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March 1, 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 24903
C. Davies 46'
M. Sissoko 10', 55'
L. Rémy 42'
V. Anita 90'+
A game full of drama, contrasting styles, goals, and immaturity. But that's why we love the Premier League, right? I've been Kevin Blundell, until next time...
The incident has cast a large shadow over the impressive victory for Newcastle, who now find themselves just two points behin Man United in seventh place in the Premier League.
The away support will be angered by their manager's actions, however. Alan Pardew will be hearing from a FA disciplinary panel on Monday morning after he headbutted Hull midfielder and former Sunderland player David Meyler. He was sent to the stand in the 72nd minute, but that's the least of his worries after cameras caught everything, and in slow-motion, too.
Newcastle provided us with a clinic in counterattacking football today, soaking up pressure and letting Hull have the ball before pouncing on any mistakes and breaking to devastating effect.
Hull came into this game hoping to close the gap on the Magpies to seven points, but are now 13 adrift of their Premier League rivals. Bruce will be disappointed with his side's display in the middle of the park, constantly giving the ball away, which directly led to the majority of Newcastle's chances.
90' + 3'
Goal Vurnon Anita
GOAL! Salt in the wounds for Hull. Gosling bursts forwards and the ball falls to Remy who forces a great save from McGregor, but he can only parry it into the path of Anita who taps home the rebound. Game, set, and match for Newcastle.
90' + 2'
A corner for Hull reaches James Chester who rises highest in the Newcastle box, only for his header to be blocked by Shane Long after looking destined for the back of the net.
90' + 1'
Remy breaks down the right and is in search of his second goal of the game. He works his way into the Hull box and his shot is deflected by Alex Bruce, which makes it awkard for McGregor who nearly punches the ball into his own net. Calamitous defending from the home side.
Luuk de Jong
Still no goal for Luuk de Jong, but a great shift by the big man today - working his socks off in aid of a Newcastle win. The striker comes off for Dan Gosling.
The home side haven't given up yet and Rosenior breaks down the left after great hold up play by Shane Long, but his ball into the box finds the head of Jelavic, and you know what that means, don't you? It's headed wide and is that soft that it doesn't even go out of play, Anita mopping things up at the back.
Hull almost get lucky with a long ball over the top that finds Shane Long, but the striker fails to bring it down when if he had, he would have been clean through on goal.
Great pressing by Newcastle there. Hull have the ball way deep in the opposition half, but the away side force Bruce's men to play it back to the McGregor - not enough creativity from the Tigers today.
Yellow Card Tom Huddlestone
Hull give the ball away again in midfield, they've been really poor in the middle of the park today. This time it falls to Remy who breaks clear before Davies brings him down on the edge of the box, but nothing is given and Friend waves away any calls for a free kick.
Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick in a dangerous position in his own half, silly stuff from the midfielder who should know better. The free kick comes to nothing, but Steve Bruce will expect more from the big man.
Things have calmed down a little after the drama on the touchline. Newcastle go in search of a fourth and are begining to string passes together for the first time in the game.
Alan Pardew was the one who started it, and he looked to headbutt Meyler before the former Sunderland player pushed Pardew. Not what you want to see from either person.
Yellow Card David Meyler
Oh dear! Ugly scenes here at the KC Stadium. Alan Pardew and David Meyler have a coming together on the touchline and the Newcastle manager is sent to the stands.
WHAT A SAVE! McGregor pulls off a remarkable save from Remy to keep his side in the game. A long ball up the pitch is knocked down by Gouffran and Remy lets rip only to be denied by the goalkeeper.
Still plenty of life in this match, Hull haven't given up just yet and are pressing for a way back into the game by pushing more men up the field. Aluko has looked sharp since coming on and he shows a nice touch on the edge of the Newcastle box before being pulled up for a foul on Dummett.
Mathieu Debuchy has been magnificent when called upon today, and the whole season for that matter. After a dodgy start to life in the Premier League, the full back has proven this season to be competent both in the air and the tackle. He's not put a foot wrong here.
If Newcastle hold on to win this game, it would mean they will have picked up more points (22) away from home in the Premier League this season than they have at St. James' Park (21).
One from the training ground by Newcastle there. Dummett sends his corner deep and finds Debuchy lurking who crashes a volley towards the Hull goal, but his effort ends up being deflected wide by his own team-mate in De Jong.
The heads have dropped in the Hull side and Newcastle are beginning to dominate the game now, seeing plenty of the ball since their third goal of the game.
The old commentator's curse haunts Hull. To be fair, Newcastle looked to have taken a hit when they conceded that goal and Hull only have themself to blame after conceding another goal from a Newcastle counter.
Goal Moussa Sissoko
GOAL! Moussa Sissoko finishes off another counterattack from Newcastle. Elmohamady gives the ball away on the halfway line and Gouffran breaks with the ball before testing McGregor in the Hull goal who can only parry into the path of Sissoko.
The atmosphere's building inside the KC Stadium, with the home support believing their side are right back in the game after Davies's goal.
Yellow Card Nikica Jelavic
Long and Rosenior link up well down the left and the striker holds up the ball brilliantly down by the corner flag, earning his side a throw-in deep inside the opposition half. Such a clever player.
The goalscorer, Curtis Davies, is now hobbling around the pitch after landing awkwardly on his ankle and it doesn't look good for the Hull captain. He's carrying on for now, but he looks in agony.
Newcastle must not let that goal change the way they're playing. Allowing Hull to have the ball, as they did in the first half, lets them utilise the pace they have in attack by hitting on the counter.
Assist Tom Huddlestone
Goal Curtis Davies
GOAL! Perfect start for the home side as Curtis Davies nods home a Huddlestone free kick. The replays show Krul to be at fault as the goalkeeper comes out and fails to meet the cross, leaving an empty goal for Davies to head in to.
Newcastle get us back underway here at the KC Stadium. I wonder what Steve Bruce said to his men at half time? Must be something inspiring to get these Tigers roaring...
Shane Long has been the best player on the pitch so far today, despite seeing his side trailing at the break. The striker has been in magnificent form for Hull since joing the club in January, adding a new dimension to a previously sterile Hull attack.
Hull fans will be delighted to know that the only time their side have come from behind to win a game in the Premier League this season was in the reverse fixture with Newcastle. A 3-2 victory at St. James' Park.
Hull will wonder how they're two goals down at half time here. The home side have arguably had the best of the chances, even if they haven't been brilliant, but Newcastle have been clinical on the break and find themselves heading for their 100th win away from home in the Premier League.
45' + 1'
Hull throw one last ball into the Newcastle box, but the giant that is Mike Williamson is there to head clear and dispel any danger. Great half by Alan Pardew's men.
So harsh on Hull, who could and should have been level only moments before Newcastle's second. Steve Bruce has got a job on his hands now if the home side want to come away from this game with anything.
Goal Loïc Remy
GOAL! Loic Remy scores his 13th Premier League goal of the season. Calamity at the back for Hull as Maynor Figueroa sells McGregor short with a poor pass back to his goalkeeper, and Remy is on to it immediately before rounding the Scot and slotting in to an empty net.
WHAT A CROSS! Shane Long at the heart of another Hull attack, working those channels like he loves to do. This time he puts in an absolute peach of a cross that finds the head of Elmohamady, but the Egyptian - despite being in acres of space - can only head wide of Krul's goal. What a chance.
Newcastle began the day 16 points off the top-four and 16 points clear of the bottom-three - that's the very definition of mid-table. They've looked comfortable so far today, though, and could move closer to the European places.
WOODWORK! Jelavic so close to adding to his tally for the season, hitting the bar from a free kick that took a key deflection from De Jong in the Newcastle wall.
Yellow Card Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Yanga-Mbiwa is the second player to be cautioned by Kevin Friend this afternoon. The defender brings down Shane Long in a dangerous position and Jelavic will be the man to take the resulting free kick...
Plenty of players are lining this one up, but it's Loic Remy... and it's straight into the wall. A poor effort from Pardew's key man - where's Yohan Cabaye when you need him?
Newcastle break again, with Anita leading the charge. The midfielder drives forward and reaches the edge of the Hull box before being brought down by Curtis Davies for a free kick.
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
No surprises who gets the first yellow card of the day. Tiote flies in with a late tackle on Tom Huddlestone and Kevin Friend is having none of that, cautioning the midfielder.
CLOSE! Almost an equaliser for Hull, and Jelavic should really have done better as Elmohamady delivers a great ball into the box that the Croatian meets at the near post, but gets too much on it and heads it wide.
Debuchy is in the wars again, this time taking a knock to the head from Rosenior. The Frenchman is straight back in the thick of it though and clears a long ball up the field.
Hull finally string together a few passes in Newcastle's half, but they take the wrong option again and Rosenior's cross is punched clear by Krul. Bruce really needs to look for another way of getting a goal, because the crosses into the box just aren't working at the moment.
Paul Dummett looks to have been named Newcastle's set-piece taker today. He swings in another free kick from down by the corner flag and it's a good delivery into the box, but Remy gives away a foul and the pressure is relieved.
It's been fairly scrappy out there so far, with both sides struggling to link up the play on several occasions. Hull have completed just 77% of their passes, compared to Newcastle's 71%.
Hull have come from behind to win a game just once in the Premier League this season. That was against - you guessed it - Newcastle. Other than forcing Krul into a fine save just before the goal, the Tigers have barely threatened so far today.
Alan Pardew seems to have set his side up to hit Hull on the counter today, knowing that Bruce's men struggle in possession and like to catch their opponents on the break. It's almost like both sides would rather not have the ball today...
How will Steve Bruce's men react to that then? Newcastle continue to look dangerous on the break and Hull are struggling to deal with Sissoko's physicality down the right.
Assist Mathieu Debuchy
Goal Moussa Sissoko
GOAL! Moussa Sissoko opens the scoring with a sublime strike into the top corner of the net. The away side hit Hull on the counter and find themselves in front early on today.
WHAT A SAVE! Tim Krul comes up good for Newcastle there with a magnificent double save, and the Magpies are on the break up the other end...
A free kick in a dangerous area for Newcastle is swung in by Paul Dummett, but is cleared easily by the Hull defence and falls to Tiote who fires high & wide of the home side's goal.
Mathieu Debuchy has taken an early knock after a challenge with Jake Livermore, something Alan Pardew won't be too pleased with considering his current injury list. The full back is back up and moving, though - can't keep him down this season, can you?
The Magpies' fine start was almost rewarded with the opening goal. After good work around the box, the ball falls to Yoan Gouffran, who takes a touch and lets fly from 20-yards out. However, the ball clips the otuside of the post and goes behind for a goal kick.
Newcastle have made a vibrant start to the game here at the KC Stadium. Luuk de Jong seems to be playing just behind Remy today, offering something different to the out-of-favour Papiss Cisse.
Hull get us underway and Loic Remy is almost through on goal immediately! However, the linesman pull him up for being offside, almost the perfect start for the away side.
No defender has won more aerial duels in the Premier League this season than Hull City's Curtis Davies (106); Steven Caulker is his closest challenger on 104.
After his goal last weekend against Aston Villa, Loic Remy has now been directly involved in 42.4% of Newcastle's goals in the PL this season (12 goals & 2 assists).
If Newcastle manage to snatch victory at the KC Stadium today, it will be their 100th victory away from home in the Premier League.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will again be without injured pair Davide Santon and Hatem Ben Arfa, who both missed the win over Aston Villa. On top of that, the Magpies will again be missing the presence of Fabricio Coloccini who has returned to his native Argentina after a family bereavement.
Hull have strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long available again after they were cup-tied for the FA Cup fifth-round win over Brighton on Monday.
Hull City subs: Harper, Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn.
Hull City starting XI (3-5-2): McGregor; Bruce, Davies, Figueroa; Elomhamady, Rosenior, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Jelavic, Long.
Newcastle subs: Alnwick, S. Taylor, Haidara, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.
Newcastle starting XI (4-4-1-1): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Anita, Gouffran; de Jong; Remy.
We’ll get cracking with the starting lineups, whet your appetite with some pre-match stats, and finally move onto the big game itself. So sit back and relax as I take you through it all…
Welcome to Hull City vs Newcastle United sports fans. I’m Kevin Blundell and I’ll be taking you through all today’s action, let’s hope there are as many goals as in the reverse fixture, eh?
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