to grips with the Newcastle strikers and was caught out as Cisse broke the deadlock, but he raised his game afterwards.
The centre-half made plenty of blocks and interceptions to keep Newcastle at bay after overcoming early wobbles.
Once he got into his stride he looked comfortable but was punished for not tracking back as Newcastle took the lead.
He made things happen for Norwich in the midfield trenches with a clever display.
The former Huddersfield winger always looked to have the beating of Danny Simpson but his delivery could have been better.
The former Leeds skipper kept Norwich ticking over with a bright display and led the counter-attacks with plenty of purpose.
He struggled to make an impression but deserves credit for never giving up.
The lone-striker ran himself into the ground and even though he put himself about he lacked the finesse and pace needed to break down the Toon defence and wasted a late chance.
- 35 R. Elliot
The Italian was brought on in place of Ben Arfa to bring sanity and stability to proceedings.
- 32 R. Donaldson
His Newcastle future is looking uncertain and this cameo did not allow him to silence his doubters.
- 29 H. Vučkič
- 13 M. Abeid
A simple but effective performance when he replaced Cisse.