Oh what fun it is to see United win away!
NEWCASTLE United climbed out of the relegation zone after a deserved win at Fratton Park today thanks to goals from Michael Owen, Oba Martins and Danny Guthrie.
The victory was United's first away win of the season and the first triumph at Portsmouth since 1991 when Kevin Brock snatched the winner.
And while United rode their luck in the first half Joe Kinnear's side fully deserved their road trip success after a polished second half performance that choked a Pompey side who had squandered a hatful of chances in the first 45 minutes.
Indeed Newcastle served up a master class in finishing in the second half to earn their biggest win of the campaign.
United midfielders Nicky Butt and Guthrie passed late fitness tests to play on the south coast while Shola Ameobi made the bench after recovering from an ankle injury.
And there was also space on the bench for winger Damien Duff with the Irishman missing out in recent weeks with a groin injury.
On a sunny but chilly afternoon at Fratton Park Pompey created the first chance of the game but Niko Kranjcar struck it wildly over the bar with two minutes played.
United's first glimpse of goal came on nine minutes when a slick pass from Jonas picked out Martins wide on the right and the Nigerian's cross was turned wide from Owen from close range.
Jermain Defoe had two chances shortly after and it was the home side who were in control at the start of this crucial Premier League fixture for the Magpies.
Shay Given had to be at his best to parry another Defoe shot on 15 minutes with United giving the striker far too much space in and around the penalty box.
Moments later Owen won a free-kick near the corner flag on the right hand side and after Guthrie had swirled in the set-piece Habib Beye headed just inches over the top.
But Newcastle came even closer after 20 minutes when Martins hit a wicked 25-yard shot that cracked the inside of the post before Pompey cleared for a corner.
However, it was all eyes on Defoe five minutes later when Nadir Belhadj clipped in a fine cross from the left yet the England man fired it over at the back post in another let off for the Magpies.
On the half hour mark it was Given to the rescue when Kranjcar's shot hit Butt with Irishman having to turn the ball wide of the post.
Newcastle survived a penalty scare on 33 minutes when Chris Foy, who had earlier ignored claims for a Butt handball, waved away protests when Sebastien Bassong appeared to haul back Defoe.
Eight minutes before the break Jose Enrique made a rare run forward before belting in a powerful effort at goal but David James clawed it away for another flag kick.
The two sides went in level at the break but Newcastle started the second period with a low drive from Jonas which James dealt with diving to his right hand post.
With 51 minutes on the clock Jonas intercepted a loose ball before slotting a textbook pass into Owen's path.
And Owen was on hand to delicately chip it over his former Liverpool colleague James and hand United the lead in front of a grateful Toon Army.
Six minutes later Defoe lashed another effort wide on the turn with Pompey trying to get back into the game.
Newcastle though looked comfortable in possession with Butt and Guthrie distributing the ball beautifully in the engine room.
With 20 minutes to go Pompey switched to a more offensive system with Kanu replacing Richard Hughes.
But it was 2-0 to Newcastle on 76 minutes when Martins finished expertly after Enrique capitalised after Pompey failed to clear their lines.
The Spaniard pierced the home defence before slipping it to the Nigerian star before he calmly slotted it past James.
With 12 minutes left Ameobi replaced Martins after an impressive shift from the Toon's number 9.
It was 3-0 when Owen slipped in Ameobi before the sub squared it from the right wing for Guthrie to fire home an unstoppable finish and cap off a wonderful day for the visiting Toon fans.
That almost cleared Fratton Park in terms of home fans but those who left missed a brilliant save from Given who denied Sean Davis a consolation goal.
POMPEY: James, Mvuemba (Traore 58), Distin, Campbell, Pamarot, Krancjar, Davis, Hughes (Kanu 70), Belhadj, Defoe, Crouch.
UNITED: Given, Beye, Enrique, Coloccini, Bassong, Jonas, Guthrie, Butt, N'Zogbia, Martins, Owen.
Ref: Chris Foy